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Becoming the Boss: Meet the Architect Behind One of California’s Coolest Ice Cream Companies

When I moved to Los Angeles for college, I discovered a way to combine my interest in exploring a new city with my love of all things sweet: I sought to get to know LA through its many eclectic dessert places. I was particularly excited when I stumbled upon one dessert destination that was co-founded by an alumnus of my school, UCLA. Coolhaus, which specializes in ice cream sandwiches, started as many small food businesses do today—as a food truck. The co-founders Natasha Case and Freya Estreller premiered their ice cream and cookie business at the Coachella Valley Music Festival back in 2009. Since then, the company has grown rapidly to include 10 mobile trucks and carts nationwide (five in Southern California, two in NYC and five in Dallas), as well as two Southern California storefronts. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting their Culver City storefront. While tasting some […]

Becoming the Boss: Meet the Architect Behind One of California’s Coolest Ice Cream Companies

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Becoming the Boss: An Olympic Athlete, A Yacht Captain, and a Food Truck

Brothers Giuseppe and Mario Lanzone have long known that they wanted to start a business together, but they never imagined that a simple food truck would put them on the road to developing a small food empire. The siblings are the brains behind Peruvian Brothers, a growing food truck and catering business in Washington, D.C., that specializes in – what else? – authentic Peruvian food. The brothers grew up in Lima, Peru before immigrating to the United States in 1997, and they’ve modeled their flavorful cuisine on family recipes passed down from generation to generation. “We had family recipes that date back to my great-grandma,” Giuseppe Lanzone said in a recent interview. Since Peruvian Brothers launched in April 2013, the company has grown from one food truck to three, expanded its catering services—that provides food platters and prepared meals for special events—launched a concession stand at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial […]

Becoming the Boss: An Olympic Athlete, A Yacht Captain, and a Food Truck

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Becoming the Boss: Meet the mini-mogul making bow ties fashionable again

Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our series celebrating small business owners who have made the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer. Check back periodically for new installments. While most teenagers spend their summers hanging out with friends or working part-time jobs, 14-year-old Moziah ‘Mo’ Bridges fills his time with business meetings in an effort to grow his bow-tie centric fashion startup, Mo’s Bows. Since the Memphis, Tenn.-based company’s 2012 launch, Bridges (with help from his mother, Tramica Morris) has been featured in Oprah’s O magazine and Esquire, and snagged “Shark Tank” investor Daymond John as a mentor. The precocious kidpreneur, who has sold about $200,000 worth of his bow ties so far, says he hopes to serve as an example to other young entrepreneurs and eventually turn his enterprise into a multi-million dollar company. He has also hired seven employees – including his mom, several seamstresses and a social media manager […]

Becoming the Boss: Meet the mini-mogul making bow ties fashionable again

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Becoming the Boss: With Great Cookies Comes Great Responsibility

This story originally appeared on Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and business. Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our series celebrating small business owners who have made the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer. Check back periodically for new installments. Kirk Francis – now known around the nation’s capital as “Captain Cookie” – says it all started when he was a 4-year-old kid in Oklahoma. “I’ve always been obsessed with cookies,” Francis, who owns and operates the increasingly popular Captain Cookie and the Milkman food trucks in Washington, D.C., said in an interview. “I’ve been working on my chocolate chip cookie recipe for about 25 years now.” Francis moved to D.C. after college, where he worked as a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security. He continued to bake and tinker with his favorite chocolate chip […]

Becoming the Boss: With Great Cookies Comes Great Responsibility

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Becoming The Boss: How an Entrepreneur Went From Trainer to CrossFit Owner

27-year-old personal trainer and CrossFit owner Maddie co-owns two locations of 202Strong, a chain of Washington, D.C.-based CrossFit gyms.

Becoming The Boss: How an Entrepreneur Went From Trainer to CrossFit Owner

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Becoming The Boss: How a PR Entrepreneur Went From Employee to Startup Owner

This post originally appeared on Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and business. Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our series celebrating small business owners who are making the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer by hiring their first employee. Check back periodically for new installments. Nearly two decades ago, on a train bound for the nation’s capital, Susan Apgood started jotting down notes and mapping out a business plan. Apgood, 27 at the time, had just completed her MBA and was working for a public relations agency. She had always wanted to start her own business, but she never thought the opportunity would arise so early in her career. “I started writing down pros, cons, what I could do better, and what I could do differently,” Apgood says, thinking back on that train ride from New York to […]

Becoming The Boss: How a PR Entrepreneur Went From Employee to Startup Owner

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Becoming the Boss: After Stints at Prada and Gucci, an Architect Goes Out on Her Own

This story originally appeared on Above the Fold, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s digital platform featuring analysis, commentary, and real stories about the intersection of government and business. Welcome to Becoming the Boss, our new series celebrating small business owners who are making the transition from solo-entrepreneur to employer by hiring their very first employee. Check back periodically for new installments. In her more than two decades of design experience, Bridget Gaddis has worked with some of the world’s most famous names in luxury, from Prada to Gucci to Burberry. However, jewelry and handbags were never her forte. Gaddis helped designed their stores – that is, until she started her own business. Since setting out on her own in 2011, Gaddis, an expert architect and retail design specialist, has been building a client base comprised of small, independent businesses – not unlike her own – that until now haven’t had […]

Becoming the Boss: After Stints at Prada and Gucci, an Architect Goes Out on Her Own

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Reinventing Hanukkah: How One Small Business is Rethinking Jewish Gift Giving

Amy Kritzer’s entrepreneurial journey began with what she knew: Jewish Food. She started What Jew Wanna Eat, a food blog, in 2010 as a way to share her take on traditional Jewish recipes. She modernizes these recipes and often offers healthier alternatives and garnered a huge following. Last year she had the opportunity to come out with her own cookbook, “Sweet Noshings.” That’s when she knew she was onto something. And it was just the beginning. She went on to buy ModernTribe, alongside her brother Andrew, a Jewish gift shop. Moved the store solely online, and is working feverishly to bring “modern design to Jewish lives.” The website sells everything from custom dreidels, chic and industrial Menorahs, gourmet latkes to jewelry and an assortment of Bar and Bat Mitzvah Gifts.  And even a diamond-laden Yarmulke, billed the most expensive in the world. But the Hanukkah season makes up 40% of […]

Reinventing Hanukkah: How One Small Business is Rethinking Jewish Gift Giving

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It’s Aliiive: How One Entrepreneur Went from Fighting Crime to the Scare Business

Just in time for scaring season, find out why this detective-turned-entrepreneur gave up fighting crime to run a haunted Halloween hayride.

It’s Aliiive: How One Entrepreneur Went from Fighting Crime to the Scare Business

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The Scoop: How These Ice Cream Entrepreneurs Turned Ugly Fruit Into Sweet Success

Cousins Kim and Tyler Malek screamed for ice cream together as kids. Now they make a living off of the sticky-sweet stuff together in some really cool and unique ways.

The Scoop: How These Ice Cream Entrepreneurs Turned Ugly Fruit Into Sweet Success

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How This Vintage Fabrics Entrepreneur Stitched Together a Thriving Small Business

Heather Peterson became an entrepreneur after suffering through something many women struggle with — finding comfortable yet stylish maternity clothes.

How This Vintage Fabrics Entrepreneur Stitched Together a Thriving Small Business

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How Chobani Is Helping Unleash A New Generation of Disruptive Food Startups

Find out how Chobani is working with six innovative and inspiring startups to reinvent the food industry. Together they're helping provide better food to more people.

How Chobani Is Helping Unleash A New Generation of Disruptive Food Startups

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