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Why I Left a Successful TV Career to Become an Entrepreneur
By Nicole Fallon | September 12, 2017

As an overweight child, Alejandro Chabán decided to get healthy so he could pursue his dream TV career. This journey led to his Latin-focused healthy lifestyle plan, Yes You Can!

An Accidental Overstock Launched My Family's Pool Supply Franchise
By Nicole Fallon | September 06, 2017

Pool supply salesman Fred Thomas resold unwanted merchandise and accidentally launched his own business. His son John shares the story behind his family-focused franchise.

How I Built My American Dream on French Macarons
By Sammi Caramela | September 03, 2017

Rosalie Guillem moved to America to create a better life for her family - who were still living in France. Here's how Le Macaron French Pastries brought success and reunited a family.

We Couldn't Find the Fitness Experience We Wanted, So We Created It
By Nicole Fallon | August 24, 2017

Chicago-based friends and mothers Bonnie Micheli and Tracy Roemer were determined to get into shape post-children. Roemer shares how the duo started their boutique fitness concept, Shred415.

Small Business Snapshot: Lauren James
By Nicole Fallon | August 18, 2017

Lauren Stokes started a small t-shirt business as a side project during her maternity leave. That soon evolved into lifestyle apparel brand, Lauren James. Stokes shares her story.

I've Got 99 Problems, But People Aren't One of Them
By Nicole Fallon | August 17, 2017

Karen Gordon has been a CEO for nearly 20 years, and in that time, she's learned a lot about understanding people. She shares her best advice for fellow leaders.

Small Business Snapshot: One River School of Art + Design
By Nicole Fallon | August 17, 2017

Matt Ross, founder & CEO, One River School of Art + Design, started his business to make learning and creating art more accessible, fun and cool for adults, teens and kids.

Star Power: How I Grew My Ad Agency Only Using Referrals
By Nicole Fallon | August 16, 2017

Abby Endres used the connections she built during her corporate marketing career to grow her ad agency, LIFT. Today, her thriving business remains 100 percent referral-based.

Family Loss Fueled My Small Business Leadership Success
By Nicole Fallon | August 09, 2017

Dan Tarantin lost his father at age 13. To help his family, he got a job at a sub shop and learned the ins and outs of running a business ownership. Today he serves as CEO of HRI.

Small Business Snapshot: Attitude Apparel
By Nicole Fallon | August 03, 2017

The founders of Attitude Apparel loved sports, but noticed that the style and quality of popular athletic wear were lacking. CMO Matt Lawrence Davis shares the story behind the brand.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.