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ShopTalk: Small business help
Welcome to ShopTalk, where the Observer tells you about small businesses and local entrepreneurs who have solved a problem, met a challenge or carved a unique niche. Follow us here each day, and in our Wednesday printed edition.

Instead of working in a local coffee shop, some entrepreneurs are using Industry Coworking, a shared office space in South End.

Makers of local Whole Foods-type products, listen up: The grocer is inviting local producers to bring their wares for a shot to get on the shelves at the new Lake Norman store.

Jackson’s Java, the venerable local coffeehouse that hosted countless UNCCharlotte study sessions, has abruptly closed its original University City location. Its last day of business was March 23.

Your Mom’s Donuts in Charlotte will come to your house or office – as long as it’s within 10 miles of Matthews or the bake shop on Clanton Road – and bring you fresh, hot doughnuts. Fresh, hot doughnuts made with mostly local, sustainable ingredients.


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Small-business owners, we want to see what you look like when you're at your place of business.

Charlotte-based Rose Chauffeured Transportation won 2014 Family Business of the Year in the mediu...

ShopTalk
Showing loyalty to your favorite businesses used to mean a key chain filled with miniature frequent customer cards. Like much of business, however, loyalty is going digital.

More than 120 entrepreneurs attended the ShopTalk networking event on Monday at NoDa Brewing Co.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community

Showing loyalty to your favorite businesses used to mean a key chain filled with miniature frequent customer cards. Like much of business, however, loyalty is going digital.

Reporter Caroline McMillan Portillo and editor Celeste Smith talk about the mission of ShopTalk. Click below to see more ShopTalk videos:

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