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Drive Holiday Sales With a Men's Panic Party

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Male shoppers are notorious for waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Savvy jewelers and other retailers can turn this habit into sales — and help men choose the perfect gift for their spouses or partners — by hosting a men’s panic party. For example, Elyse Fine Jewelers in Reading, Mass., is preparing [...]
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Building a Baklava Business, One Market at a Time

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Katerina Georgallas founded Baklava Couture in Washington, D.C., to make her Greek pastry the way she felt it ought to be: bursting with rich, often unexpected flavors, like rosemary dark chocolate and fig and candied garlic. Georgallas started the company in 2010, after she was laid off from her job as an interior designer. Experimenting [...]
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Entrepreneurship Is Icing on the Cake for This Retiree

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Just because frosting isn’t “good for you,” doesn’t mean it should be full of chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Or at least that was Gerhard Keuck’s thinking. Upon retiring from his 48-year career as a confectioner and professional chef, Keuck (pictured) started experimenting with new recipes. He developed an all-natural, vegan cake icing that tastes and [...]
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How My Pet Chicken Reaches Its Flock

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When Derek Sasaki and Traci Torres (pictured) started keeping a flock of chickens in their backyard nearly a decade ago, they never imagined that they’d end up running a popular one-stop shop for like-minded hobbyists. My Pet Chicken, the web-based business they founded in 2006, started as an effort to provide the resources that Sasaki [...]
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Coffee Shop Fueled by Budget-Conscious Pricing

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When Adam Banks opened a coffee shop in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood in July, he was determined not to gouge customers with $5 to $7 espresso drinks. Coffee, he believes, should be accessible to everyone, including people on a tight budget. Beverages at his establishment, Ready Coffee, cost $1 to $3. Ready Coffee also [...]
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StartX Founder on the Benefits of Joining a Startup Accelerator

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From Dropbox to Airbnb, some of the latest tech startups to hit it big have one thing in common: They all came out of incubators and accelerators. Why? One of the most important benefits of incubators and accelerators, says Cameron Teitelman, founder of the nonprofit StartX in Palo Alto, Calif., is the community that they [...]
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CoachUp Scores With a Small-Business Slam Dunk

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Entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel says coaching makes all the difference to many aspiring athletes. “I wasn’t very good at basketball, but I loved it,” Fliegel says. “I found a private coach working at a summer camp I went to, and through his coaching I got a lot better.” Fliegel (pictured), 27, says that one-on-one coaching experience [...]
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Holly Green on Her Unique Business Niche

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Seasoned esthetician Holly Green, owner of Norabloom Botanicals & Beauty Lounge in Ithaca, N.Y., wanted people to see facials as more than merely cosmetic. So she pursued a certification in oncology esthetics and expanded her services to include specialty skin care treatments for cancer patients. Late last year, she also added two products (a cleanser and [...]
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