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Brown Going Green: This Portland Startup And UPS Are Pedaling Toward a Greener Future

Entrepreneur Bill Stites created a three-wheeled eBike built to handle the demands of business. Find out how he's working with UPS to power greener shipping.

Brown Going Green: This Portland Startup And UPS Are Pedaling Toward a Greener Future

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Giving Tuesday: How This California Music Tech Startup Gives the Gift of Hearing

For every pair of headphones social entrepreneur Bridget Hilton sells through her startup LSTN, she helps restore hearing to someone in need.

Giving Tuesday: How This California Music Tech Startup Gives the Gift of Hearing

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New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

According to a study conducted by Michael Levere, a PhD candidate in economics at UC San Diego, the High Line had a tangible effect on the value of homes located within one-third of a mile of it, leading to a 10% increase in housing prices.

New York’s High Line Fuels Wave of Urban Renewal Projects

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How This Enterprising Mother-Daughter Duo Empower Women Entrepreneurs Across the Globe

Through their coaching venture, Stacia and Ariana Pierce help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses, increase revenues and achieve their dreams.

How This Enterprising Mother-Daughter Duo Empower Women Entrepreneurs Across the Globe

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How This Atlanta Startup Is Smashing Barriers to Real Estate Investment Through Crowdfunding

Meet Groundfloor Finance, the Atlanta-based real estate crowdfunding startup taking private lending public.

How This Atlanta Startup Is Smashing Barriers to Real Estate Investment Through Crowdfunding

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The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

The Cutthroat Restaurant Industry It’s tough to make it in the restaurant industry. But a new report confirms what many people have long known: GrubHub is helping thousands of entrepreneurs to both expand their restaurants’ reach and increase revenue. Count Leah Wilcox, the founder of Chicago food truck and catering company Babycakes, among this group. Babycakes partnered early on with the online ordering platform. “I was trying to figure out a way to keep my business open during the winter, and I saw there weren’t a lot of places that deliver breakfast. I thought since I have a pretty unique menu that it would work, and it did,” Wilcox tells Free Enterprise. “I love how we see a lot of back-and-forth business that is always growing. If we take the truck out, people see the truck and want to order catering. If we send an order through GrubHub, they find […]

The GrubHub Effect: What does it mean for restaurants?

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How Atlanta Became the Hollywood of the South

Hollywood has a rival in the Deep South. From television series such as The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries to movies like The Hunger Games, Ride Along 2 and Identify Thief, plenty of familiar scenes have been filmed in the city, which until recently was probably more widely known for its Southern hospitality and musical heritage. Yet the movie industry’s recent interest in the city is no accident. “You have to look at the tax advantage that’s been offered by the state of Georgia. That’s the number one thing,” says Whit Norris, an Atlanta-based sound mixer and vice-president of the city’s union group, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local (IATSE) 479. “It’s become the Hollywood of the South for many people.” Discover more Silicon Cities on Free Enterprise Georgia offers a lucrative tax credit of up to 30 percent for television, digital and movie productions via its Entertainment […]

How Atlanta Became the Hollywood of the South

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Would You Sleep on a Mattress that Fits in a Box the Size of a Mini Fridge?

A couple of years ago, when Philip Krim and a few of his friends were operating out of a co-working office in New York City, they made a casual observation about the people who shared the space with them. Little did they know that this casual observation would ultimately serve as the foundation for a company, one they launched earlier this year.

Would You Sleep on a Mattress that Fits in a Box the Size of a Mini Fridge?

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A Startup That Helps Mom and Pop Shops Compete Against Amazon

Amazon's dominance in e-commerce is under siege, as small- and medium-size businesses are increasingly collecting and analyzing the same kind of data that proved so valuable to the Seattle-based e-retailer amid a decades-long expansion. Though still in its very early stages, the democratization of the marketing analytics space is already having a profound impact on e-commerce, enabling small shops to compete against juggernauts for the first time. At the forefront of this emergent wave of disruption sits Springbot, an Atlanta, Georgia-based startup co-founded by Brooks Robinson, Joe Reger, and Allen Nance.

A Startup That Helps Mom and Pop Shops Compete Against Amazon

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This FinTech Startup Takes the Headache Out of Invoicing

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on Small Business Nation.

This FinTech Startup Takes the Headache Out of Invoicing

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What’s Right and What’s Wrong in the South’s New Economy 

What does it mean to be a startup hub in the 21st century? A digital layer is being stretched across the economy today enabling our institutions to work better, faster, and smarter. Cities are the focal point of this new digital economy. But which cities are ready, and which are in danger of being left behind? These are the major questions we’re aiming to answer in this next iteration of Innovation that Matters. To get answers, we’ve done a lot of number crunching and analysis, but we’re also talking to people on the ground – entrepreneurs, city leaders, venture capitalists, and other key network actors in several cities – to get their take on what’s working to drive startup success. We started our eight-city tour with Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, both leaders in the South’s new economy. They boast an impressive mix of startups and big corporations, incubators […]

What’s Right and What’s Wrong in the South’s New Economy 

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Hot Startups Are Heating Up Atlanta

Atlanta is heating up, and we’re not just talking about the weather. The southern city famous for its musical talent and humid climate is attracting more and more tech companies from across the country, thanks to a low cost of living and a growing number of financial opportunities.   “It used to be that you would see talent leave and go to [Silicon] Valley, but that doesn’t happen anymore,” says Adam Harrell, co-founder of digital startup Nebo Agency. “Now talent stays here, builds companies here, recruits here, and it works really well.” The entrepreneur, who also acts as executive director of Startup Atlanta, started his business in the city 11 years ago and has seen it grow and change over the years, thanks to an influx of Fortune 500 companies and profitable startups.   The region has seen a 19 percent increase in the number of high-tech jobs between 2003 and […]

Hot Startups Are Heating Up Atlanta

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