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    Couple’s Passion for Colorado Inspires Apparel Company

    by on August 20, 2014

    Lots of people love their hometowns — or the cities or states they’ve adopted as their own. But not everyone channels that passion into a business the way Beth and John Kelly (pictured), founders of Big Colorado Love, an apparel and accessories company in T…

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    How One Family Newsstand Stays Afloat Despite Industry Decline

    by on August 19, 2014

    Read all about it: America’s newsstands may be down for the count, but don’t count out Jim and Carol Sturges, owners of The City News in Wooster, Ohio.

    According to the Alliance for Audited Media, single-copy sales of 386 U.S. magazine titles fell 11 pe…

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    Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

    by on April 23, 2014

    “As a policymaker, I spent a lot of time on economic development,” says Nancy Nadel, who served on the city council of Oakland, Calif., for 16 years before retiring in 2012. The former politician has since turned her attention to developing a small busines…

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    Selling Antiques Online to a New Generation of Collectors

    by on April 11, 2014

    Douglas Scott thinks that analog treasures and digital media are a perfect match. Through his new venture, an online marketplace for antiques and fine arts called The HighBoy, he aims to redefine how relics are sold online and make them relevant to young colle…

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    Barking Up the Right Tree: How PetFlow Went From Zero to $50 Million in 3 Years

    by on March 5, 2014

    Fifty million dollars worth of pet food is a lot of kibble to deliver. But that’s what PetFlow, a New York City-based startup, expects to do this year.

    Founded by veteran online marketing execs Joe Speiser and Alex Zhardanovsky, PetFlow brought in $1 millio…

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    A Pop-Up Bakery With a Social Mission

    by on March 4, 2014

    Using a pop-up business model, the Depressed Cake Shop works to spread awareness of mental illnesses worldwide. Local bakers from London to Kuala Lumpur donate cookies and cakes — often frosted in somber tones — that sell for $3 to $5 each. The temporary s…

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    How a Duo Turned a Food Blog Into a Niche Retail Business

    by on March 3, 2014

    It all started seven years ago with a chance meeting on Thanksgiving in an Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Yoko Kumano, who lived in Tokyo at the time, and Kayoko Akabori, who lived in New York City, decided to start a food blog together.

    “I knew I wanted to uplo…

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    Designing a Pop-Up Model for Small-Business Success

    by on February 21, 2014

    Creative entrepreneurs Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez (pictured) had known each other for many years before the day in 2011 when they hatched the idea that would transform a California neighborhood and spark national interest.

    “We literally ran into ea…

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