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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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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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Hawaiian Hops: How This Entrepreneurial Maui Couple Brewed Success in the Craft Beer Business

Garrett and Melanie launched their dream business in 2005 as a seven-barrel brewpub in Hawaii, using their own savings and sweat equity, and with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Hawaiian Hops: How This Entrepreneurial Maui Couple Brewed Success in the Craft Beer Business

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A Business Built by Black Belts: One Couple’s Entrepreneurial Karate Journey

Tara and Colin Van Deusen opened a California karate studio together after falling head over heels for martial arts — and for each other.

A Business Built by Black Belts: One Couple’s Entrepreneurial Karate Journey

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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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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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Three Entrepreneurs. Two Countries. One Life-Changing Collision Over Coffee

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. Tucked between the mountains of central Pennsylvania is the town of State College, home of Penn State University. Nicknamed “Happy Valley,” much of the town’s activity revolves around student life and university events, such as Nittany Lion football games, homecoming, and graduation. Loaded with term papers, research projects and exams, quality coffee is a necessity for the 46,000 undergraduates that call Happy Valley home. Several local and regional shops compete to keep students caffeinated, but none are more unique than Barranquero Café, which has been making a splash with students since it opened in April. Barranquero Café is the brainchild of State College native Susan Jermusyk and her uncle, Gerry Kistler, the latter of whom was inspired to open his own coffee shop after […]

Three Entrepreneurs. Two Countries. One Life-Changing Collision Over Coffee

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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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Her Startup’s Goal: Breaking Down the Biggest Barrier to Playing Lacrosse

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. Lacrosse has been surging in popularity over the past decade, joining gymnastics as the only two team sports to see participation grow among children age 6 to 17 since 2015. However, there is an important obstacle standing in the way of the continued growth of the sport: High-quality lacrosse gear is so expensive that many families would struggle to afford it. Where others might have seen a hurdle, 15-year-old lacrosse player and former “Shark Tank” contestant Rachel Zietz saw an opportunity to make the game more accessible. “I’ve learned from many leaders that when you see a problem, you can translate it into an opportunity,” Zieitz said in a recent interview, sounding every bit the seasoned entrepreneur. Gladiator Lacrosse, the sports equipment business Zietz […]

Her Startup’s Goal: Breaking Down the Biggest Barrier to Playing Lacrosse

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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: 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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