Local Florist and Gift Shop Shows That There is Always Room for Improvement

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The owners of Achara Florist and Fine Gifts, located in Stafford, VA, have never liked resting on their laurels. Tom and Teresa Reed decided that if they weren’t pushing their business forward, what was the point? Below is an interview about Achara Florist and their decision to partner with a larger company. Why Did You Start Your Initial Business and What ...

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A Virginia Business Succeeds When Mixing Fine Art and Photography


Having a knack for photography and a need for elegant photos proves that business can come in many forms. Below is an interview with Kathy Strauss of ImageWerks. What Is Your Background and What Led You to Start ImageWerks? My background is actually in graphic design. I have a Bachelor of Science in Advertising Design from the University of Maryland. Basically ...

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5 Resources Entrepreneurs & Business Owners Should Check Out in DC, Maryland & Virginia


Being an entrepreneur can be difficult so finding support and resources are always something that entrepreneurs and business owners cherish. We put together a list  of 5 resources that you might want to check out if you’re doing business in Washington D.C., Maryland & Virginia. BNI NOVA - There are over 30 chapters across Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. to visit. BNI is ...

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Occoquan, VA Bridal Shop Deals with the Floods from Mother Nature

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Mother Nature has hit business in the area really hard this year. Just when business owners thought they were done with her and all the snow she brought, many businesses in the DMV especially in Occoquan, Virginia had to deal with flooding–a result of all the rain the past few days. One of these business owners who was affected was ...

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10 DMV Twitter Handles Entrepreneurs Should Be Following


The amount of Twitter users is staggering. You can find anything from a Twitter about clothing to one about pet grooming. For business owners throughout the D.M.V area, making the most of Twitter follows means you might find yourself with a surplus of great information and ideas from fellow owners and entrepreneurs. Here is a list of 10 Twitter handles ...

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New D.C. Start Up Develops Easy to Use, Revolutionary Self Storage

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Tim Friemel and his business partner started their start up company CityStash Storage with the idea of reinventing the the concept of self storage by offering pickup, storage and redelivery services to the Washington D.C. area. Understanding that self storage is used by 1 in 10 people in the US, but requires people to do all of the transporting and ...

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Firefighting Father & Husband Starts Niche Company to Provide for His Family

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Some places are more expensive to live; and upon moving to Northern Virginia, Southern California native and firefighter Damien Sanchez was confronted with this reality. In order to better provide for his family, Damien Sanchez found himself in need of a second source of income. In this modern economy, it’s not uncommon for individuals to have to have more than ...

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Top Leaders & Experts Discuss the State of the Economy at The Atlantic’s Economic Summit


Top leaders and experts on the budget, private and public debt, finance, investments in jobs, infrastructure, nextgen tech, and international trade flocked to Washington D.C. to attend The Atlantic’s 3rd Annual Economic Summit to analyze and examine challenges to a healthy and robust U.S. and global economy. Taking place at the Capital Hilton, the first session “A Global Economic Outlook” was moderated ...

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Resourceful Parents Create a Solution to a Common Problem

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Finding good child care is a hard thing to do. Leaving your child in the care of another person can be stressful; but when they’re in the care of a stranger, it’s even more stressful. Parents have to put in a lot of research into potential child care providers and ask the right questions; and even then it’s not a ...

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Local Business Coach Holds Business Owners Accountable to Reach Success

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Dona Blackman, the owner of her franchise the Growth Coach recently won the Business of the Year which is awarded annually by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The award is a symbol of her success; however, her story started long before she even incorporated her business. Blackman worked for over 30 years as a human resources professional but was laid ...

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