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From Brothers to Business Partners: Why Family Makes the Best Colleagues
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2022

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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How My Business Survived Two Years of Construction
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2022

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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Hey, Neighbor: Why You Should Be Greeting Your In-Store Customers
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 17, 2022

As brick-and-mortar stores continue to fade, Pet Supplies Plus focuses on developing the human element in its stores.

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Founded When? America’s Oldest Companies
By Brittney Morgan | August 12, 2022

Despite wars and recessions, these 21 American companies have survived to stand the test of time. Learn what it takes to build a business that lasts.

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Companies Founded by Amazing Young Entrepreneurs
By Jennifer Post | August 12, 2022

These entrepreneurs have launched successful startups and learned a lot about the world of business and marketing – all when they were 18 or younger.

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14 Great Examples of Socially Responsible Businesses
By Saige Driver | August 05, 2022
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14 Strange Etsy Shops You Won’t Believe Exist
By Sammi Caramela | August 05, 2022

Everything on Etsy is unique, but not everything is traditional. These strange Etsy shops are proof.

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Steve Jobs Biography
By Sean Peek | August 05, 2022

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized the computer industry. Read Steve Jobs' biography, quotes and an analysis of his leadership style.

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Art Was My Escape, and Later Became My Path to Entrepreneurship
By Nicole Fallon | June 29, 2022

Bridgette Mayer discovered art at age 5, and used it as an escape from an abusive childhood. Later, it became the means for her to start her own business.

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The Entrepreneurist: Jordan Fliegel
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Jordan Fliegel turned his passion of sports into a successful business, find out what you can learn from him.

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8 ‘Yogisms’ on Business and Life
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022
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Staying Quirky With Quirk Books
By Andrew Martins | June 29, 2022

Quirk Books President Brett Cohen shares his small publishing company's determination to stay fun, grow smart and keep its identity in the face of success.

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Meet the Man Who Keeps Microsoft Safe and Secure
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 29, 2022

The chief security officer for Microsoft outlines what companies should keep in mind when planning their overall security strategies.

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For NJ Resort Entrepreneur Summer Is High Season
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Find out what you can learn from Curtis Bashaw and the many hotels and properties his companies run.

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‘Shark Tank’ Judge Herjavec on Living the American Dream
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Robert Herjavec has not traveled the usual path to success. Despite that, he has been able to head up several multimillion dollar companies while also becoming a television celebrity on "Shark Tank"...

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Hometown Girl Turned Cupcake Diva
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

The founder of The Lucky Cupcake Company started her business during a terrible economy. Today, she's expanded beyond cupcakes and runs a successful bakery in her Pennsylvania home town.

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Insightly Founder Anthony Smith on CRM for Small Business
By Nicole Fallon | June 29, 2022

Anthony Smith, the globe-trotting creator of project management and CRM system Insightly, shares his insights into the world of tech entrepreneurship.

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How Mushy Blueberries Became a Multimillion Dollar Idea for This Single Mom
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

Looking for a better way to keep her son's lunch cold, Melissa Kieling got creative and sewed a freezer gel pack inside the lining of a lunchbox. The result? PackIt lunchboxes.

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The Customer is Always Right at Stew Leonard’s
By Ned Smith | June 29, 2022

Stew Leonard's, a micro-chain of fresh food stores in the New York City area, is known for outstanding customer service. It all harks back to the Golden Rule, Says Stew Leonard, Jr.

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Never Grow Up: How I Channeled My Childhood Dream to Start a Toy Business
By Sammi Caramela | June 29, 2022

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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Dylan Lauren Turns Her Love of Candy into a Sweet Success
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Find out what Dylan Lauren can teach your business.

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Big Profits: 7 Companies Cashing In on Americans’ Obesity
By Chad Brooks | June 29, 2022

The "plus-size" market has expanded to include all manner of lifestyle and home products aimed at making life easier for those considered obese

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5 Business Tips from Albert Einstein
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022
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Raising BuzzFeed’s Jon Steinberg
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 29, 2022

Parents of BuzzFeed president and COO, Jon Steinberg, tell us what it was like to raise a future tech star.

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Finding My ‘Why’: My Entrepreneurial Journey to a Healthy Vending Business
By Nicole Fallon | June 29, 2022

A.J. MacQuarrie, founder and CEO of KarmaBox Vending, has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. He learned that confidence and courage are the key to success, in life and in business.

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How Sizzler Got Its Sizzle Back
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

Find out how Kerry Kramp used a simple formula to help make Sizzler a success once again.

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The ‘Cake Boss’ Talks Business
By Jeanette Mulvey | June 29, 2022

The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, and his brothers-in-law, Joey and Mauro, offer business advice and talk about how reality show fame has affected Carlo's Bakery.

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Bouncing Back: 5 Big Companies That Recovered From Bankruptcy
By Dock David Treece | June 29, 2022

A financial crisis can destroy a business, but these five companies rebounded from the brink of bankruptcy. Learn how your business can bounce back too.

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7 Wedding Businesses to Help Couples Plan Their Beautiful Day
By Adam Uzialko | June 29, 2022

These companies help couples tie the knot with less of the added stressors.

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5 Startups That Are Changing the Conversation About Women’s Health
By Shannon Gausepohl | June 29, 2022

See how these five companies are making women's health products more accessible.