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With more than 95 million customers shopping and dining during last year’s Shop Small Saturday event, this year is sure to be even stronger. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to entice customers to your shop or restaurant!  If you’re struggling with ideas for the fast approaching official holiday shopping kickoff, we’ve got you covered.  In no […]

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  November 26, 2016… The Day-after-the-day-after-Thanksgiving is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Are you ready? As “black Friday” becomes more and more diluted (and hence less incentive for consumers to get out and shop right after Thanksgiving), Shop Small Saturday, sponsored by American Express, is actually increasing momentum for indie retailers as shoppers head out to celebrate their neighborhood […]

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Restaurants can be especially difficult to own and manage profitably. It’s important to be aware of trends, and create a niche for specific tastes.  This year, the Summer Olympics put a spotlight on all things Brazil, but Brazilian Steakhouses have gained momentum nationally over the past 10 years.  Ana Santos and Mario Vitelo recognized a gap […]

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We are thrilled to present this guest post by Angel Cicerone, founder of GrowingSmall.co and noted small business advisor, author, and turnaround maverick.  Angel’s articles feature real time advice and real life strategies to get your business to its profitability potential.  IRC is proud to feature her content.  Enjoy! Sandwich boards, are perhaps, one of the most underrated […]

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In our search for tips and insight for retail success, we work with many local restauranteurs.  In talking to more than 50 small restaurant owners, we’ve found consistent feedback about what works, and what does not work.  If you’re thinking about starting your own restaurant, even as a franchise, keep these four elements in mind. 1.  Do […]

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Categories: Retail Growth, Sales

  Is your store ready to capture holiday shopping sales? Join Angel Cicerone, author of Growing Small, leader of the Growing Small Bootcamp and founder of Tenant Mentorship for a FREE one-hour webinar featuring interesting, innovative ideas to help increase sales this holiday season. Angel will walk you through a variety of strategies: How to sell products via […]

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We work with all kinds of entrepreneurs at every stage of their business, from infancy to mature establishment. Along the way, we’ve noted some consistent characteristics that help set a successful local business above the rest. We’ve learned from them, and they’ve been open about sharing their “trade secrets.” Regardless of education, personal background, life […]

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Life is a journey, and we learn as we go.  Read on, #smallbiz warriors!  For the entrepreneurs of the world, nothing is more true than the learning process – being prepared, anticipating emergencies, working through surprises, and celebrating the successes, regardless of how large or small. 

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Categories: Business Planning

It’s here! Small Business Week is this week, and it’s time to turn up the heat on your business skill set and get your adrenaline pumping.  If you’re just hearing this, it’s not to late to take advantage of a TON of webinars, live meet ups and content rich postings targeting the brave ones who […]

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Here’s the most recent monthly installment by Angel Cicerone, founder of GrowingSmall.co and noted small business advisor, author, and turnaround maverick.  Angel’s articles will feature advice and real life strategies to get your business to its profitability potential.  IRC is proud to feature her content, and a special offer, below.  Enjoy the read! Much is made of the importance of […]

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