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Cork N Canvas: The Accidental Franchise

Like many new small-business owners, Cathy Deano knew nothing about franchising when she and a partner launched a series of bring-your-own-wine painting classes in Mandeville, La., four years ago.


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Ecoscraps Makes Compost from Food Waste

Did you know that each year Americans throw away more than 30 million tons of food waste and that this waste accounts for nearly a quarter of all landfill waste?


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Niche Biz: Bacon Freak

BaconFreak.com actually has roots in the wine business.


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Inventor’s Greatest Creation: The Flak Jacket

In 1978, Byron Donzis walked into a Houston hospital looking for Dan Pastorini, the Houston Oilers’ prized quarterback who was laid up with three broken ribs from a recent game.


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Inventor Creates New Drywall Cutting Tool

Adam Pauze is one of those people.


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Turning Service Into A Career: Innova Dynamics

For Alex Mittal, inspiration hit while doing the heavy lifting portion of giving back, building a water system in Honduras on an Engineers without Boarders trip in 2005.


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Recycling Gold?

Each year, ARA buys tons of scrap gold and silver from jewelers, pawn brokers or “cash-for-gold”


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The Material Girl Who Sells Fabric

“Sewing was my hobby,” Michelle says.


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From Comedy To Diaper Bags For Mompreneur

Leslie Newton utilized her experience as a frustrated actor writing and performing sketch comedy and improv at the renowned Groundlings Theatre in Los Angeles to help her through the challenge of entering the extremely competitive world of fashion with absolutely no experience.


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How One Garage Inventor Brought Us Into The Digital Age

Tom Brown and his partner, Page Burr, really did start their company in Brown’s 600-square-foot garage in 1956.