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‘Turkeys Can Be Aggressive!’ Q&A With Koch Turkey Farms

When it comes to turkeys, there are two distinct kinds, explains Brock Stein. “I would also say that they can really have one of two personalities: They can be really nonchalant, or they can be kind of aggressive,” says Stein, the vice president of strategic development at Koch Farms. “I would say that groupthink would be the psychological term for them. They travel in packs, so when one gobbles, the whole place gobbles—that’s how I think of it!” Stein knows a lot about turkeys. He is now the fourth-generation of family members to work at Koch’s Turkey, a farm his great-grandfather started in 1939. Though he’s worked at the farm in varying capacities his whole life, Stein has assumed a full-time role since April, when he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. This being Thanksgiving week, we spoke with Stein about the family business, and we traveled to Koch’s Turkey farm […]

‘Turkeys Can Be Aggressive!’ Q&A With Koch Turkey Farms

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Main Street, International: Small Business Goes Global Through Trade

Once upon a time, small business expansion meant opening a new location in the next town over or pushing your sales force across state lines. That’s all changed, and today, America’s small business owners are increasingly looking to international trade to help them reach new customers in markets abroad. We took stock of the value that selling globally brings to U.S. small businesses and how – for a sector that supports 41 million U.S. jobs – trade continues to be a major opportunity for growth on Main Street. Check out the numbers below. For more information on the economic impact of trade, visit our sister site, Above the Fold.

Main Street, International: Small Business Goes Global Through Trade

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A KISS and a Rockin’ Salute to America’s Veterans

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes (HOH) program this past summer partnered with legendary rock band KISS to give veterans a chance to work directly with the band – and during one concert in Pennsylvania, the crew and their honorary roadie invited us to come along. Check out the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Army Master Sgt. Greg Newton’s once-in-a-lifetime experience. As part of the partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, KISS hired veterans to work as roadies for a day at each of their more than 30 stops on the “Freedom to Rock Tour.” As you can see above, those selected worked side-by-side with KISS staff to set up and break down the set, received backstage access to shows, and enjoyed intimate pre-show performances with members of the band. Related: 5 COMPANIES THAT MAKE HIRING VETERANS A PRIORITY “Our military heroes are called upon sometimes […]

A KISS and a Rockin’ Salute to America’s Veterans

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How This New Hampshire Diner Became a Must-Stop Destination for Presidential Candidates

Whether it’s because of their food, friendly waitstaffs, or Americana appeal, diners enjoy a unique status among politicians. Democracy is, after all, best served with a side of coleslaw. Among presidential candidates—a colorful group this year—Lindy’s Diner, in Keene, New Hampshire, is a must-stop destination. If Lindy’s were a politician, it would best be classified—along with the Bushs, Clintons, and Roosevelts—in the “political dynasty” category. Yet its story is uniquely its own: Much like a carpetbagger, the physical building was manufactured in New Jersey in 1961 before it was literally transported on a flatbed truck to Keene. The diner didn’t achieve the kind of notoriety candidates crave until 1973, when it was sold to George and Arietta Rigopolous. It was the Rigopolous family who transformed Lindy’s into a destination for aspiring politicians. In the decades since, it has played host to a cavalcade of notable public figures, current and former […]

How This New Hampshire Diner Became a Must-Stop Destination for Presidential Candidates

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Lightspeed Fast: How This PR Startup Skipped Having Offices To Boost Business

When Ethan Rasiel and Amanda Proscia – both friends and longtime communications executives at Samsung and American Express, respectively – were talking at a charity fundraiser in 2013, they realized they shared the same frustration. When working in a large organization, they opined, it can be challenging to operate quickly enough to keep up in today’s increasingly digital and fast-paced world. “Marketing has to be quick and responsive,” said Rasiel, who also spent almost fifteen years at PR giant Edelman before joining Samsung. “You have to jump on trends and be very nimble… so I decided to start a company that solved that challenge [for large organizations].” That solution came with co-founding Brooklyn-based Lightspeed PR in 2013, a virtual PR firm that works with clients such as Krux and NextCapital to manage everything from digital content development to social media to more traditional public relations needs. In every phase of […]

Lightspeed Fast: How This PR Startup Skipped Having Offices To Boost Business

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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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How a Mom and Pop Shop Became New York City’s Go-To Halloween Store

A Halloween riddle: What’s got ghosts and gargoyles, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers, multi-colored confetti, and Jason’s Machete? What’s got wigs, makeup, and Hulk Hogan’s white hair, while a man sizzles in an electrocution chair? Any guesses? That’s all right. We know this isn’t your classic Halloween wisecrack. The answer: Abracadabra—New York City’s home for all things Halloween. Located in the heart of the Flatiron District at 19 West 21st Street, it’s hard not to notice what’s arguably the most outrageous store in all of New York City, with its life-size Sasquatch and zombie magician-clad window display. Step inside and you’ll be greeted with a blood-soaked butcher shop (swap the salami for severed body parts), half-eaten zombies, and a smoke-spewing gargoyle. With a staff of around 50 people just as quirky as the decor, it’s no wonder Abracadabra has evolved from a small storefront into what it is today an 11,000-square-foot […]

How a Mom and Pop Shop Became New York City’s Go-To Halloween Store

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Wine (Even) Cooler: The Entrepreneur Behind Booze-Infused Popsicles

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared on Small Business Nation. Our newest profile takes a look at Social Ice Incorporated, a North Texas-based company which creates wine-infused popsicles. Social Ice is the brainchild of Michael Seyfried, a former futures trader who left the world of finance to pursue his vision of icy alcoholic treats. Mike debuted the popsicles in 2011 at the Texas State Fair and was so overwhelmed by the response that he knew he had a winning product on his hands. “Winesicles” sound like the perfect way to beat the summer heat, right? Well, even with a great idea, bringing an alcoholic product to market is always difficult due to advertising regulations and distribution logistics. We spoke to Mike about these issues, the challenge of running a largely one-person business, and the benefits of using locally sourced ingredients. Mike may sell a frozen product, but he’s a very […]

Wine (Even) Cooler: The Entrepreneur Behind Booze-Infused Popsicles

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The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies

The United States’ reputation as the “Land of Opportunity” didn’t just develop overnight. Throughout our nation’s history, we have benefitted from the millions of driven and talented immigrants who brought entrepreneurial ideas to our shores and built incredible, innovative, job-creating businesses from the ground up. In fact, some of America’s most renowned brands, ones that are today known the world over, were started by foreign-born entrepreneurs. In the infographic below, we took a closer look at some of these wildly successful businesses – ones that today exemplify the American Dream and remind us of the enormously important contributions immigrants make to the U.S. economy.    

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Behind Major American Companies

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This Tech Entrepreneur’s Success Strategy: Slow and Steady

There’s an inflection point for nearly every growing small business, when they reach the point at which it’s no longer possible to handle their information technology (IT) strategy on their own. Daniel Kalai has built his own growing small business around that very inflection point. Kalai’s company, Helix Systems, offers flexible IT support to small and medium-sized organizations, giving businesses high quality support that doesn’t require them to hire a full-time person or even start building their own internal information technology team. We recently chatted with Kalai about the early days of his business and how those formative years shaped the foundation and future plans of Helix Systems. How did Helix Systems get its start? In the early 2000s, I was studying computer science and programming. If you could do some basic HTML and coding, you could get paying customers, so that’s how I got my first clients. When I […]

This Tech Entrepreneur’s Success Strategy: Slow and Steady

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