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How many employees do I need as a minimum to open a small bakery?

As a minimum? I would say two.

You can not manage your retail business efficiently on your own. What to do if one day you feel sick or have to attend a dentist?

Two people who will be able to stand your back would be enough for a start. In the future, you will figure out the needed number of employees depending on your everyday tasks.

Is a website necessary for a small local business?

In my opinion, there is no excuse for not having a website, even if it's not used for doing business directly.

Clients use the internet primarily when looking for products and services. If you do not have an online presence, your potential customers will have no choice but to go to the websites of your competitors.

This is especially true for small local businesses competing for the share of the local market.

What is the importance of accounting for a startup business owner?

Consultation with an accountant is a very important step in creating a business. They will explain how to register a company properly and how to pay taxes.

For a small business, it will be more suitable to use the services of an accounting firm rather than a personal accountant.

Keep in mind that doing bookkeeping yourself is a rather risky endeavor.

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Eager — European teen clothing brand with Ukrainian roots

When they ask what kind of brand we are, I always answer: "Eager is NOT a brand." Eager is the embodiment of the crazy dream of creating truly unique things. Eager is a brand for the
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Local Foodie — a family-run craft
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My SO and I make craft dry-cured chorizo sausages here, at the seafront of the Odessa region. It was our dream - to create a family production that will become a small step towards the big goal - turning Odessa region into our Ukrainian Andalusia or Tuscany, whichever you'd prefer :) 

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Barvy Strichok — where a long history of embroidery meets modern trends

We are a very young company and yet have to acquire a long-standing experience. However, we are sure that embroidery doesn't limit itself to beautiful traditional clothes that people wear on holidays. We want to combine a long tradition with new fashion trends by decorating casual, dress-up and business outfits with Ukrainian embroidery.

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