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Brenda Dronkers: Moving from One Successful Business to Another

Brenda Dronkers: Moving from One Successful Business to Another

| February 2, 2008 | 51 Comments

Brenda Dronkers made her mark by starting the highly successful inflatable party place for kids called Pump It Up that grew into a $55 million dollar business with 160 franchises. Now she is ready to face a new challenge with a new clothing line called Thriving Ink.

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Brenda Dronkers: Finding Success with Inflatable Party Spaces

Brenda Dronkers: Finding Success with Inflatable Party Spaces

| January 31, 2008 | 2 Comments

Sometimes the best business ideas are just around us — if you know where to look. Brenda Dronkers, founder of the inflatable party place Pump It Up http://www.pumpitupparty.com/index.htm, got the inspiration for her business in her church’s fall festival in 1999. She was then a California mother of three who struggled to make ends meet […]

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Debbie Weiner: Interior Design for Budget Conscious Families

Debbie Weiner: Interior Design for Budget Conscious Families

| January 27, 2008 | 0 Comments

As a small business, you can’t offer everything to everyone. Hence, niche targeting has been an effective a strategy used by many small businesses to succeed. With more limited resources, you can offer better products or service if you concentrate on a smaller (but profitable) market that the giants of your industry has overlooked. This […]

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Richard Branson: Keys to Success

Richard Branson: Keys to Success

| January 4, 2008 | 44 Comments

Richard Branson, CEO of the Virgin Group of Companies, shared the keys to his entrepreneurial success in a recent magazine interview (Playboy, January 2009, pp. 39-46): Hiring great people and keeping them happy. If your staff is inspired and enjoying their work, they’ll do what it takes to make the company succeed. In a nutshell, […]

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Ashley Qualls: 17-Year Old Success Story

Ashley Qualls: 17-Year Old Success Story

| January 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

One of the most interesting success stories of 2007 is Ashley Qualls, only 17 years of age but has already built a million dollar website. Her site, WhateverLife .com offers free MySpace page layouts giving her main target audience — young girls — the ability to change their MySpace pages using Ashley’s flowers, hearts, celebrities […]

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11 Simple Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurship

11 Simple Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurship

| October 20, 2007 | 0 Comments

According to the new book “Beat the System” by Robert W. MacDonald (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; October 2007) the key to becoming an entrepreneur lies in the implementation of basic concepts and, there are only 11 simple secrets to learn to make it happen. Here are the secrets to successful entrepreneurship: Secret 1: Build […]

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Success Story: John Scharffenberger

Success Story: John Scharffenberger

| October 9, 2007 | 1 Comment

It is refreshing to read about the ingredients of a person’s entrepreneurial success. U.S. News and World Report has a very interesting article, albeit last year, on John Scharffenberger, who founded several businesses including wines and gourmet chocolates. He co-founded Scharffen Berger chocolate with Robert Steinberg, the leading American fine-chocolate brand out there in the […]

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Stay at Home Moms: Getting Back on the Career Track

Stay at Home Moms: Getting Back on the Career Track

| July 3, 2007 | 2 Comments

Would you like to return to the work world but are concerned about how to find an opportunity that will allow you to fulfill your family or other non-work obligations, nervous about how to “market yourself” to potential employers, or unsure about what type of work you want to do?

by Carol Fishman Cohen and Vivian Steir Rabin
Authors of “Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay at Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work”

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Winning Strategies to Succeed in the Real Estate Business

Winning Strategies to Succeed in the Real Estate Business

| April 27, 2007 | 2 Comments

In the book “The Peebles Principles,” real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles shares the winning strategies of his highly successful entrepreneurial career. Peebles is the Chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, a real estate development company with portfolio that includes four-star hotels, luxury and commercial properties in Washington DC, San Francisco, Las Vegas and […]

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Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

| April 23, 2007 | 3 Comments

I have received a copy of the book of Barbara Carey, a successful inventor-entrepreneur who have made millions from products such as hair tools/accessories Hairagami, Motivation Mirror, feminine protection products Dittie, and Friendship Bracelets. She is one of those success stories that we all love to hear — turning a shoestring startup capital of only […]

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