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    Tasty Image Chocolate Franchise Owner: Focus on Fun Sweetens Success

    by on November 20, 2014

    In the presence of the executive, jet-setting whirlwind of energy that is Derri Cerbone, founder of the Tasty Image Chocolate franchise, it’s hard to imagine her as a single mom working from home. But that’s exactly how this growing franchise start…

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    Entrepreneurs Find that Social Good Is Good Marketing

    by on November 18, 2014

    Kohl Crecilius, Travis Hartanov, and Stewart Ramsey learned how to crochet in high school and started a business making and selling beanies in their Spokane, Wash., hometown. This was the first incarnation of Krochet Kids. In 2007, the young entrepreneurs foun…

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    How the House from “A Christmas Story” Spawned a Small Business

    by on November 10, 2014

    Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a now-classic holiday film.

    That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands…

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    How One “Tiny But Mighty” Business Made It Big

    by on October 30, 2014

    When “Farmer Gene” Mealhow became a soils consultant after the farm crisis of the1980s hit his family farm hard, one of his first clients was Richard Kelty, whose family had been growing an unusual, heirloom popping corn for over 100 years. In 1999, Mealhow (p…

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    Produce Delivery Business Grows From a Mother’s Love

    by on October 23, 2014

    At age 27, Ashley Tyrner was pregnant and living back at home with her mother after her marriage had fallen apart. “I ended up on government welfare and government insurance,” Tyrner says of this low point in her life.

    The future entrepreneur didn’t l…

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    Bike Shop Finds Opportunities in Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods

    by on October 16, 2014

    Most entrepreneurs want to see their small businesses grow, but expanding too quickly or in the wrong direction can be the death knell of an otherwise promising business. Glenda Barnhart and Clay Wagers (pictured), owners of Bay Area Bikes in Oakland, Californ…

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    Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy

    by on September 9, 2014

    Uptima Business Bootcamp is a business accelerator with an unusual business structure: It’s a cooperative. Entrepreneurs who go through the training become members of the co-op and have a say in how the training program is run. They will also share in each oth…

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    Rebel Winemaker Sam Mahler on Shaking Up a Sleepy Industry

    by on September 5, 2014

    When fellow motorcycle enthusiasts Christian Tietje and Susan “Sam” Mahler started their Paso Robles, Calif. winery in their bike/surf shed in 1996, they had big dreams. Tietje, a chef, and Mahler, a scientist, pilot, and avid skier, eschewed traditional wine …

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