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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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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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Today we feature another Virtual Mentor, the franchise owner of Merle Norman at Hickory Creek Marketplace, Monique Trosper.  To see more, check out the IRC website. Monique Trosper led a successful career in the steel industry before she allowed herself to indulge her true passion, opening a Merle Norman franchise at IRC’s Hickory Creek Marketplace. […]

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“What do you need to start a business? Three simple things: know your product better than anyone. Know your customer, and have a burning desire to succeed.” – Dave Thomas It’s National Small Business Week, May 4 – 8. Are you in on the action? Besides following #DreamSmallBiz on twitter, and actively posting to FB, […]

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