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If you are living in Ohio you are seeing some recovery from the recession. Home values which dropped significantly are beginning to recover. I just read that Ohio is seeing personal incomes rising. This is a patchy story across the country and indeed, globally. For people of my generation who took a huge hit with investments, downsizing and a very competitive jobs market, the most efficient way to recapture that wealth and lifestyle is to take the plunge to create a micro-business. Read How to Build Yours

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Ultimate Ken: 4 Tips to Ride the Wave to Win New Customers

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Tweet They should be grandparents by now, comfortable with finishing each other’s thoughts, cozy evenings and walks on the Malibu beach. Instead they fell into a pattern of ongoing adventures and romance until it all became dull. She finally dropped him for an Aussie surfer.

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Green Lodging: Is the Mattress the Answer to A Growing Epidemic?

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Tweet They love traveling, as a couple and individually. Comfortable in trendy hotels, glamorous apartments, chateaus and hostels, they love digging in to the local lifestyles. The world is indeed this hip young couple’s playground. Usually they return from their trips with a fresh look at life, warm memories and perhaps a trinket or two.

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Restaurant Week-Restaurants Work to Bring in Travelers and Locals

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Tweet My daughter Ginger works at the trendy Esca in NYC’s Theatre District. She asked me to remind my readers that NYC Restaurant Week runs from January 24 through February 6, 2011. Esca is one of more than 300 restaurants participating in offering prix fixe three course menus for tempting patrons. In the case of […]

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Local Eco-Entrepreneurship – 3 Stories to Think On

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Tweet TED-Midwest brings this video by Majora Carter of NPR’s The Promised Land.org. These 3 stories are being told in local regions throughout the country and abroad. What intrigues me is the interconnectivity between ecology, economic development and urban renewal. The emphasis in our new economy based on entrepreneurship is changing the way that local […]

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Taming the Beast Within-5 Steps to Success

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Tweet Time to think of gearing up for success in 2011 and beyond. My wish for myself and for all of you is find ENERGY! As small business owners we all have the Desire to be successful. Each of us has a vision. It takes drive and passion to translate that vision to success.

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Abraham Path: Tourism Changing Minds

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Tweet Terrorism to tourism? Hostility to Hospitality? Seems like changing these realities should be impossible tasks. Yet this is what anthropologist and peace negotiator, William Ury is promoting with Abraham’s Path at a recent TED Conference.

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An Executive’s Guide to Social Media

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Tweet Social media is a topic in the boardroom as well as around the watercooler. Usually my clients are small business owners who have to think like CEOs but work in the trenches. Yet I am constantly confronted with this discussion when consulting for a new client.

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Sustainable Fish Choices: From Chef to Diner-Eat Smart!

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Tweet Sustainable food choices make economic and health sense. What we take from the sea is just as important as what we take from the land. For those in travel and hospitality industries, particularly the small businesses that provide the ambiance and depth to cultural regions, bringing this subject to the attention of customers is […]

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CLE+ CEO Ambassadors

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Tweet From Mary Margaret Lavelle, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland comes this great video about the Cleveland region. People frequently ask about what the CLE+ campaign is all about. This sums it up nicely. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. Here’s why its a […]

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Artisan Cheese: A Tale of the Sheep, the Goat and the Cow

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