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Entrepreneurship: Travel Agents for Youth Sports Teams? Not All See It as a Perk
A specialized type of travel agent coordinates travel arrangements for youth sports teams. But not all parents and coaches are thrilled.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Starting Up a Business, With Little Ones Close By
Though not plentiful, a new crop of work spaces are aiming to offer child care and entrepreneurship support.... More >>

American Brandy Is Surging, Even in Whiskey Country
Copper & Kings, in Kentucky, is just one of many distillers, large and small, betting that brandy will be the next big brown liquor.... More >>

entrepreneurship: The Witty and Weird of Passover Products (Matzo Print Attire, No Less)
A Harry Potter-themed Haggadah? Kosher beef “facon”? The market for Passover-related goods is large, and some entrepreneurs have gotten creative.... More >>

Pet City: The Dog in the Dentist’s Chair, and Other Workplace Pets
Some office pets are raising the customer-loyalty bar by cuddling and interacting with clients and patients.... More >>

Critical Shopper: Tictail Makes an Argument for the World’s Small Creators
At this retail intermediary on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, you never know which rookies will catch on.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: A Toy for Toddlers Doubles as Code Bootcamp
New financing avenues have made it easier for entrepreneurs to break into the educational toy market, and many aim at teaching simple programming.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Is It a Toy? Is It Art? Everyone Agrees It’s a Collectible
Consumer demand for so-called designer toys has helped invigorate sales in the overall toy industry.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: A Boom in Rock Climbing, Minus the Rocks
More entrepreneurs are bringing their enthusiasm for climbing indoors: Gyms are sprouting across the country with walls for climbing and bouldering.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: How a Facebook Executive Revived a Fading Surf Brand
Birdwell Beach Britches, which makes hand-sewn board shorts, got a modern makeover that includes a distribution deal with J. Crew.... More >>

Two Retirees Create Marijuana Packaging Business in Colorado
A retired schoolteacher and a former marketing executive built a company in Colorado that sells child-resistant containers to cannabis dispensaries.... More >>

Stretching Exercises Are In as the Next Fitness Fad
Stretching studios are cropping up across the country, offering one-on-one personalized sessions to relax clients’ overworked muscles.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Something Else to Enjoy With Your Cat: Happy Hour
Two start-ups are competing in the unusual business of selling catnip-laced “wines” to cat owners. So far, the drinks’ biggest fans are humans, not cats.... More >>

The Little Kitchens That Could
Food entrepreneurs vie to defy the odds and make it big with creative concoctions at the Winter Fancy Food Show.... More >>

How Banza, a Chickpea Pasta Start-Up, Thrives on Attention
Two brothers took their chickpea pasta from obscurity to the shelves of national retailers, successfully demonstrating the fine art of self-promotion.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: For Young Entrepreneurs, College Debts Can Snuff Out Start-Up Hopes
Fewer millennials are founding companies at a time when student loans are on the rise. As one business founder put it, “The debt is always there, drowning you.”... More >>

Entrepreneurship: The Struggle and Payoff of Setting Up Shop in an Airport
Small businesses must jump through hoops to secure slots at airports, where snow delays increase sales, but those who have done it say it is worth the effort.... More >>

Renters: Home Sweet Warehouse
Vinicius Vieira de Vieira, 33, and Carolina Monteiro Vieira, 20, run a business out of their bedroom in Brooklyn.... More >>

The Neighborhood Bookstore’s Unlikely Ally? The Internet
Mom-and-pop bookstores are emerging from the decimation of the last decade as they use social media to inspire a loyal customer base.... More >>

Challenges of Getting a Product Made in the U.S.A.
Pad & Quill, a seller of cases for iPhones and other devices, has spent years finding suppliers to keep its products largely American made.... More >>

More Than Obamacare Repeal, Small Businesses Want Congress to Rein In Costs
Small-business owners have been among the Affordable Care Act’s most vocal opponents, but demolishing it without putting new guardrails in place is not, for most, the ideal outcome.... More >>

The President Changed. So Has Small Businesses’ Confidence.
Executives in Toledo, Ohio, say their prospects are better under President Trump, citing his promises of fewer regulations and lower taxes and health care costs.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: How Small Firms Can Defuse a Political Threat and Blunt a Boycott
Corporations have crisis management firms at their behest. Small-business owners have to rely on their own wits to respond to political animosity.... More >>

