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10 Successful Businesses Run by Parents and Kids
By Sammi Caramela | August 02, 2017

Think you could run a business with your parent or child? These 10 companies have a multigenerational family team at the helm.

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Servers to Sandwich Guys: How Two Brothers Founded a Multi-Million Dollar Restaurant
By Nicole Fallon | July 28, 2017

Restaurant servers David and Yoav Adir packed up their car and moved cross-country for a change of scenery. Eventually, they started their own sandwich shop, The Carving Board.

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8 Creative Businesses That Will Inspire the Artist in You
By Sammi Caramela | July 26, 2017

Whether you're an artist or an art enthusiast, here are some businesses you need to know.

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How My Long-Distance Romance Inspired a Video Communications Company
By Nicole Fallon | July 25, 2017

Eric S. Yuan interest in video communications began with a long-distance relationship in college. After working for high-profile companies like WebEx and Cisco, Yuan started his own: Zoom.

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12 Businesses That Are Transforming the Travel Industry
By Sammi Caramela | July 24, 2017

These successful businesses were founded to make vacations as stress-free as possible.

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Baseball to the Boardroom: What I Learned About Business From My Dugout Days
By Nicole Fallon | July 21, 2017

Playing baseball helped Lukas Krause come out of his shell, and later landed him a spot with the Mets. His dugout days taught him valuable lessons for running a business.

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11 Ingenious Kickstarter Ideas We Wish We'd Thought Of
By Sammi Caramela | July 19, 2017

If you want to make it in the business world, you need to be innovative and original. Find inspiration through these successful Kickstarter ideas.

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When a Midnight Dream Becomes a Business
By Nicole Fallon | July 13, 2017

Jordan Jones was inspired to start her "party for one" gifting business, Packed Party, by a dream she had. Here's how she turned a side hustle into an ecommerce empire.

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Small Business Snapshot: The Flame Broiler
By Sammi Caramela | July 13, 2017

Eating better changed Young Lee's life and restored his health. This inspired him to start his family-owned, healthy "fast-food" franchise, The Flame Broiler.

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I Sold My Possessions to Fund My All-Natural Cosmetics Company
By Nicole Fallon | July 05, 2017

Jacquelyn Quattro grew up using her mother's homemade natural beauty remedies. As an adult, she sold off her designer goods to fund her own all-natural cosmetics brand.

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Young Entrepreneurs Who Quit Corporate Life (and Survived)
By Nicole Fallon | July 04, 2017

Many people dream of leaving corporate life to work on their own business full-time. These entrepreneurs did it – before age 35 – and lived to tell the tale.

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I Ditched the Office to Travel the World and It Made Me a Better Boss
By Nicole Fallon | June 30, 2017

Kari DePhillips of The Content Factory knew commuting would never be part of her company's culture. Here's why she and her remote team take "workations" around the world.

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15 Brands That Are Made in America
By Jennifer Post | June 27, 2017

Buying American-made products means supporting local economies and jobs. The following companies manufacture their products right here in America.

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14 Strange Etsy Shops You Won't Believe Exist
By Sammi Caramela | June 23, 2017

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

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Ew! 8 Disgusting (But Successful) Businesses
By Adam Uzialko | June 21, 2017

From cleaning up dog poop to degreasing skeletons, these businesses that deal with the gross parts of life are here to help.

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Beauty Business: 10 Inspiring and Creative Cosmetics Companies
By Sammi Caramela | June 20, 2017

From science-based skin care to colorful cosmetics, these creative beauty businesses will inspire you.

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Baking Passion into Business: From Family Kitchen to International Bakery
By Nicole Fallon | June 16, 2017

Alon Ozery learned to bake pita bread in his grandmother's kitchen as a child. Later, he and his brother used that experience to launch an international business.

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Got Paint? Junk Entrepreneur Leads 2nd Franchise
By Business News Daily Editor | June 15, 2017

Brian Scudamore started and grew 1-800 GOT JUNK into a multimillion dollar company, but he thinks his latest venture, 1-888-WOW-1DAY! Painting, has the potential to be even bigger.

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The Business of Nostalgia
By Shannon Gausepohl | May 13, 2017

What you loved about pop culture years ago is making a comeback as businesses to experience those memories all over again.

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How I Turned $1,200 into Multi-Million Dollar Businesses
By Shannon Gausepohl | May 10, 2017

Steve Cody, founder and CEO of The Better Software Company, dropped out of high school and found support through a family member to kickstart his entrepreneurial journey.

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Finding the Balance: Why We Focus on Employee Experience and Company Savings
By Nicole Fallon | April 27, 2017

TripActions aims to make the business travel experience rewarding for employees and employers. Co-founder and CEO Ariel Cohen shares the company's story.

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The Long Road to Success, From Delivery Boy to CEO
By Nicole Fallon | April 26, 2017

Entrepreneur Steve Jackson worked his way up from teenage pizza delivery boy to CEO of a thriving pizza franchise. Here's his story of success.

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Love, Marriage and Two Businesses: My Journey from Waitress to Entrepreneur
By Nicole Fallon | April 19, 2017

At age 22, Robyn Santiago was bartending at the restaurant she would later own with her husband. The busy entrepreneur also founded Illumination PR. Santiago shares her journey.

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My Dual Citizenship Shaped My Life and Inspired My Business
By Shannon Gausepohl | April 18, 2017

As a dual citizen of the Dominican Republic and the United States, Caribe Exotic co-founder Luis Solis saw life through two different lenses, and wanted to bridge the gap between his worlds with his...

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5 Music Industry Startups That Are Positively Impacting Artists
By Shannon Gausepohl | April 17, 2017

The music industry is experiencing a renaissance with an influx of startups that give artists more control over their careers.

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How My Family's 96-Year-Old Business Stays Current
By Nicole Fallon | April 13, 2017

For nearly 100 years, Paper Mart has been successfully selling paper and janitorial supplies. Fourth-generation president Buffy Frick Simoni shares her family's story.

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My Passion for Clean Water Advocacy Catapulted My Business
By Nicole Fallon | April 09, 2017

Lani Dolifka and her husband Don became passionate about safe drinking water due to local water contamination back in the 1980s. Today, they run Watermill Express together.

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Overcoming Adversity: From Prison to CEO
By Nicole Fallon | April 06, 2017

Jay Coughlan learned the hard way that adversity can't be avoided. After spending six months in prison, he turned his life around and became CEO of TruBalanced.

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How I Built a Successful Company from My Parents' Attic at 17
By Nicole Fallon | March 31, 2017

At 17, Simon Grabowski started his company, GetResponse, as a one-man operation in his parents' attic. Twenty years later, his email marketing platform has customers in 182 countries.

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Finding My 'Why': My Entrepreneurial Journey to a Healthy Vending Business
By Nicole Fallon | March 30, 2017

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.