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    Entrepreneur Cleans Up in a Dirty Business

    by on November 21, 2012

    When Eliza Kendall was a child, people often asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She gave lots of replies over the years, but never once did she say that she wanted to own a portable toilet company, her current business.

    Kendall (pictured) has a…

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    Facebook Fuels Sales for Small Businesses

    by on November 12, 2012

    With less than two months on Facebook, toy company CharlieDog and Friends is typically selling $500 to $1,000 in product per day — the bulk of its online sales — thanks to traffic on the social media site. These are significant numbers for the year-old sta…

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    What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

    by on November 6, 2012

    For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup.

    The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost a decade ago and sold it to Comcast for ov…

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    Retailer Closes Her Store to Go Mobile Instead

    by on October 31, 2012

    Renting a retail storefront requires a lot of overhead, which can cause small-business owners to struggle to stay afloat, particularly in a sluggish economy. Debbie Dejesus found a solution: Close up shop and go mobile instead.

    In May, Dejesus closed La Te Da…

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    Seattle Moms Succeed in Seafood by Keeping It Simple

    by on October 24, 2012

    When Tina Montgomery’s husband began working for a seafood distribution company, T.H. Seafood, the family was suddenly awash in high-quality, fresh fish, a bounty they shared freely with their friends.

    One day in 2004, Montgomery was chatting with one of t…

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    Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

    by on October 18, 2012

    Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent example.

    Hirease founders Heidi and Paul Dent used to l…

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    Pizzeria Owner Turned Book Author Dishes on His Success

    by on October 2, 2012

    Nick’s Pizza & Pub is more than just a restaurant for owner Nick Sarillo (pictured), who started the small business in Crystal Lake, Ill., in 1995 and opened a second location in Elgin a decade later. Beyond making delicious pizzas, his goal has been to …

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  • efuneral-300x274.jpg's Mike Belsito Breathes Life into the Business of Death

    by on September 27, 2012

    Sadly, tragedy was the mother of invention for Mike Belsito. After helping plan his cousin’s funeral, he came up with, a website that allows grieving families to comparison shop for funeral services. With co-founder Bryan Chaikin, Belsito recent…

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