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West Coast Ports Resume Normal Operations

U.S. West coast ports are back in business after a tentative deal was reached for a new five-year contract on Friday. The deal comes several days after U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez intervened in the... more »

Small Toy Shops Play Up the Perks

On a warm afternoon earlier this week, Dan Weiss, manager and “chief toyologist” at Fantastic Kids Toys, was preparing for the early-December rush of shoppers to the two neighborhood toy stores he manages in New... more »

6 Guaranteed Ways To Improve Your Holiday Marketing Results

There’s nothing small about the holiday season when it comes to small businesses.According to the National Retail Federation, 20 to 40 percent of yearly sales for small and mid-sized retailers take place within the last... more »

The Buzz: Retailers Report Holiday Sales

Fox Cities, WI - Retailers around the country began reporting their Christmas results last week, ranging from a disappointing dip — Best Buy’s stores were down almost 1 percent, for example — to a modest... more »

Last Minute Christmas Shoppers Boost Small Business Sales

Charlotte, NC - With a late Black Friday this year and Christmas falling on a Wednesday, plenty of last minute shoppers were out in Charlotte, Monday.Typically when you think of Christmas shopping, big retail chains... more »

Snow? Short Shopping Season? No Problem

Milford, MA - As the number of shopping days before Christmas has quickly dwindled to three, many MetroWest and Milford small business owners are gearing up for the final rush of shoppers after a successful... more »

Local Stores Have Deals for Shoppers on Small Business Saturday

Witchita, KS - With more major retailers opening their doors to special holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day – instead of Black Friday – small business owners are trying to compete with Small Business Saturday.Started by... more »

Things Local Retailers Should Do for Happy Holidays

Killeen, TX - Truly Texas, a gift shop in the Killeen Mall, started making plans in January for an additional 1,900-square-foot holiday store, which opened Thursday.“We set up an additional holiday store every year,” said... more »

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