Jodi Helmer

Jodi Helmer

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

Inside a College Entrepreneur's Unique Coat Check Business
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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
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College Startup Rethinks Laundry

A prepaid campus laundry service offers a lesson in entrepreneurship.
College Entrepreneurs Create Software to Help Businesses Thrive
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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
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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
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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
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College Entrepreneur Creates Wireless Headphones

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