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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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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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I think the buzz-phrase for 2014 was “out of the box.” Many folks have believed that thinking/doing/pursuing ideas outside the proverbial norm (aka: box) might be perceived as a little off kilter mindset, but often wacky ideas lead to the next big thing.  Not to overuse the phrase, but here are 3 companies who are going waaaayyyyy outside […]

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Categories: Retail Growth, Sales

As we meet with small business retailers, we often talk about marketing efforts; what’s being done to reach out to customers that actually engages them and entices them to shop and purchase.  For example, it’s one thing to have a database of 10,000 customers who’ve visited/purchased/dined with you.  That’s a great start!  But…  Why do […]

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We love feeling the retailer love – we appreciate that you’ve let us know how much you enjoy our writings. Thanks, too, for your support and your insight. We’ve gotten some great comments on what small retailers want to see more of in the future, and we have some great things planned for 2016. But […]

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Business has earned a strong position in the lives of holiday shoppers, after just 5 years. First, there was Black Friday.  We would digress if we talked about how that has morphed into a reason to leave your family sitting at the dinner table Thanksgiving evening, so we’ll just leave it that First, there was […]

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Categories: Business Planning, Sales

Last week, I opened my mail to find 2 replacement credit cards, both with the new imbedded chip feature. Is it a cool techy gadget, a true financial safety mechanism or a gimic? More importantly, what does it mean for small business? In 2008, 361 Million US credit card records were compromised, putting many folks in […]

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