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Two Students Find Startup Success Selling Socks

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Two college buddies in high-tech Seattle are striking it rich in the very low-tech industry of socks. Yes, socks. Jake Director and Riley Goodman (pictured) make crew socks with stripes that feature the skylines of U.S. cities. They run their company, Strideline, from their frat house at the University of Washington. With no prior experience, [...]
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Seattle Moms Succeed in Seafood by Keeping It Simple

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When Tina Montgomery’s husband began working for a seafood distribution company, T.H. Seafood, the family was suddenly awash in high-quality, fresh fish, a bounty they shared freely with their friends. One day in 2004, Montgomery was chatting with one of those friends, Jennifer Hanseler, and the two cooked up a business idea — one that would [...]
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8 Reasons Why Your Small Business Isn't Attracting the Best Job Candidates

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Despite a national unemployment rate of 8.1 percent and some 12.5 million people [PDF] looking for work, attracting and finding top-notch job candidates can be tough. You’ve likely been overwhelmed by the sheer number of applicants and underwhelmed by their qualifications. Many job seekers, it seems, are applying for positions they aren’t trained to fill [...]
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Small-Business Rebound: Retail Sales Up as Consumers Resume Spending

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It’s no secret that small businesses were hit hard during the recession, as consumers put off buying nonessential goods and services. But many sectors are now seeing a rebound in overall revenue. Yoga centers, for instance, have sprung up nationwide, as many baby boomers look for lower-impact, lower-stress workouts. Overall industry revenues jumped to $7 [...]
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Pop-Up Restaurants May Be Temporary, But Trend Is Here to Stay

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From Seattle to Kansas City to New York, temporary restaurants are popping up all over the U.S., and the trend — unlike the eateries — appears to be here to stay. Although the proliferation of pop-up restaurants is relatively new, the concept is not: Chefs have long strutted their stuff on special occasions, offering seasonal [...]
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Why 3 Serial Entrepreneurs Help Other Small-Business Owners

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Susan Zimmerman operates a retail store on Cape Cod and a small tech-consulting business in Wellesley, Mass. Lori Richardson does sales consulting from her Boston office and started a successful Seattle networking event. Melody Biringer organizes networking events, celebrates women’s success in city guidebooks, and runs Biringer Farm Products, a specialty food company in the [...]
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How Hiya Tea Used Kickstarter to Turn an Invention into a Business

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Dr. Tetsuo Nakatsu has been inventing products for years, first as a scientist for a large research firm that created flavors and fragrances for companies like P&G, Unilever, and L’Oreal, and now on his own as a consultant. In his spare time, he’s also come up with various design concepts, most of which he ultimately [...]
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Free E-Book Shows How 25 People Use Twitter to Their Advantage

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“Twitter is a waste of time.” It’s a common assertion, but one that just isn’t true, argues social media addict David Kaufer (pictured). In his free e-book Behind the Tweets: 25 Unique Twitter Users & How They Use Social Media in Work, Love, and Life, he highlights just how much people can accomplish with their [...]
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