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Bringing a Piece of France to New Zealand

When and why did you set up Baran de Bordeaux? Chrystelle: Nick and I first met in London, but we moved to France soon after. Right from the beginning we loved going around brocantes [secondhand markets] and antiquaires [antique dealers]. We’d always shared a passion for art and design, so working in interiors and furniture was just something that happened naturally. Our main design inspiration came from France, so starting off in French antiques and decoratives was…

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Spain Eases Path for Expat Entrepreneurs

A growing number of expat entrepreneurs are making the most of new Spanish laws designed to breathe life into small businesses and promote foreign investment. Here, Andrea Maltman speaks to Spain’s new crop of expat self-starters. Spain hasn’t always been famous for its entrepreneurial spirit. In the 30-plus years since the country took brave strides from dictatorship to democracy, work was often viewed as something to be done, not enjoyed, and a common ambition was…

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Is Spain a good place for foreign entrepreneurs to launch start-ups?

It’s often been a dream for people from cooler, northern countries, to move to Spain and work and live under the sun, and enjoy a different lifestyle. After doing your day’s work you can relax on the beach, visit the Prado museum or stroll down the Ramblas (depending on location). To be followed by some tasty tapas and cool drinks in a local bar. That’s the dream, and the growing influence of the internet, now…

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Review: The Best Kept Dining Secret in Lisbon

(Lisbon, Portugal) Located across the Tagus River and not far from the old iron bridge, when the night sky is deep blue and the old Lisbon is alight, the view can be amazing. Ponto Final a seafood restaurant and bar, is an almost derelict hamlet on the tiniest harbour. It feels like a set for Rossellini film. To get is a simple Ferry ride from Cais de Sodré to Cacilhas and walk westward for half a…

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American CEO Tackles Food Crisis in Portugal

(Lisbon, Portugal) Hunger in Portugal is widespread, mostly far from obvious, sometimes cloaked in shame. In this awareness, an amazing organization called Re-Food emerges! With over 700 volunteers working hard, the dedicated staff and thoughtful mission has become one of the biggest support systems to families in need throughout Portugal. The mission of the Re-food Movement is to present new responses to the old challenges, local tools that can repair global damage and empower citizens to…

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Retroshop: Originality from the Past

(Lisbon,Portugal) In addition to its five star rating and unique storefront, RetroShop is located at the LX Factory, neatly tucked away on the first floor of a lofty space that houses co-working facilities, unique stores, and impeccable dining. The LX Factory is one of the most artistic areas in Lisbon Portugal!  RetroShop is home to some of the most prized gems from the past, regardless of where you are in the world, you can relate and…

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Small And Minority-Owned Businesses: Seven Tips To Rebound And Rebuild After Unrest

It is no secret, small businesses play a vital role in the United States by generating approximately 66% of new jobs and contributing hundreds of millions of dollars into our nation’s economy. Black-owned businesses in particular, such as those in Ferguson, Missouri, where a Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown has led to rioting and looting, are critical to building prosperity in their communities. To encourage and…

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A Positive Brand Identity Turns Consumers Into ‘Frands’

Franding is a new and exciting concept, and it will help you develop your brand into a consumer loyalty magnet. Simply defined, a frand is a loyal fan of your brand. While the definition is elementary, the results can be dramatic. Everyone has read stories where consumers line up for hours, even overnight, to purchase a sale-priced popular brand item. Because of the product’s brand, a loyal following of “frands” appear whenever there are new…

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Why I Left a 6 Figure Job to Become an Entrepreneur

I did everything that they tell you to do. I had the degree, the condo, the six-figure salary, and the prestige of working at one of the world’s top consulting firms. I was also absolutely miserable. Sunday was always the worst day because Sunday meant that Monday was just around the corner. On Monday the countdown began – four days until Friday, three days, and so on. At the age of 27, being this unfulfilled…

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Philly Is Home to the First Black Woman-Owned Comic Book Store

I was on Facebook when I saw this link about this black woman in Philly that has opened a comic book and coffee shop. I was elated myself. Can you say, “road trip?” I saw the link from Comic Beats first, but the initial interview was on Philly.com. Philadelphia now has a comic book store owned by a Black woman! As the comic/nerd culture increases in popularity, black comic book writers, artists and enthusiasts are increasing in numbers…