Business Profiles Articles
on April 23, 2013
The Ron Johnson era at J.C. Penney’s has ended, leaving behind an important lesson for retailers of all sizes: Customers love a sale.
Johnson took over as CEO of Penney’s in 2011 with a resume that included a stint as senior vice president of retail for A…Read » Views: 3,369
on April 15, 2013
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, Stridel…Read » Views: 8,423
on April 4, 2013
Lori Cheek, an architect by trade, aims to turn online dating upside down. Her bootstrapped venture Cheek’d sells decks of “calling cards” to its members, designed to be used as icebreakers in offline social situations. The cards encourage interested par…Read » Views: 3,344
on March 28, 2013
Arlene Lynes, owner of Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock, Ill., knew her independent bookstore was in trouble and needed to start a new chapter. It was the summer of 2011, and the store had just celebrated its sixth anniversary.
“We were at a pretty crit…Read » Views: 3,285
on March 26, 2013
Anyone who’s been around babies knows that they quickly outgrow every item of clothing. One cost-effective strategy for keeping a kid well-dressed is recycling, either by accepting hand-me-downs from family and friends or by shopping for bargains at thrift s…Read » Views: 3,633
on March 26, 2013
Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai in California, is known not only for starting America’s first real spa in 1977, but also for helping to create the International Spa Association for spa owners.
The 76-year-old — who says she now works 40 hours a …Read » Views: 3,305
on March 20, 2013
The Rubber Ducky is an American icon. As such, Craig Wolfe believes that its future descendants should be made in the United States.
“The rubber duck was actually invented in the USA,” notes Wolfe, founder and president of CelebriDucks. His company design…Read » Views: 4,963
on February 28, 2013
Moms who run small businesses often lead double lives, managing both a company and a household with kids. Although it can be tough to keep everyone — spouses, children, partners, vendors, customers, and themselves — happy, quite a few mompreneurs do just t…Read » Views: 3,281