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Steven and Natalie Judelson turned their passion for making sea salt at their home on Long Island into a business, focused on distilling the essence of the seaside.
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 “Form versus function” has been replaced by “form and function,” he says.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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.