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3D Printing Opens Doors for Inventors
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Attaining the money it takes to invest into ideas and launch them into the phases of prototypes and searching for investors is hard work, and not achieved by many. But 3D printing has helped change that reality for many inventors and aspiring entrepreneurs. Wes Kouba from Dallas, TX had his great idea four years ago after a record breaking, devastating tornado tore through Tuscaloosa, AL, leaving many trapped in storm shelters with three feet of debris on top of them. Wes wondered if there was a solution that allowed shelter and safety, without leaving people trapped underground.

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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
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Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

Third Generation Business Built on Mentoring
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This year marks the second annual National Mentoring Month, as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. The month was created to highlight the importance of mentoring and the positive impact it can have on youth. However, recent research has shown that mentorship can also play a role in the success of small business owners.

Starting a business can be challenging and oftentimes a new business owner may not know all the answers. For a small business owner, a close mentoring relationship provides the benefit of having a different experience or knowledge base to draw from. Mentors can help look at problems and situations from different perspectives and have expertise that can provide insight to people just starting out.

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From Small business owners: Why it’s important to shop small
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We’ve been posting about it for weeks, and Small Business Saturday is here! Whether you still have a list of people to shop for, or simply want to treat yourself today, it’s a great time to shop small. Whether you patronize your local clothing boutique, the neighborhood toy store, or even the corner coffee shop, shopping small means supporting business owners in your own neighborhood, and helping your community thrive.

Here at The UPS Store, we love our small business customers, and work closely with them to ensure we understand their challenges, goals, and to find out what they think about small business. In fact, we host a private online community of small business owners – The Small Biz Buzz – where we ask for feedback about products and services, offer access to exclusive content, speakers and products. We also use it to get to learn more about our customers.

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My business runs thanks to the support of other small businesses
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As part of our series of posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Steve Crain, co-owner of A> Prompt Computer Service, LLC. He took some time to talk with us about his journey as small business owner.

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Living the Dream with Living Dreams Clothing
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As part of our series of blog posts leading up to small business Saturday, we’re shining the spotlight on Michael Poulos, owner of Living Dreams, in Scottsdale, AZ. After Michael recently returned from traveling around California and the Pacific Northwest promoting Living Dreams, he sat down to discuss the importance of supporting local small businesses.

Tell me about your business?

I founded a beach lifestyle clothing label in 2011. We make t-shirts, hats and fun casual apparel sold online and at local boutiques. The idea behind the name, Living Dreams, is to encourage others to follow their passion in life and do what they love.

I come from a line of entrepreneurs. I’ve been enthusiastic about fashion since my high school screen printing class, so I decided to give business a shot.

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Connecting with small businesses keeps Flying Connected in business
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Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country. Small Business Saturday is about more than just a single day. It’s a movement. Help us celebrate and support small business in our community and SHOP SMALL all month long.

In celebration of the Shop Small Movement, we’re shining the spotlight on our small business customers all month long. This week, we’d like to introduce you to Flying Connected, an iPad rental company based in New York City. The eight-person company has been featured in national media and counts plenty of big-name businesses and organizations in its client roster, but founder Zalmy Raskin remains committed to the belief that there are big benefits to being small.

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Everyone is Happy When they Buy Cookies
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Small Business Saturday, founded by American Express in 2010, is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.  Small Business Saturday is about more than just a single day.   It’s a movement.  Help us celebrate and support small business in our community and SHOP SMALL all month long.

In celebration of the Shop Small Movement, we’re shining the spotlight on our small business customers all month long. Meet Christina Wherry, owner of Christina’s Gourmet, in Southington, CT, our small business customer of the week. We pulled Christina away from a fresh-out-of-the-oven tray of snicker doodles and pumpkin praline cookies to talk to us about her business and small businesses in general.

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Two Sisters Left Corporate America and took the Leap of Faith
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We wrap up our celebration of Small Business Week by sharing one more small business story! Meet Vanese and Vikki, two sisters that took the leap of faith and left corporate America to start their own business.

Vanese wasn’t happy at her job and decided to do something different. Having a specific degree, Vanese knew she had to stay within the pharmaceutical industry, which led her and her sister to open an independent neighborhood pharmacy in Missouri City, Texas.

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Persistence and Patience Leads to success for our Hat Lady
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Even though Small Business Week is ending, we’re still celebrating by sharing stories of small business owners! Today, we meet Lisa Battaglia, the hat lady. Lisa designs hats that reinterpret vintage aesthetics to live in the modern world.

Lisa knew in college that she wanted to be a business owner; she saw a niche in the marketplace for hats and had an instinct that hats would return as a part of fashion.

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