Your Money: We Have a Retirement Savings Problem. Politicians Can Help.
Half of all Americans who work in the private sector lack access to an employer-based retirement plan and efforts to increase those numbers have not yet amounted to much.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Marijuana Company Prepares to Cross State Lines, as Legally as Possible
Dixie Brands wants to navigate complex laws in multiple states to sell its marijuana-infused drinks and edibles beyond Colorado.... More >>

Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty
Small manufacturers are vital if the United States is to narrow the nation’s class divide and build a society with opportunities for everyone, regardless of race or education.... More >>

Lifting the Second-Generation Curse
Founders of family-run businesses need to bring on the next generation and let it experiment, as well as know when to let go, experts say.... More >>

A Day in the Life of a Food Vendor
The vendors are a fixture of New York streets and appetites, yet they struggle daily with weather, logistics and rules. Here’s the story of one.... More >>

Neighborhood Joint: Just Bulbs: Still Burning Bright on the Upper East Side
At a time when many independent shops are folding, a beloved light-bulb shop moves into a larger space.... More >>

Two Bakers Thrive in Brooklyn, Far From Syria’s Turmoil
A refugee couple starts selling baklava and other sweets online, while waiting for word on a stranded son and his family.... More >>

Innovations Threaten the Neighborhood Bike Shop
Now a new bicycle — or a mechanic to repair an old one — can come directly to the customer.... More >>

Opening a Restaurant Is Hell. So Here I Go Again.
Hope springs eternal for Keith McNally as he unveils his 14th restaurant, Augustine.... More >>

Is New York Too Expensive for Restaurateurs? We Do the Math
You’ve heard the complaints; here’s how the city compares with Los Angeles and San Francisco.... More >>

Up Next: This Designer Turns Everyday Objects Into a ‘Good Thing’
Jamie Wolfond was dismayed by the opulent New York design scene. So he started Good Thing to make affordable objects.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well
Owners, often former smokers who see e-cigarettes as a godsend, say new testing rules scheduled for 2018 could put them out of business.... More >>

Up Next: Kelvin Goncalves, Retailer and Designer Behind Elkel
Mr. Goncalves took his love of online shopping and opened a boutique devoted to gender-blurring fashions.... More >>

Four Questions: From Denim to Beard Oil, Variety Reigns at a Los Angeles Boutique
Individual Medley, in the homey and hip Atwater Village neighborhood, has “a small amount of a lot of things,” including, yes, an apothecary section.... More >>

On Famous Heads, High Season for Hats (and Hatmakers)
Ivana Trump, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow are among those who have worn Ellen Christine Colon-Lugo’s costly and beautiful confections.... More >>

A Hardware Renaissance Grows in Brooklyn — and Elsewhere
Technology, investors and entrepreneurs are behind a groundswell of innovation in hardware. A Brooklyn center dedicated to commercializing hardware start-ups shows the trend.... More >>

Me Time: This ‘Witch’ Casts Spells With Scissors and Sage
Adriana Rizzolo, a yoga teacher-healer-hair stylist, sees clients for “haircut and healing” sessions. Our columnist scheduled an appointment.... More >>

Up Next: The 20-Year-Old Behind the Baseball Caps Worn by Rihanna
Alexandre Daillance, a college sophomore, started the Instagram-friendly streetwear label NasaSeasons, worn by many celebrities.... More >>

Four Questions: Drama Club, a New Shop in Brooklyn With Eclectic Goods
The boutique in Greenpoint offers clothing by cool designers and other products from notable brands, all in a store with a neighborhood feel.... More >>

Itineraries: The Digital Nomad Life: Combining Work and Travel
Dozens of new programs allow the experience of living and working in far-off places, weeks or months at a time.... More >>

A Rabbi Walks Into a Bar — and Enforces the Law
For Jews in Jerusalem and around the world who wonder whether their cocktail is kosher, Rabbi Shmouel Semelman is the go-to guy.... More >>

Feature: Rei Kawakubo, Interpreter of Dreams
The 74-year-old force behind the avant-garde label Comme des Garçons makes otherworldly clothes that express hidden desires and fears.... More >>

Feature: The C.E.O. of H.I.V.
Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation treats an enormous number of patients — and makes an enormous amount of money. Is that why so many activists distrust him?... More >>

Editor, John C. DePrez Jr.; Executive Editor, Carol Rogers; Publishers: IBRC and IAR

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