One Man’s Journey From Inmate to Entrepreneur (VIDEO)

Ralphy Dominguez once ran one of the largest drug rings in New England, making over a million dollars a year. After spending several years in prison, he’s reinvented himself as an entrepreneur at the helm of New York City-based leather goods maker Pen & Pistol, which produces accessories like wallets with a minimalist aesthetic. What started as a leather craft course when Dominguez was behind bars flourished into a promising startup. In both worlds, he says he found something therapeutic and rewarding in working with his hands. After prison, Dominguez, originally from the South Bronx, found his way to Refoundry, a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn that coaches ex-cons to start their own ventures by training them to turn discarded materials into beautifully designed products. “Refoundry lent itself to the first major problem that you face coming home, which is trying to find a decent paid living wage—and Refoundry offered that […]

One Man’s Journey From Inmate to Entrepreneur (VIDEO)

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20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

By most accounts, Silicon Valley remains the country’s premier destination for tech startups, but it’s hardly the only region where technology entrepreneurs can thrive. From Portland’s Silicon Forest to Miami’s Silicon Beach, cities and towns across America are carving out their own niches and beckoning talented innovators. While each has its own identity, and while few would claim to be “the next Silicon Valley,” there is at least one area where they tend to pay homage to California’s tech utopia: their nicknames. Related: THE NEW FACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA [INFOGRAPHIC] Here’s a look at some of the top tech hubs sprouting up around the country and the creative monikers they have adopted in the process.

20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

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After Cyber Monday, There’s #GivingTuesday

While most corporate employees will be reveling in a couple of days off this weekend, things are kicking into high gear in the business world, especially for those in the retail field. First, there’s the longstanding tradition of Black Friday, with its nationwide sales, mega deals, and crazy hours. Up next is Small Business Saturday, which turns the focus to small businesses and encourages shoppers to patronize establishments in their local area. For more Small Business Saturday ideas and resources, check out our roundup. After that, it’s on to Cyber Monday, when the deals and the shoppers collide online. Then what? “Giving Tuesday,” the latest addition to the chain of post-Thanksgiving holidays, was founded in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation to focus on giving back. Whether you’re a global corporation or a small, family-run business, you can participate in Giving Tuesday. This article from Forbes can […]

After Cyber Monday, There’s #GivingTuesday

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These Online Stores are Getting Physical

While it’s no secret that most traditional retail stores are looking to expand their online presence, a select group of formerly e-commerce-only companies is moving in the opposite direction by opening physical stores. While it may seem counterintuitive for online companies to seek out physical spaces, the move can actually prove incredibly beneficial for their bottom lines, according to a recent report by management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. The study found that physical stores play a contributing role in online purchases, giving customers a chance to touch and feel a company’s products and immerse themselves in the brand experience before making a purchase. Additionally, two-thirds of consumers who purchase goods online visit a physical store before or after the transaction, according to the report. Here’s a closer look at five online retailers responding to those trends by establishing a brick-and-mortar presence. Warby Parker Warby Parker founder Neil Blumenthal has a […]

These Online Stores are Getting Physical

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3 Reasons Miami’s Sizzling Tech Startup Scene Is Here to Stay

When you think Miami, you might imagine sun, sand, and a drink in your hand. Add to that beautiful vision tech talent and innovation, two things the multicultural mecca teems with today, and you’re closer to the area’s exciting new reality. In fact, the Magic City is now the number two city in the nation for startup creation, with thousands of technology entrepreneurs vying to push the tropical metropolis to the top spot. Venture capitalists aren’t far behind them, injecting hundreds of millions into the fast-growing Southeastern tech epicenter last year alone. Tech companies big (Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Uber) and small are flocking to the breezy cultural hub—not only to extend their reach into the lucrative Latin American and Caribbean worlds of trade but also to tap into its massive multicultural and aging markets. Related: HOW SALT LAKE CITY BECAME UTAH’S SILICON VALLEY Attractive tax incentives (a 5.5 percent […]

3 Reasons Miami’s Sizzling Tech Startup Scene Is Here to Stay

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These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses that go above and beyond to make the world a better place. These standout companies serve as powerful forces for good in communities throughout the country and across the world. This year’s awards ceremony, held on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., recognized and celebrated eight corporate businesses leaders for their outstanding contributions to addressing some of our society’s greatest needs through expertise, innovation, capital, and collaboration. Related: 4 COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING GOOD BY GIVING BACK “Businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and these winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector,” Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, said in a statement. “It is an honor to showcase the contribution of these eight companies, who are […]

These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

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