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Labyrinth Games of Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., is home to plenty of partisan arguments. But there’s one thing the town’s Democrats and Republicans can agree upon: Labyrinth Games is a national treasure. In just four short years Labyrinth has grown to become a must-see destination for visitors from all over the world. They come in search of new or rare games of all types, from specialty games like Magic:The Gathering, to puzzles and especially board games Read more.

How to Get the Most Out of Small Business Saturday

For independent business owners and their supporters, Black Friday and Cyber Monday take a back seat to Small Business Saturday, which comes this year on Nov. 26. The experts at ITBusinessNet.com have great tips about how to mark the occasion. Read more.

A Three-Wheeled Way To Physical Fitness

America’s best independent business ideas often spring from one person’s attempt to solve a problem. Take for instance Joe Bush, who needed to overcome injuries that kept cropping up when he exercised. Our friends at KSTP Channel 5 Eyewitness News in the Twin Cities explains how Mr. Bush’s problem solving resulted in the creation of one of the coolest bike companies you’ll ever see. Read more.

ALL-STARS CAN MAKE YOUR BUSINESS A CHAMPION

May 18, 2015

The secret to growing your business could be all around you: your employees. They are the ones who interact the most with your customers…and they can lead your business to unprecedented success. Of course, conversely, a bad batch of employees can doom your business. As Brad Farris of EnMast.com notes, hiring the right employees is not an easy task, but it’s well worth the added effort. Read more.

#SBW2015: INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES DOMINATE LANDSCAPE

May 4, 2015

As #SmallBusinessWeek2015 kicks off, it’s worth noting some amazing statistics: More than 98 percent of all retail companies employ less than 50 people, and 95 percent of businesses operate in a single location. But those businesses face some tough challenges, as Mathew Shay from the Washington, DC, based-blog TheHill.com recaps. Read more.

VETERANS COMBATTING UNEMPLOYMENT BY STARTING INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES

April 14, 2015

While the nation’s unemployment rate is dropping, the number of post-September 11 veterans seeking work remains higher than the national average. But Debbie Gregory on the Veteran and Military Business Owners Association blog notes that many veterans are above average – when it comes to creating jobs for themselves, as they’re 44% more likely to start a business. Read more.