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There's more than 28 million small businesses across the U.S. -- and a simple idea was behind each and every one of them. Most entrepreneurs realize that their own innovation and creativity plays a critical role in developing unique products and services.

When brainstorming your next venture, consider your own experiences, needs and interests to unearth new customers and markets. Focusing on your passions can lead you to the next big thing.  

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College Entrepreneur Dives Into Niche Business

College Entrepreneur Dives Into Niche Business

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A University of Oregon grad turns his love of coral into a thriving niche business.
January 12, 2013 in Profiles
Zipcar Timeline: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million Buyout

Zipcar Timeline: From Business Idea to IPO to $500 Million Buyout

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A timeline of the car-sharing service, from inception through public offering to buyout offer.
January 2, 2013 in Success Stories
How to Turn a Worthless Business Idea into a Million-Dollar Startup

How to Turn a Worthless Business Idea into a Million-Dollar Startup

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If you're dreaming about starting a business, you'll need to start validating your idea if you want to really make a go of it. Here's how to begin.
January 2, 2013 in Evaluating Your Idea
How to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills

How to Sharpen Your Decision-Making Skills

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Four ways to merge your brain and gut for better outcomes.
December 31, 2012 in Growth Strategies
How a Leather Designer Keeps Musicians Traveling in Style

How a Leather Designer Keeps Musicians Traveling in Style

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Ryan Barr, founder of WhippingPost.com, makes durable leather goods for musicians, including a "picker's wallet" with a dedicated stitched pocket for a guitar pick.
December 29, 2012 in Profiles
How to Find New Business Ideas in Everyday Life

How to Find New Business Ideas in Everyday Life

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Three tips to help you find new business opportunities in unexpected places.
December 27, 2012 in Business Ideas
100 Things You'll Need to Know About in 2013

100 Things You'll Need to Know About in 2013

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With 2012 very nearly in the rearview mirror, check out this list of what you are going to hear about, talk about and spend your money on in 2013.
December 26, 2012 in Go Forward

Have a Killer Business Idea? Here’s How to Vet It

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Venture capitalist Jason Green shares his tips on how to be sure you have a quality concept before launch.
December 12, 2012 in Starting a Business
How Hyperink Aims to Reinvent Publishing

How Hyperink Aims to Reinvent Publishing

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See how Kevin Gao, the founder of Hyperink, is re-thinking the e-book publishing industry by focusing on niche content.
December 11, 2012 in Business Ideas

Meet Entrepreneur's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2012 Finalists

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With just one week to go before the Entrepreneur of 2012 awards are announced, we spotlight the finalists for the emerging entrepreneur category.
December 10, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Do You Need an MBA for Startup Success?

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Student entrepreneur Joseph Draschil on how his education prepared him for running a business, but why he had to look elsewhere for startup help.
December 6, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

Fitness Instructor Creates a Sweat-Proof Headband

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A workout frustration led fitness instructor Donna Browning to create Sweaty Bands.
December 3, 2012 in Starting a Business
Fitness Instructor Creates a Sweat-Proof Headband

Fitness Instructor Creates a Sweat-Proof Headband

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A workout frustration led fitness instructor Donna Browning to create Sweaty Bands.
November 11, 2012 in Business Ideas
Papernomad Makes Biodegradable Sleeves for Mobile Devices

Papernomad Makes Biodegradable Sleeves for Mobile Devices

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A low-tech material protects high-tech products and reduces waste.
November 10, 2012 in Business Ideas
An Entrepreneurial American Couple Conquer Paris' Food Scene

An Entrepreneurial American Couple Conquer Paris' Food Scene

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With a little experience and their own money an American couple opens a wine bar and restaurant in the City of Light.
October 27, 2012 in Business Ideas
Tech-Savvy and Fashion-Forward: A Look at Today's Stylish Startups

Tech-Savvy and Fashion-Forward: A Look at Today's Stylish Startups

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Making it big in the fashion world has always been a tall task. Here's a look at how three startups are using technology to find an 'in' with customers and brands.
October 25, 2012 in Starting a Business
David Segal on DAVIDsTEA: North America's Next Starbucks?

David Segal on DAVIDsTEA: North America's Next Starbucks?

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While this startup likely won't topple the reigning queen of coffee anytime soon, the skill and backing required to open up shop across North America shouldn't be underestimated.
October 23, 2012 in Social Media
How to Get Your Loved Ones to Love Your Business

How to Get Your Loved Ones to Love Your Business

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These four communication tips will help you earn support and enthusiasm for your business.
October 12, 2012 in Business Ideas
How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

How to Develop a Culture of Innovation

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Jeffrey Phillips, co-founder of OVO, an innovation consulting firm, shares how any company can create a more innovative environment.
October 11, 2012 in Innovation
Barbara Corcoran's Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Barbara Corcoran's Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Put your business idea to the test with Barbara Corcoran's tips for how to pitch your business idea.
October 9, 2012 in Business Ideas
At This Year's Clinton Global Initiative, a New Focus on Young People

At This Year's Clinton Global Initiative, a New Focus on Young People

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While esteemed nonprofit leaders and political figures came together at this year's Clinton Global Initiative, here's how young people also got involved.
September 28, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
How Young Treps Can Participate in the Clinton Global Initiative

How Young Treps Can Participate in the Clinton Global Initiative

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If you want to change the world through social entrepreneurship, consider this your ticket. Here's a preview of what to expect from the Clinton Global Initiative and ideas for getting involved.
September 21, 2012 in Radicals & Visionaries
How Teen Inventor Went From Sketch to Prototype in 6 Months

How Teen Inventor Went From Sketch to Prototype in 6 Months

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Fourteen-year-old entrepreneur Carter Kostler is hoping his fruit-infused water bottle will be his ticket to entrepreneurial success.
September 15, 2012 in Business Ideas
Project Restaurant: Turning 8th Graders into Future Mario Batalis

Project Restaurant: Turning 8th Graders into Future Mario Batalis

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A summer program in Harlem is teaching students what it takes to launch and grow a successful eatery.
August 21, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

How to Gain Free Feedback from Your Classmates

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When student entrepreneur Nina Foroutan was tight on cash she employed her classmates as product testers.
August 9, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs

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