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3 Ways to Turn Holiday Shoppers Into Year-Round Customers

Exceed customer expectations through everything from great customer service to surprise gifts.

Day #9: Groovy Gifts of Apparel, Made by Indie Merchants

Sandals. Subscription underwear. We've got our top apparel picks in this year's Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.

Day #8: 7 Practical -- But Not Boring! -- Gifts Made By Indie Merchants

For those friends and family members that swear by only the most useful gifts, here are a few options that will satisfy and delight even the most ingenious MacGyver.

6 Tips for Staying Sane Over the Holidays

Hard to believe the holidays are upon us, Thanksgiving has just wrapped and the rest of the holidays will be here in a blink. Here's your guide to a stress-free season.

3 Things to Consider Before Your Business Donates to Charity

It's the season of giving. But before you open your wallet, follow this checklist to make sure you get your money is put to the best use.

Day #6: 10 Gifts for the Eco-Conscious Person On Your List

These gifts will make a tree hugger happy, and they feel good to give, too.

Day #5: 10 Great Foodie Gifts This Holiday Season

We drank and tasted our way through all the food submissions in this year's gift guide -- and deemed these the most delicious.

Day #4: The Season's Quirkiest Gifts Under $50

We've got stocking stuffers made from bullets, airplane parts, crystal balls and more. Check out our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide's most unusual slide show.

4 Seasonal Business Survival Tactics

If your business booms during one season and lags the rest of the year, here's how to smooth out the fluctuations.

Day #3: 10 Gifts for Kids Made by Indie Merchants

Got a tyke in your life? From crayons to Legos, here's our top picks for kids -- made by parents, teachers and even kids themselves.

5 Tips for Coping with Cranky Customers

As the holidays bring out more disgruntled shoppers, it's important to be sensitive and avoid alienating them. Here's how.

Meatball's Top Picks for Your Pet

This holiday season, don't forget to treat your furry friends too. For our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide, Meatball the bulldog gives his top pick from the pets category.

Day #1: Woof! Best Pet Gifts Under $50

The first picks from our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide have arrived. Here's our list of favorites for furry friends.

10 Ways to Say 'Thank You'

Expressing a little appreciation can go a long way. Here's how to take it beyond the greeting card sentiments and have meaningful conversations with customers, employees and vendors.

3 Ways to Make Employee Gifts More Meaningful

How to go beyond the typical holiday bonus to reward employees.

Black Friday Burritos? Moe's Serves Hungry Retail Workers

The restaurant franchise Moe's Southwest Grill has figured out a way to make money on Black Friday: Feed all those shop employees ringing up purchases.

Halloween Costumes for Entrepreneurs (Infographic)

Need a last minute costume idea? We've got you covered.

We Want You for Our Holiday Gift Guide

Calling all artists, designers and craftspeople. We're compiling our 2012 Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide. Deadline for submissions is Nov. 1.

6 Ways Young Treps Can Make Time for a Vacation

It's summer. So we thought we'd explore different ways that even the busiest start-up entrepreneurs can make time to get away.

Are Young Treps Nurtured or Born?

Palo Alto Software founder Tim Berry talks about his family of entrepreneurs and asks the question: Can young entrepreneurs be cultivated?

Daddy, I want to be an Entrepreneur!

As starting a business is no easy task, it might be difficult to embrace a child's decision to follow in your footsteps. But you should try. Here are 8 ways to encourage your little ones.

Valentine's Niche: Say It With Beer and Beef Jerky?

In the business of love, nothing is sacred -- not even candy hearts and red roses.

Seven Ways Business Owners Can Beat the January Doldrums

For many businesses, January is a dead month. Here are some ideas for how to perk up your post-holiday bottom line.

Revealing the Readers' Choice Winner

Here's a look at the gift you voted as your favorite in this year's Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.

Is Your Favorite in the Lead?

There are just three short days left to vote for your top choice in our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide. Here's a sneak peek at the scoreboard leaders.

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