Steven Valenti used to run a radio campaign for his men's clothing business, telling true stories of customers.
And it was successful in driving business to his store. His son, Evan Valenti, isn't quite so sure that would work nowadays, but Steven Valenti thinks it would.
The federal agency provides loans to small businesses to help them grown. Wendell Davis, the Region I New England administrator, said that capital component is what ultimately sinks many businesses as the owners just try to squeak by without putting in needed investment.
Donna Hanson has been following Officer Darren Derby on Facebook for a few years now. And she's been following the progress he has been making in his push to purchase an ice cream truck.
Friday morning, the owner of Balderdash Cellars was prepping for a wine tasting on Saturday and she heard Derby talking on the radio. And she knows every little bit helps.
Carr Hardware won the small business of the year award from Independent We Stand.
And in turn, the splash park project for Clapp Park is a winner. Carr Hardware won the "Indie Award" from the business organization and the local company pledged to donate the $5,000 cash prize to Rotary's efforts to build a new splash park.
Carr Hardware is the only business in Massachusetts to make it to the quarterfinals of the "Independent We Stand Small Business of the Year Award."
And, if they win they plan on donating that money right back into the community. Carr Hardware says the small business organization Independent We Stand is giving out $5,000 to this year's winner. If Carr Hardware gets it, it will be donated toward building a new splash pad at Clapp Park.