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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.

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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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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.

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How I Transformed my Hobby Into a Thriving Bath and Body Business
By Sammi Caramela | October 31, 2017

Science teacher Denise Zannu loved teaching chemistry by making homemade soaps. When she started gifting and selling those soaps, she realized she could turn her hobby into a business.

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I Challenged Traditional Architecture Cultures and Helped Ours Succeed
By Sammi Caramela | October 29, 2017

Diana Nicklaus knew she wanted to break the architecture industry's cultural status quo when she started her own firm. Here's how Saam Architecture does things differently.

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Water in the Desert: How a Trip to Burning Man Sparked My Business Idea
By Nicole Fallon | October 26, 2017

Nicholas Reichenbach saw how much waste was created from plastic water bottles at Burning Man. This inspired him to create Flow water's eco-friendly packaging for spring water.

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Serving from the Inside Out: Why I Don't Manage From Above
By Sammi Caramela | October 26, 2017

Tony Lamb was always searching for the "greener grass," until he took the leap and started the Kona Ice truck franchise. Here's what he's learned about entrepreneurial success.

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How I Turned My Side Hustle into a Thriving Franchise System
By Sammi Caramela | October 24, 2017

Scott Marr spent his teen years washing vehicles, homes and buildings for spare cash. He eventually turned this into a successful franchise concept, Fleet Clean.

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Health Before Wealth: Partnership and Collaboration in Your Personal and Professional Life
By Sammi Caramela | October 24, 2017

Former college athlete Mark Rose was in denial about his weight and health. He finally made a change and made health a priority, and encourages his company to do the same.

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Experiences Over Possessions: Cheers to a Life of Adventure
By Sammi Caramela | October 20, 2017

When Jacki Strum got engaged, she realized modern couples would rather register for experiences than possessions. This inspired her to start ThirstyNest, a wine wedding registry.

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Behind the Glitz and Glam: An Inside Look at My Entrepreneurial Dream
By Sammi Caramela | October 19, 2017

Jean Noisette conquered her fear of the unknown and made her entrepreneurial dream a reality. Today she runs Dazzle Me Parties, and serves as a role model to young girls in her community.

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An Experience Worth My Time: How I Started a Men's Grooming Franchise
By Nicole Fallon | October 16, 2017

As a former insurance executive, Ben Davis understood the value of his time. He created The Gents Place to give men a grooming experience worth their time.

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How Reverting to 'Old School' Ways Helped Me Build Strategic Relationships
By Sammi Caramela | October 10, 2017

In a fast-paced, digital world, Demetri Argyropoulos of Avant Global believes "old school" relationship building is the key to success. Here's his story.

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Losing My Job Was the Beginning of My Career
By Sammi Caramela | October 03, 2017

When Lauren Danziger lost her finance job during the recession, she explored other career paths but didn't feel fulfilled - until she joined the nonprofit world.

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The Gift of Giving: How I Found Success by Helping Others
By Sammi Caramela | October 02, 2017

A philanthropist at heart, Gavin Keilly built his business on making a difference with gift-giving, whether it's through a celebrity gifting suite or nonprofit donations.

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Growing Your Business the Adventurous Way
By Sammi Caramela | September 22, 2017

Entrepreneur Maggie Schlarb spent five months cycling around New Zealand with her two-year-old son. This journey inspired her adventurous business philosophy.

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How a Failed Exam Gave Me the Tools to Succeed in Business
By Sammi Caramela | September 22, 2017

Despite failing her board exams, Lynnsey Jepsen never gave up on her dream of becoming a doctor of chiropractic. Here's how she became the owner of a HealthSource clinic - and a full-fledged doctor.

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How Valuing Myself Made My Cosmetics Business More Valuable
By Sammi Caramela | September 20, 2017

Makeup artist Sarah Biggers recovered from a debilitating health crisis by eliminating toxins from her life. This inspired her to create her clean cosmetics line, CLOVE + HALLOW.

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16 Entrepreneurs Share Their Definitions of Success
By Saige Driver | September 19, 2017

We all have a different definition of success and ways to measure accomplishments. Here's how 16 entrepreneurs define success.

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Bad Customer Service Inspired My Multi-Million Dollar Business
By Sammi Caramela | September 19, 2017

Entrepreneur Nick Francis founded Help Scout to help small businesses create a better customer support experience. Here's how he did it.