Business Profiles Articles
on January 20, 2014
Running a winery isn’t easy. There are grapes to cultivate or buy, fermentation processes to oversee, product to bottle and sell, customers to please, and bills to pay. And when the great recession hit a few years ago, winery owners had one more task to co…Read » Views: 16,209
on December 24, 2013
When Galmont Ballet outgrew its commercial space in a Florida strip mall, owners Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero chose an unorthodox new space for their Centre for Dance Education: an industrial warehouse unit.
The married couple — originally from Cuba and V…Read » Views: 3,879
on December 23, 2013
After years of running her Suzuki violin studio in a forgiving manner, such as not insisting on payment for missed lessons, Emily Greene (pictured) decided to get tough.
Greene drafted a contract for students and their parents to sign at the beginning of the …Read » Views: 3,834
on December 20, 2013
It turns out good business ideas can grow on trees — or at least stem from them.
Feelgoodz founder Kyle Berner says he got his idea for a successful small business from a pair of flip-flops he picked off a tree-shaped display in a Bangkok market. The all-na…Read » Views: 4,068
on December 19, 2013
Zappos is renowned for its open corporate culture and stellar customer service. But following the online retailer’s lead — and building similar best practices into your small business — may be easier said than done.
So, why not seek assistance from Zapp…Read » Views: 3,770
on December 16, 2013
What are your plans for growing your business in the new year? When we posed this question in the past, you told us that you wanted to do things like expand your market reach, focus on getting more repeat customers, or introduce new products and services.
Tho…Read » Views: 3,917
on December 12, 2013
“I’m a trained revolutionary, in a sense,” says Mark Hatch, a Green Beret turned innovator and author of the recently published The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the New World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers.
As CEO of TechShop, …Read » Views: 4,027
on December 10, 2013
In 1999, Advertising Age published a list of the top ad campaigns of the 20th century. Although these pitches may seem like ancient history, their underlying strategies can be used by modern small-business owners to mount successful campaigns today. Here are f…Read » Views: 3,895