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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.
Social Engagement Boosts Quirky Clothing Line

Social Engagement Boosts Quirky Clothing Line

Online fashion upstart Betabrand is on a mission to create the world's first truly social clothing company.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How the Museum of Sex Turned a Nonprofit Snub into an Asset

How the Museum of Sex Turned a Nonprofit Snub into an Asset

The entrepreneur behind this unconventional attraction went all the way.
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.
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.
Framing a Business Around a Glamorous Boudoir Trend

Framing a Business Around a Glamorous Boudoir Trend

A boudoir photographer focuses on customers' private moments.
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.
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.
How College Sports Photos Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business

How College Sports Photos Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business

A former Duke University All-American basketball player hit on a business idea for building and managing online photo stores for college athletic departments and sports teams.
How a Craftsman Turned His Handiwork into a Cutting-Edge Business

How a Craftsman Turned His Handiwork into a Cutting-Edge Business

He was definitely cut out for this business: Quintin Middleton shows off his chops with high-quality culinary cutware.
Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew

Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew

Two former baseball players throw a curve at the consumer quest for caffeine. From our Business Unusual file.
Savvy Marketing Turns a Hobby into a Successful Business

Savvy Marketing Turns a Hobby into a Successful Business

How the founders of the YOLO Board have glided to the front of the stand-up paddling crowd.
Knowledge on Tap: The Business of a Beer Sommelier

Knowledge on Tap: The Business of a Beer Sommelier

How one beer lover tanked his career in favor of teaching people about his beverage of choice
How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

Paperfeet is building an eco-friendly business out of discarded billboard materials.
A Roadie Business: Teaching Bus Drivers to the Stars

A Roadie Business: Teaching Bus Drivers to the Stars

A Nashville school trains people to get behind the wheel and shuttle rock entertainers to their next gig.
A Waxing Salon Adds Heavy Dose of Style As It Removes Unwanted Hair

A Waxing Salon Adds Heavy Dose of Style As It Removes Unwanted Hair

A Colorado salon adds a heavy dose of style as it takes away unwanted hair
Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Clean Up with a Soap Business

Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Clean Up with a Soap Business

A couple turns restaurants' cooking oil into soap -- and sells it back to the establishments.
A New Yorker Finds Success Teaching People to Make Pizza

A New Yorker Finds Success Teaching People to Make Pizza

Mark Bello perfected the pizza, then built a business teaching pizza-crazed New Yorkers how to do it themselves.
A 21st Century Spin on the Matchmaking Business

A 21st Century Spin on the Matchmaking Business

Jasbina Ahluwalia is making the ancient tradition of Indian matchmaking a 21st century business.
A Whale of an Idea

A Whale of an Idea

How one mammal spawned an entire industry

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