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    Faygo has been making soft drinks in Detroit since 1907, when, Ben and Perry Feigenson, Russian immigrant brothers and bakers by trade, founded Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works with a handful of drinks based on frosting flavors they’d created. From the esoteric—Cotton Candy, Moon Mist, Jazzin’ Bluesberry—to beloved flagship flavors—Rock n’ Rye, Root beer, Orange, Grape—Faygo is renowned throughout not only Michigan, but also the rest of the Upper Midwest.

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    Expanding your business model isn’t a simple decision. So when Ritani decided to do just that, they turned to Brian Watkins, a retail executive with more than a decade of experience under his belt.

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In the Heart of Midtown Manhattan, U.S. Diamond Manufacturing Sector Maintains Its Sparkle

With its crowded sidewalks, halal food carts, maze of skyscrapers, and sea of yellow taxicabs, Midtown, Manhattan is a dream setting for anyone looking to be, well, overlooked. But if you look a little closer, you’d be surprised what’s hiding in plain sight.

How Unanswered Texts Led Military Veteran Sharon Standifird to Start Her Own Business

Like any parent, Sharon Standifird wants her children to answer her calls and texts when she contacts them. Yet unlike most parents, when her son continued ignoring her digital overtures, she set out on a quest to create an app that would, well, force him to do just that.

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What Does It Take to Get Richard Branson to Fund Your Startup? 20-Something Entrepreneur Scott Ferreira Knows

Though still only his mid-20s, Scott Ferreira has already built quite a reputation for himself in the business world.

Designer Clothes for 1/3 the Price? Gustin’s Innovative Retail Model Makes It Possible

Fueled by their frustration, Stephen Powell and Josh Gustin sought to create a new, more efficient way to sell clothing. Eventually, they developed the idea for Gustin, which removes the middlemen from the economic equation. “Essentially, it’s like Kickstarter for fashion,” Gustin explains.

From Textiles to the World Wide Web: Manchester, NH Is Weaving a New Tech Economy In New England

Once home to the largest textile mill in the world, and then largely dormant for decades, Manchester’s Millyard district is attracting 21st Century businesses into a 19th Century setting.

Startup Hoyas: Teaching Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University

This summer, nearly 30 student entrepreneurs participated in Georgetown University’s Startup Hoyas Summer Launch Program, a highly selective, 2-month incubator. At the conclusion of the program, they presented their final business pitches to notable members of Washington, D.C.'s business community at 1776, D.C.’s premier startup and co-working space.

Thanks to Good Government Policies & a Strong Wind Energy Sector, Iowa’s Booming Economy Attracts Facebook, Microsoft

Though it might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term “good government,” Iowa is, in fact, an example of a state that is supporting its economy by working with businesses to attract investment and create jobs.

Where Should Entrepreneurs Start a Business? 10 Cities & States, Ranked (Interactive Infographic)

This interactive infographic allows you to see firsthand what it’s like to be an entrepreneur in 10 major American cities. Using data from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Enterprising Cities Regulatory Climate Index, the S.B.A., and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it ranks cities according to their regulatory environments and highlights relevant small business data for the states where these urban centers are located.


11 Policy Recommendations to Spur Startups

Given the critical role they play in our nation's economy as the principal source of innovation, growth, and job creation, America's fragile new businesses need and deserve a comprehensive policy framework designed to cultivate and nurture new business formation, survival, and growth.

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