Archive: March 16, 2008 - March 22, 2008

Outlook for Murky Coffee Is Crystal Clear

Murky Coffee is a classic example of a well-intentioned small business that failed due to financial mismanagement - not because it lacked customers or a good product. In a story in today's Washington Post, Staff Writer Elissa Silverman reports that the coffee shop closed its popular gathering spot, much to...

By Sharon McLoone | March 21, 2008; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Start-up Searches for Red Carpet Treatment

My brother-in-law is a not-yet-famous actor but makes a decent living and is very well connected among the Hollywood set. This often turns out to be a perk for his extended family, including myself. He goes to many glamorous parties where he leaves with many fabulous stories and gift bags...

By Sharon McLoone | March 19, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Retailers Accept Foreign Currency as Dollar Withers

Some small retailers that include transatlantic tourists and other jet-setters among customers are accepting euros as the dollar's value dwindles worldwide. Washington Post Staff Writer Alejandro Lazo reports today that a small falafel shop in D.C.'s Adams Morgan district has joined the trend. The Amsterdam Falafelshop in Adams Morgan, owned...

By Sharon McLoone | March 17, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (2)

Contests Can Attract New Customers

Editor's Note: The deadline for this contest has been extended until Apr. 30. Elizabeth Kanna, owner of Kanna & Co., a boutique business consultancy, recently launched the Big Business Contest with the thought "there's nothing small about running your own business," she said. She saw a good fit for the...

By Sharon McLoone | March 17, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)


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