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How Big Data Empowers Lender to Help Small Businesses

Apr 24, 2014

After three tours of duty in Iraq as an Army medic, Will White came back stateside with a business idea for a healthy meal delivery service. He just needed a little financing.

White figured he would easily qualify for a loan through any number of programs aimed at helping vets transition back to civilian life. Instead, he found himself confronted with the same challenges facing many small businesses — access to startup funding.

Call It a Rebrand: As Detroit Reinvents Itself, So Do Its Ad Guys

Apr 22, 2014

All the problems America’s industrial cities have suffered at one point in time Detroit suffered most intensely. Racial segregation, “white flight,” political corruption, depopulation and deindustrialization are as much a part of the histories of American Dream cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Cleveland as they are Detroit, but the late capitalist bon voyage to domestic manufacturing hit heavier here than any place else.

Blazing Trails for Women in Pro Sports

Apr 16, 2014
Like many kids, Susan O’Malley had to write a paper in junior high about what she wanted to be when she grew up. But unlike many kids— and some adults—O’Malley had a very clear idea about what she wanted to do. 
“I knew I wanted to run a sports franchise. And my teacher wrote on the paper, ‘nice but not really realistic,’” says O’Malley.
Good thing she didn’t listen to that teacher. 

Modern-Day Medicis: Why More Businesses Support the Arts

Apr 23, 2014

Mark DeMichaelis’s office couldn’t be more different from his grandfather’s — in part because it exists, but also because it isn’t subterranean. When Giovanni DeMichaelis founded State Garden in 1937, it was a one-man produce business he ran out of the cellar of a dilapidated building on Commercial Street, near the Boston waterfront. More than seven decades and 100 full-time employees later, State Garden remains a family-owned enterprise that, like many of its peers, has retained a strong sense of community engagement even as it grows. 

Clay Mathile is Breeding the Next Generation of Business Leaders

Apr 17, 2014

Clay Mathile has little to prove in the world of business. The Ohio native transformed Iams from a regional pet food company into a global giant, selling it to Procter & Gamble for a cool $2.3 billion in 1999.

But the self-made billionaire wasn’t satisfied with just enjoying his own success. Instead, he’s busy passing on some of his wisdom to the next generation of business leaders.

One Drop of Blood, Unlimited Potential (Update)

Apr 10, 2014

UPDATE - Elizabeth Holmes now holds the distinction of being both the youngest and the richest self-made female billionaire in the Forbes 400, and at 30 years old, is one of the 11 people on that list under 40


Elizabeth Holmes took a huge risk when she dropped out of Stanford to start her own company, but it was a risk worth taking. 

Scrambling to Prepare Taxes for Your Business? Here’s a One-Stop Tip Shop

Apr 14, 2014

If you’re self-employed, you may be joining the last-minute rush of individual taxpayers to get their forms in. Entrepreneurs are increasingly forming limited liability companies (LLCs), instead of incorporating, in part due to the tax advantages. So April 15 is tax day for these small business owners.

Project 100 Wants To Reinvent Transportation In Vegas — and Beyond

Apr 8, 2014

When Zach Ware first moved to downtown Las Vegas a few years ago, he hired a car service for a week as an experiment. 

“I wanted to know, what would life be like if transportation were a sunk cost?” said the 32-year-old founder and CEO of Project 100, a startup aimed at disrupting the way people move in cities.

March Madness on the Sales Desk? Workplace Gamification at Play

Apr 3, 2014

Gary Milwit may have moved on from a career as an athletic director, coach, and teacher to run a financial firm, but his roots run deep — he’s turned his office into a “sports bar.”

The senior vice president at Stone Street Capital in Bethesda, MD, deployed a cloud-based gamification platform called Hoopla last year to incentivize sales people to record all activities leading up to a deal.

Greening Appalachia, One Fridge at a Time

Mar 28, 2014

“It’s gold in those hills,” says Gregg Wingo, gesturing toward the Appalachian foothills surrounding his wood-paneled office in southeastern West Virginia.

A modern-day prospector of sorts, Wingo is co-owner of Refrigeration Recycling, a busy operation that breaks down old refrigerators, drains the ozone-depleting Freon, and refurbishes them for reuse. If it’s in bad shape, Wingo’s team strips the unit and sells the metal scrap.

Career Spark Helps Connect Military Spouses With Employers

Mar 25, 2014

When Melissa Judy’s husband was transferred to the Washington, D.C. area recently, she faced a familiar fear for military spouses— a resume that made her appear as job hopper as she moved from position to position as a result of military transfers.

Thankfully, through Hiring Our Heroes, a program aimed at connecting military veterans and spouses with job opportunities, she was able to find an employer who was supportive of her situation. But, she was one of the lucky ones.

Startup Mevoked: Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Technology

Mar 24, 2014

Arun Ravi knows firsthand the importance of early detection for mental health issues. When a close friend of his committed suicide at age 13, Ravi became devoted to making a difference in how mental health issues are treated. Fast forward to 2013 and Mevoked is born. The startup's analytics platform enables parents to track their children's activity online and identify signs of risky behavior.

What Makes an Entrepreneur? 3 Reasons Why It's Not Just About Tech

Apr 9, 2014

When you think of an entrepreneur, you probably imagine a techie in T-shirt or turtleneck. Sure, the terms entrepreneur and tech are nearly interchangeable these days. But entrepreneurialism is a mindset, not a job description. The qualities that enterprising Americans bring to the game form the lifeblood of the U.S. economy — things like recognizing value, seizing opportunity, perseverance, and just good old hustle.

Here are a few individuals and companies — in unlikely fields — that have used their entrepreneurial skills to make their businesses thrive.


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