This Company Overcame Terrible Timing & Continues to Thrive

Charles Dugan is the president and owner of American Image Displays. “From floor to ceiling, everything you’d see at a trade show is what we provide,” said Dugan. The company distributes things like personalized floor covers, displays, and banners for corporate clients attending trade shows and events. Starting Out Why did you start the business? The business was started over 30 years ago by a husband and wife. I was a customer of theirs. I had a sales rep business Read More

Helping Families Is This Entrepreneur’s Top Priority

Jonathan Marsh is the owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton, a non-medical, in-home care agency based in Bradenton, Florida. Home Helpers offers homemaker and personal care services to seniors, disabled individuals, and others who need temporary or long-term assistance at home. This includes providing companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, and assistance with daily living activities like bathing, feeding, and toiletting. Getting Started Why did you start your business? I have a Bachelor of Science in management information systems. I Read More

How This Small Business Helps Spread Good News

Jordan Hora founded JH Collaborative in 2007. Though she works fulltime for Bishop T.D. Jakes, a global spiritual leader, Hora wanted to assist other people and organizations in spreading positive messages to audiences that need to hear them. JH Collaborative focuses on creative services such as public relations, writing, strategy, and photography. Hora says her goal is to “help solidify and articulate messages in a unique way.” Starting Out Why did you start the company? I got my start right Read More

How Coworkers’ Poor Fashion Sense Inspired a Company

Josh Moore and Odini Gogo are the founders of Res Ipsa, a footwear and accessories company based in Atlanta. The two attorneys started the business after realizing a need for timeless pieces in their professional wardrobes. Celebrating its four-year anniversary in January, Res Ipsa has grown steadily. Moore said, “We try not to be too numbers-driven, but we’re pleased to be doubling every year. Our goal is to build a brand with integrity and products we believe in. We’ve partnered Read More

This Entrepreneur Turned $5 Into a $10 Million Cupcake Company

Mignon Francois is the owner and director of The Cupcake Collection, a boutique-style bakery in Nashville that sells homemade cakes and cupcakes baked fresh daily. A true rags-to-riches story, Francois attributes the tremendous rise of her business to strong faith and a conservative financial approach. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I was a stay-at-home mom, or as I call it, “a household manager.” I graduated from college and had my degree, but I was at home raising Read More

How This Healthy Fast-Food Restaurant Is Building its Presence Through Marketing

Still feeling that Thanksgiving food hangover? Well, Lisa Schulte and her husband, Adam, own a restaurant that might help you get back on track: Quarks American Bento. Quarks is a healthy, fast-food restaurant based on an idea the Schultes created: a bowl of whole grains, lean meats, fresh raw veggies, and house-made sauces customized by each patron similar to a Subway sandwich. Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Quarks is working to educate the local market on the concepts of bento Read More

Authenticity Is Front & Center for This Entrepreneur’s Business

Christina Bryant is the founder of St. Frank, a business that partners with artisans from around the world to share their stories and deliver their crafts into luxurious home settings. Bryant began the company five years ago to make the unique art she found in isolated international communities accessible to people everywhere. Starting Out Why did you start the company? My background is in art history. I started my career at MoMA in New York. Then, I realized I was Read More

How This Entrepreneur Went from the White House to the Runway

Ron Carson is a former presidential aide and current founder of Cool Action Suit, a company that makes business suits from moisture-wicking material. The Cool Action Suit helps wearers cut down on perspiration and overheating. It’s also wrinkle-free, so perfect for travel. “Being an entrepreneur goes hand in hand with my experience as a political logistical professional because you have to think quickly on your feet, you have to be prepared for the unknown, and you have to anticipate things Read More

How One Business Has Successfully Adapted to a Changing Industry

Darryl Meattey is the founder of Surell Accessories, a company he’s run for 38 years. Surell manufactures and imports women’s accessories, such as earmuffs, neckwear, and vests made of fur, sheepskin, and faux fur. Meattey attributes the company’s longevity to hard work and nimbleness. “We’re small enough to turn on a dime, but we’re big enough to service some of the biggest retailers in the world,” he said. Surell products are carried in retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Read More

How Better Cash Flow Management Is Helping This Babysitting Business Thrive

Hope Oriabure-King calls herself “mommy deluxe” – She’s a single mom of four and the entrepreneur owner of Black Tie Babysitting, Inc., a company that provides onsite childcare at special occasions and events like weddings and corporate functions. Over time, Oriabure-King has learned that cash flow management and a diversified revenue stream are core to her business’ success. Why did you start your company? I graduated from college with an undergraduate degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations. Read More