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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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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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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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We’ve had the chance to talk to many local retailers since the beginning of the year, and it’s always interesting to hear what each considers their “lucky” card or “ugly” misfortune, whether they’re able to power through tough times or not.  Though we’ve always proposed passion and grit would get a small business through difficult times, we haven’t […]

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Last month, the National Retail Federation (NRF) held Retail’s BIG Show (no really, that’s the name of the event) for four days in New York. The name is fitting; it’s four full days of inspiring speakers, leaders of retail large and small, and industry experts (think marketing, market research and technology) imparting great nuggets of information that […]

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Today marks the first in a monthly series of guest posts 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. One of the […]

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Categories: Business Planning

Amazing. Yesterday was the official “opening day” for the IRS; you may now file your 2015 tax return. If you’re a small business (sole proprietor, LLC, etc.) already starting to break a sweat that you might be behind the curve on getting all your documents together, rest assured. We have some good advice for you. […]

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