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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

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

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

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

How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company

When their border collie had trouble seeing during a game of fetch, Roni and Ken Di Lullo invented Doggles, tinted sport goggles for dogs.
The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's Oddities

The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's Oddities

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.
The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands

The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands

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

Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby

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

How Software Is Helping Yoga Studios Keep Their Balance

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

Website That Benefits Both Musicians and Fans

Bandcamp simplifies music sales by handling all the back-end functions that enable artists to sell online without being forced into pricing structures.
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

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.
Dorm-Room Startup iCracked Gives New Life to Bad Apples

Dorm-Room Startup iCracked Gives New Life to Bad Apples

A college entrepreneur found a way to take the frustration out of fixing damaged mobile devices.
Urban Bees For Hire: A Thriving Hive Business

Urban Bees For Hire: A Thriving Hive Business

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

Web Startup Puts a Digital Spin on Collecting Autographs

Athletes and fans share memories through electronic autographs.
Beyond the Food Truck: 10 Unique Mobile Businesses

Beyond the Food Truck: 10 Unique Mobile Businesses

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

Entrepreneur Seeks to Transform the Great Outdoors With 'Glamping'

David Troya's startup wants to take camping to the next level with treehouses, yurts and teepees.
The Man Making Jet Packs Possible

The Man Making Jet Packs Possible

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

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

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.
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.
How One Young Entrepreneur's Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBlox

How One Young Entrepreneur's Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBlox

Not happy about the dearth of women in engineering? Debbie Sterling thinks overly-girlie toys are to blame.
A Rude Experience Inspires a 'Good' Brand

A Rude Experience Inspires a 'Good' Brand

Kris Wittenberg vowed to put "Be Good to People" on a T-shirt after an unpleasant encounter. Five years later, she's ready to turn her sideline into a main event.
Could Games Replace CAPTCHA?

Could Games Replace CAPTCHA?

Detroit startup Are You a Human hopes gamification will outsmart the spambots for good.
A Car Guy Cashes in by Transforming Clunkers

A Car Guy Cashes in by Transforming Clunkers

Icon produces artisan-quality, custom-made rides out of scrapyard-bound vehicles.
College Startup Rethinks Laundry

College Startup Rethinks Laundry

A prepaid campus laundry service offers a lesson in entrepreneurship.
How Mail-Order Chickens Became a Multimillion-Dollar Venture

How Mail-Order Chickens Became a Multimillion-Dollar Venture

A husband and wife tap into the urban-farmer trend and build a $2 million operation.
How a Breakup Led to an Online Marketplace for Used Engagement Rings

How a Breakup Led to an Online Marketplace for Used Engagement Rings

After getting dumped, one entrepreneur founded I Do Now I Don't, an e-commerce site that turns heartbreak into cold hard cash.
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.

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