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5 Lessons from Ernst & Young’s 2012 Entrepreneurs of the Year

Each year, Ernst & Young names a cadre of business owners as Entrepreneurs of the Year in various categories and then picks one overall winner. In 2012, the global accounting …

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How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside …

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Entrepreneur Cleans Up in a Dirty Business

When Eliza Kendall was a child, people often asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She gave lots of replies over the years, but never once …

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Facebook Fuels Sales for Small Businesses

With less than two months on Facebook, toy company CharlieDog and Friends is typically selling $500 to $1,000 in product per day — the bulk of its online sales — …

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What Do Technology and Chocolate Have in Common?

For Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, starting a chocolate-making business hasn’t differed too much from launching a technology startup. The Stanford University friends co-founded Plaxo, an online address book, almost …

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Retailer Closes Her Store to Go Mobile Instead

Renting a retail storefront requires a lot of overhead, which can cause small-business owners to struggle to stay afloat, particularly in a sluggish economy. Debbie Dejesus found a solution: Close …

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Seattle Moms Succeed in Seafood by Keeping It Simple

When Tina Montgomery’s husband began working for a seafood distribution company, T.H. Seafood, the family was suddenly awash in high-quality, fresh fish, a bounty they shared freely with their friends. One …

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Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent …


How a Fiber Artist Keeps It Together with Weave

Jamie Chan may be the busiest person you don’t know. She and her husband, Blas Herrera, run several arts-and-crafts- related businesses in San Francisco. She makes her own line of …

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How Weave Helps One Artist Price Her Products

“I’m a better mom now. I’m less grumpy,” says Valerie Asbury, reflecting on her decision give up a career in graphic design to strike out on her own as a …


Thanks to GoPayment, Fashion Designer Earns More Design Time

Fashion designer Sheri Falk says she would rather direct her energy toward conceptualizing new designs and helping clients than handling the bookkeeping tasks required to run her small business. So …


Running a Charitable Business with GoPayment

When Sandy Pearson was searching for a name for her handmade-headbands company in 2010, she turned to the blogosphere for ideas. The result? B.I.C. Bands, short for Because I Can …

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How a Vintage Clothing Reseller Uses Weave as a “Tiny Personal Assistant”

Jillian Knox faced a big challenge: It was 2009. She was about to graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia, had no job, and needed money. …


How GoPayment Helps a Magnet Crafter Attract More Customers

Erinn Soule founded Heart & Soule Designs last year after her love for creating custom gifts, from clay caricatures to jewelry, helped her raise money for the American Cancer Society. …

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How a Hula-Hooping Entrepreneur Uses Intuit GoPayment to Boost Sales

Loving the entrepreneurial life is often a matter of making money from your passion. As owner of Rock-a-hoola Hoops, Angel Rutsch has done just that. The Intuit Small Business Blog …

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