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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.

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They Still Do That? 11 Old-Fashioned Businesses That Are Still Thriving
By Chad Brooks | March 28, 2017

Think the milkman and the shoe cobbler are a thing of the past? Think again. These quaint businesses have come back from the edge of extinction.

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Could the Legal Cannabis Industry Expand to Every State by 2021?
By Adam Uzialko | March 23, 2017

The cannabis industry is booming in the U.S., and it's poised to grow even more. Business News Daily spoke to some of the entrepreneurs operating in this newly legal space.

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How My Passion Inspired an Art Enrichment Franchise
By Shannon Gausepohl | March 23, 2017

Lara Olson, CEO and founder of Kidcreate Studio, knew her son needed more time exploring art in school. When she found he wasn't getting enough time, it inspired a business.

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The Business of Om: 6 Inspiring Yoga-Based Businesses
By Adam Uzialko | March 18, 2017

These six yoga-based businesses aren't just about profit, they're about finding balance.

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7 Inspiring Businesses Keeping It All Natural
By Shannon Gausepohl | February 25, 2017

These interesting businesses are dedicated to making products using only natural and organic materials and ingredients.

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Dare to Be Successful: Changing Your Mindset Can Change Your Life
By Nicole Fallon | February 22, 2017

TV personality, entrepreneur and fitness icon Tony Little shares his philosophy on business, life and success.

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My Passion for Fitness Saved My Life (and Helped Me Build an Empire)
By Shannon Gausepohl | February 13, 2017

Devan Kline, co-founder and CEO of Burn Boot Camp, experienced a dark home life, which inspired him to build a better life through fitness.

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Enriching Communities, Empowering Moms and Making Pigs Fly
By Nicole Fallon | February 13, 2017

Mother of two Joyce Shulman wanted a way to get herself and other parents more involved in their local community. The result? The Macaroni Kid newsletter.

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8 Very Strange Valentine's Day Gifts
By Elizabeth Peterson | February 10, 2017

Rose and chocolate not your thing? Go for an off-beat token of your esteem. These eight companies sell gifts you're not likely to see again any time soon.

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4 Negotiation Lessons I Learned from My Media Career Experiences
By Nicole Fallon | January 31, 2017

National news correspondent Megan Alexander knows a lot about negotiation and building a media career. She shares four lessons she's learned along the way.

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Finding My Entrepreneurial Fuel: How I Started a Food Truck Chain
By Nicole Fallon | January 15, 2017

After moving to the U.S. from South Korea, Jae Kim overcame a language barrier and his own personal insecurities to start his Korean barbecue food truck chain, Chi'Lantro.

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I Started My EdTech Company to Get in on the Future of Education
By Nicole Fallon | December 31, 2016

Entrepreneur Todd Rothman knew the future of education was rooted in technology. He started wyzPREP to be a part of that future.

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From Washing Machine Collector to No-Suds Detergent King
By Nicole Fallon | December 29, 2016

Entrepreneur Jon Charles collected old washing machines as a hobby. He never dreamed it would inspire him to launch his no-suds detergent business.

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Filling the Gap: How I Self-Published a Barrier-Breaking Children's Book
By Nicole Fallon | December 23, 2016

Ylleya Fields couldn't find a children's book that reflected her own daughter's experiences, so she wrote one herself. The result? The Princess Cupcake Jones series.

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My Crossroads of Career and Passion: Sign Language Interpreting
By Nicole Fallon | December 06, 2016

Marilyn Weber began learning sign language to communicate with her daughter, who is deaf. Her passion catapulted a full-time career in interpreter services.

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Art Was My Escape, and Later Became My Path to Entrepreneurship
By Nicole Fallon | November 29, 2016

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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Feeding the Entrepreneurial Fire: From Firefighters to Restaurateurs
By Nicole Fallon | November 24, 2016

Chris Sorensen and his brother Robin had always dreamed of being entrepreneurs. In 1994, they gave up their careers as firefighters to launch a sub restaurant empire.

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My Company Used Instagram to Sell More Than a Dozen Franchises
By Nicole Fallon | November 22, 2016

Local Door Coupons was looking to become a franchise. A lucky partnership with an Instagram star helped them lock in more than a dozen new franchisees.

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Balance, Not Burnout: Why I Give My Team 30 Days Paid Vacation Per Year
By Nicole Fallon | November 15, 2016

Monique Tatum left her corporate 9-to-5 behind to start her own marketing and PR firm. She vowed to give her own employees the work-life balance they deserve.

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When Life Said 'No,' I Said 'Yes' to New Opportunities
By Nicole Fallon | November 04, 2016

Despite a series of family tragedies and a layoff, Jane King bounced back and founded a now-successful media company.

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My Mission: Crafting a Better World Through a Better Corporate Culture
By Nicole Fallon | November 01, 2016

Pepe Piperno, who worked his way up from retail employee to company owner, bought a struggling A.C. Moore five years ago and transformed the culture completely.

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8 Fun Businesses Started Just for Kids
By Adam Uzialko | October 26, 2016

Kids and parents alike will love these businesses that offer everything from art classes to fitness clubs for children and young adults.

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10 Unique Food Trucks Serving Up Business Inspiration
By Adam Uzialko | October 13, 2016

These food trucks are dishing out more than just good food — entrepreneurs can learn a lot from their creativity, too.

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Rejecting Rejection: A Smart Proposal Got Me Into an Accelerator Program
By Nicole Fallon | October 13, 2016

When Mike Neilson, founder of Switcheroo, applied to a hardware accelerator program, he was rejected. He made a smart proposal to change their minds.

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Surviving Cancer Helped Me Find My Passion for Organic Nutrition
By Nicole Fallon | October 04, 2016

When Dr. Andrew Abraham was just 17, he was diagnosed with cancer. During his recovery, he learned about organic nutrition, which later inspired him to start his company, Orgain.

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4 Startups That Are Changing the Conversation About Women's Health
By Shannon Gausepohl | July 31, 2016

More and more startups are facing women's health issues head-on. Here are four that are positively impacting the lives of millions of women around the world.

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Small Business Snapshot: Sugar Bowl Bakery
By Brittney Morgan | April 28, 2016

Andrew Ly, CEO and co-founder of Sugar Bowl Bakery explains how this image represents his business.

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'Shark Tank' Judge Herjavec on Living the American Dream
By Business News Daily Editor | February 01, 2016

Want advice from a shark?