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    Compost Fuels an Iraq Vet’s Future

    by on December 10, 2013

    When Justen Garrity (pictured) returned home in 2009, after serving five years in the U.S. Army, including assignments in Iraq and South Korea, he found himself unemployed in one of the worst job markets in decades. He quickly realized that he would have to…

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    San Francisco Skateboarding Business Is on a Roll

    by on November 15, 2013

    Thuy Nguyen and her husband, Shawn Connolly (both pictured), started San Francisco Skate Club in 2007 to nurture children’s creativity and confidence through skateboarding. The company’s summer and after-school programs encourage kids ages 8 to 13 to forge…

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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.

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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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