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Photos: From Chickens to Caskets -- 8 Unique Rental Businesses

From Chickens to Caskets -- 8 Unique Rental Businesses

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People have been renting movies and cars for years, but what about borrowing a wedding dress? Here's a look at the innovative and bizarre things that can be yours for a short time.
October 25, 2013 in Shipping Center

How Keeping Wine Cold Became a Hot Business

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Ben Hewitt created the Corkcicle to ensure "perfectly chilled wine every time."
October 12, 2013 in Business Ideas
College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business

College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business

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Regaalo, a web service that allows parents to send gifts to students, applies modern technology to an old-fashioned concept.
October 5, 2013 in Business Ideas
TapSnap Brings the Photo Booth Into The Digital Age

TapSnap Brings the Photo Booth Into The Digital Age

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Photo booths are making a comeback, and the founder of the DVDNow Kiosks franchise, has created a touchscreen, open-air 'booth' that's connected to social media.
October 4, 2013 in Franchises
Video: Mike Rowe From 'Dirty Jobs': Don't Follow Your Passion, Live ItPlay Video

Mike Rowe From 'Dirty Jobs': Don't Follow Your Passion, Live It (Video)

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The TV personality on the allure of being an entrepreneur and blazing your own path in business.
October 4, 2013 in Profiles
Dream Arcades Takes '80s Nostalgia to a New Level

Dream Arcades Takes '80s Nostalgia to a New Level

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Dream Arcades is the largest manufacturer of non-coin-operated arcade machines in the world. Last year the company broke $1 million in sales."Nostalgia sells," says co-founder Michael Ware.
September 28, 2013 in Business Ideas

Menswear for Women Corners a Niche Market

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Custom clothier Tomboy Tailors crafts bespoke menswear -- for women.
September 14, 2013 in Business Ideas
Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz

Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz

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Cleveland's Perfect Proposal transforms proposals into events rivalling the wedding itself.
August 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
Best Western Franchise Owners Give Hotel a $3.5 Million Dinosaur-Themed Makeover

Best Western Franchise Owners Give Hotel a $3.5 Million Dinosaur-Themed Makeover

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Greg and Meredith Tally, owners of Denver's Best Western Southwest, gave their hotel an unique new look.
August 9, 2013 in Franchises
Photos: 9 Things You Never Thought You Would Buy From a Vending Machine

9 Things You Never Thought You Would Buy From a Vending Machine

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Reaching customers even when ecommerce can't, these vending machines dispense unexpected items, where and when customers need them.
July 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company

How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company

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When their border collie had trouble seeing during a game of fetch, Roni and Ken Di Lullo invented Doggles, tinted sport goggles for dogs.
July 26, 2013 in Success Stories
Video: The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's OdditiesPlay Video

The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's Oddities (Video)

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From outcast toys to Victorian wigs, people crave variety and a release from cookie-cutter design. Fortunately for them, Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn of Obscure Antiques & Oddities are on it.
July 23, 2013 in 'Trep Talk
The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands

The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands

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By giving new life to old computers, Neverware hopes to save schools, hospitals and businesses the time and hassle of upgrading hardware and software.
July 18, 2013 in Technology
Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby

Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby

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Lauren Levy rushed to bring Magnificent Baby's "An Heir Is Born" clothing line to market. Find out how her hustle is paying off.
July 11, 2013 in Business Ideas
How Software Is Helping Yoga Studios Keep Their Balance

How Software Is Helping Yoga Studios Keep Their Balance

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Silicon Valley's BizeeBee is a simple management and billing tool that aims to keep yogis on their mats and not their laptops.
July 9, 2013 in Profiles
Website That Benefits Both Musicians and Fans

Website That Benefits Both Musicians and Fans

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Bandcamp simplifies music sales by handling all the back-end functions that enable artists to sell online without being forced into pricing structures.
July 5, 2013 in Profiles
How Two Recent Grads Turned a Study Abroad Trip into a Social Venture

How Two Recent Grads Turned a Study Abroad Trip into a Social Venture

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The young founders of Serengetee are looking to social entrepreneurship to make the world a better place. See how they're helped by a few choice fabric swatches.
June 28, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
Dorm-Room Startup iCracked Gives New Life to Bad Apples

Dorm-Room Startup iCracked Gives New Life to Bad Apples

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A college entrepreneur found a way to take the frustration out of fixing damaged mobile devices.
June 19, 2013 in Young Entrepreneurs
Urban Bees For Hire: A Thriving Hive Business

Urban Bees For Hire: A Thriving Hive Business

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Seattle's Ballard Bee Company hopes renting hives to urban gardeners can ease the risk of 'beemageddon.'
June 19, 2013 in Profiles
Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

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Athletes and fans share memories through electronic autographs.
June 14, 2013 in Business Ideas
Photos: Beyond the Food Truck: 10 Unique Mobile Businesses

Beyond the Food Truck: 10 Unique Mobile Businesses

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From dog grooming to vintage accessories, many entrepreneurs are taking their businesses on the road.
June 6, 2013 in Profiles
Entrepreneur Seeks to Transform the Great Outdoors With 'Glamping'

Entrepreneur Seeks to Transform the Great Outdoors With 'Glamping'

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David Troya's startup wants to take camping to the next level with treehouses, yurts and teepees.
May 28, 2013 in Starting a Business
The Man Making Jet Packs Possible

The Man Making Jet Packs Possible

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Flying high with a water-powered jet pack can now be a reality for thrill-seeking tourists thanks to Raymond Li's invention.
May 24, 2013 in Business Ideas
Need a Beer? These Ballpark Apps Are Changing How You Get One

Need a Beer? These Ballpark Apps Are Changing How You Get One

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You can order just about anything on your smartphone, so why are you stuck in line for nachos at the ballpark? These three startups keep you in your seat and concession stands hopping.
May 22, 2013 in Profiles
How Home Soda Making Devices Became the Next Big Thing

How Home Soda Making Devices Became the Next Big Thing

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Sales of a carbonation device go from flat to sparkling.
May 18, 2013 in Profiles

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