Category Archives: The Niche Beat

How an Immigrant Used His Heritage to Build a Billion-Dollar Empire

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  From choosing a cultural word conveying a comforting, melodic sumptuous treat… To the careful preparation of a family-inspired receipe that filled a void in the marketplace… To his heart  and business philosopy, some might compare Hamdi Ulukaya and his … Continue reading

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Prince, Rodgers, Nelson Artist, Entrepreneur, Social activist, humanitarian…. Control your music…Use creative talent to build economic prosperity for self and community was the philosophy the music legend espoused for aspiring musicians. As fans pay tribute and download  the icon’s tunes, aspiring artists … Continue reading

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Career Change And Entrepreneurship After Injury

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Fit Chef…Eddie Jackson If at first you don’t succeed… is illustrated admirably by Eddie Jackson who recently won the Food Network’s Next Star Compare this video with his recent winning Food Network clip last Sunday.  Jackson honed his communication skills … Continue reading

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Critiquing The Next Food Network Food Star:Season 11

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And Then There Were Three… So before the season started, I selected two constants based solely on bio briefs. highlighted their niches. One choice has since left voluntarily to be with her family and my other choice, Cajun cooking, is … Continue reading

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How History Sparked Ideas for Food Entrepreneurs

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Finding Inspiration in the Antiquarian Marketplace F Emily Dickinson’s passion for cooking and baking inspired Concord Teacakes to produce one of her recipes. And the young owners of Franklin Fountain with an avid interest since childhood in antiquarian objects created an unusual specialty … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurial Lessons From Starbucks Founders

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3 Memorable Takeaways Travel is an educational tool that provides cultural as well as business insights for observers. It was a trip to Italy where future CEO Howard Schultz first noticed how the culture there interacted with their coffee in a … Continue reading

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Self-Employment Q and A: Work-Life Conflict

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Clarence Crane & Starbucks Founders Q. What’s the difference between candy inventor Clarence Crane and the founders of the original Starbucks? Shouldn’t Crane and Starbucks founders both been able to walk away from business ideas that may not have been compatible with their skill … Continue reading

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How Angie Harmon Uses Creative Skills And Values in the Business World

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Helping African Artists Grow Their Business Actress Angie Harmon likely has the ability to visualize images in her imagination, which is a primary talent for artists and designers. Harmon reaches back to her childhood experiences for some of her jewelry … Continue reading

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2 Amazing Music Teachers with Disabilities

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Using Music to Over Challenges Marcus Roberts Tavis Smiley PBS Musician described as little known outside the industry http://video.pbs.org/video/2365410702/ Patrick Costello Washington Post Merry God of banjo’: Despite deafness…man learned to play and teach music http://tinyurl.com/qj8rwy5

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The Great Backstory of Rhea’s Market & Deli

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Adding Creativity to Sandwiches Update: My first post was based solely on the recent rebroadcast of the Check, Please!… segment on KQED. Since learning more about Rhea’s (pronounced Ray’s) Market and Deli a first impression is confirmed… James Choi was only seven … Continue reading

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