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Renee Wood: Success in the Bereavement and Sympathy Business

| July 19, 2008 | 0 Comments
Renee Wood: Success in the Bereavement and Sympathy Business

When a love one dies, be it a friend, colleague or family member, cards and flower arrangements are typically given to the family. However, there are many who are looking for alternatives to traditional bereavement cards and flowers, and who are looking for a more personal way to express their feelings. When the father of […]

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Successful Entrepreneurs WITHOUT Going to Universities

| July 18, 2008 | 1 Comment
Successful Entrepreneurs WITHOUT Going to Universities

The UK publication Mail Online wrote a very interesting piece listing some of UK’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs — but WITHOUT a college degree. Here’s some of them: Robert Braithwaite is the founder of boat-builder Sunseeker International http://www.sunseeker.com/. He left school at 14 and worked at his father’s engine-servicing company. He borrowed £5,000 and […]

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Kim & Scott Holstein: Success with Gourmet Pretzels

| July 1, 2008 | 2 Comments
Kim & Scott Holstein: Success with Gourmet Pretzels

The most successful businesses are those that are able to spot opportunities — even in the seemingly ordinary things in our every day life. Kim and Scott Holstein were in a supermarket in Wilmette, Chicago looking for unique flavored pretzels. However, all that was offered in the frozen food ailes section was plain salted pretzel. […]

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Sara Blakely: Success from an Ingenious Invention

| June 26, 2008 | 1 Comment
Sara Blakely: Success from an Ingenious Invention

Sara Blakely, creator of the footless hosiery company Spanx, is proof positive that successful business ideas can be found everywhere, even in personal vanities. Sara stumbled upon the idea for her insanely successful footless panty hose when she was frustrated with visible panty lines that shows under light colored pants and stockings that precluded her […]

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Suzi Drnec: How Extensive Product Knowledge can Propel Business Success

| June 25, 2008 | 1 Comment
Suzi Drnec: How Extensive Product Knowledge can Propel Business Success

Suzi Drnec is the owner/manager of the world’s largest supplier of Ready-To-Win western show apparel company Hobby Horse clothing. Her company sells blazers and jackets, tunic tops, hats, even body wear smoothers and slinkers for women horse riders. A lifelong fan of horses, she dreamed of starting a horse-related business when she was just 8 […]

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Maria de Lourdes Sobrino: Success with Gelatin Desserts

| June 23, 2008 | 2 Comments
Maria de Lourdes Sobrino: Success with Gelatin Desserts

Maria de Lourdes Sobrino stumbled upon the idea of selling ready-made gelatin products in cups after failing to find the products in the United States. A favorite dessert in her native Mexico, Maria felt that there’s a huge market, though untapped, in the United States for delicious gelatin, flan and rice pudding desserts. In 1982, […]

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Karen Belasco Staitman: Success with Custom Fortune Cookies

| June 21, 2008 | 6 Comments
Karen Belasco Staitman: Success with Custom Fortune Cookies

Some of the best ideas are created unexpectedly. Karen Belasco Straitman, a party planner, created giant fortune cookies for party invitations. While walking in a department store in 1995, she saw apples that have been decorated and thought about her giant fortune cookies. She had the idea of dipping the giant fortune cookies in chocolate, […]

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Catherine Keane: Tapping a Lucrative Ipod Niche

| June 13, 2008 | 12 Comments
Catherine Keane: Tapping a Lucrative Ipod Niche

Ipods are the hottest music accessories today, with the signature white earphones showing up everywhere from subways to streets to offices. In March 2008, about 170 million Ipods have been sold worldwide. Given the popularity of this product, it is no wonder that service industries revolving around Ipod would crop up. HungryPod.com, a business that […]

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Christy Webber: Success in the Landscaping Business

| June 10, 2008 | 0 Comments
Christy Webber: Success in the Landscaping Business

Christy Webber is one of the most succcessful landscape and lawncare business owners today. She is the founder of Christy Webber Landscapes , a full-service landscape provider, offering landscape design, construction, and landscape maintenance programs to residential, commercial and municipal properties throughout Chicago. Her company, which she built from the ground up in 1990, is […]

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A Mom’s Work is Never Done

| May 7, 2008 | 0 Comments
A Mom’s Work is Never Done

Here’s a nice chart from the Heritage Foundation providing a breakdown of a mother’s time — and the chart does not even include the time spent in running a business for the work at home moms out there!

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