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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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Space’s Trash Collector? A Japanese Entrepreneur Wants the Job
A start-up company called Astroscale is dedicated to cleaning up some of humanity’s hardest-to-reach rubbish, and its plans include a small satellite with an adhesive glue.... More >>

Clicks to Bricks: Online Retailers Find the Lure of a Store
An age of online shopping has, surprisingly, led to an exciting time for shoppers to get back out onto city streets to explore new, innovative shops.... 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 >>

Where Cellphones Are Lifelines, Start-Ups Spy Opportunities
About a billion people in the developing world have basic smartphones, and for many of them, it’s their only computer and communication device.... More >>

As Strollers Roll Through New York City Grit and Muck, an Industry Is Born
Businesses are vying for a slice of the stroller-cleaning market in New York, where the buggies, often doubling as grocery carts or portable playpens, can become particularly filthy.... 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 >>

Prototype: A Lawyer With a Taste for Soy Sauce and a High Tolerance for Pain
Although Jonathan Blum had spent his legal career advising businesses, turning his passion into a company wasn’t as straightforward as he had expected.... 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 >>

Durable Designs for Women Who Wrangle and Weld
Red Ants Pants, Gamine and Rosies Workwear are among a few businesses producing work clothes designed for comfort and safety for women who labor in fields that were long dominated by men.... More >>

A Cleaning Start-Up Wielding Mops, Buckets and 700 Data Points
Squiffy Clean in Silicon Valley takes a tech-minded approach to cleaning offices, using analytics to set prices and improve efficiency.... 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 >>

Veterans Use Battlefield Experiences to Build Businesses
The number of veterans starting businesses has dropped since World War II, but new programs and technologies are inspiring those formerly in the military to pursue start-ups.... 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 >>

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 >>

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

Ever Wanted to Back a Start-Up? Indiegogo Opens the Door to Small Investors
Starting on Tuesday, the crowdfunding site will give entrepreneurs the option of offering backers an equity stake in their projects and creations.... More >>

How He Got There: Christopher Gray on How to Be a Social Entrepreneur
The creator of Scholly, one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” and Oprah Winfrey’s “SuperSoul 100,” shares advice for students hoping to launch a sustainable social venture.... 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 >>

Think a 401(k) Is Not a Sexy Benefit? Competition May Change That
Better technology, increased competition and new plan offerings are prompting some start-ups to take a second look at introducing retirement benefits.... More >>

An Ecosystem Where Start-Ups Help Other Start-Ups
The founders of ContextMedia, a health care media company in Chicago, have helped other start-ups get through those perilous first years.... More >>

A New Wrinkle in the Gig Economy: Workers Get Most of the Money
Stocksy, an online photo stock site, is an example of start-ups that aim to treat their professionals as owners rather than as freelance labor.... 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 >>

No Venture Capital Needed, or Wanted
Although rare, start-ups have become multimillion-dollar businesses by bootstrapping financing themselves.... 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 >>

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 >>

Wealth Matters: Treasury Wants to End Tax Deal for Some Family-Owned Businesses
This provision has been abused by aggressive tax planners and lawyers who used it for family limited partnerships, sometimes as high as 40 percent.... More >>

Small Businesses Worry About Adjusting for Overtime Rules
Many business owners are accustomed to dealing with a scrappy work culture. An hourly time-tracking system may change that.... More >>

Why the I.R.S. Fails to Crack the Small-Business Tax Nut
The government has been trying to figure out how small-business owners can be persuaded to report their earnings more accurately. More audits may not be the answer.... 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 >>

Despite Fears, Affordable Care Act Has Not Uprooted Employer Coverage
The percentage of small employers offering health benefits decreased from 68 percent in 2010 to 56 percent in 2015, even as employer-based insurance has held firm.... 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 >>

Neighborhood Joint: It’s All Smiles at Sorriso Italian Market in Queens
Since 1979, Frank DePaola’s store in Astoria, Queens, has built a loyal following with its pastas, sauces, cheeses, oils and charcuterie.... More >>

Home and Work: Inside a Designer and Entrepreneur’s Pristine Apartment and Store
In the stark TriBeCa world of La Garçonne’s Kris Kim, beauty comes from knowing precisely when to stop.... More >>

Transporting the Dead: A Booming but Lightly Regulated Industry
At a time of greater outsourcing of the service, rules regarding who may collect the dead vary, and in some states it requires little more than a driver’s license and a strong stomach.... 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 >>

The Male Animal: Want to Quit Office Life to Work With Your Hands? Ask These Guys
Meet the men who quit the grind of white-collar work and found job satisfaction in hauling leaves, building walls, hanging drapes and baking bread.... More >>

Help for a Business Idea Trying to Catch Fire
Accelerator programs like New Venture Challenge in Chicago can be competitive, but can provide start-up owners with valuable advice and material help.... More >>

Feature: ‘They Will Have to Die Now’
With the Kurdish pesh merga on the road to Mosul.... More >>

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

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