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Cooperative Business Accelerator Builds a Sharing Economy

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Uptima Business Bootcamp is a business accelerator with an unusual business structure: It's a cooperative. Entrepreneurs who go through the training become members of the co-op and have a say in how the training program is run. They will also share in each other’s profits: Every business in the program gives Uptima an equity stake [...]
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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 [...]
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Founder of Online Kids’ Shop on How to Succeed in Resale

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Sharon Schneider started the online children’s’ consignment shop Moxie Jean to create an alternative to the too-often dingy, time-consuming process of finding quality used togs for little ones. To win the busy, well-heeled customers underserved by the current used-clothes market, she cultivates a specific image for her company: clean, classy, accessible. “The existing options were [...]
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Couple’s Passion for Colorado Inspires Apparel Company

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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 Telluride, Colo., have. They convey their crush on Colorado through beverage [...]
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How One Family Newsstand Stays Afloat Despite Industry Decline

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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 percent year over year for the last six months of 2013. [...]
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Former Politician Turns to Sweet Business

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“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 business, The Oakland Chocolate Co. “I have always been interested in science [...]
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Selling Antiques Online to a New Generation of Collectors

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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 collectors. Scott got involved in the antiques industry when he took over [...]
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Barking Up the Right Tree: How PetFlow Went From Zero to $50 Million in 3 Years

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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 million in revenue its first year and closed out 2013 with $39 [...]
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