Margaret Littman

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.

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To Boost Tourism and Combat Erosion, This Company Is Installing Artifical Reefs in the Sea
The 'Treps

To Boost Tourism and Combat Erosion, This Company Is Installing Artifical Reefs in the Sea

Walter Marine has installed more than 35,000 reefs in waters in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Mexico and other countries.
This Company Rents Out High-End Trailers For Camping and Corporate Events
Lifestyle

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

A fleet of Airstreams packs a multifaceted business plan.
Accidental Entrepreneurs Create a Thriving Textile Business
Startup Basics

Accidental Entrepreneurs Create a Thriving Textile Business

When it comes to theatrical materials, one company is center stage.
The Boom Market for Niche Fitness Events
Health & Fitness

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.
Beyond Secret Santa: Holiday Traditions That Build Teams
Business Management

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.
Avoid These Off-Site Work Party Mistakes
Managing Employees

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.
Simple Solutions for Better In-Office Parties
Managing Employees

Simple Solutions for Better In-Office Parties

For a fun, morale boosting office party, keep these tips in mind.
18 Easy Ways to Say 'Thanks'
Business Management

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.
Better Branded Holiday Gift Ideas (Slideshow)
Grow Your Business

Better Branded Holiday Gift Ideas (Slideshow)

Go beyond pens and calendars to create a branded business gift that will get your company remembered.
What to Expect From Hotel Room Service Now
Business Travel

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.
The Flip-Flops That Help Pay Medical Bills
Profiles

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.
8 Ways Hotel Room Service Is Changing
Business Travel

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.
3 Team-Building Activities That Can Build Trust
Business Management

3 Team-Building Activities That Can Build Trust

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

How Home Soda Making Devices Became the Next Big Thing

Sales of a carbonation device go from flat to sparkling.
Go-Anywhere Cameras Snap up a Devoted Following
Technology

Go-Anywhere Cameras Snap up a Devoted Following

Popular GoPro cameras offer a 'you're there' perspective on life.
Pulled Super-Bowl Ad Creates Super Buzz for Soda Upstart
Public Relations

Pulled Super-Bowl Ad Creates Super Buzz for Soda Upstart

SodaStream pokes at Coke and Pepsi and sees its ad declined by CBS.
College Entrepreneur of 2012: Bryan Silverman
Business Ideas

College Entrepreneur of 2012: Bryan Silverman

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

A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

Philip Nappi discovers that his passion of footwear runs in the family.
Mining Company Branches Out into Recreation
Growing Your Business

Mining Company Branches Out into Recreation

Coal Creek Company's Brent Galloway added a recreation and camping site on the mine's property.
3 Creative Business Ideas That Were Before Their Time
Innovation

3 Creative Business Ideas That Were Before Their Time

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

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.
A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars
New Ideas

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

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.
Scentsy and the Sweet Smell of Success
Success Stories

Scentsy and the Sweet Smell of Success

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

A Not-So-Nutty Business Idea

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

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.
Brewing Up a New Business Idea from a Coffee Castoff
Success Stories

Brewing Up a New Business Idea from a Coffee Castoff

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

Idea for an Organic Potting Soil Business Hits Pay Dirt

Mark Highland's Organic Mechanics is blooming.
Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga
Location

Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga

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

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.

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