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Margaret Littman

Margaret Littman is a journalist who covers small businesses, travel and all manner of other topics, with a sweet spot for anything relating to stand-up paddling or Music City. She is the author of the Nashville Essential Guide iPhone and Android app and many travel guidebooks. Her work has appeared in many national magazines, and she is the editor of Entrepreneur magazine’s Start It Up section.

30 Recent Stories

This Company Rents Out High-End Trailers For Camping and Corporate Events

This Company Rents Out High-End Trailers For Camping and Corporate Events

A fleet of Airstreams packs a multifaceted business plan.
April 14, 2014 in Lifestyle
Accidental Entrepreneurs Create a Thriving Textile Business

Accidental Entrepreneurs Create a Thriving Textile Business

When it comes to theatrical materials, one company is center stage.
January 29, 2014 in Startup Basics
The Boom Market for Niche Fitness Events

The Boom Market for Niche Fitness Events

Founded by former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chris McIntosh, Dirty Girl obstacle-course events are running up big bucks.
December 8, 2013 in Health & Fitness
Beyond Secret Santa: Holiday Traditions That Build Teams

Beyond Secret Santa: Holiday Traditions That Build Teams

A company's holiday traditions should be more about mission-building than gift-giving or hall decking. Here’s how you can use the holidays to build engagement with your team.
December 5, 2013 in Business Management
Avoid These Off-Site Work Party Mistakes

Avoid These Off-Site Work Party Mistakes

Even when you hold your holiday party off-site, you’re still the host and a successful party relies on your good planning. Here are four mistakes to avoid.
December 3, 2013 in Managing Employees
Simple Solutions for Better In-Office Parties

Simple Solutions for Better In-Office Parties

For a fun, morale boosting office party, keep these tips in mind.
December 2, 2013 in Managing Employees
18 Easy Ways to Say 'Thanks'

18 Easy Ways to Say 'Thanks'

In an ideal world, your staff should feel appreciated 365 days a year. In the real world, gratitude sometimes gets forgotten. Here are 18 suggestions for remedying that.
November 22, 2013 in Business Management
Better Branded Holiday Gift Ideas (Slideshow)

Better Branded Holiday Gift Ideas (Slideshow)

Go beyond pens and calendars to create a branded business gift that will get your company remembered.
November 12, 2013 in Grow Your Business
What to Expect From Hotel Room Service Now

What to Expect From Hotel Room Service Now

Room service options are changing and, in some cases, disappearing altogether. Here's what the changes mean to you.
August 17, 2013 in Business Travel
The Flip-Flops That Help Pay Medical Bills

The Flip-Flops That Help Pay Medical Bills

Hari Mari donates $3 from each pair of flip-flops they sell to hospital units that accept uninsured patients.
August 10, 2013 in Profiles
8 Ways Hotel Room Service Is Changing

8 Ways Hotel Room Service Is Changing

Hotels have created some unique alternatives to the traditional $40 scrambled eggs in bed. Here's what to expect when you're on the road.
July 19, 2013 in Business Travel
3 Team-Building Activities That Can Build Trust

3 Team-Building Activities That Can Build Trust

When trust is on the line, these adventures can help strengthen your team in new ways.
May 23, 2013 in Business Management
How Home Soda Making Devices Became the Next Big Thing

How Home Soda Making Devices Became the Next Big Thing

Sales of a carbonation device go from flat to sparkling.
May 18, 2013 in Profiles
Go-Anywhere Cameras Snap up a Devoted Following

Go-Anywhere Cameras Snap up a Devoted Following

Popular GoPro cameras offer a 'you're there' perspective on life.
February 23, 2013 in Technology
Pulled Super-Bowl Ad Creates Super Buzz for Soda Upstart

Pulled Super-Bowl Ad Creates Super Buzz for Soda Upstart

SodaStream pokes at Coke and Pepsi and sees its ad declined by CBS.
February 1, 2013 in Public Relations
College Entrepreneur of 2012: Bryan Silverman

College Entrepreneur of 2012: Bryan Silverman

An enterprising young trep capitalizes on a captive audience with toilet paper you can read.
December 18, 2012 in Business Ideas
A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

Philip Nappi discovers that his passion of footwear runs in the family.
November 24, 2012 in Family Business
Mining Company Branches Out into Recreation

Mining Company Branches Out into Recreation

Coal Creek Company's Brent Galloway added a recreation and camping site on the mine's property.
September 28, 2012 in Growing Your Business
3 Creative Business Ideas That Were Before Their Time

3 Creative Business Ideas That Were Before Their Time

Some visionary ideas came before the world was ready for them.
September 25, 2012 in Innovation
4 Innovative Business Ideas That Changed Everything

4 Innovative Business Ideas That Changed Everything

These innovative ideas set new standards, and they all stated with someone who noticed a problem that needed solving.
September 25, 2012 in Innovation
A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

A CEO's knack for buying low and selling high combined with his love of vintage musical instruments led him to revive Chicago Music Exchange.
September 14, 2012 in New Ideas
How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear

How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear

An investment-banker-turned-entrepreneur finds success in a line of bikinis designed to stay on, no matter how rough the surf.
August 4, 2012 in Success Stories
Scentsy and the Sweet Smell of Success

Scentsy and the Sweet Smell of Success

A couple's last-ditch entrepreneurial effort fends off bankruptcy in favor of a balmy future.
June 2, 2012 in Success Stories
A Not-So-Nutty Business Idea

A Not-So-Nutty Business Idea

Justin Gold put the squeeze on his product and found success in natural foods.
April 1, 2012 in Success Stories
A Dad's Cautionary Advice Led to a Growing Family Business

A Dad's Cautionary Advice Led to a Growing Family Business

After a near-accident while training for a marathon, an entrepreneur develops a line of identification gear for outdoor athletes.
February 25, 2012 in Success Stories
Brewing Up a New Business Idea from a Coffee Castoff

Brewing Up a New Business Idea from a Coffee Castoff

KonaRed squeezes a smart business out of coffee production leftovers.
January 17, 2012 in Success Stories
Idea for an Organic Potting Soil Business Hits Pay Dirt

Idea for an Organic Potting Soil Business Hits Pay Dirt

Mark Highland's Organic Mechanics is blooming.
December 12, 2011 in Success Stories
Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga

Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga

Artists gave Chattanooga's Southside a new life--and the neighborhood returned the favor.
October 25, 2011 in Location
A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I.

A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I.

Two architects in Providence, R.I., contained their plans and found new reasons to recommit themselves to their city along the way.
October 25, 2011 in Going Green
How SocialGuide Helps Drives Social TV

How SocialGuide Helps Drives Social TV

This new website to watch aggregates social media comments about TV shows as they air and links them to program listings in real time.
October 10, 2011 in Success Stories