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    SCORE Mentor Fosters Diversity Among Entrepreneurs

    by on August 25, 2014

    Antara Dutta, President of the Delaware chapter of SCORE and a small business owner, doesn’t shy away from a challenge. After leaving the corporate world to open a consulting firm with her husband in 2008, Dutta (pictured) used her corporate experience to rais…

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    Portland Accelerator Helps Startups Grab a Piece of the PIE

    by on August 21, 2014

    The Portland Incubator Experiment (PIE), through its affiliation with the Portland, Oregon, office of international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, helps startups refine their message, network with other startups, and, ultimately, turn ideas into business…

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    Want to Earn More Green? Use the Psychology of Color

    by on March 7, 2014

    Want to really influence people with your marketing efforts, give some serious thought to the colors you use in everything from advertisements to in-store promotions. Why? Consumers cite color as the reason they buy [PDF] something 85 percent of the time.


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    How a Duo Turned a Food Blog Into a Niche Retail Business

    by on March 3, 2014

    It all started seven years ago with a chance meeting on Thanksgiving in an Oakland, Calif., kitchen. Yoko Kumano, who lived in Tokyo at the time, and Kayoko Akabori, who lived in New York City, decided to start a food blog together.

    “I knew I wanted to uplo…

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    “Hair Queen” Shares Tips for Starting a Beauty Salon

    by on February 26, 2014

    Suzanne Van Houten of Swans Studios knows a lot about running a beauty business: The self-proclaimed “hair queen” has worked as a stylist and colorist for more than three decades, and she’s owned her own salon at least half of that time.

    Van Houten (p…

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    How Two Brothers Revived a Long-Defunct Family Business

    by on January 23, 2014

    When Andy and Charlie Nelson opened a business together in Tennessee, they decided not to start from scratch. Instead, the brothers resurrected a family distillery that had been closed since the state enacted prohibition laws in 1909.

    Their great-great-great …

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    Do You Have the Personality of an Entrepreneur?

    by on November 12, 2013

    Do you have the ideal personality to be an entrepreneur? New research by Sophia Chou, an organizational psychologist at National Taiwan University, suggests that you do if you’re a “realistic optimist.”

    A realistic optimist is someone who has the abilit…

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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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