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Fatheadz
Fatheadz

Rico Elmore, Fatheadz: When Regular Glasses Just Won't Fit

7/29/11 at 1:00 PM

At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Rico Elmore always had trouble finding a pair of sunglasses. Turns out, he wasn't alone. Continue Reading

Telebrands
Telebrands

My First Million: A.J. Khubani, TeleBrands

7/26/11 at 6:00 PM

How a part-time pizza-delivery guy took $7,000 and turned it into a $1 billion "As Seen on TV" infomercial empire. Continue Reading

AOL
AOL

Loyal Pennings: Life of the Party

7/18/11 at 9:30 PM

During his two decades in the Los Angeles nightclub business, Loyal Pennings has hosted just about every A-lister in Hollywood. But all that partying can be a lot of hard work. Continue Reading

MTV
MTV

Chris 'Drama' Pfaff: Taking a 'Young & Reckless' Approach to Business

7/14/11 at 6:30 PM

A lucky break and a famous cousin helped make Chris "Drama" Pfaff a reality TV star. A tireless work ethic and knack for marketing made him a successful CEO. All before his 25th birthday. Continue Reading

Pump Wear
Pump Wear

Pump Wear's Julie DeFruscio: Helping Kids Battle Diabetes in Style

7/07/11 at 12:30 PM

Like the millions of people with Type 1 diabetes, Julie DeFruscio's three kids are forced to wear insulin pumps 24 hours a day. So she set out to design a line of clothing and accessories that make the task a little more fashionable. Continue Reading

Tombolo
Tombolo

Made in the USA: When the Beach Beckons

7/01/11 at 1:30 PM

For generations, entrepreneurs have found inspiration at the beach. A look at how today's business beach bums are putting their own spin on products designed to improve our annual summer exodus. Continue Reading

Oxman Surplus
Oxman Surplus

Meet the World's Oldest Entrepreneur!

6/23/11 at 10:00 AM

Or so we think. At 96, Oxman's Surplus founder Jerome Oxman still clocks a full workday and even began an expansion of his business recently. "I just can't retire," he says. "I'd go crazy." Continue Reading

TailGate Beer
TailGate Beer

TailGate Beer's Wesley Keegan: Brewing Up Success

6/17/11 at 6:00 PM

Wesley Keegan's father gave him the idea to start a brewery. His passing gave him the inspiration to make it succeed. Continue Reading

AOL
AOL

27 Million and Counting: Rich Amundson, Dicks Cottons

6/15/11 at 2:00 PM

Meet Rich Amundson, the founder of Dicks Cottons, a New York-based lifestyle brand that makes sunglasses and other accessories sold around the world. His motto? "Be happy, live comfortably." Continue Reading

PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com
PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com

PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com's Josie Daga: Giving Bridal Gowns a Second Life

6/14/11 at 4:30 PM

Many brides spend thousands of dollars on dresses they'll only wear once. PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com gives them a way to make some of that money back -- and to help other brides' dreams come true. Continue Reading

AOL
AOL

My First Million: Barbara Corcoran, The Corcoran Group

6/02/11 at 5:00 PM

How a self-made salesperson took $1,000 and took on the titans of New York's legendary real-estate industry. Continue Reading

Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels
Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels

Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels: A New Twist on Success

6/01/11 at 4:30 PM

Talk about tying the knot. Not long after they were married, Kim and Scott Holstein decided to start a pretzel company in their kitchen. Today, they oversee a $10 million brand that can be found at Whole Foods, Walmart and other chains. Continue Reading

ManCans
ManCans

ManCans' Hart Main: A 13-Year-Old Entrepreneur Invents Candles for Men

5/10/11 at 1:30 PM

Hart Main realized that most guys don't want to smell like lavender or fresh laundry. So he created ManCans, candles designed specifically for men, with scents like New York Style Pizza, Grandpa's Pipe and, of course, Bacon. Did we mention he's only 13? Continue Reading

Prepared 4 Life
Prepared 4 Life

Prepared 4 Life: Inspiring Entrepreneurs, One Lemonade Stand at a Time

4/30/11 at 5:00 AM

On May 1, more than 120,000 kids in 31 cities nationwide will participate in the fifth annual Lemonade Day -- all as part of Michael Holthouse's goal to make entrepreneurs out of lemonade. Continue Reading

We Do Lines
We Do Lines

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

4/18/11 at 6:30 PM

We Do Lines literally paints lines in parking lots. How three guys took a clever name and a simple concept and built a successful company with franchises up and down the East Coast. Continue Reading

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