Professional artist Sandra Marshall has been a painter since she graduated college, working mostly on portraits and wall murals. But she has just as much of a passion for teaching — her degree was in elementary education.

When she moved to the Phoenix area from New York, she found a need for more arts education, and began offering lessons and painting parties out of her home to friends and classmates of her children.… Read More

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Small business optimism reached its third highest level since the Great Recession last month, in spite of harsh weather conditions that pummeled much of the country this winter. That resilience is promising for the economy, and underscores the importance consumers place in small shops as they continue to patronize these retailers and businesses.… Read More

Have you Googled yourself or your business lately? If so, are you happy with what you see? For many consumers, off-line shopping generally starts with online research. According to Andy Beal, a leading online reputation management expert, all your radio, TV, and print ads will be wasted money if someone then types your name into Google and sees that you have a questionable reputation.… Read More

Purchasing sports equipment can be expensive, and for people playing multiple sports, or children wanting to try new activities, costs can rack up very quickly. This is where Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting goods resale franchise in North America, steps in.… Read More

We’ve come a long way since the Great Recession, with the capital markets showing strong vital signs so far in 2015. And Kimco is taking full advantage. The ample liquidity and mortgage financing available is giving individual owners, buyers, and regional players increased access to capital, enabling us to execute strategic sales of assets at an accelerated pace.… Read More

Last October, Amazon grabbed headlines by leasing space in New York City, with reports swirling that it would be the online behemoth’s first retail store as well as a hub for its same day delivery service, giving NYC shoppers instant gratification, an advantage that brick-and-mortar stores still have over e-commerce.… Read More

We’ve been witnessing the disruption that technology has been having on retail, but what was once something that created anxiety is now creating tremendous opportunity, and retailers are now actively embracing these opportunities. Just last quarter, Macy’s invested billions of dollars toward a new effort that, in part, encourages shoppers to use their mobile device to search for and purchase apparel in its stores, while others have turned to virtual reality to create a next generation retail experience.… Read More

Whether you’re running a shop, or a shopping center, finding the time to stay up to date on the latest technological advances is often a pipe dream; a nice-to-have, but a hard-to-have as you work to keep normal operations running at maximum potential.… Read More