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When a Fundraiser Becomes a Business

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We’re highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business of the Day.

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Small Business of the Day: Taradara

Who: Tara Rex, 38, @Taradaramadeit

What: Handmade and sewn accessories

When: February 2010

How: Rex grew up with a passion for the creative and learned to sew as a young girl. By trade, she worked as an ER nurse before staying home to raise her two boys. In 2009, she did a three-day charity walk for breast cancer, and hand-sewed wallets for those who donated $75 and up to her campaign.

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"I decided to go ahead and make money and make a business out of this," she said. "I design all of my pieces and they are pretty reasonably priced for anyone to purchase."

Where: Denver, Colo.

Biggest lesson learned from a customer: "If they have suggestions on how to make the products better, I listen to them," Rex said. "I use my products every day, but I don't expect them to use it the same way I do. I listen to their feedback, but also keep true to what I do."

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