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Brace yourself: The price of chocolate is going up.

Last week the Hershey company announced it would be raising prices for their products by eight percent, and Mars followed suit, announcing a seven percent hike for their chocolates. Why is this happening? This is a econ 101 lesson playing … Continue reading

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National Small Business Week: Let’s talk about women-owned and supported businesses

It is National Small Business Week, and while we celebrate the contributions that small businesses make in every community in every corner of the nation, today I want to focus on the female business owners and our particular needs and issues. Continue reading

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Reading Girl Scouts Earn Business Badge Local businesswomen encourage girls to become entrepreneurs

Reading, MA Local Girl Scout Troops 73290 and 71305 recently tapped Reading business owners Erin Calvo-Bacci and Lisa Serrano for their expertise in order to earn their Business Owner, Junior Level merit badges. The business owners addressed the girls at … Continue reading

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Sick time

Last week, The Boston Globe reported that legislators’ effort to require Massachusetts businesses to offer employees paid sick days is gaining momentum. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/04/14/proposal-mandate-paid-sick-days-gaining-momentum/eVJSRHUuIZEeWZmtcHLqsJ/story.html On the surface, this would seem to be a no-brainer. What’s not to like, after all? The … Continue reading

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Reading Business Contributes to Education Fundraising Efforts

The Chocolate Truffle customers contribute more than $300 during Fundraising Days Valentine’s Day week was an especially sweet time at Reading’s signature sweet shop, The Chocolate Truffle, with customers contributing more than $300 to town education efforts through the business’s … Continue reading

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Fundraising Frustration

Earlier this month we participated in a fundraising event that left us steaming and wondering why we bothered. In short, the emcee, a local radio DJ (in a paid appearance) publicly insulted The Chocolate Truffle by not having any idea … Continue reading

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A MENU TO CREATE JOBS

I’m not a Republican or a Democrat, but I am a Massachusetts home and business owner. From 1980 to 2010, our state went from twelve votes in the House of Representatives to nine, indicating that we lost significant population compared … Continue reading

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How to Support a Local Business

I was getting ready for work one morning last week with the TV on for company, mostly ignoring the unavoidable political ads that tell you it is mid-October of an election year. As I sat on the couch putting on … Continue reading

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In the Age of Social Media are You Making Your Competitors Job Easier?

Social Media has made it easier to follow your competition in real time and for them to follow you, but unless you’re publishing your business plan and listing every intimate business detail then your competition is only privy to part … Continue reading

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It’s Political

Recently all the senators and representatives were told to visit a small business. I was contacted by one of my Reps who in his own words “Having worked a second job at a small business to help raise my family, … Continue reading

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