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Anna Barber, Scribble Press: 27 Million and Counting

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Craw | Posted 07.27.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Designer Clothing Rental Service: The Next Big Idea?

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Charlotte Jensen | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

A well-stuffed closet but absolutely nothing to wear -- it's a frequent mantra for women the world over. For Jennifer Hyman, it also sparked a busines...

We Do Lines: No, It's Not What You Think

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 07.26.2011 | Small Business

By their own admission, Chris Couri, Dan Rella and Tom Darrow aren't exactly in the most exciting industry in the world. But a clever name and a uniqu...

Necessity Really Is The Mother Of Invention

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

With a tagline like "Snot Your Average Wipe," Boogie Wipes is clearly not a company that takes itself too seriously. But despite the gratuitous booger...

Cruising To Success, On Two Wheels

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

Serial entrepreneur Fleetwood Hicks claims to have had "a lot of failures and a few successes" in his career -- but the response to his Villy Customs ...

Cupcakes For Guys: The Next Big Idea?

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Patrick Sauer | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

In 2008, David Arrick thought he'd had a stroke of luck in the middle of the cratering economy. He'd lost his job as a commercial real estate lawyer w...

Suraj Patel And Shawn Pelsinger, imup4: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Helping America Take Better Snapshots

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.29.2011 | Small Business

Seems like everyone's a photographer these days. Take a stroll through any New York neighborhood and you'll generally see a few Canons and Nikons in a...

Jim McCann, 1-800-FLOWERS.com: My First Million

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

Looking for a way to make some extra money back in the 1970s, Jim McCann took a side job at a flower shop on New York's Upper East Side. At the time, ...

Made In The USA: Doughnuts With An Edge

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Laura Tiffany | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

For generations, the doughnut has been a breakfast favorite, but the actual origin of the humble treat remains unknown. Cultures throughout the world ...

Cheryl Fudge, Cheryl Fudge Fashion Camp: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Gary Krane, CoupleSpace: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Made In The USA: The End Of 'One Size Fits All'

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

When Ike was president and the Baby Boomers were young, consumerism was about conformity -- in 1962, Malvina Reynolds sang "Little Houses," a song tha...

Made In The USA: The Weight-Loss Industry Makes Huge Gains

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

Kim Benson's epiphany came after she ordered a snack at a local fast-food joint: Two hot dogs with everything, two cheeseburgers with the works, two l...

Sara Blakely, Spanx: My First Million

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 03.09.2012 | Small Business

Starting with $5,000, an entrepreneurial vision a little irreverence, Sara Blakely has become a millionaire several times over. Her product, Spanx, ha...

Andrew Kortina And Iqram Magdon-Ismail, Venmo: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Made In The USA: Briefs, Bras, Billions

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.11.2011 | Small Business

Here's the upside to running an underwear business: Virtually every person on the planet is a potential customer. You already know the big names in...

Pete Borowsky, Zatista: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Conducting Market Research: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Geoff Williams | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

So you've come up with the best business idea since the Snuggie, and your friends and family think it has potential, too. But before you sink your lif...

A 14-Year-Old Built The No. 1 iPhone Game

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Amanda Kooser | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

Most 14-year-olds are watching TV, thinking about the school dance and spending way too much time on Facebook. Eighth-grader Robert Nay, meanwhile, us...

Melisse Gelula And Alexia Brue, Well + Good NYC: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

A Literal Party On Wheels: The Next Big Idea?

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Patrick Sauer | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

Quick word-association game: What image pops into your brain when you see the phrase Booger Wars? Whatever grossness you came up with, well, that's...

Becca Brown And Monica Murphy, SoleMates: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Tom Patterson, Tommy John: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 07.28.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...

Bryan Burkhart, H.BLOOM: 27 Million And Counting

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Lauren Drell | Posted 08.10.2011 | Small Business

Starting your own business is a noble -- not to mention exciting, rewarding and often crazy -- undertaking. The experience is an adventure, to say the...