Former chef Steve Ells opening his first burrito business in 1993. He continued to fine-tune his operation until it blossomed into Chipotle Mexican Grill. He is meticulous about sourcing fine ingredients that are grown naturally in a sustainable way. His efforts have changed the fast-food industry forever.
Bre Salerno launched her own shop on Etsy.com called Bre’s Boutique and says anyone can start their own business right at home if they have a passion for a product or service and can find a vehicle to help market or distribute it. For Bre, Etsy’s global handmade marketplace was the perfect venue. Bre used [...]
Ken Carbone and Leslie Smolan, founders of independent branding agency the Carbone Smolan Agency (CSA), have worked with such iconic brands as the Louvre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Aether. This year, Ken and Leslie are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their partnership with the release of Dialog: What Makes a Great Design Partnership. CSA’s success [...]
QR codes are everywhere – from billboards to buses and TV, but how useful are they to the general consumer? FinderCodes uses the proliferated technology in an easy—and actually useful—system that helps solve the common problem of lost personal items. QR codes are a valuable, yet under-utilized tool, and FinderCodes has adapted them to fit [...]
If there is someone on your gift list who loves college football AND business, we have a suggestion. Jeff Beals has written “Selling Saturdays” (Keynote Publishing, $19.95) Blue-chip sales tips from college football . Fun and informative. If you think your industry is competitive, you wouldn’t believe the selling skills necessary to assemble a championship [...]
Alicia Overby need to invent something to keep her baby from suffering neck strain. Once again necessity really is the mother of invention. Alicia created Baby Elephant Ears that keeps babies supported, comfy, and super cute! The chiropractor-inspired head support is ergonomically correct, ensuring proper spine and neck alignment. It’s available in soft, cheerful, vibrant [...]
Great gift for the Apple lover on your list! It’s a gadget called the xPrintServer – Home Edition that enables easy printing from your iPad, iPhone (including the new iPhone 5), and any iOS device to your home printer. Brought to you by Lantronix, the $99 xPrintServer – Home Edition is the perfect accessory for [...]
The smooth finish aluminum of the Gibraltar ALM11000 Premium Mailbox is classic. The company is an American institution. Manufactured by the Solar Group in Taylorsville, Mississippi. You can buy one at any hardware store for less than $20.
A cash-strapped math teacher named Tom Farber in Rancho Bernardo, California, raised money for the class and school by selling ads of sponsorship on coursework and tests. He charged $10 for a quiz and $30 for an ad on a final.
Firefighter Charles Baldwin purchased a lawn care franchise he owns with his son, Charles Baldwin Jr., a member of the Air Force Reserve. They call it Ground Guys. They were the first franchise to use the Public Protectors Franchise Advantage program. The promotion by parent company The Dwyer Group offered a 20 percent discount off [...]
If rain or snow brings your bike rental business to a halt, you need to branch out and some fun nylon windbreakers, rain gear and umbrellas in your kiosk, stand or bike rack business. Don’t let weather slow down your earning power. Think of an option for that rainy–or sunny–day.
A customer comes into your shop or fills out your website information form and requests a lower price. Should you do it? Not without getting a benefit in return. Sure times have been tough and customers expect to get the world, but some negotiation must take place. You can offer a lower price if they [...]