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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.

Search Solution Group created a video starring the company pooch to win one month of free advertising on a digital billboard in the EpiCentre.

The branding brawl between two Charlotte coffeehouses over rights to use a neighborhood name has cooled off after both business owners dismissed their federal lawsuits and one changed the name of his shop.

Owner of Artisan Ice Sculptures in Charlotte doesn’t fear requests for reindeer, elves or a life-size Santa this Christmas season.

Meyers Park-based Karat Patch Jewelry will close at the beginning of 2015 after 32 years in business.

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

Three former customers and the founder's son have officially assumed ownership of Klassic Rides, ...

Amish Shah, a local entrepreneur who founded high-growth tech recruiting firm Millennium Search, wants to give Charlotte tech and media startups an “unfair advantage” – mainly access to top-tier investors who can take them from seed to Series A funding, and beyond.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community

Posts that companies boost on Facebook show up in the news feeds that meet the criteria the business selects, are displayed higher in those feeds and are labeled “sponsored.” But for the businesses that don’t pay to boost their posts, Facebook is about to make it much harder for them to reach their audiences.

‘For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us about Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice’ by Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

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