Entrepreneur Profiles

Congratulations! You’re a Specialty Retailer!

The Piedmont Retail Business Challenge It's easy to feel the excitement. "I WON!!!" reads the website of FlounderN, one of three winners of The Piedmont Retail Busin... »

Aloha, Sales!

Years ago, as a food-and-beverage consultant to companies that produced outdoor festivals and special events across the US, Michael Haith routinely heard complaints ... »

Ask the Kiosk Expert

Do you have any special advice on how to start a cart business in Las Vegas, targeting the 40 million annual tourists with a revolutionary, must-have souvenir of the... »

TATs With Flair

They're fun, colorful and come in hundreds of different shapes and sizes. But most importantly, they look real! Temporary airbrushed tattoos, or "TATs," are all the ... »

Markdown Magic

Many retailers spot an empty big-box store and think failure. Dan Olson spots the same thing and sees opportunity. Olson leases vacant stores on a short-term basis f... »

Mom Means Business

There's no stopping a new mom when her heart and mind are set on something she needs. No use underestimating a mom's determination, or strength, or sense of purpose ... »

Calendar Club

Thirteen years ago, Marc Winkelman had no idea his company would be where it is today—all over the United States, plus Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealan... »

B. Hip, B. Spirited

Walk into a B. Fashion store in Florida and you enter a different world—an enchanted world. The variety of items for sale is dazzling, a vast array of unique d... »

5 at the Top

Starbucks Until the mid-1980s, coffee was considered a commodity in the US: nothing "special" about it. Perhaps that's why consumption had been declining for more th... »

Getting Good Ink

One might say Carey Porcher has ink on his hands, on his mind, and in his blood. How it got there isn't the story: the story is how and why his company, Island Ink-J... »

Whole New Ball Game

The BirdieBall is on a roll. The practice golf ball that John Breaker and his father, Richard, invented is getting rave reviews, not just from golfers but from the w... »

Sterling Success

The road from Turkey to the United States was paved with silver for Ali and Seda Kulatti. After playing the State Department's annual green-card lottery for seven ye... »

Growth Strategy

The Wholesale Route Pat Yates: One product, many operators Pat Yates, owner of Happy Feet (Goshen, KY), is a cart operator-turned-wholesaler. Eight years ago Yates g... »

Sugar and Spice

The seductive scent of rich soaps and potpourri envelops you... the sultry, soothing sound of Ella Fitzgerald greets you... and then you catch a glimpse of a beautif... »

Sweet Smell of Success

Say the word "knock-off" and people think "cheap." The general assumption is that the product must be an inferior likeness of the original. Not necessarily so, says ... »
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