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    5 Lessons from Ernst & Young's 2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year

    by on January 21, 2013

    Each year, Ernst & Young names a cadre of business owners as Entrepreneurs of the Year in various categories and then picks one overall winner. In 2012, the global accounting firm chose 10 innovators from more than 2,000 professionals nominated by somebody…

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    How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

    by on November 30, 2012

    During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside their establishments, at least two intrepid New York City bar owners extended their hours…

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    Entrepreneur Cleans Up in a Dirty Business

    by on November 21, 2012

    When Eliza Kendall was a child, people often asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She gave lots of replies over the years, but never once did she say that she wanted to own a portable toilet company, her current business.

    Kendall (pictured) has a…

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    Facebook Fuels Sales for Small Businesses

    by on November 12, 2012

    With less than two months on Facebook, toy company CharlieDog and Friends is typically selling $500 to $1,000 in product per day — the bulk of its online sales — thanks to traffic on the social media site. These are significant numbers for the year-old sta…

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    What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

    by on November 6, 2012

    For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup.

    The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost a decade ago and sold it to Comcast for ov…

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    Retailer Closes Her Store to Go Mobile Instead

    by on October 31, 2012

    Renting a retail storefront requires a lot of overhead, which can cause small-business owners to struggle to stay afloat, particularly in a sluggish economy. Debbie Dejesus found a solution: Close up shop and go mobile instead.

    In May, Dejesus closed La Te Da…

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    Seattle Moms Succeed in Seafood by Keeping It Simple

    by on October 24, 2012

    When Tina Montgomery’s husband began working for a seafood distribution company, T.H. Seafood, the family was suddenly awash in high-quality, fresh fish, a bounty they shared freely with their friends.

    One day in 2004, Montgomery was chatting with one of t…

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    Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

    by on October 18, 2012

    Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent example.

    Hirease founders Heidi and Paul Dent used to l…

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