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Wal-Mart's next hot products
An Elvis-themed bedding set and a customizable silicone wristband received the most votes in Wal-Mart's contest to find the hottest new products in Americas.
From the frontier to fashion's peak
Marie Gray went from refugee to model to founder of women's dressmaker St. John.
Vying to be Wal-Mart's next hot item
These five products made it to the final round of Wal-Mart's 'Get on the Shelf' contest.
100 years of Lionel's model trains
For the last 113 years, Lionel Trains has been making model trains that mirror the real-life versions on America's railways. Here are some of the most iconic.
Lionel Trains: Icon goes digital
Lionel's model trains have chugged through bedrooms for 113 years. Now they're getting a digital makeover.
Mopping up with Method
Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry launched Method and helped create a new category: eco-friendly cleaning products.
Even Texans can love quiche
Patrick Leon Esquerré's La Madeleine married American convenience to French food and took off in the South.
Schurman Retail Group: Crafting a real paper success
Papyrus was born out of an international love story and an apartment in Berkeley.
How Pitt Hyde put AutoZone into overdrive
Pitt Hyde was born into a family business. Then he founded AutoZone -- a company that became even more successful.
Barbara Corcoran: From waitress to real estate queen
Barbara Corcoran's career is the epitome of a dramatic climb to success and prominence.
Soft pretzels out of hard times
An unlikely entrepreneur, "Auntie" Anne Beiler endured family tragedy -- then created a multimillion-dollar chain.
How IDEO brings design to corporate America
With the firm he founded, IDEO, David Kelley has helped create better products - and much more - for decades.
Weight Watchers' famous faces
Stars ranging from royalty to Playboy playmates have pitched for the weight-loss company over the years. See some of the most memorable Weight Watchers celebrity spokespeople.
How Crayola crayons are made
For over 100 years, Crayola has mixed and molded crayons in the hopes of encouraging creativity in children.
Where 6 tons of snacks are made every hour
After raising chickens on a farm became a lonely task, Jim Herr purchased a small potato chip company and built it into a snack-making empire.
I started a business after 60
Who says entrepreneurs have to start young? These owners waited until their 60s, 70s or even 80s to first launch a business.
How Maxine Clark built Build-a-Bear
Maxine Clark, the 63-year-old founder of Build-a-Bear, started with a single factory in St. Louis and now operates 425 stores worldwide.
Bigelow Tea: From one to a billion bags
The family-owned business introduced flavored tea to the U.S. more than 60 years ago and has become the number one specialty tea company in the country.
Adventures of a serial entrepreneur
John Paul DeJoria is the co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems, which sells hair products in more than 150,000 beauty salons in 87 countries. He's also founder of more than a dozen other businesses.
A founder's bold gamble on Panera
Ron Shaich's bakery empire started in 1980 with a 400-square-foot store in Boston called the Cookie Jar.
Goya knows what bean you like
Goya says it became the U.S.'s biggest Hispanic-owned food company by catering to the tastes of varied Latin-American groups.
StubHub: Anatomy of a game-changing idea
Jeff Fluhr was looking for businesses that were 'ripe for change.' Scalpers were just the ticket to start StubHub.
The jelly beans Ronald Reagan loved
Jelly Belly saw a jump in sales after the former President became a huge fan and passed out jars of the flavored jelly beans to world leaders.
Reading, writing and Levenger
Steve Leveen and his wife, Lori Granger Leveen, launched Levenger, a catalogue featuring fashionable reading and writing accessories, in 1987.
How Welch's started as alcohol-free wine
Welch's concord grape juice was invented over 140 years ago as non-alcoholic wine for the church services.
Can the Lucky jean guys get lucky again?
Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman created a trendsetting brand of blue jeans. Now for an encore.
How Steinway makes pianos by hand
The manufacturer of pianos has passed the skills of making the musical instrument generation after generation for over 150 years.
The Angie behind Angie's List
The customer review site started as a magazine and call-in service with Angie Hicks going door-to-door to get people to sign up for a subscription.
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