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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 >>

At Repair Cafes, ‘Beloved but Broken’ Possessions Find New Life
The cafes, which reject our disposable culture, bring together those who have broken items like lamps, lockets and teddy bears and volunteers who try to make them work again.... 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 >>

Grass-Fed Beef, Sold One Cow at a Time
New start-ups are buying meat from small farms and dividing it into manageable cuts.... More >>

Global Shopper: A Stylish Curiosity Shop in East Hollywood
Christian Louboutin skateboard? Check. Rodarte sweats? They got ’em. Vintage “Peanuts” comics? Those, too.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Start-Ups Hope Couples Say ‘I Do’ to Online Wedding Planning
While the field has been decidedly low-tech, young entrepreneurs are tapping into the multibillion-dollar industry with apps and virtual services.... More >>

The Restless Quest for a Good Night’s Sleep
Entrepreneurs are applying technology to the age-old problem of insomnia, some of it caused in recent times by an overabundance of technology.... 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 >>

Start-Ups for the End of Life
A crop of tech start-ups is looking to capture a slice of the funeral sector and end-of-life care. Many of them are founded by millennials, who have grown up online.... More >>

From Yamaclaus to Menorah Bong: Hanukkah Goods That Can Hold a Candle
Niche product makers are finding rising demand for clever Jewish holiday trinkets, decorations and party favors.... More >>

Why Wait a Month for a Sofa That’s Not Even What You Wanted?
Start-ups are trying to break off pieces of the furniture market by offering custom sizes and colors, or more affordable prices, and quicker turnaround.... More >>

A New Shop for Simple, Handmade Housewares
The founder of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. created a space for his own designs alongside equally elemental works by artist friends.... More >>

A Restaurant’s Sales Pitch: Know Your Lobster
Luke’s Lobster illustrates the benefits of vertical integration, letting the restaurant be part of harvesting, processing and cooking of the key ingredient.... More >>

A Start-Up Turns to Saffron to Help Afghanistan Regrow
Rumi Spice, started by Army veterans, is part of efforts to help develop Afghanistan’s resource economy.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Tech Incubators on a Mission of Diversity
Several start-ups have dedicated themselves to creating programs, incubators or accelerators to train blacks and Hispanics for tech jobs.... More >>

Veterans Help Make San Diego a Hub for Start-Ups
The concentration of military bases, along with business programs for former military personnel, has fueled a growth in entrepreneurship.... More >>

Insure This Business? Start-Ups Face Challenges
An entrepreneur might want to save money by ignoring potential liabilities, patents, copyrights or taxes, but such issues can be business killers.... More >>

Corner Office: Katherine Power of Clique Media: Think Like an Entrepreneur
The chief executive of the media and marketing agency looks for workers who can quantify their value.... 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 >>

What It Takes to Open a Bookstore
This may be the ultimate book nerd’s fantasy, but it’s also hard work. We talked to some Brooklyn experts.... 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 >>

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 >>

First Crop of Foreign Entrepreneurs Setting Up Shop at CUNY
A new program, IN2NYC, helps founders of start-ups get temporary visas to establish their businesses, all while mentoring students and hopefully creating jobs.... 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 >>

On Brink of Sale, Family Shop in Chinatown Stays in Family
Narrowly averting the end of five generations of family ownership, an increasingly rare species in this city of rising towers and rents, Wing on Wo & Co walks away from millions.... More >>

Start-Up New York Gets a New Name, and a Focus on Start-Ups
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget is now calling the embattled initiative, which created just 408 jobs in two years, the Excelsior Business Program.... More >>

Four Questions: From Rome, a Homey Men’s Shop in Manhattan
The proprietor of Davide Cenci keeps it simple for men who prefer a straightforward, tailored look.... More >>

Appointment: This Men’s Wear Shop Is Not for Everyone
The designer Vivek Nagrani has a close relationship with his clients — and Bruce Wayne.... More >>

Vocations: The Cosmetics Creator: Blending Art and Commerce
Charlotte Tilbury created her company after working with the makeup artist Mary Greenwell and developing products for Armani and Alexander McQueen.... More >>

Prototype: Putting Faith and Sports on the Same Team
A Minneapolis entrepreneur had help from the community as she sought to make hijabs that girls could wear on the playing field.... More >>

Start-Ups Seek to Take Some of the Pain Out of Moving
New companies offer “concierge” services as traditional firms add new technology.... More >>

Behind Brooklyn Walls: A World of Sound
Blue Table Post, a new place to edit documentaries, feature films and other projects, has been up and running in Boerum Hill since October.... More >>

On the Verge: Brand to Know: an Understated Jewelry Line Made by Sisters
Morgan and Jaclyn Solomon joined forces to create AGMES, a line of elegant, architectural pieces.... More >>

Four Questions: A Custom Shirt Is No Longer So Hard to Find
Seph Skerritt started Proper Cloth as an online store for custom men’s shirts. Now he has a large showroom to go with it.... More >>

Much-Loved Milwaukee Tearoom Prepares for Its Last Pour
Loyal customers are flocking to the Watts Tea Shop for a final taste of an “American classic.”... More >>

Sketch Guy: How Entrepreneurs Can Make Peace With Undiversified Investments
Knowing there’s a return on investment that doesn’t fit neatly on a spreadsheet can help ease the stress.... More >>

Vending and Venting at Trump Tower
While President-elect Donald J. Trump interviews candidates for his cabinet in the Midtown Manhattan building, the Naked Cowboy, vendors, protesters and gawkers cluster in the lobby and outside.... More >>

Unbuttoned: Is All Fur Bad Fur?
An Alaska Native turns to the fashion world to send a message about hunting, history and haute couture.... More >>

Entrepreneurship: Seeds of a Fintech Start-Up Sometimes Come From the Trenches
Bucking the trend of the millennial hotshot entrepreneur, professionals with years of experience have created some of the most recent tech-based financial services.... More >>

Feature: Neanderthals Were People, Too
New research shows they shared many behaviors that we long believed to be uniquely human. Why did science get them so wrong?... More >>

Talk: Sue Fulton Thinks Equal Rights Make the Military Stronger
The West Point graduate and chairwoman of the U.S. Military Academy Board of Visitors on why it’s not a “social experiment” to work alongside L.G.B.T. people.... More >>

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

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