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Laura Wellington: Success in Children’s Entertainment Business

| July 21, 2009 | 1 Comment
Laura Wellington: Success in Children’s Entertainment Business

The inspiration to start a business can come from anywhere, even from tragedy. Laura Wellington, a seasoned entrepreneur running two successful IT businesses, was inspired to start a children’s entertainment company when she was hit with a double dose of tragedy: the death of her husband and the sad events of September 11, 2001. Without any prior experience in children’s entertainment, Laura took a huge leap into an industry far beyond her comfort zone and started the Giddy Gander Company with the delightful The Wumblers characters.

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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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Kathy Doering: The Importance of Providing Excellent Customer Service

| October 6, 2008 | 1 Comment
Kathy Doering: The Importance of Providing Excellent Customer Service

Why is customer service important, especially for a small business? Kathy Doering, President of market research agency Ann Michaels & Associates, Ltd. http://www.ishopforyou.com/ , shares her views on the importance of customer service to a company. Kathy is well entrenched in the business of customer service as her company offers various market research services such […]

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Lisa Kothari: Success in Planning Kid’s Parties

| September 12, 2008 | 6 Comments
Lisa Kothari: Success in Planning Kid’s Parties

Lisa Kothari, founder of Peppers and Pollywogs, is a well known author and a nationally known party planning expert. Her book, “Dear Peppers and Pollywogs… What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties,” is a must-have for parents planning a party for their kids. Learn how Lisa started the business and how she is facing the challenges coming her way.

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Nicole Simons: Home Business Success Story with Fortunuts

| August 16, 2008 | 0 Comments
Nicole Simons: Home Business Success Story with Fortunuts

Nicole Simons sold out again and again her special walnuts — which she describes as, “a little bit of sugar, a dab of salt and a whole lota love” — at The Santa Monica Farmers Market, in Los Angeles. The nuts came in Chinese take-out boxes, with fortune messages, and they were a huge success. Learn how Nicole is steering her gourmet nuts business Fortunuts to success.

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Heather Murphy Monteith: Dancing to Success

| August 1, 2008 | 1 Comment
Heather Murphy Monteith: Dancing to Success

Heather Murphy Monteith founded Baby Loves Disco to provide a fun party atmosphere for both kids and adults. Today, Baby Loves Disco is a successful event held in venues and clubs across the country and internationally in UK, Tel Aviv and Japan. Learn how Heather started the business and how she is facing the challenges coming her way.

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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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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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