In 1990, former English teacher, Max Hardberger, started his own marine consultancy business in Louisiana. He was periodically retained by shipowners to extract their vessels from lawless ports without a clearance from local authorities. In...
Food trucks are hitting the streets from Miami to Maui but greasy reheated tacos and soggy burgers are a thing of the past. Today’s mobile eateries have foodies flocking for gourmet bacon jam burgers, delicious...
In Gustavo Arellano’s new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, he explains our love of all things folded into a tortilla. NPR’s Carolina Miranda recently joined him for a 150-mile tour of Southern...

How to Start a Food Truck

Food trucks have become a wildly popular and important part of the hospitality industry. Consumers are flocking to these mobile food businesses in droves, inspiring national food truck competitions and even a show dedicated...
Generations of comic book readers remember the tantalizing promises of vintage novelty advertisements that offered authentic laser-gun plans, x-ray specs, and even 7-foot-tall monsters (with glow-in-the-dark eyes!). But what would you really get if you...

The Frozen Water Trade

Though not the typical kind of book I link to from here, The Frozen Water Trade is an insightful look at an early American entrepreneur who created an entire industry. Amazon: " introduces turn-of-the-19th-century Bostonian...
Part 2 of this post is now online: Why Would Someone Write A Book That Gives Away Their Secrets? (Used Books: Big Profits Part 2). Have you ever thought you’d like to start a business from...
In their new book Small Town Rules, Barry Moltz and Becky McCray reveal the seven "rural-style" solutions that have become invaluable to even the largest companies, most dominant brands, and most cosmopolitan businesses. Between the...
From GQ's "Nerd of the Year" to one of Time's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone represents different things to different people. But he is known to all as the creative, effervescent, funny,...
Les Jardins de la Grelinette is a micro-farm located in eastern Quebec, just north of the American border. Growing on just 1.5 acres, owners Jean-Martin and Maude-Helène feed more than two hundred families through their...
One of my favorite books of 2007, BMOC by Warren Meyer, is now on sale in a Kindle version at Amazon for $0.99. While the book is fictional, it does contain a number of interesting business...
In The Power of Starting Something Stupid, Richie Norton redefines stupid as we know it, demonstrating that life-changing ideas are often tragically mislabeled stupid. What if the key to success, creativity, and fulfillment in your...

The Baseball Card Bubble

In this excerpt from the book Mint Condition: How Baseball Cards Became an American Obsession, Dave Jamieson explains how baseball cards first became seen as promising investments, setting the stage for a decade of speculation...
The following is an excerpt from Barcode Booty: How I Found and Sold $2 Million of ‘Junk’ on Ebay and Amazon, and You Can, Too, Using Your Phone by Stephen Weber. One weekend last February, my...
On this day, Tom Monaghan, the founder of Dominos Pizza was born. For more on the the founder of Domino's Pizza, read Pizza Tiger. In it, self-made multimillionaire Tom Monaghan, reveals through his...
Each year Americans start one million new businesses, nearly 80 percent of which fail within the first five years. Under such pressure to stay alive-let alone grow-it’s easy for entrepreneurs to get caught up in...
Success is all about connections. Debra Kaye explodes conventional thinking about innovation and provides an approach that anyone or any business can use to expose the crucial links among observations, experiences, facts, and feelings that on...
Want to make a million selling hotdogs? This guy made a million dollars selling a book about selling hotdogs! His website HotDogCartProfits.com has generated over $1 million dollars! TechCrunch has more: “I wrote a 5,000-word...
As the pace of change accelerates and the volume of information explodes, we’re under great pressure to connect just in time with the people and ideas we need to thrive. But we can no longer...
In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose and earn a good living. Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a...