This Entrepreneur Turned an Interest in Cuckoo Clocks Into $1 Million in Sales

Bob Ellis is the founder of Bavarian Clockworks, an e-commerce business specializing in the sale of imported cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest region of Germany. Ellis started the company on a shoestring and has built it to more than $1 million in sales over three years. Starting Out Why did you start your business? I have owned and operated my own businesses for over 25 years. I have a background in finance. I have owned retail businesses and been Read More

This Entrepreneur Built a Business by Sticking to What He Knows

Deb Shaw is the founder and head of research for MarketsNow, an online source for financial market analysis. After working in the financial services industry for many years, he identified an unmet need for high-quality news and research. Shaw decided to address that gap in the market by creating his company. Starting Out Why did you start your business? My first career out of school was working in financial services. I was an investment professional at a venture capital fund Read More

Here’s How a Board Game Enthusiast Became a Board Game Entrepreneur

Kim McGrigg is the founder of Green Quarters, a company that sells the new board game Not a Problem, which promotes innovative thinking. McGrigg is a first-time entrepreneur who says she has thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far. “I have had to learn every single aspect as I went along,” she said. “The process of learning has been as exciting as actually having the game itself. I can’t wait to do it again!” Starting Out Why did you start your Read More

This Entrepreneur’s App Is Bringing Technology to the Construction Industry

Yves Frinault is the founder and CEO of Fieldwire, a company that connects office and field staff in the construction industry via a collaboration platform that lets them share files, access information, and chat in real time. What started as a spark of an idea is now powering 200,000 construction projects worldwide across about 100 countries. Starting Out Why did you start the company? I had a dual background in construction and computer science. I came to do grad school Read More

These Entrepreneurs Wanted a Place to Buy Ethical, Sustainable Fashion, So They Created It

Victoria Nelson and Olga Gomonova are the founders of Chic Cartel, an ethical and sustainable clothing company that sells high-quality items like jewelry, sweaters, and dresses at affordable prices. On running the business, Gomonova said, “There are a lot of lows in entrepreneurship, but there are also a lot of highs. When you have the highs, they are really quite amazing.” Starting Out Why did you start the company? Nelson: I’m a fashion photographer. I worked in advertising my whole Read More

This Entrepreneur Makes Customer Satisfaction Her Top Priority

Melissa Miller is the owner of Premier Florida Home, a concierge real estate group serving Southern Florida. Her company offers consultative services to residential clients, including popular athletes and entertainers. She said, “We don’t just jump in the car and drive clients around looking at properties. We go a step above and offer concierge services like full tours of different areas, including private schools, the best eateries and shops, and other local activities.” Though she struggled at first, Miller believes Read More

Margaret’s Box: Authentic Connections Helped This Business to Grow

Dr. Tasha Holland-Kornegay is a counselor, author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. Her latest endeavor, Margaret’s Box, is a therapeutic tool that helps people through the process of goal setting and motivation. To create Margaret’s Box, Dr. Holland-Kornegay has leveraged more than 20 years as a mental health therapist helping families, couples, and individuals get through challenging life issues. Starting Out Why did you start your company? Growing up, I lived in a low-income community. A lot of people there were Read More

Starting Small Paved the Way to Big Growth for This Company

Mike Faherty is the founder and CEO of ProSales Connection, a marketing firm that specializes in working with B2B companies to build their sales pipelines. From inbound marketing to content marketing to conversion strategies, Faherty says his company’s competitive advantage is its commitment to bring value to its clients, which strengthens relationships and opens more opportunities for the company. Starting Out Why did you start the company? I started the business nine years ago. Before starting the business, I spent Read More

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