NFL Pro Shifts from Tackles and Touchdowns to Salsas and Sales

An NFL locker room is a true melting pot with athletes from diverse backgrounds interacting. A quarterback from Southern California. A running back from Ohio. A tight end from Aberdeen, Miss. In that scenario, the tight end from Mississippi was Reggie Kelly and it was his family’s Southern cooking that made an impression on teammates. […]

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How a Booming Business Grew From a Love of Gardening

After 15 years as the owner of a successful pet sitting business, Michelle Swiniarski was ready for a change. Indulging her love of herb gardening, Michelle launched Freya’s Garden Of Earthly Delights from her family’s hobby farm in suburban Cleveland. “My herb garden is my passion. I grow LOTS of herbs,” Michelle said. “I was […]

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How 2 Entrepreneurs Doubled Their Business’ Exposure in 8 Months

What’s the fastest way to grow a business? By embracing a variety of ways to promote your products. Business partners Debbie Rich and Missy Miller, of Jazzy’s Hope Chest, not only sell online at Scott’s Marketplace, but they also recently had their own ecommerce website developed. Jazzy’s Hope Chest has only been open for eight […]

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How Nature Created a Conscious (and Successful) Entrepreneur

Cheyenne Moondancer’s move from Washington to Colorado brought with it new challenges. The elevation change and Cheyenne’s ongoing thyroid issues resulted in dry skin, loss of hair, and cracked fingernails. Fortunately, the natural beauty of her new surroundings inspired her to innovate. Using the natural ingredients she found around her home and grew in her […]

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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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