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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Categories: Trends

I can’t do justice after all the tributes already paid to this great genius, but I can share a quote that may inspire… or remind… or kick you back into… making the most of your business.  And sometimes, that is enough. “All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. […]

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Categories: Retail Growth

Today’s blog features one of our virtual mentors, boutique owner Susie Kizer, retailer in Omaha’s Shoppes at Grayhawk.  For more information on the owner, or to see more about our virtual mentors, check out the IRC website.  For suggestions or ideas on future mentors, please contact us. Susie Kizer dreamt about opening a women’s clothing boutique from the […]

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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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