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Trash to Treasure: Hidden Business Opportunities
Starting a Business

Trash to Treasure: Hidden Business Opportunities

These four companies are giving new life to damaged, flawed or incomplete products and services.
Neil Parmar
A Tech-Driven Apparel Company Pockets Big Sales
Starting a Business

A Tech-Driven Apparel Company Pockets Big Sales

Scottevest has recorded steady revenue growth, expecting to finish 2013 with sales of $10 million.
John Patrick Pullen
The Boom Market for Niche Fitness Events
Entrepreneurs

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.
Margaret Littman
Father and Son Team Create Candy Without the Extra Junk
Marketing

Father and Son Team Create Candy Without the Extra Junk

Unreal Candy's natural treats are a fast-growing success.
Jennifer Wang
From Chickens to Caskets -- 8 Unique Rental Businesses
Starting a Business

From Chickens to Caskets -- 8 Unique Rental Businesses

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.
Kathleen Davis
Starting a Business

How Keeping Wine Cold Became a Hot Business

Ben Hewitt created the Corkcicle to ensure "perfectly chilled wine every time."
Katherine Duncan
College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business
Starting a Business

College Entrepreneur Creates Digital Care Package Business

Regaalo, a web service that allows parents to send gifts to students, applies modern technology to an old-fashioned concept.
Jodi Helmer
TapSnap Brings the Photo Booth Into The Digital Age
Franchises

TapSnap Brings the Photo Booth Into The Digital Age

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.
Mike Rowe From 'Dirty Jobs': Don't Follow Your Passion, Live It
Entrepreneurs

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

The TV personality on the allure of being an entrepreneur and blazing your own path in business.
Bryan Elliott
Dream Arcades Takes '80s Nostalgia to a New Level
Starting a Business

Dream Arcades Takes '80s Nostalgia to a New Level

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.
Jennifer Wang
Starting a Business

Menswear for Women Corners a Niche Market

Custom clothier Tomboy Tailors crafts bespoke menswear -- for women.
Jodi Helmer
Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz
Starting a Business

Saying Yes to the Extreme Proposal Biz

Cleveland's Perfect Proposal transforms proposals into events rivalling the wedding itself.
Marti Benedetti
Best Western Franchise Owners Give Hotel a $3.5 Million Dinosaur-Themed Makeover
Franchises

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
Starting a Business

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.
Kathleen Davis