How a First-Time Entrepreneur (and Mom-to-Be) Built Her Business

When Chelsea Cavender’s employer relocated from Arizona to Indiana in 2012, she had a choice: Move to Indiana or strike out on her own. Chelsea chose the latter and launched SLATHERlotions to offer high-quality skincare products at affordable prices. Although she’s a first-time entrepreneur (aside from selling friendship bracelets as a kid), it’s not her […]

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How Community Passion Helped Create a Thriving Boutique

Originally from Montana, Rachel Malloy lived in different parts of the country before settling into downtown Phoenix where she opened a unique fashion boutique in 2007 at the age of 25. Today, Bunky Boutique sells apparel, accessories, artisan-made jewelry, and gifts – including Bunky’s own line of popular AZ Love shirts. Just recently, Rachel found […]

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A Serial Entrepreneur Explains Why a Conscious Business Is Best

For serial entrepreneurs like Sheryl Lake, one successful business idea often leads to the next. As co-owner of a childcare center in Maryland, Sheryl observed a disturbing trend. “I noticed many of the infants enrolled at our center had ‘flats areas’ on the backs or sides of their heads,” she recalls. That realization led to […]

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How World Travel Created a Passionate Entrepreneur

A local business owner’s journey often follows a path with many twists and turns. But how often does it take the owner through the famous and remote Khmer Silk Villages of Cambodia? That’s exactly where the road led Candace Cieszynski as she built Garden Candy, her unique brand of decorative home furnishings featuring Parisian-inspired Asian […]

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Meet an Entrepreneur Who Truly Eats Her Own Dog Food

You may have heard the business cliché: Eating your own dog food. Basically, it means that, as a company, we use what we sell. For example, you wouldn’t see an Apple employee using an Android device. Well, Sharyn Vallante takes eating one’s own dog food to a whole new level. Her company, Bone Bons, prepares […]

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How Personal Loss Helped One Entrepreneur Find Her Market

Like many entrepreneurs, it took time for Janet Tharp to find a market for her beaded charm bracelets with a message. Janet launched Janny’s Storybeads in Decatur, Ill., in 2012, but it wasn’t until this year that she started to hit her stride. That’s when the memory of losing her mother to breast cancer 15 […]

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Entrepreneur on Board: How a Baby Boutique Owner Got Her Start

With two young children and a third on the way, (at the time) Shelly Uy Tesy startled her husband with a big announcement. The former nurse wanted to open her own baby boutique at the local shopping mall in Eagle Pass, Texas. “My husband is very supportive of everything I do, but he was hesitant […]

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How an Interior Designer Tripled Her Online Exposure

After nearly a decade as an interior designer for both commercial and residential spaces, Stephanie Rothrock expanded from consulting into furnishing-and-accessory sales in 2005. Today, S Rothrock Designs is a full-service interior design studio providing complete programming and schematic design services. Her offering includes a huge library of unique furnishings and accessories from throughout the […]

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How This Ambitious Entrepreneur Achieved Success (Twice!)

It’s always nice to hear a success story, especially when the subject of that success is willing to share her tips to help other small business owners grow their small businesses into profitable companies too. Danielle “Bella” Vasta first started her company, Bella’s House and Pet Sitting, in 2002, when she was still in college. […]

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