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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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    Founder of Online Kids’ Shop on How to Succeed in Resale

    by on August 22, 2014

    Sharon Schneider started the online children’s’ consignment shop Moxie Jean to create an alternative to the too-often dingy, time-consuming process of finding quality used togs for little ones.

    To win the busy, well-heeled customers underserved by the c…

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    Portland Accelerator Helps Startups Grab a Piece of the PIE

    by on August 21, 2014

    The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), through its affiliation with the Portland, Oregon, office of international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, helps startups refine their message, network with other startups, and, ultimately, turn ideas into business…

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    Couple’s Passion for Colorado Inspires Apparel Company

    by on August 20, 2014

    Lots of people love their hometowns — or the cities or states they’ve adopted as their own. But not everyone channels that passion into a business the way Beth and John Kelly (pictured), founders of Big Colorado Love, an apparel and accessories company in T…

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    How One Family Newsstand Stays Afloat Despite Industry Decline

    by on August 19, 2014

    Read all about it: America’s newsstands may be down for the count, but don’t count out Jim and Carol Sturges, owners of The City News in Wooster, Ohio.

    According to the Alliance for Audited Media, single-copy sales of 386 U.S. magazine titles fell 11 pe…

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    Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

    by on April 23, 2014

    “As a policymaker, I spent a lot of time on economic development,” says Nancy Nadel, who served on the city council of Oakland, Calif., for 16 years before retiring in 2012. The former politician has since turned her attention to developing a small busines…

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    Selling Antiques Online to a New Generation of Collectors

    by on April 11, 2014

    Douglas Scott thinks that analog treasures and digital media are a perfect match. Through his new venture, an online marketplace for antiques and fine arts called The HighBoy, he aims to redefine how relics are sold online and make them relevant to young colle…

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