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Pouring out new ideas for bars and bartending

Every summer, there are new recommendations for local bars to try or cocktails to imbibe. Here are some new ways to look at bars and bartending. The daily routine Alcohol

Summertime — and the scamming is easy

Consumer scams are on the rise. In 2018, consumer scams surged 38% over the previous year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).Consumers shelled out $1.48 billion to fraudsters, with nearly

Small Business Saturday is packed with local stories for business reporters. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Small businesses deserve more of your attention

National Small Business Week wrapped up in May, but the vital role that small businesses play in driving local economies continues throughout the year. Small businesses account for 99 percent of all

Covering Your Local Startup Scene

Startups aren’t just a coastal phenomenon. While Silicon Valley is often considered the country’s startup mecca, smaller hubs are now emerging in other cities. For instance, Austin, Texas has earned the nickname

Business Angles for the Local Makers Movement

Artisans and small-batch food producers do much of their sales leading up to holiday gift-giving, so December is a good time to explore how the local makers and crafting movements

Small Business Saturday is packed with local stories for business reporters. (Image by StockSnap via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

Small Business Saturday Story Ideas

The day after Thanksgiving is an almost-official holiday devoted to spending money, primarily at large corporate-owned businesses. That doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. Small Business Saturday is

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is full of story ideas for business reporters. (Image by Jennifer1051 via Pixabay, CCO Creative Commons)

3 Business Stories for Veterans Day

Since 1918, when America celebrated the armistice ending WWI, November 11 has been an important day in the United States. It became even more notable in 1954, when President Eisenhower

Total Halloween spending was expected to reach $8.4 billion last year, according to the National Retail Federation. ("Jack" image by Jason OX4 via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

10 Halloween Business Trends to Jumpstart a Story

Costume shops and vintage clothing retailers obviously get a surge in foot traffic as Halloween approaches. But they aren’t the only businesses to benefit from this holiday. Halloween creep Each

Paid Leave Facts to Jump-Start a Business Story

In the thick of summer, paid time off is a timely topic. In addition to traditional time off for vacations, paid leave for parents after the birth or adoption of a child, part

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