Business Profiles Articles
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…Read » Views: 2,062
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…Read » Views: 1,741
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…Read » Views: 1,243
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…Read » Views: 2,031
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…Read » Views: 1,995
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…Read » Views: 1,766
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 …Read » Views: 1,772
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 eFuneral.com, a website that allows grieving families to comparison shop for funeral services. With co-founder Bryan Chaikin, Belsito recent…Read » Views: 1,898