Business Profiles Articles

  • beer-class-300x198.png

    A Brooklyn Homebrew Shop's Innovative Recipe for Business

    by on May 7, 2013

    When Douglas Amport and John La Polla conceived the business now known as Bitter & Esters, they simply wanted to provide space where enthusiastic homebrewers like themselves could produce larger batches of beer than the average apartment in New York City (…

    Read » Views: 1,082
  • ed-desoto-olives-300x225.jpeg

    A Retiree's Second Act as a Small-Business Owner

    by on May 7, 2013

    The word “entrepreneur” typically conjures images of professionals in their 20s and 30s. But that stereotype often misses the mark, because baby boomers engage in more entrepreneurial activity than Millennials do.

    Many older adults are starting businesses…

    Read » Views: 1,124
  • iStock_000020330132XSmall-300x211.jpg

    Pricing Lessons Learned From J.C. Penney's

    by on April 23, 2013

    The Ron Johnson era at J.C. Penney’s has ended, leaving behind an important lesson for retailers of all sizes: Customers love a sale.

    Johnson took over as CEO of Penney’s in 2011 with a resume that included a stint as senior vice president of retail for A…

    Read » Views: 1,170
  • Jake-Director-and-Riley-Goodman-300x223.jpg

    Two Students Find Startup Success Selling Socks

    by on April 15, 2013

    Two college buddies in high-tech Seattle are striking it rich in the very low-tech industry of socks.

    Yes, socks. Jake Director and Riley Goodman (pictured) make crew socks with stripes that feature the skylines of U.S. cities. They run their company, Stridel…

    Read » Views: 3,799
  • Lori-Cheek-300x450.jpg

    Online Dating Site Uses Offline Tricks to Stand Out

    by on April 4, 2013

    Lori Cheek, an architect by trade, aims to turn online dating upside down. Her bootstrapped venture Cheek’d sells decks of “calling cards” to its members, designed to be used as icebreakers in offline social situations. The cards encourage interested par…

    Read » Views: 1,184
  • arlene-lynes-photo-300x400.jpg

    Bookstore Owner Turns a Page by Asking Customers to Spend More

    by on March 28, 2013

    Arlene Lynes, owner of Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock, Ill., knew her independent bookstore was in trouble and needed to start a new chapter. It was the summer of 2011, and the store had just celebrated its sixth anniversary.

    “We were at a pretty crit…

    Read » Views: 1,178
  • moxie-jean-300x200.jpg

    Moxie Jean Finds Success in Used Baby Clothes

    by on March 26, 2013

    Anyone who’s been around babies knows that they quickly outgrow every item of clothing. One cost-effective strategy for keeping a kid well-dressed is recycling, either by accepting hand-me-downs from family and friends or by shopping for bargains at thrift s…

    Read » Views: 1,244
  • Sheila-Cluff-300x450.jpg

    Spa Pioneer Sheila Cluff on Living Her Dream

    by on March 26, 2013

    Sheila Cluff, founder of The Oaks at Ojai in California, is known not only for starting America’s first real spa in 1977, but also for helping to create the International Spa Association for spa owners.

    The 76-year-old — who says she now works 40 hours a …

    Read » Views: 1,105
Advertisement