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    Serial Entrepreneur Finds a New Market in Old Clothing

    by on November 14, 2013

    Decades of Fashion is the latest in a long line of business ventures for serial entrepreneur Cicely Hansen. Fascinated by vintage clothing and accessories since she was five years old, Hansen has been involved in fashion shows and expos, garment repair, and m…

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    Giveaways Bring Sweet Rewards to a Family Farmer

    by on November 7, 2013

    When Scott McKenzie (pictured) of Seaview Cranberries learned that the co-founder of Genki-Su Japanese Drinking Vinegars was looking for fruit purveyors near her home in Oregon, he thought his locally grown cranberries might interest her.

    Takako Shinjo’s m…

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    Mom's Market Uses Green Incentives to Drive Sales

    by on October 29, 2013

    Energy costs are a constant headache for many small-business owners. Even after cutting any wasteful usage, your monthly bill may keep rising with the prices of gas and electricity.

    But there are ways out of the quagmire. Here’s how one U.S.-based small bu…

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    Drive Holiday Sales With a Men's Panic Party

    by on October 28, 2013

    Male shoppers are notorious for waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Savvy jewelers and other retailers can turn this habit into sales — and help men choose the perfect gift for their spouses or partners — by hosting a men’s panic party.

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    Building a Baklava Business, One Market at a Time

    by on October 25, 2013

    Katerina Georgallas founded Baklava Couture in Washington, D.C., to make her Greek pastry the way she felt it ought to be: bursting with rich, often unexpected flavors, like rosemary dark chocolate and fig and candied garlic.

    Georgallas started the company in…

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    Entrepreneurship Is Icing on the Cake for This Retiree

    by on October 2, 2013

    Just because frosting isn’t “good for you,” doesn’t mean it should be full of chemicals and hydrogenated oils. Or at least that was Gerhard Keuck’s thinking.

    Upon retiring from his 48-year career as a confectioner and professional chef, Keuck (pictu…

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    How My Pet Chicken Reaches Its Flock

    by on September 26, 2013

    When Derek Sasaki and Traci Torres (pictured) started keeping a flock of chickens in their backyard nearly a decade ago, they never imagined that they’d end up running a popular one-stop shop for like-minded hobbyists.

    My Pet Chicken, the web-based business…

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    Coffee Shop Fueled by Budget-Conscious Pricing

    by on September 23, 2013

    When Adam Banks opened a coffee shop in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood in July, he was determined not to gouge customers with $5 to $7 espresso drinks. Coffee, he believes, should be accessible to everyone, including people on a tight budget. Beve…

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