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How Long Does It Take to Replace a Bridge? About 24 Hours, Give or Take

Sep 26, 2014

When the Iowa Department of Transportation announced in 2011 that it would replace a state-owned bridge near the rural town of Council Bluffs, residents braced for the projected six-month project and the 14-mile traffic detour that would accompany it. Yet a mere 14 days later, a new bridge had already been installed.

Still Family-Owned After Three Decades, Aquarama Grapples With Its Future

Sep 24, 2014

In the beginning, Bob Shearer built vinyl liner pools. The vinyl liner pool was to the pool industry what the Volkswagen was to the auto industry: It created an affordable, easy-to-build pool for the middle class. It was a rectangular shape, came in two patterns, had a pump and filter, a ladder for access and egress, and a diving board. In contrast to the vinyl liner pool there was the concrete pool with a plaster finish, which took more resources and time to build.

After Many Ups—and a Lot of Downs—This Atlanta-Based, Family-Run Company Shows What It Takes to Succeed in Business

Sep 23, 2014

Family run businesses require a lot of work, but Aquarama Pools is a story that swims against the tide. Though the water hasn’t always been calm, a second and upcoming third generation of Shearer family progeny have managed to weather the effects of stormy seas.

#90SecondsWith: Ken Burns

Sep 15, 2014

Over the past three decades, Ken Burns has created some of the most celebrated documentaries in film history. HIs latest feature length documentary, "The Roosevelts: An Intimate History," is a 7-part series exploring one of America's most famous political dynasties.

Famous for his in-depth films, Burns knew from a young age he wanted to be a filmmaker. “I wanted to be a filmmaker, a feature filmmaker, from age 12,” he says. “I watched my dad cry at a movie one night, and I just suddenly realized. I understood why he cried.”

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

Sep 12, 2014

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.

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

Sep 17, 2014

The story of Ritani is, in many ways, the story of American manufacturing—just not the kind you’re probably thinking of. The company, which is revolutionizing the e-commerce space, particularly for the millennial buyer, has pioneered the “clicks and bricks” model of retail that merges the online and brick and mortar worlds to drive growth.

Yet the story of Ritani can’t be told without first telling the story of the Julius Klein Group.

The Cream of the (Local) Crop: Founding Farmers Brings Local Food to Washington, D.C. Eaters

Sep 10, 2014

Each January, the National Restaurant Association releases its predictions on up-and-coming food trends for the year ahead. Based on a survey of 1,300 top chefs, this year’s list cited the use of locally-sourced meats and seafood as the top food trend to look out for, with locally-sourced produce and sustainability rounding out the top three.

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

Sep 5, 2014

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

While a student at the University of Southern California, Ferreira started a company, My Social Cloud, which securely stores a user’s passwords so he or she can easy access them later. That company was able to get off the ground, Ferreira says, because of Richard Branson.

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

Sep 4, 2014

When Josh Gustin was working toward an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley, he didn’t exactly have the same mindset as many of his peers. 

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do, I didn’t want to keep doing what I had been doing,” Gustin says. “I had worked in product management at tech startups in the Bay Area, and I got sick of tech startups and wanted to make something with my hands.”

Loved by Consumers, Uber and Lyft Face Regulatory Struggle in Major U.S. Cities

Sep 3, 2014

If you’ve ever been stranded late at night without a taxi in sight, then you probably don’t need to be convinced that services like Uber and Lyft, which allow consumers to order cars directly from their smartphones, have brought innovation to an industry not exactly known for its efficiency.

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

Sep 2, 2014

Other large high-tech firms such as Autodesk and Texas Instruments support dozens of smaller companies, employing the workers who eat, play, and shop in the Millyard after hours.

Sean Owen is CEO of wedü, a digital advertising agency with offices in Manchester and New York City. Eight years ago, he set up shop in a building that used to house mill workers just off Elm Street, downtown Manchester’s main thoroughfare.

Yoobi’s School Supplies Can Make Your Kid Smarter—and Save Teachers Billions of Dollars

Aug 29, 2014

If ever there were a prototypical serial social entrepreneur, then Ido Leffler would probably be it. In 2006, Leffler co-founded Yes To, Inc., which he grew into a wildly popular natural skincare line and where he still plays an active leadership role. He’s since turned his attention toward education, launching Yoobi, which creates tools specifically designed to spark learning in young children.

Startup Hoyas: Teaching Entrepreneurship at Georgetown University

Aug 27, 2014

From Stanford University in California to Florida State University on the East Coast, colleges and universities across the United States are increasingly creating courses, majors, and departments that teach students how to become more entrepreneurial.

Jeff Reid and Alyssa Lovegrove are leading this effort at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

E-Commerce Site Strolby Lets You Buy Locally—Everywhere

Aug 26, 2014

Nowadays, you can buy everything from books to bath soap online. Thanks to Lara Fitch, you can also add local, artisanal products to that list.

Fitch is the founder of Strolby, an e-commerce marketplace that sells products and merchandise from local, artisan shops. Launched in September of 2013, Strolby lends a personal touch to e-commerce. Unlike giant amorphous retailers, Strolby, whose name comes from the idea of "strolling" by boutiques, provides its customers with information regarding where a product came from, as well as who made it. 

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