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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 20 IDEA: Move Your Business into a Main Street Revitalization Zone

Paul Curtain, owner of Raymond's Jewellers in downtown Sioux Falls, South Dakota, needed a loan to remodel his store a few years ago. So he borrowed money, below prime rate, from a revolving fund set up especially for downtown merchants. “As a small retailer, I couldn't have afforded to do what I've done in a mall location,” said Curtain.

Merchants are moving from malls to Main Street across the country. Small business owners are taking advantage of a variety of state, local, and federal Main Street revitalization programs. For example, the merchants of Skagway, Alaska, with a year-round population of 300, applied for state and federal help to build new sidewalks that mimic ...

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