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14 Great Examples of Socially Responsible Businesses
By Saige Driver | December 10, 2017

Social responsibility is an increasingly important factor in which companies consumers choose to support. Here are 15 businesses doing good with their dollars.

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Valuing Family as the Root of Business
By Sammi Caramela | December 09, 2017

Randy Simon's father Freddy always wanted to open a burger restaurant, but never got the chance while he was raising six children and working full-time. Years later, Randy helped make his father's...

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How This Self-Taught Web Developer Turned a Side Gig Into a Career
By Sammi Caramela | December 08, 2017

Sophie Knowles taught herself web development when she was a teenager. Eventually, she turned this passion into a side project, which later blossomed into a full-time business.

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Here Comes the Sun: How We Doubled Our Eyewear Brand's Funding Goal
By Sammi Caramela | December 07, 2017

Athina Wang and Florence Shin couldn't find sunglasses that fit their face comfortably, so they put their fashion backgrounds to use and created their own. Here's their story.

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The Growth of the Gig Economy: A Look at American Freelancers
By Nicole Fallon | December 07, 2017

Gig work continues to grow rapidly as more Americans choose contract-based assignments over full-time employment. Here's where the gig economy stands today.

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From Brothers to Business Partners: Why Family Makes the Best Colleagues
By Sammi Caramela | December 07, 2017

Fred Vicario's relationship with his brother Steve growing up prepared them well to become business partners. Here's what he's learned operating 11 Cherry Blow Dry Bar locations with his brother.

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Run an E-commerce Business? Make Sure You Have a Good Return Policy
By Jennifer Post | December 06, 2017

Returns can sometimes be a hassle for online-only retailers. Here are some tips for making the process smoother.

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How to Outsource Your Shipping
By Jennifer Post | December 06, 2017

As your ecommerce business grows, it's wise to consider outsourcing your shipping needs to a third party. Here's how to do it.

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Climbing the Ladder: How My Past Experiences Led Me to Become a Multi-Franchise President
By Sammi Caramela | December 05, 2017

Peter Boylan began his career in the military, which prepared him to climb the ladder at several prominent companies he worked for afterwards. Today, he is the president of multiple franchise...

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How to Write a Business Proposal
By Sammi Caramela | December 01, 2017

Writing a business proposal for your clients? Here's everything you need to know.

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Hobby to Side Hustle: 5 Tips to Turn a Profit on Your Passion
By Saige Driver | November 30, 2017

Ready to turn your hobby into a business? Here are five things to remember when you're launching a side hustle.

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From Donuts to Appliances: My Multi-Million Dollar Path to Success
By Sammi Caramela | November 29, 2017

Luke Peters and his wife first started NewAir in their condo as a side gig. Fifteen years later, they've grown to more than 60 employees with a brand new distribution center. Here's his story.

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What My Career as a Navy SEAL Taught Me About Running A Successful Startup
By Sammi Caramela | November 28, 2017

Military veteran David Legacki learned a lot about running a business during his time as a Navy SEAL. Here's how he used those lessons in his startup, SameSide.

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How to Start a Service-Based Business
By Sammi Caramela | November 27, 2017

Service-based businesses allow you the freedom to leverage your skills and earn a profit. Here are some tips for starting a service company.

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From Law School to Las Vegas Restaurant: How I Became the First Latina Executive Chef on the Strip
By Nicole Fallon | November 23, 2017

Lorena Garcia left a law career to pursue her culinary passion. Here's how she worked her way up in the industry to become the Vegas Strip's first Latina executive chef.

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How a Kick Below the Belt Launched Me on the Path of Social Entrepreneurship
By Sammi Caramela | November 22, 2017

Scott Petinga's battle with testicular cancer drove him to launch The Scott Petinga Group, a company that helps develop businesses with a social impact. Here's his story.

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Never Grow Up: How I Channeled My Childhood Dream to Start a Toy Business
By Sammi Caramela | November 21, 2017

Kate Karcher-Clark put her entire life's savings on the line to start her own toy company. Here's how she broke into the industry and achieved her dream.

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How My Sister and I Built a Multimillion Dollar Brand Before Graduating High School
By Sammi Caramela | November 21, 2017

Teenage sisters Caroline and Isabel Bercaw turned a fun side project into a lucrative business. Here's how these incredible young entrepreneurs launched their bath bomb company.

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How My Business Survived Two Years of Construction
By Sammi Caramela | November 18, 2017

Franchisee Al Silva's Play It Again Sports location was under construction for two years. He managed to keep the business booming during that time, despite appearances. Here's how he did it.

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Behind the Business Plan: Getable
By Adam Uzialko | November 18, 2017

Founder Tim Hyer goes Behind the Business Plan to discuss Getable's birth and success in leasing construction equipment.

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My Struggles in Recovery Inspired me to Build a Sobriety-Based Social Network
By Sammi Caramela | November 15, 2017

When Beau Mann was in a recovery program, he realized how hard it was to connect with people who wanted to stay sober. He founded sobriety-based social network Sober Grid to help others like himself.

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Put Yourself First: Why Self-Love and Confidence are the Ultimate Accessories
By Sammi Caramela | November 15, 2017

Heather Monahan battled intimidation, harassment and self-doubt in her career before finding the courage and confidence to believe in herself. Here's how she became the "Boss In Heels."

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My Entrepreneurial Journey in the Employee Benefits Industry
By Sammi Caramela | November 11, 2017

David Reid, CEO of EaseCentral, shares the lessons he's learned about efficient, effective business practices through his entrepreneurial journey in the employee benefits industry.

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The Perfect Entrepreneurial Fit: Sharing My Health and Fitness Passion
By Sammi Caramela | November 09, 2017

Angela Mader overcame her battle with eating disorders through journaling. She founded fitlosophy and its fitness/nutrition journal, fitbook, to help others integrate wellness into their lives.

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14 Inspiring Veterans Who Became Entrepreneurs
By Sammi Caramela | November 06, 2017

These inspiring veterans translated their military experience into successful businesses.

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Bases Loaded: How One Entrepreneur Hit a Home Run Off a Bad Pitch
By Sammi Caramela | November 04, 2017

After witnessing tremendous human compassion following 9/11, Rob Herzog decided to create ZogSports, which encourages New Yorkers to have fun while giving back to the community.

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How to Write a Bold Story Through the Mess of Everyday Life
By Sammi Caramela | November 01, 2017

As a working mother, Tiffany Sauder realized she was the only one who could create boundaries and write her life story the way she wanted. Here's what she's learned along the way.

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His, Hers or Anyone's: How This Unisex Accessory Line Challenges Gendered Fashion
By Nicole Fallon | October 31, 2017

Gabby Morris was always passionate about jewelry. She created her own gender-neutral line, DPRD by Gabrielle Nicole, to help everyone tell their story through accessories.

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Got Old Stuff? Start a Side Hustle By Selling It
By Adam Uzialko | October 31, 2017

Peer-to-peer platforms like eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist could provide an opportunity for a side hustle. Here's how to start a resale business.

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When Cleaning and Pro Sports Collide: How An Athlete Disrupted the Laundry Market
By Sammi Caramela | October 31, 2017

Professional lacrosse player Drew Westervelt launched HEX Performance laundry detergent to help athletes get their workout clothes and uniforms cleaner. Here's his story.