Dear Subscriber,

With the holiday season almost upon us, we ask whether taking on an intern over the summer is worth the trouble, show you how to find a web host that won't let you down, and much more:

Thanks for all your comments, there is a lot happening in the small-business world over the summer so please keep them coming.

Tom Whitney, MyDonut editor


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