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WHY FLORIDA AND TEXAS DON’T HAVE ANY SPRING BREAK REGRETS

While Spring Breakers are sometimes derided for their occasional rowdiness, they are deserving of praise—at least when it comes to their economic impact.

WHY FLORIDA AND TEXAS DON’T HAVE ANY SPRING BREAK REGRETS

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Meet the Entrepreneurs with Popcorn So Good Cops Pulled them Over Just to Get a Taste

Ten years ago they barely existed. Now, food trucks are an enormous industry bringing in $2.7 billion in sales, according to the “Food Truck Nation” an annual study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In honor of the report, and the brave and bold purveyors of flavor bringing their tasty food to the streets every day, we’ll be highlighting five innovative, cool and above all delicious Food Trucks across the country, living their entrepreneurial dreams. Next up, Virginia’s Republic Gourmet Popcorn, who have developed a following around the DC Metro area thanks to their interesting flavor combinations. Take a look at what they have to say: Popped! Republic Gourmet Popcorn Owners:  Rich & Kristie Arslan Opened:  May 2012 Find Them: Here, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Location: They operate a food truck in Washington, DC, a retail store in Alexandria, Virginia, and a kiosk in the Exchange on the Fort Belvoir Military […]

Meet the Entrepreneurs with Popcorn So Good Cops Pulled them Over Just to Get a Taste

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How Two Brothers from Peru are Building a Name For Themselves…and Their Pan Con Chicharron

Ten years ago they barely existed. Now, food trucks are an enormous industry bringing in $2.7 billion in sales, according to the “Food Truck Nation” an annual study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In honor of the report, and the brave and bold purveyors of flavor bringing their tasty food to the streets every day,  we’ll be highlighting five innovative, cool and above all delicious Food Trucks across the country, living their entrepreneurial dreams. Next up, Washington D.C.’s Peruvian Brothers, powered by a sibling duo who immigrated to the U.S. in 1997, and now run one of the area’s tastiest and most recognizable Food Truck brands. They’ve modeled their flavorful cuisine on family recipes passed down from generation to generation, and the region has taken notice, allowing them to grow to three trucks and putting them in the planning stages of opening up their own brick and mortar […]

How Two Brothers from Peru are Building a Name For Themselves…and Their Pan Con Chicharron

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What’s Hotter Than Running a Food Truck in the Orlando Heat? This Husband and Wife Team Who do Just That

Ten years ago they barely existed. Now, food trucks are an enormous industry bringing in $2.7 billion in sales, according to the “Food Truck Nation” a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In honor of the brave and bold purveyors of flavor bringing their tasty food to the streets every day,  we are highlighting five innovative, cool and above all delicious Food Trucks living their entrepreneurial dreams. Today, meet Orlando’s Treehouse Truck, run by husband and wife team Vinnie and Sarah Olivieri. Known not only for their distinctive Treehouse look, but also their burgers, sandwiches and deep-fried Oreos, they’ve quickly become a traveling hotspot around Orlando.  So, what drives them? Take a look: Treehouse Truck Location: Orlando, Florida How to find them: Here, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter How did you come up with the name? We bought the business as a functioning business. When we purchased the business, the […]

What’s Hotter Than Running a Food Truck in the Orlando Heat? This Husband and Wife Team Who do Just That

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How an Old Ambulance Became the Home of Some of Michigan’s Best Coffee

Ten years ago they barely existed. Now, food trucks are an enormous industry bringing in $2.7 billion in sales, according to the “Food Truck Nation” a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In honor of the brave and bold purveyors of flavor bringing their tasty food to the streets every day,  we are highlighting five innovative, cool and above all delicious Food Trucks living their entrepreneurial dreams. Today, meet Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Coffee Rescue. Known for coffee blends from Ethiopia, El Salvador and Peru with bright, crisp notes of lemon and citrus, dark chocolate, caramel–all out of a converted ambulance, the food truck has quickly become a fixture in Southwest Michigan. So much so that now in their sixth year of operation they have started a second truck and hired their first employees. What drives them? Take a look: Coffee Rescue Owner: Jamie Brock Location: The Greater Southwest Michigan Area How to Find Them: […]

