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Rickshaw Bagworks CEO on the 3 Fs of Innovative Product Design

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Executives used to scoff at the notion that good design is good business. Now, Mark Dwight, founder and CEO of Rickshaw Bagworks, argues that good design represents the most innovative type of business thinking. “Form versus function” has been replaced by “form and function,” he says. Add “footprint” to that equation and you reach the pinnacle of modern product [...]
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Tasty Image Chocolate Franchise Owner: Focus on Fun Sweetens Success

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In the presence of the executive, jet-setting whirlwind of energy that is Derri Cerbone, founder of the Tasty Image Chocolate franchise, it’s hard to imagine her as a single mom working from home. But that’s exactly how this growing franchise started -- on a kitchen table. After a divorce, teacher and newly single mom, Cerbone [...]
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Entrepreneurs Find that Social Good Is Good Marketing

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Kohl Crecilius, Travis Hartanov, and Stewart Ramsey learned how to crochet in high school and started a business making and selling beanies in their Spokane, Wash., hometown. This was the first incarnation of Krochet Kids. In 2007, the young entrepreneurs founded Krochet Kids Intl., merging their design and business acumen with their desire to do [...]
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How the House from “A Christmas Story” Spawned a Small Business

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Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman's leg in a now-classic holiday film. That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands of visitors a year to A Christmas Story House, tucked away on a side [...]
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How One “Tiny But Mighty” Business Made It Big

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When "Farmer Gene" Mealhow became a soils consultant after the farm crisis of the1980s hit his family farm hard, one of his first clients was Richard Kelty, whose family had been growing an unusual, heirloom popping corn for over 100 years. In 1999, Mealhow (pictured) bought the popcorn business from Kelty, moving the operation to [...]
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Produce Delivery Business Grows From a Mother’s Love

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At age 27, Ashley Tyrner was pregnant and living back at home with her mother after her marriage had fallen apart. “I ended up on government welfare and government insurance,” Tyrner says of this low point in her life. The future entrepreneur didn’t let her lack of work experience or a college degree keep her [...]
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Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy

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Learn how entrepreneurs at this business accelerator become members of a co-op and share in each other's profits, in a true sharing economy.
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Rebel Winemaker Sam Mahler on Shaking Up a Sleepy Industry

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When fellow motorcycle enthusiasts Christian Tietje and Susan "Sam" Mahler started their Paso Robles, Calif. winery in their bike/surf shed in 1996, they had big dreams. Tietje, a chef, and Mahler, a scientist, pilot, and avid skier, eschewed traditional wine labels in favor of startling names like "Zinbitch," "Anarchy," and "The Biker." After growing their [...]