Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer is a freelance writer living in Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at www.jodihelmer.com.

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8 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Pop
Money

8 Ways to Make Your Crowdfunding Campaign Pop

It seems like everyone and their mother has a Kickstarter campaign. Here's how to get yours noticed.
Drink Out of Your Glass and Eat It, Too
The 'Treps

Drink Out of Your Glass and Eat It, Too

Meet the startup creating tasty edible glasses that could take a bite out of landfills.
Naming Your Business? Consider These 3 Points First
Startup Basics

Naming Your Business? Consider These 3 Points First

Finding the right name can make or break your business.
Bedtime Gets High-Tech With Digital PJs
Apps & Software

Bedtime Gets High-Tech With Digital PJs

Inspired by QR-code technology, Juan Murdoch created cotton pajamas printed with a series of dots; when scanned with a smartphone, each dot launches one of 47 narrated bedtime stories,
College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business
Business Ideas

College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business

Regaalo, a web service that allows parents to send gifts to students, applies modern technology to an old-fashioned concept.
Business Ideas

Menswear for Women Corners a Niche Market

Custom clothier Tomboy Tailors crafts bespoke menswear -- for women.
College Startup Offers a Creative Approach to Banish Boring Presentations
Success Stories

College Startup Offers a Creative Approach to Banish Boring Presentations

Instead of boring slides with bullet points and clip art, Big Fish creates presentations that tell stories and resonate emotionally with viewers.
How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company
Success Stories

How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company

When their border collie had trouble seeing during a game of fetch, Roni and Ken Di Lullo invented Doggles, tinted sport goggles for dogs.
How a Study Abroad Program Led 2 College Entrepreneurs to a New Idea in Social Networking
Apps & Software

How a Study Abroad Program Led 2 College Entrepreneurs to a New Idea in Social Networking

SociaLink is an app that uses Bluetooth for instant, in-person connections on multiple social networks simultaneously.
Inside a College Entrepreneur's Unique Coat Check Business
Success Stories

Inside a College Entrepreneur's Unique Coat Check Business

A stolen jacket leads to a big business for an Indiana University grad.
College Startup Rethinks Laundry
Young Entrepreneurs

College Startup Rethinks Laundry

A prepaid campus laundry service offers a lesson in entrepreneurship.
College Entrepreneurs Create Software to Help Businesses Thrive
Marketing

College Entrepreneurs Create Software to Help Businesses Thrive

How three UPenn students created Airtime, a program that creates banners that turn e-mail signatures into branded messages.
Former Software Engineer Takes a High-Tech Approach to Farming
Success Stories

Former Software Engineer Takes a High-Tech Approach to Farming

How PodPonics transformed an unused lot in Atlanta into a productive farm.
Web Startup Will Find the Best Parking Spot
Business Ideas

Web Startup Will Find the Best Parking Spot

Ben Sann was a junior in high school when he came up with an idea for a website that would post the rates of parking garages all over New York. BestParking.com has now grown to include six cities.
College Entrepreneur Creates Wireless Headphones
Success Stories

College Entrepreneur Creates Wireless Headphones

A young DJ mixes up a wireless sound solution with his startup EarTop.
College Entrepreneur Dives Into Niche Business
Profiles

College Entrepreneur Dives Into Niche Business

A University of Oregon grad turns his love of coral into a thriving niche business.
College Entrepreneurs Invent a Way to Keep Beer Cold
Inventing

College Entrepreneurs Invent a Way to Keep Beer Cold

KegSkins banishes the biggest party foul -- warm beer.
Two Entrepreneurs Find Niche in Custom Wooden Bicycles
Business Ideas

Two Entrepreneurs Find Niche in Custom Wooden Bicycles

Woodworkers carve out a niche with an offbeat, high-end product.
Papernomad Makes Biodegradable Sleeves for Mobile Devices
Business Ideas

Papernomad Makes Biodegradable Sleeves for Mobile Devices

A low-tech material protects high-tech products and reduces waste.
How Two Business Students Created Nutrition Bars for Dancers
Success Stories

How Two Business Students Created Nutrition Bars for Dancers

Julia Erickson and Aaron Ingley were both ballet dancers and business students when they came up with an idea to keep dancers full between rehearsals.
How a Bad Roommate Sparked a Dorm-Room Startup
Young Entrepreneurs

How a Bad Roommate Sparked a Dorm-Room Startup

RoommateFit, an online matching software modeled after online dating sites, grew out of Justin Mares' bad roommate experience his freshman year.
Young Entrepreneur Creates a Multimedia Music App
Profiles

Young Entrepreneur Creates a Multimedia Music App

Part music magazine, part discovery engine, the free iPad app Groovebug pairs downloaded music with photos, videos, and reviews.
College Entrepreneurs Find a Green Niche in an Online Farmers Market
Young Entrepreneurs

College Entrepreneurs Find a Green Niche in an Online Farmers Market

The young environmentalists with a passion for sustainable agriculture won $10,000 in a business contest to launch the farm-to-front-door venture.
Young Entrepreneurs

Success in a Flash: How One Young Trep Turned DIY into ROI

How Flash Pals is gaining traction with its fuzzy animal-themed storage devices.
Young Entrepreneur Carves a Creative Niche with USB Drives
Young Entrepreneurs

Young Entrepreneur Carves a Creative Niche with USB Drives

How Flash Pals is gaining traction with its fuzzy animal-themed storage devices.
Harvard Grads' Startup Rewards Gym Rats, Penalizes Couch Potatoes
Young Entrepreneurs

Harvard Grads' Startup Rewards Gym Rats, Penalizes Couch Potatoes

An Ivy League economics assignment becomes a profitable business proposition: Work out or pay up.
A Dorm-Room Startup on an Environmental Mission
Young Entrepreneurs

A Dorm-Room Startup on an Environmental Mission

A student entrepreneur vows to make an environmental impact with his online wedding invitations.

Do What You Love; Get Rich

Can you really make a living doing what you love? These entrepreneurs prove it's not only possible, but profitable.
Entrepreneur Startups Magazine

Passion Into Profit

Can you really make a living doing what you love? These entrepreneurs prove it's not only possible, it can be profitable, too.

Home Invasion

When your home is your office, hiring employees is a touchy task. Learn how to set boundaries and cover your bases.

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