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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.

Blake Barnes, owner of the Common Market, says connecting with customers and “flowing” with the Plaza Midwood neighborhood has helped keep his store profitable.

When not working his day job, Kevin Brown of Matthews crafts instruments for his side gig, Rhythm House Drums.

Inspired to start a profitable business that would advance social causes, too, Charlotte resident Daniel McCollum built his Torrent Consulting firm around the growing field of customer relationship management.

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


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

There's still time to grab baby's first Christmas ornament at the same Matthews shop where custom...

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Mike Feldman, CEO of T1Visions in Charlotte, shares his keys to making his touchscreen technology company successful and one of the top 500 fastest growing U.S. private companies.

Networking events and classes of interest to the small business community

A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses.

‘Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success’ by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

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