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Joan Oleck

Joan Oleck

Entrepreneur Staff / Associate Editor

Joan Oleck is an associate contributors editor at Entrepreneur. She has previously worked for Business Week, Newsday and the trade magazine Restaurant Business, where a cover story she wrote won the Jesse Neal Award.

Innovation

Why the Passing of American Icon Sam Shepard Should Remind You of the Importance of Innovation

ALS, which killed Shepard, is the focus of entrepreneurs working in healthcare to rid us of this and lesser-known diseases.
Virtual Reality

Real Estate, Movies, Retail: VR Is Exploding. The Opportunities for Entrepreneurs Are Huge.

The 'Art of VR' conference in New York City features an alien bursting from a human, and lots of people excited about this burgeoning industry.
National Small Business Week

A TV Channel for Dogs -- Yes, Really -- Just Got Some Wagging Validation

Almost everyone's pooch can now enjoy this subscription channel, which is taking over cable like some sort of doggone HBO.
Cats

'Catpreneurs' Unite at New York's First 'Cat Camp' Symposium

Love felines? Here are six cat-centric businesses that may give you the purr-fect idea for your own.
Take It From The Pros

New Movie 'The Founder' Explores Entrepreneurship's Dark Side Through McDonald's Origins

You've heard of Ray Kroc, who built the burger empire. But what do you know of his methods?
Holiday Shopping

Can Your Product Fit into a Gift Box? Here's a New Holiday Sales Idea.

Holiday markets around the country are getting bigger and bigger every year. Why? The gifts they sell are beautiful, and visitors are ready to buy.
Rock stars

9 Takeaways for Entrepreneurs From Bruce Springsteen's Autobiography

His bestselling memoir details the decisions that made him a rock'n'roll icon.
Marijuana

These Pot-Smoking Filmmakers Are Now Getting High on HBO

The husband and wife creators of 'High Maintenance' started off posting free web videos. Today, you'll have to pay to see them on premium cable.
Franchise Players

This Franchise Is Going to the Dogs, and That's Absolutely Fine

A Pennsylvania-based father and son gave up their IT jobs to team up in the canine business.
Franchise Players

This Franchisee Started a Business That's Got Wheels on It

Need a bike repair? A rental? A new bike? Andrew Alexander's mobile Velofix van will bring it to your home or business.
Franchise Players

For These Franchisees, 'Care' and 'Assistance' Have Been Personal Priorities for 40 Years

Home-care business partners Steve Sudberry and Will Reid have been best friends 40 years. Business kerfuffles? They settle them 'on the ping pong table.'
Franchise Players

This Franchisee Isn't Just Selling Ice Cream. He's Selling K-12 Science.

First, Rob West had to convince California authorities that 400 gallons of liquid nitrogen at a retail location was perfectly OK.
Social Entrepreneurs

This Entrepreneur Goes Undercover to Rescue Dogs From Torture in Asia

Pet nutritionist Marc Ching risks his life posing as an 'American dog meat entrepreneur' in Asian slaughterhouses.
Franchise Players

'Starving Artists' No More, This North Carolina Couple Opened Wine & Design's First Franchise

Marianne and Craig Burt, seasoned fine artists who had faced financial ruin, are now thriving, having opened their second 'paint and sip' franchise in North Carolina.
Franchise Players

These Glass Doctor Franchisees Found Smashing Success in a Family Business

Kevin and Tamera Tennant started their business in a dumpster, picking up shards of glass, to teach themselves their new trade.