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Bookstore Owner Turns a Page by Asking Customers to Spend More

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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 [...]
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Moxie Jean Finds Success in Used Baby Clothes

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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 stores and other resale outlets. Sharon Schneider and Sandra Pinter wanted to offer a third option. [...]
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Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff on Living Her Dream

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 [...]
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It's Just Ducky Manufacturing in the U.S.A.

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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 designs and produces collectibles that celebrate some 200 film, music, sports, and historical personalities [...]
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How 4 Busy Moms Make Their Small Businesses Work

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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 that. Here’s how a few of these busy parents make their small businesses [...]
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Cookbook Author Turns a New Page with a Line of Chocolates

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Despite three cookbooks, an illustrious food-writing career, and being recognized for her social media savvy, engineer-turned-entrepreneur Monica Bhide was hungry for more. So she’s developed her own line of chocolate bars. SpiceSutra Chocolates, which feature spices said to be aphrodisiacs, will debut Feb. 4 on partner Co Co. Sala’s website. They’re priced at $30 a [...]
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5 Lessons from Ernst & Young's 2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year

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Each year, Ernst & Young names a cadre of business owners as Entrepreneurs of the Year in various categories and then picks one overall winner. In 2012, the global accounting firm chose 10 innovators from more than 2,000 professionals nominated by somebody who knew of their outstanding accomplishments as an entrepreneur -- customers, colleagues, friends, [...]
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How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

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During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside their establishments, at least two intrepid New York City bar owners extended their hours amid the impending rain, winds, and floods. In Brooklyn, Freddy’s geared [...]
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