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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.

Niche South End skateboard retailer connects with community through events and customer service.

From specialized gyms offering one type of class to one-stop fitness centers with an almost country-clublike feel, the city’s gym scene has moved beyond the YMCAs and 24 Hour Fitnesses.

Before borrowing money from a friend, states a well-worn American proverb, decide which you need most.

Fashion mogul Tory Burch built her company from scratch. Now she’s looking to help other female entrepreneurs find their own path.


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

JJ's Red Hots, with locations in Dilworth and Ballantyne, announced on Tuesday a new business par...

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Cash Mob Charlotte and Rely On Local Business to hit local merchants at First Friday Waxhaw.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community

A business plan shouldn’t simply be a means of securing a loan, but a living document that entrepreneurs review frequently, said Genevia Fulbright, president of Fulbright Knowledge Alliances.

‘Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder’ by Arianna Huffington

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