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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Want advice from a shark?

Bouncing Back: 5 Big Companies That Recovered from Bankruptcy
By Nicole Fallon | December 28, 2015

A financial crisis can destroy a business, but these five companies rebounded from the brink of bankruptcy.

8 Questions With Sharone Ben-Harosh of Unpakt: Startup Inspiration
By Christine Lunsford | July 01, 2015

Sharone Ben-Harosh, owner of Unpakt, shares his tips on creating a new, successful startup.

Going Green: 9 Successful Eco-Friendly Businesses
By Nicole Fallon | May 30, 2015

These nine businesses have found success in their sustainable, eco-friendly business models.

Carmen Electra on Doing What She Loves
By Jeanette Mulvey | May 13, 2015

Carmen Electra started her musical career with Prince. Now she's got a new single and is working on finishing an album. She tells us how she found a way to do what she loves. And how you can, too.

The 'Cake Boss' Talks Business
By Jeanette Mulvey | April 27, 2015

The Cake Boss gives us advice on how to build a business and reveals his secret ingredient for success. (Cameras off, please...)

All American Clothing Company Keeps True to Its Name
By Business News Daily Editor | April 26, 2015

Determined to find a way to manufacture apparel in the U.S., one former jeans salesman builds a business on American values - and materials.

Method Founders Make Cleaning Cool
By Business News Daily Editor | April 26, 2015


6 Fashion Startups That Put Customers First
By Nicole Fallon | November 19, 2014

Big fashion companies are often focused on setting trends, but these six direct-to-consumer startups are using data and feedback to put customer experience first.

After 60 Years, Wiffle Ball Still Soars
By Business News Daily Editor | January 08, 2014

The Mullany family is responsible for producing one of the most famous toys in American history. Find out how they came up with Wiffle Ball and what you can learn from their story.