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This California Healthcare Startup is Bringing House Calls Back

Heal dispatches a licensed physician direct to patients in their comfort zones—in the privacy of their homes or offices.

This California Healthcare Startup is Bringing House Calls Back

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The Women Behind Boston’s Tech Startup Surge

A growing number of trailblazing female founders are carving out their own tech-driven paths in Massachusetts’ capital city.

The Women Behind Boston’s Tech Startup Surge

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One Man’s Journey From Inmate to Entrepreneur (VIDEO)

Ralphy Dominguez once ran one of the largest drug rings in New England, making over a million dollars a year. After spending several years in prison, he’s reinvented himself as an entrepreneur at the helm of New York City-based leather goods maker Pen & Pistol, which produces accessories like wallets with a minimalist aesthetic. What started as a leather craft course when Dominguez was behind bars flourished into a promising startup. In both worlds, he says he found something therapeutic and rewarding in working with his hands. After prison, Dominguez, originally from the South Bronx, found his way to Refoundry, a nonprofit organization in Brooklyn that coaches ex-cons to start their own ventures by training them to turn discarded materials into beautifully designed products. “Refoundry lent itself to the first major problem that you face coming home, which is trying to find a decent paid living wage—and Refoundry offered that […]

One Man’s Journey From Inmate to Entrepreneur (VIDEO)

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20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

By most accounts, Silicon Valley remains the country’s premier destination for tech startups, but it’s hardly the only region where technology entrepreneurs can thrive. From Portland’s Silicon Forest to Miami’s Silicon Beach, cities and towns across America are carving out their own niches and beckoning talented innovators. While each has its own identity, and while few would claim to be “the next Silicon Valley,” there is at least one area where they tend to pay homage to California’s tech utopia: their nicknames. Related: THE NEW FACE OF SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA [INFOGRAPHIC] Here’s a look at some of the top tech hubs sprouting up around the country and the creative monikers they have adopted in the process.

20 American Tech Hubs Nipping at Silicon Valley’s Heels [INFOGRAPHIC]

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These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

Every year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Awards honor businesses that go above and beyond to make the world a better place. These standout companies serve as powerful forces for good in communities throughout the country and across the world. This year’s awards ceremony, held on Nov. 17 in Washington, D.C., recognized and celebrated eight corporate businesses leaders for their outstanding contributions to addressing some of our society’s greatest needs through expertise, innovation, capital, and collaboration. Related: 4 COMPANIES THAT ARE DOING GOOD BY GIVING BACK “Businesses act as a powerful force for good in their communities every single day, and these winners reflect some of the best social and community initiatives within the business sector,” Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president for the U.S Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center, said in a statement. “It is an honor to showcase the contribution of these eight companies, who are […]

These 8 Corporate Business Leaders Are Tackling The World’s Biggest Challenges

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These Groundbreaking Gynecological Tech Startups Are Transforming Women’s Health

It never occurred to Katie Brenner to worry about getting pregnant, until she couldn’t. The University of Wisconsin-Madison biochemistry postdoctoral researcher tried to conceive for a year to no avail. Understandably, she was disappointed and anxious. Searching for answers, her doctor sent her for several blood tests over the span of a month, but the results came back inconclusive. “My doctor did not seem nearly as concerned as I felt,” Brenner told Free Enterprise in an interview. “I thought, ‘What’s wrong?’ I wanted more information about my body! By day, I was a researcher in biochemistry, but by night I became obsessed with reading scientific papers about the biochemistry of reproduction, trying to figure out what might be wrong.”   One night, she stumbled across something in a research article that gave her hope. “It revealed that women’s saliva contains the same hormones that my doctor had been testing in […]

These Groundbreaking Gynecological Tech Startups Are Transforming Women’s Health

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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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This Husband-and-Wife-Owned Startup Is Revolutionizing the Kosher Meat Business

