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With its innovative combination of classroom, retail store, and brewing facility, Bitter & Esters is supported by an engaged and loyal community.
The word “entrepreneur” typically conjures images of professionals in their 20s and 30s. But that stereotype often misses the mark, because baby boomers engage in more entrepreneurial activity than Millennials do. Many older adults are starting businesses — and second careers — after retirement. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently talked with one such entrepreneur, [...]
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 Apple. He came on board to reinvigorate a brand [...]
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, Strideline, from their frat house at the University of Washington. With no prior experience, [...]
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 parties to contact Cheek’d suitors through their online dating profiles. The Intuit Small Business Blog recently [...]
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 critical point with cash flow,” says Lynes, who works at the [...]
Learn how Moxie Jeans grew their sales by 50% per month by enabling parents to send in gently used items in exchange for cash or credit.
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 week, down from 80 hours — published a memoir [...]