Holidays

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A Present for Your Pooch

Today's featured item from our Holiday Gift Guide is a dog treat pouch made by Sara Bella Upcycled.

Should Small Businesses Join 'Free Shipping Day'?

To help you decide, three entrepreneurs share their past experiences.

The Entrepreneur Behind 'Free Shipping Day'

Meet Luke Knowles, who has made Free Shipping Day bigger than Black Friday.

Get a Load of This: A Gift That Weighs Luggage

Today we reveal the latest pick for our gift guide -- a digital luggage scale made by EatSmart Products. Talk about practical!

Getting a Kick Out of Social Responsibility

The next item selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is a fair-trade certified soccer ball made by Senda Athletics.

No Animals Were Harmed to Make This Lip Balm

Today's featured item from our Holiday Gift Guide is a vegan lip balm set made by Sprout Skincare.

Making Jewelry Out of Broken Plates

The next item selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is a necklace made by IBreakPlates.com

All I Want For Christmas Is This Beer Mug

Today's featured item from our Holiday Gift Guide is a conversation-starter made by The Man Registry.

Chris Brogan on How to Make December Your Secret Power-Work Month

Think you'll be able to have downtime during the winter holiday season? Think again.

Giving Kids the Gift of Travel

The next item selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide is a children's book made by Hartlyn Kids.

12 Days of Indie Merchant Gifts: Day 1

It's here! Today we unveil the first gift selected for our Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide....The Shopping List Bag, by L.E. Green Bags.

Should Franchisees Participate in Small Business Saturday?

A franchise advocate is lobbying American Express to allow franchisees from small outfits to take part in its holiday marketing campaign designed to promote independently-owned enterprises.

A Small Business Owner's Guide to Year-End Sales Success

With just four weeks left to bank end of year sales, there are still ways you can maximize your 2011 income. Here are five tips.

Networking Strategies for the Holidays

The holiday party season is a great time to meet people -- and you should have a plan.

Building a Business on Regifting

With Shift My Gift, recipients can donate the money Aunt Gladys wanted to spend on them instead of having to find space for yet another useless tchotchke.

A 2011 Holiday Shopping Trend Snapshot

What retail forecasters expect from online customers during the holiday spending season this year.

Retailers That Open on Thanksgiving: Is It Wrong?

As giant retailers open for business on Thanksgiving Day, small companies may also feel the pressure to open their doors.

How to Make a Toast

Is it toasty in here or is it us? The Esquire Guy mulls over the perfect words to raise a glass to.

How Do I Deliver a Really Good Toast at the Holiday Party?

The Esquire guy goes on a fact-finding mission to unearth the perfect words to accompany a hoist, whether it's to toast the accomplishments of employees or the tanking of a rival.

How to Tap the Power of 'Thank You'

Expressing gratitude can be good for business. Here are ways to make your appreciation more meaningful to your employees, vendors and customers.

How Indie Merchants Are Prepping for the Holidays

For retailers, the holiday season is critical. We look at how small businesses in one New York marketplace are planning to win customers.

Calling All Independent Merchants

From now until Thanksgiving, tell us about one item that you sell that is the perfect gift for someone special. We'll consider it for our upcoming Indie Merchant Holiday Gift Guide.

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.

How Can I Stand Out in the Holiday Sales Rush?

Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur, shares three tips on how small business owners can stand out among competitors during the holiday rush. Part of our Coaches Corner series.

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