Anna and Naftali Hanau first met while working on an organic Jewish Farming Fellowship farm in rural Connecticut. They fell in love, tied the knot, and started a family. Along the way, they also started their own business. Founded in 2010, the couple’s Brooklyn-based startup Grow and Behold Foods sells kosher OU Glatt pastured beef and poultry from livestock raised on small and sustainable family farms. The social impact company ships its highly specialized cuts to customers who observe kosher dietary guidelines, from the boroughs of New York City and across the nation. The couple—communications director Anna, a published author and Jewish educator, and CEO Naftali, a horticulturist by trade and Jewish ritual slaughterer (shochet)—never planned to enter the kosher meat business. As newlyweds, they had originally aimed to start an organic vegetable farm. But Anna says the idea for Grow and Behold took root after she and her husband […]

This Husband-and-Wife-Owned Startup Is Revolutionizing the Kosher Meat Business

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Better Together: How Miami’s Co-Working Spaces Incubate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Serial technology entrepreneur Jose “Hutch” Rasco has always done business a little differently, starting with doing business in Miami. Last summer, he co-founded an innovative co-working space called Building in heart of the city. The year before, he launched a health-tech upstart DotHealth there, as well. Had he listened to the naysayers—and he’s had a few, as he tells it—he might never have started up in The Magic City. After all, it’s no Silicon Valley… at least, not yet. But Rasco was undeterred. “We’ve been entrepreneurs in Miami our entire lives,” he tells Free Enterprise, referring to himself and his Building co-founder Juan Diego Calle, “and we experienced a lot of pushback from well-intentioned partners and colleagues who told us that, in order to succeed, we needed to relocate our headquarters from Miami to San Francisco or New York. We knew that wasn’t the case, and we set out to […]

Better Together: How Miami’s Co-Working Spaces Incubate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Working With BCBS, This Startup is Hacking Fertility and Pregnancy Challenges

Welcome to #BizUnited, a new series highlighting innovative partnerships between large corporations and small businesses across America. Check back periodically for new installments. Before smartphones, tracking fertility often involved a fair amount of guesswork and a few old-school tools, such as printed ovulation charts and calendars, and your basic pen and paper—not to mention plenty of patience. So when career computer scientist and statistician Alex Baron and his wife began thinking about starting a family, he wondered how he could use his skills to simplify this time-consuming process. “As I was developing the initial algorithm, and testing it, I actually tested it on my family initially and it worked on the first try—my wife got pregnant,” Baron recalls in a blog post. With that initial success, Ovia Health was born (followed nine months later by Baron’s son, Michael). The company, originally named Ovuline, offers a suite of personalized, algorithm-driven women’s […]

Working With BCBS, This Startup is Hacking Fertility and Pregnancy Challenges

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The Baltimore-Based Startup Fighting to End Food Waste

Hungry Harvest Founder Evan Lutz will be speaking at the Corporate Citizenship Awards Conference on November 16 about the way businesses can step up to make a difference in society. Register for the CCC Conference for a chance to hear Evan talk about profits, purpose and produce. Up to $1 trillion worth of food is wasted every year in the United States, but millions of Americans live in food insecure households. Hungry Harvest is using one epidemic to fix another. Hungry Harvest is an organization founded by University of Maryland graduate Evan Lutz that aims to reduce food waste and eradicate hunger in the U.S. by selling recovered fruits and vegetables. “Recovered” food may sound a little unappealing, but it’s not what you think it is. Food is often discarded by supermarkets because of logistical inefficiencies (they ordered too much) or minor cosmetic imperfections (it’s too ugly to sell). Recovered […]

The Baltimore-Based Startup Fighting to End Food Waste

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Meet the Social Impact Startups Working For the Greater Good In Miami

In many ways, the Miami Science Barge embodies the hope for a cleaner, greener future for the seaside city upon which it’s anchored. On board the 120-foot-long floating STEM education startup grow the seeds of a sustainable Miami—including an off-grid solar power system, a water-recirculating fish hatchery, and a soil-free vegetable garden, and that’s just for starters. Dr. Ted Caplow is the downtown-docked innovation lab’s co-founder and CEO. He is among a growing circle of local social impact entrepreneurs working for the greater good of the Magic City and beyond. One of the veteran environmental engineer’s guiding goals, like many other social entrepreneurs in the nation’s fourth most populated metropolis, is to demonstrate what’s possible when forward-thinking civic innovators act locally while thinking globally. “As a city representing the epicenter of sea level rise in the United States, due to its low-lying landscape, I believe Miami has an opportunity to […]

Meet the Social Impact Startups Working For the Greater Good In Miami

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