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26 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name

The idea of exactly what your business is going to usually come first. Secondly, most often, is giving a title to your idea. What exactly is going to be the name of your business? Some people turn to their childhood for inspiration or a beloved family pet. It could be a made-up word you dream of one night and feel ...

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A History of Passion and Enduring Design Philosophy in Leather Handbags

The handbags design industry is always up to something unique. Hobo is a 26-year-old family-owned leather handbag brand. Their iconic Lauren clutch sold over a million pieces since launching 12 years ago (around $110 million in retail) and the brand overall has done over $20 million in wholesale. The current CEO and owner Koren took over the business from her mother ...

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How One Entrepreneur is Helping International Students Find Housing With Ease

Finding a house in a foreign land can be hectic. Housing Anywhere was founded by a student, Niels, from the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University, the Netherlands in 2009. Niels wanted to go on an exchange semester to Singapore, but he ran into a problem: what to do with his own student room in Rotterdam during that semester? None ...

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Italian-American Restaurant Serving Uniquely Made Food in Chicago

Besides a great taste, quality of food served matters a lot. Franco Francese the owner of Mattone Restaurant and Bar, an Italian-American restaurant, located in the Chicago suburbs knows that too well. The restaurant was once owned by his father where Franco has been in the business his entire life. We had a chance to interview Franco Francese and asked about ...

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Entrepreneur Responds to Veterans Needs’ Through the First Mentor Support Organisation

Life transitions can be difficult. For example, the transition from a working to a jobless life. For Karl Monger, the Executive Director and CEO of GallantFew, Inc he delights in helping veterans find pleasure in transitions. His organization is designed for veterans and they are currently working on their annual event, Run Ranger Run, a month-long challenge taking place in ...

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Entrepreneur Who Creates a New Kind of Social Family

Human beings are social beings. We endeavor to create relations and feel that we belong somewhere. Andrew Machota the founder and CEO of New Town Connections has an organization that gives adults the opportunity to attend social events and make friends; something that is hard to do after school is over. He recently released a book titled Friend Request Accepted: ...

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Ellison Eyewear & the Multi-Billion Dollar Sunglass Industry

High-end sunglass distributors have built a multi-billion dollar business model on one very simple life truth: you will lose your sunglasses. It’s not a matter of if but when. Thanks to a new company helmed by Greek-American entrepreneur Aristotle Loumis of Ellison Eyewear, that worry will be a thing of the past, and everyday consumers can get in on his innovation via his outside-the-box crowdfunding campaign on Republic. Ellison Eyewear ...

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Entrepreneur Builds on Technology Platform to Power the Barbershop Industry

Technology is changing the way people think and do things. It’s through it that one entrepreneur builds a mobile technology platform, theCut, that powers the barbershop industry. In just 18 months his platform has grown to more than 70,000 users and booked more than 300,000 appointments. He believes in technology’s ability to enact change and level the economic playing field. We ...

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DC Based Sagoon’s Regulation A+ Funding Efforts Attracts $1.9 Million in Investments.

Update 1/15/18: The total amount raised as of January 11, 2018 was $4.8M, with $3.3M through Regulation A+ funds and $1.5M through private backers. Social media and the need to rank higher on search engines continues to grow in importance with U.S. residents loving their social platforms more each day. So why aren’t citizens of other countries as enamored? For instance, in India, none ...

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Veteran-owned Business Closing The Gap Between Gender and Work Leadership Gaps

Every business needs support at some point in its development, especially financial. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) steps in to offer the much-needed support by offering various services. One of their services include provision of valuable information through market intelligence groups. We had a chance to interview Dr. Gordon and asked about their story, how they have made it to this ...

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