Thursday, February 28, 2013
Our panel of experts are waiting in the comments to answer your questions about starting a business in the latest installment of Ask the Patch Pro.
It's time for another edition of Ask the Patch Pro, where each week we tackle a different topic and open up the comments section for questions. Our team of experts stop in to help you out and answer your questions. This week we're talking business. Thinking about starting your own business, but not quite sure where to start? Patch wants to help you find answers to your questions this week, but we needed some help. We've compiled a team of experts to help us out. Meet the experts: Have a question? Ask our experts in the comment section below!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Written when Hazelwood Patch first went live, this article brings you a jewel of a place located where your inner artist can release.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Losing her corporate job and single motherhood didn't stop her from launching her own bakery.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
No, there's not a catch. SCORE's experienced mentors will help you take your business to the next level.
When it comes down to it, behind just about every small business is an entrepreneur hoping to turn their passion into a paycheck. But, as many wise business advisers have noted: Hope is not a strategy. Business owners need support to turn dreams into reality. That's why Patch is pleased to announce a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit organization with 12,000 business experts nationwide who provide free mentoring to small business owners. The partnership makes sense because we believe that when local commerce grows, the whole community gets stronger. Patch already provides free listings for local businesses and other tools to help build local brands. Whether you're a 10-year-old jewelry designer or a 79-year-old who carves wood knives…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"Hazelwood Patch" went to visit the farmer's market in nearby Ferguson on Saturday. Here's what we found.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
A new law means Hazelwood business owners will be required to show proof they've paid their personal property taxes, or else.
A new legislation in St. Louis County could mean some extra steps and a little pinch for some Hazelwood business owners. Beginning on Sept. 4, the new law will prevent business owners from getting the permits and licenses they need in order to run their businesses if they haven’t paid their property taxes. “If you own a Saint Louis County-based company that’s delinquent on any of its personal property taxes, you won’t get any annual license or permit from us until you pay what you owe,” said Eugene Leung, Director of Revenue for Saint Louis County in a press release. He added that while the vast majority of companies who do business in the area pay their personal property taxes on time, there’s approximately $25 to $35 million in unpaid …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Four friends prove that following your dreams can lead to success.
When the four owners of the Hair In Motion salon met nearly three decades ago, they all worked at a salon owned by someone else. They became fast friends who kept in touch even after they all left that shop and worked at various other salons around town. Then, 18 years ago, they discussed opening their own salons because they needed flexibility in their jobs and wanted to own their own businesses. They soon agreed that it that would be almost impossible without a joint effort. The partnership provided the perfect solution, and since the responsibilities are split four ways, each salon owner said she can really have it all. After making the choice to go into business together, the four women rented their own store, which they had to build …
Friday, March 16, 2012
"Hazelwood Patch" rounds up resources on writing business plans and shares tips from two Hazelwood business owners.
Are you thinking about starting a small business in Hazelwood? The city is already home to more than 1,000 successful businesses, and its proximity to Lambert St. Louis International Airport and major highways makes it ideal place to start a business venture, according to David Cox, economic developer for the City of Hazelwood. Cox said it's important to write your business plan early in the process. "I see a lot of projects where there is no plan until late and it’s harder to start the business," he said. Let’s get planning! If you’re considering opening a business in Hazelwood, we hope you’re following our small business series. So far, we’ve covered the concept phase of starting your own business, including tips on choosing an original…
Friday, March 2, 2012
"Hazelwood Patch" talks to economic developer David Cox to get the inside scoop on opening a franchise in town.
Have you ever thought of opening your own business? Hazelwood is home to more than 1,000 business, and city officials say they have a great deal of experience in both dealing with various industries and helping residents to grow all different types of businesses. The first step in building your business is to decide exactly what you want to do—to choose or create your own business idea. Although this seems pretty obvious, many people know that they want to be entrepreneurs, but they don’t know exactly how they want to go about doing that. The good news is that you’ve got plenty of options. This week, we’re discussing franchise opportunites, and next week, we’ll discuss original concepts you design yourself. Considering Buying a Franchise? …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
"Hazelwood Patch" expands its small business feature offering step-by-step guidelines for starting your own business in Hazelwood.
If you’ve ever considered starting a small business, you might be doing yourself and the Hazelwood community a favor. How can opening a small business help you? While most small businesses don't become overnight successes, hard work and careful planning combined with a great idea can lead to serious financial success. Plus, opening your own business gives you an opportunity to do something you want to do. You can follow your passion, provide a service or product that the community needs--and you can be your own boss. How can opening a small business help the Hazelwood community? In addition to simply providing a new product or service for the community, small businesses are good for the economy. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all…