What specific steps are you taking to grow your business in 2013?

“We live in such a hectic and stressful world where tension has become a part of our lives. I am a self-employed therapeutic massage therapist in downtown Davidson who helps with physical and emotional management. In 2013, I will pray for peace and world recovery; keep a positive attitude; provide a clean, quiet safe haven for clients; appear at more public events and work diligently with local merchants to inform shoppers that buying from small business owners like myself is close, convenient and saves both time and gas.”

– Joanne Wiles, owner, Body Therapeutic Massage, Davidson

“High Heels & Hammers has many wonderful plans for advertising and multiple fun and unique promotions that will keep our shoppers excited in 2013! We will institute monthly drawings in which lucky winners will win movie tickets, local restaurant gift certificates and more. We have various holiday events throughout the year that will offer door prizes and drawings for 10-30 percent off the total purchase. January will begin our “Tuesday Appreciation Day” which will offer 10 percent off select items every Tuesday! Our inventory is constantly changing and our unique items as well as reasonable prices will surely generate continued business.”

– Sarah Mascarello, owner, High Heels & Hammers, Mooresville

“We will be expanding our college planning offering as I will be certified from UCLA as a College Planning Consultant next week. Because there is an ever-increasing demand for planning as preparing and applying to college has become a complicated, overwhelming process. Our service, along with SAT/ACT test preparation, will help families navigate the college admissions process from ninth grade through matriculation.  As a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association and the National Association of College Admissions Counselors, I will be visiting upwards of 50 colleges next year through these organizations in order to provide firsthand knowledge to students about their college prospects.”

– Ginny Wirzbicki, owner/director, Mentaur Learning Center, Denver