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Today kicks off the start of National Small Business Week, honoring the United States top entrepreneurs. This year, small business week is being honored in Seattle WA, Dallas TX, St. Louis MO, Pittsburgh PA, and Washington D.C. All cities will have featured events, forums, and keynotes designed to encourage small businesses.
 Matthew Shay, President and CEO of the National Retail Federation writes why he believes retail is America's small business and reminds us to think about the efforts that go into owning a small business.

PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN)—Dick’s Sporting Goods saw net income rise 10 percent to $291 million for its fiscal year ended Feb. 2 as net sales jumped 12 percent to $5.84 billion, according to the company’s 10-K filing. Consolidated same-store sales rose 4.3...

Sports and fitness retailer has launched a video-rich interactive catalog application designed to make researching and purchasing football gear easier for customers. The 2012 Football catalog app for the iPad features interactive photos of gear to highlight product attributes for customers while in-app videos help the retailer showcase products in context. Each page includes a “Buy Now” button, which opens the Web site and enables users to purchase equipment without leaving the app. “Customers are increasingly flocking to the iPad and we want to be out in front in understanding how this will influence and shape behavior,” said �

GNC Holdings, the nation's largest specialty retailer of health and wellness products, announced a partnership with Academy Award-nominated actor/producer Mark Wahlberg to develop, market and sell MARKED, a new nutritional supplement line designed to meet the demanding lifestyles of active, results-driven fitness consumers who want to get the most out of their workout and improve overall health. "I'm excited to join forces with GNC, a brand I trust for quality and integrity, to develop the MARKED products," said Wahlberg. 

American Eagle Outfitters recently opened stores in three new international markets — Morocco, Jordan and Egypt. The retailer opened its store in Jordan at the Taj Mall on Nov. 30; the Morocco store opened in Casablanca at Morocco Mall on Dec. 1; and the Egypt store opened in Cairo’s City Stars Mall on Dec. 10.

Apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters is taking advantage of various channels within the mobile medium to enhance its multichannel consumer engagement efforts, ultimately leading to increased sales.

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