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How Life as a Mom Inspired a Business that Brings Families Together
By Sammi Caramela | January 09, 2018

Julie Burleson had pursued several culinary entrepreneurial ventures, but it wasn't until she founded Young Chefs Academy that she was able to marry her passions of family and cooking.

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Painting Success on a Blank Canvas
By Sammi Caramela | January 05, 2018

After managing a $15M art fund, Nahema Mehta noticed a gap in the art buying market. She co-founded Absolut Art as a sustainable, price-conscious, seamless way to buy contemporary art.

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How a Natural Candy Company Finds Balance
By Sammi Caramela | January 05, 2018

Candymaker Jami Curl started her company, QUIN, as a way to make real candies from fresh, natural ingredients. Here's her story.

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How One Medical Breakthrough Changed My Career Path
By Sammi Caramela | January 03, 2018

A certified registered nurse anesthetist aligned his entrepreneurial dreams with his passion to help people.

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How This Hawaiian-Inspired Restaurant Chain Turns Mistakes Into Lessons
By Sammi Caramela | December 29, 2017

Joshua Liang has learned a lot on his entrepreneurial journey of running the Ono Hawaiian BBQ concept. Here's what he's learned about bouncing back from mistakes.

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How I Went from Interior Designer to Technology Entrepreneur
By Sammi Caramela | December 26, 2017

Eloise Bune left a seven-year career in interior design to create her own handwriting API. Here's how she pivoted her professional life to become a successful tech entrepreneur.

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Free the Tap: How My Quest for Tap Water Has Helped Bring Clean Water to Africa
By Sammi Caramela | December 22, 2017

Edwin Broni-Mensah wanted to make free tap water more accessible to consumers, while doing something to help provide clean water in developing countries. Here's how GiveMeTap's reusable bottles are...

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How Failure Led to an Innovative Apparel Brand
By Sammi Caramela | December 21, 2017

Keeon Rudder built a fitness subscription site that wasn't gaining traction. He then spotted a market gap and launched a fitness apparel brand that brought his company back from the brink of failure.

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How the Army and a Bakery Inspired us to Reinvent Recruiting
By Sammi Caramela | December 20, 2017

Omer Molad learned that performance had little to do with status. His time spent in the military led him to starting Vervoe, a platform that helps companies hire based on merit, not background.

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How I Turned a Passion for Water Conservation Into a Million-Dollar Franchise Concept
By Sammi Caramela | December 19, 2017

Former finance rep Russ Jundt has always had a passion for water conservation. Here's how he launched his lucrative national irrigation franchise, Conserva Irrigation.

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How a Failed Company Fueled the Success of My Next Business Venture
By Sammi Caramela | December 15, 2017

Scott Griffiths watched a new CEO drive his microbrewery into bankruptcy. After earning an MBA, he was armed with the skills and drive to pursue his current successful business, 18|8 Fine Men's...

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Good Karma: How One Entrepreneur Gave Back and Earned More in Return
By Sammi Caramela | December 15, 2017

Patricia Dao has always believed that every experience has a meaningful place in a person's story, including opportunities to give. She started dailyKARMA to make giving part of everyday life.

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Strong Like Hudson: How My Nephew Inspired Me to Quit My Job and Start a Business
By Nicole Fallon | December 12, 2017

Bo Lais has always been inspired by the strength and determination of his nephew Hudson, who was born with cerebral palsy. He channeled this strength into leaving a six-figure job to start his...

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The Race to Success: How My Passion for Racecars Helped Me Run a Successful Business
By Sammi Caramela | December 11, 2017

Lynn Sharp has always had two passions – racing and entrepreneurship. Here's how her experience with racecars has helped her run her Chem-Dry franchise.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.