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Making Halloween POP

Making Halloween POP

If ever there was a year for Halloween, it is 2020. As though designed for a pandemic, this holiday already features plenty of masks, and social distancing isn’t as challenging as it once was, even when we’re partying! So we absolutely cannot wait for October 31 and have teamed up with Pink Flamingo Party Co. once again to help you nail your Halloween Fete, no matter the theme, size, or style of your costumed celebration.

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Five Essential Elements that Build a Brand

Five Essential Elements that Build a Brand

“Branding” as a term has become a little diffuse on the market, especially as people seem to think branding is as easy as slapping a logo you got on fiverr onto some business cards and setting up a website. That’s the performance of branding, the reality of branding can be broken down into five essential components. 

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Our Favorite Things Party

Our Favorite Things Party

We hosted our second Favorite Things Party this summer, a celebration of all the friends, makers, vendors, and creators that shared their talents with us. You might recognize some of these products from our Friday Finds. Take a look at our list and don’t forget to follow up on Instagram for more Friday Finds, Favorite Things lists, and more tips and tricks for small business owners and emerging leaders.

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At Mystic Knotwork Tide and Tied are Timeless

At Mystic Knotwork Tide and Tied are Timeless

Mystic Knotwork is a family run small business in the picturesque seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut. Since 1957, the Beaudoin family has been selling their beautiful and functional nautical knot wares to dedicated customers. Matt Beaudoin and his wife Jill took the business over in 1996 from Matt’s grandfather, keeping this heritage art alive and well in Southern New England.

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Lily Patch Boutique Keeps it Cool (or Hot!)

Lily Patch Boutique Keeps it Cool (or Hot!)

Whether you call them coozies or cozies, the cup and can coolers from Lily Patch Boutique are the fun accessory your favorite daily beverage absolutely needs. A home-based small business out of San Diego, California, we can’t get enough of these clever insulators. 

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Small State Provisions Rises in West Hartford

Small State Provisions Rises in West Hartford

Founded in 2019, Small State Provisions has already risen to the fore in West Hartford, not only through the amazing breads and granolas bought straight from Masse’s kitchen, but also through community connections, giving back, and community leadership. 

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Seed Bagel Shop is Growing in Glastonbury

Seed Bagel Shop is Growing in Glastonbury

Ari and Todd DiBattista grew their careers in the restaurant business, always with the “seed “of an idea to one day open their own restaurant. When they finally got the chance to open an eatery of their own, they jumped at the chance. In less than a year, Seed has become a fast favorite among locals and beyond.

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Luann’s Bakery Delights in Ellington

Luann’s Bakery Delights in Ellington

LuAnn’s Bakery & Café in Ellington has taken homemade taste and local ingredients to whip up a recipe for success. With the leadership of tea-shop entrepreneur Josh Virkler and some of the legacy recipes of Ellington native LuAnn herself, who had been serving up her delights for over 40 years, LuAnn’s Bakery has become a soul-(and stomach-)filling destination in North-Central Connecticut.

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Ricker Duval Business Solutions presents a perfect blend of accumulated experience, talent, and education through their dynamic co-founders, Judy Ricker and Jill Duval. Each brings more than a decade of executive business experience that, as partners, extend over a broad spectrum of professional business services.

Judy Ricker & Jill Duval