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Chris Guillebeau on the Art of Nonconformity

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Chris Guillebeau (@chrisguillebeau to his 60,000-plus Twitter followers) has the kind of lifestyle that many people only dream of. This globe-trotting entrepreneur is on a five-year personal quest to visit every country in the world and has been self-employed his entire adult life. He also penned the bestselling book, The Art of Nonconformity, and sells [...]
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Scott Stratten on Twitter and "Unmarketing"

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Scott Stratten (known as @unmarketing to his nearly 100,000 Twitter followers) is a music industry marketer turned marketing agency owner (or UnAgency, as he prefers to call it) who’s known for his candid, tell-it-like-it-is approach. Scott’s book, UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging. has also appeared on numerous bestseller lists. The Intuit Small Business Blog asked the [...]
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Want to Franchise Your Business? Ask Yourself These Four Important Questions

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Ever had a customer say, “You really ought to franchise this idea?” That’s often how a business owner turns to franchising, according to Paul R. Segreto, President and CEO of FranchisEssentials, a consulting firm that specializes in marketing and development strategies for franchisors. Franchising allows companies to extend their brand and concept through the investment [...]
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The "Queen of Condiments" Dishes About Being a Foodpreneur

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Global Industry Analysts predicts that overall sales of condiments, sauces, dressing, and seasonings will reach $72 billion by 2015. Twenty-three years ago, before America’s condiment craze really began, Lisa Lamme opened Le Saucier, the country’s first shop focused on hot sauces. Just as tastes have evolved, so has Lamme’s business. She’s since closed Le Saucier [...]
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Teenpreneur Cashes in with Manly Candle Business

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When 13-year-old Hart Main joked with his sister that the candles she sold for a school fundraiser were too girly, it sparked a business idea. Why not create candles with manlier scents like a baseball mitt or freshly cut grass? At first, Main dismissed the concept as a joke but his parents encouraged him to [...]
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5 Ways to Encourage Customers to Bring Their Own Bags

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All around the country, there's a war on plastic bags. San Francisco has largely banned the things since 2007. Now, Los Angeles County’s plastic bag ban went into effect on July 1 and will be phased in over the next few months. And Washington, DC has begun charging consumers five cents for every plastic or [...]
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For Tartine Bakery, Bread Lines Signal Success

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At five o’clock, when most bakeries are winding down for the day, San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery & Café has a line of people running down Guerrero Street. Tartine’s fresh-baked bread often sells out within an hour, so regulars know they must arrive early -- or reserve a loaf three days in advance. Why all the [...]
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Online Magazine Caters to Savvy College Women, Scores Major Ad Deals

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Despite headlines predicting the publishing industry’s demise, online magazine HerCampus.com, is flourishing thanks to a team of college-aged writers and partnerships with Juicy Couture, LOFT, The Body Shop, and other major brands. Cofounders Stephanie Kaplan, Windsor Hanger, and Annie Wang were also named to Inc.'s "30 Under 30" Coolest Young Entrepreneurs last year. We chatted [...]
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