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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.

Ralph Broome, a licensed hypnotherapist and U.S. Army veteran, opened Carolina Preppers & Survivors supply shop last month to appeal to campers, outdoor enthusiasts and people who want to stock up for any natural or economic disaster.

‘Teddy likes the other dogs at Puptown Charlotte,’ writes Kristen Hall, ‘but is most comfortable helping me type at the computer!’

Here’s why Statesville practitioner Amanda Kotis handpicked an unknown associate to run her practice while on maternity leave.

Recovering economy has owners more careful about using bank loans to grow their companies.

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

The first woman to pilot a Black Hawk helicopter will tell women veterans in Charlotte next week ...

A Charlotte mother’s search for stylish rain boots for her sons led her and her husband to launch an online business selling fashionable and trendy children’s rainwear.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community

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