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Entrepreneur Cleans Up in a Dirty Business

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 always led an entrepreneurial life. She worked [...]
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Facebook Fuels Sales for Small Businesses

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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 startup, says Suzy Allman, the company's founder. The Rye, N.Y.-based [...]
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What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

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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 over $150 million in 2008. Shortly thereafter, Masonis and Ring began dabbling in chocolate. They wanted [...]
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Retailer Closes Her Store to Go Mobile Instead

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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, her 12-year-old women’s clothing store in Grass Valley, Calif., and turned it [...]
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Seattle Moms Succeed in Seafood by Keeping It Simple

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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 those friends, Jennifer Hanseler, and the two cooked up a business idea — one that would [...]
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Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

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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 live in Atlanta, where they worked for a large data-processing company. But the Dents wanted to [...]
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Pizzeria Owner Turned Book Author Dishes on His Success

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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 create a rustic, family-oriented atmosphere that’s inviting and fun. In [...]
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eFuneral.com's Mike Belsito Breathes Life into the Business of Death

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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 recently expanded the Cleveland-based site from three test cities to a total of 11. (Nine of the 11 [...]
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