Turning a Passion for Fashion into a Trendy Business


Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba were young college graduates with a love for fashion -- but little business or retail experience -- when they decided to start Azalea, a clothing boutique in San Francisco. Now almost a decade later, the two fashionistas own three boutiques, as well as a thriving online business. Last year, their [...]

How Airbnb Solved a Lodging Crisis and Got Its Big Break

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Brian Chesky was an aspiring entrepreneur trying to figure out how to make next month’s rent when he stumbled upon the idea that would become Airbnb. A design conference was in town in San Francisco and all the hotel rooms were booked. That’s when Checky and roommate Joe Gebbia had their “ah-ha moment.” They offered [...]

Rewarding Customers Through Foursquare


All you have to do to get a free pizza from Paxti's is eat there all the time. Curious? The Chicago-style pizza chain in the San Francisco Bay Area offers the Foursquare “mayors” of each of its four restaurants a free 10-inch pizza of their choice every week. Foursquare is an increasingly popular location-based tool [...]

Working with Groupon and "Daily Deal" Sites: Is It Worth It?


Last October, Mulberrys Garment Care in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, Minn. offered a special deal: $15 for $30 worth of dry cleaning and laundry services. Some 500 customers signed up for the promotion, which was available for just one day through Crowd Cut, one of the many local daily deal sites that have become [...]

Five Tips for Getting Organized in the New Year

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Getting organized and being productive are almost always on the top of New Year’s resolution lists, particularly for small business owners. In fact, more than 60 percent of workers pledged to keep their business email and documents more organized in the new year, according to a recent survey by Intermedia, a communications services provider. We [...]

Storing Your Data in the Cloud

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A host of new tools are making it easier for small businesses to manage their files by storing them in the cloud, that is, online. 

Working Through the Holidays

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Will you be working over the holidays? If so, you’re in good company. Eight out of 10 small business professionals say they plan to work during this year's winter holiday period, according to a survey from Egnyte, a startup that offers online file server tools. For better or worse, today’s technology has made it easier [...]

Tapping the Power of Moms Online: The Lessons of Zhu Zhu Pets


Zhu Zhu Pets exploded onto the toy scene during the holidays last year and they’re still among the most demanded toys this season, according to the NPD Group. So how did the small Missouri-based toy company do it? They certainly didn’t have the big marketing dollars and reach of major toy makers like Mattel and [...]