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Lisa Rudes-Sandel: Success in Niche Jeans Market

| March 14, 2009 | 79 Comments
Lisa Rudes-Sandel: Success in Niche Jeans Market

Lisa Rudes Sandel had tried different types of diets and exercise, but she could not flatten her stomach. Hence, she was often pushed to buying jeans three sizes bigger to find one that fit her body. Instead of complaining, this daughter of the founder of a popular women’s denim and sportswear label (St. Germain) saw a busines opportunity. In 2003 with her sister Leslie, she started a company called Not Your Daughter’s Jeans creating jeans for women over 40 with womanly bodies. A name thought out by her father, Rudes-Sandel jeans line is for the often-ignored baby boomer women, not for the waif-thin young girls and perfect-bodied glamazons.

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Markus Frind: How to Succeed on the Web

| March 3, 2009 | 14 Comments
Markus Frind: How to Succeed on the Web

Markus Frind is the founder of the highly popular free dating website PlentyofFish.com , which Alexa ranks as #406 in terms of site popularity with more than a billion pageviews a month. Frind started his dating website about 5 years ago with no money, no plan and with scant knowledge of how to run a […]

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Catherine Patton: Business Ideas Come from Everyday Needs

| November 9, 2008 | 3 Comments
Catherine Patton: Business Ideas Come from Everyday Needs

Catherine Patton, founder of Patton Medical Devices, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2001. As a result, she is now faced with the daily struggle of effectively managing her disease. Using injection therapy, Ms. Patton quickly grew tired of giving herself an injection each time she needed insulin. The multiple daily injections often left […]

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Maxine Clark: How Personal Satisfaction and Passion Leads to Success (Build-a-Bear Workshop)

| November 6, 2008 | 1 Comment
Maxine Clark: How Personal Satisfaction and Passion Leads to Success (Build-a-Bear Workshop)

One of the most admirable women entrepreneur in recent years is Maxine Clark, founder of the highly successful Build-a-Bear Workshop. Her Build-a-Bear Workshop, first launched in St. Louis in 1997, has grown to a $474 million business 10 years later. Ms. Clark has an extensive experience in retailing, with 19 years experience in various divisions […]

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Sarah Beatty: At the Forefront of Green Living

| October 19, 2008 | 2 Comments
Sarah Beatty: At the Forefront of Green Living

Green living marketplace is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic sectors today. The eco-friendly or green lifestyle is being embraced by more and more consumers, from personal care products to automobiles to home building and decor and other aspects of living. Sarah Beatty is one of the women at the forefront of the […]

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Design Toscano: Successful Niche Business with its Unique Product Line

| September 27, 2008 | 3 Comments
Design Toscano: Successful Niche Business with its Unique Product Line

One of my favorite online store is Design Toscano , a multichannel retailer of mostly European-inspired gifts, home furnishings and decor. I stumbled upon the store when I was looking for unique wall decors, and I have been extremely pleased with the quality and price of their products so much so that most of the […]

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Julie Dix and Danielle Ayotte: Turning a Child’s Blanket into a Successful Business

| September 25, 2008 | 3 Comments
Julie Dix and Danielle Ayotte: Turning a Child’s Blanket into a Successful Business

Julie Dix and Danielle Ayotte were stay at home moms who stumbled upon a simple idea — put looped tags on babies blankets — and now run a multi-million dollar business. It all started with the worn security blanket of Julie’s toddler. Noticing that her baby was interested in the satin tags on toys and […]

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Heather Murphy Monteith: Success with Baby Disco

| August 14, 2008 | 1 Comment
Heather Murphy Monteith: Success with Baby Disco

Heather Murphy Monteith — a mom, choreographer, modern dancer and caterer — has been looking for alternatives to commercialized activities for her toddler son, Max. She was especially concerned with the lack of healthy foods available, as well as the obvious commercialism with the strategic placements of gift shops at the usual children destinations such […]

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Nicole Simons: A Nutty Success Story with Fortunuts

| July 29, 2008 | 1 Comment
Nicole Simons: A Nutty Success Story with Fortunuts

Some successful business ideas come from childhood. As a child, Nicole Simon’s mom would make her special walnut recipe for friends and co-workers during the holidays. Friends asked for their delectable walnut treats that making it and giving it as holiday gifts became the tradition in their household. They decided to add a fun element […]

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Mandy Haberman: Success with a No-Spill Drinking Cup

| July 25, 2008 | 1 Comment
Mandy Haberman: Success with a No-Spill Drinking Cup

For any parent or guardian of infants and toddlers, keeping your little ones dry while drinking is a challenge, as most sippy cups in the market leak. Mandy Haberman , an award winning English inventor, decided to invent the technology to create a totally non-drip trainer cupy when she saw a toddler spilling blackcurrant juice […]

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