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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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Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations

| July 23, 2008 | 1 Comment
Sheri Schmelzer: Earning Millions from Crocs Decorations

Crocs are the very popular resin clogs dotted with holes and comes in every color, from pinks to blues to yellows to blacks. They are ugly shoes, but both adults and children love them. In fact, the company grew from $1 million in revenue in 2003 to a projected $322 million in 2007. Given the […]

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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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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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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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