How an Old Ambulance Became the Home of Some of Michigan’s Best Coffee

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How a Bottle of Tequila led to one of Portland’s Most Sought After Eats

Ten years ago they barely existed. Now, food trucks are an enormous industry bringing in $2.7 billion in sales, according to the “Food Truck Nation” an annual study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In honor of the report, and the brave and bold purveyors of flavor bringing their tasty food to the streets every day,  we’ll be highlighting five innovative, cool and above all delicious Food Trucks across the country, living their entrepreneurial dreams. First up, Portland’s  Pastrami Zombie, run by veteran chef Melissa McMillan. Portland happens to have the friendliest Food Truck environment in the U.S., according to the report.  And this former breakout contestant on the Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games” is making the most of it, becoming a local fixture and a rare treat in the Pacific Northwest.  Take a look: Pastrami Zombie Owner: Melissa McMillan Location: 4233 North Mississippi Ave. Portland, OR How to Find Them: Here, […]

How a Bottle of Tequila led to one of Portland’s Most Sought After Eats

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‘Uber-izing’ Education? How one startup is making it happen.

It’s no secret, childcare in the U.S. is a well-known enigma for parents and teachers alike. It’s often crippling expensive and inconvenient for parents. And paradoxically, as a teacher, it can be notoriously hard to make a decent living. In fact, one out of every five American families spends more than a quarter of their income on childcare. And even then, it’s not typically a lucrative business for childcare providers, many of whom stop working simply because of the cost of childcare for their own kids is almost as much as what they make. When early childhood educators leave the workforce, other parents have even fewer options. And the unfortunate cycle worsens. That trend has deepened the lack of quality and affordable childcare in America. In some cities, parents are forced join waitlists before their children are even born in order to ensure they get a spot in a good […]

‘Uber-izing’ Education? How one startup is making it happen.

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Think you get the role Small Business plays in the U.S. Economy? Think Again.

Everyone has heard that small businesses are the heartbeat of America, but it can be hard to fully grasp what that means. Sure, these entrepreneurs are creating meaningful impact in their communities while finding innovative solutions to common problems. But look closer, and you’ll see their role in American lives and our way of living is far more vast than many know. And frankly irreplaceable. For a quick reminder, and a closer look at why the small business landscape is so critical to keeping the country running check out the informative infographic below:

Think you get the role Small Business plays in the U.S. Economy? Think Again.

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What Women in TECH Want to Be Asked. And the questions they are tired of answering.

Women fill nearly half of all jobs in the U.S, but only 24 percent of technology jobs are occupied by women. And only 20 percent of Fortune 500 CIO positions were held by women in 2016, according to recent research from the National Center for Women and Information Technology. But there is a generation of innovative women executives pushing for change, fighting for opportunity, and who aren’t taking no for an answer. March 9 was International Women’s Day and a perfect opportunity to reflect on the state of women in technology and what better place to find out what about women in tech care about them from the women themselves. So we asked them. Free Enterprise spoke to five women executives and business leaders in Technology fields to let us know what they wish people would stop asking them, and what they wish they would. Here’s what they said: ***(And if you are […]

What Women in TECH Want to Be Asked. And the questions they are tired of answering.

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“You Wouldn’t Believe Me If…” Ring’s Jamie Siminoff on Creating the Future with Doorbells. Yes, Doorbells.

“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you…” is a series highlighting the people creating the future, the cool, quirky and innovative products they are producing and what they see coming next. He was running out of money, and in tears after famously being turned down by ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013–rejected after he sunk more than $10,000 into building props for the pitch, and dropped everything to prepare for the show with his staff of eight. It wasn’t the first time Jamie Siminoff and his Smart doorbell had been rejected. But with millions of people watching, it was by far the biggest stage. But the passion for Ring was deeper and richer than anything else he’d worked on. His obsession was palpable. More than four years later the hard work paid off. Last Tuesday Amazon agreed to buy Ring. And the deal could cost Amazon over $1 billion, according to […]

“You Wouldn’t Believe Me If…” Ring’s Jamie Siminoff on Creating the Future with Doorbells. Yes, Doorbells.

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