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In addition to writing content for small business, I also write articles about small business for a variety of publications. Here's a sampling of articles I've written for both local and national publications.
Little Free Libraries: Uniting Communities, One Book at a Time
How tiny, take-a-book-return-a-book libraries are fighting illiteracy and crime while bringing together neighborhoods and communities.
Yard Sale Nation: Why an Old-School Tradition is More Popular Than Ever
Trading cash for used goods at someone's home is trendy thanks to social media and current interior design styles.
Crazy for Cardboard: Young Entrepreneur Designs Affordable Standing Desk
The founder of a cardboard furniture company doubles his Kickstarter goal with a creative cardboard standing desk design.
Brand New Noise: The Simple Joy of Sharing Sound
A musician himself, a simple idea occurred to Richard Upchurch: What if there was a toy that allowed the player to make the sounds?
7 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mom
If you’re looking for a more personal and affordable way to celebrate the woman who brought you into this world, here are seven ideas to surprise and delight her.
Different Strokes: New Generation of Sign Painters Picks Up a Brush
The sign painting industry almost died out in the 80s and 90s, but today, younger artists are bringing it back to life.
Why Tiny Houses Are a Big Deal
The tiny house trend—of homes that are only a few hundred feet in size—while still relatively small, has grown dramatically in recent years.
Trash to Treasure: 5 Upcycled Boutiques
There are some folks out there who look at trash and see opportunity—for new products, creative businesses, and fresh ways of thinking.
Career Advice from Gilt Groupe CEO
Michelle Peluso says the Coca-Cola Scholars program helped put her on a path to business success and continues to inspire her work.
Zen and the Art of Milk Delivery
The owner of Farm to Home Milk built his business as a meditation, a lifestyle, and a way to practice the teachings on Zen.
Velvet, Varnish & Vines
Over three decades, the Tatum family has built three businesses to serve the sophisticated tastes of the North Carolina High Country.
How Sweet It Is: Tupelo Honey Cafe
From its original location in downtown Asheville, Steve Frabitore has grown the Tupelo Honey brand to 6 locations and 600 employees, serving 40,000 customers each week.
The Only Constant is Change
TSAChoice has guided local businesses through 30 years of technological innovation—from fax machines to cloud computing.
Hops & Yarn
Julie Jensen escaped the rat race in Washington D.C. to experiment in sustainability at EchoView Farm & Fiber Mill in rural North Carolina.
The Crafted Culinary Experience
The owners of Corner Kitchen and Chestnut are serious about the ingredient of “craft”—as it relates to both the dishes they serve and business management practices.
From the Workshop to the Web
The couple behind Lichty Guitars uses modern, online tools to market a handmade, old-fashioned product to buyers all over the world.
Candy Cakes Bath Bakery whips up bath bombs and other bath products disguised as cupcakes, cake slices, and other sweet treats. From a small storefront, they're doing big business.
The Business of Art
Andy Warhol said that “good business is the best art.” Many local artists add that having business skills under your belt is what makes a creative living truly sustainable.
After three years in business, the owners of Kudzu Branding & Design started noticing some clear indicators that it was time to grow and diversify.
Compliments Don't Pay the Bills
Leslie Logemann, founder of Ms. American Pie Company, made one of the toughest decisions a business owner can—close down and focus on another endeavor.
A Mother's Love
Starting a business wasn’t so much a choice for Kathy Stickler, as it was a responsibility to other mothers—and a way to heal.
Weathering Business Cycles
Michel Baudouin’s downtown-Asheville restaurant, Bouchon, has weathered the recession, but he always keeps his eye on events that might affect his business.
Building a Business One Bin at a Time
While some people start a business based on a long-time passion or interest, others recognize a need that’s not being met. Danny Keaton of Danny’s Dumpster falls into the latter category.
There are pros and cons to being a leader in one’s field. As owners of the first company in NC specializing in professional green-roof services, the Ancayas were on their own in many ways.
Rebranding a Responsible Coffee Shop
What has not changed during the rebranding is Weatherly’s commitment to quality and fairness. The integrity of the coffee production chain is one of his top priorities.
Matching Tasks with Talent
Taryn Gentry uses her extensive local network to make connections between people who want to work, and people who need help with anything and everything.
Book Review: For Better or For Work
Being married to an entrepreneur is a constant balancing act of applauding and worrying; it requires putting a lot of trust in your partner’s abilities, skills and instincts.
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“Anna is a versatile business storyteller who is equally at ease interviewing CEOs and profiling creative entrepreneurs as she is crafting homespun, people-driven feature articles on everything from modern-day yard sales, to the tiny house movement, to the next generation of sign painters. She’s one of our go-to writers for Coca-Cola Journey for many reasons: she’s fast, thorough, dependable, low-maintenance and a pleasure to work with."
—Jay Moye, Editor, Coca-Cola Journey
"Anna is an exceptional writer. She has the rare, valuable ability to to say in 10 words what others say in 30, without sacrificing the descriptive personality and voice that she brings into each piece. We have enjoyed working with her on many pieces, and I am often told by article subjects what a pleasure is it to be interviewed by her. If you are lucky enough to work with her in either capacity, just sit back and stop worrying."
— Harley Morgan, Editor, Capital at Play Magazine
"We were blown away and humbled by the piece Anna wrote about our business. She did a job comparable to none. Out of the park brilliant how she took our words and wove such a perfect story. We have been fortunate enough to have quite a few articles published about us. This piece, however, nailed it. Perfect score! Thank you for such a great job."
— Jay Lichty, Owner of Lichty Guitars