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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
How a Squinting Dog Inspired a $3 Million Company
Starting a Business

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.
Jodi Helmer
The Weird and Often Creepy Business of TV's Oddities
Entrepreneurs

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.
Diana Ransom
The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands
Technology

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.
Marti Benedetti
Business Finds Success With Clothing Fit for a Royal Baby
Starting a Business

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.
Shiwani Srivastava
How Software Is Helping Yoga Studios Keep Their Balance
Starting a Business

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.
Kim Wood