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Morphing business models can boost sales, create jobs

Like most small businesses, Blue Buddha Boutique started out as a one-person show, with founder Rebeca Mojica making and selling chain mail jewelry. But Mojica,...

Electric bike start-up cruises on sustainable energy

John LeStarge says his two-wheelers can beat public buses on crowded city streets. Sporting batteries that propel them at speeds up to 20 mph, the...

Minorities Build Businesses by Building Relationships

While many small companies try unsuccessfully for years to nab large contracts, Power's human capital management and technology services company won a government assignment one month after it opened its doors in 2003, thanks to a personal contact, Powers said.

Special Report on Minority Owned Businesses

After 17 years of fits and starts, LeNardo Nelson Sr. of Chicago is ready to take his triple-sided windshield wiper to market. A commercial lender at Harris Bank by day, Nelson has long dreamed of being an inventor like his father, who devised a sled with convertible wheels in the mid-1960s. But getting his wipers off the ground has taken far longer than Nelson ever imagined.

Recession Buster: Company radiates new sales

With a "no layoffs" pledge to employees, Julia Billen needed new sales to prop up her heating business.

Business Ownership: Do You Have What It Takes?

Entrepreneurship is not all about the money to Keith Pascal and Dr. David Preskill, who together launched this month.

Bringing new hope, new jobs to local economy

While many businesses remain cautious about expanding in a tough economy, entrepreneur Sandy Marsico is bucking the trend. She recently knocked down walls to expand her marketing and interactive design firm.

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