November 1, 2011 |
When starting a business one of the first hurdles you encounter is getting past the Business Plan barrier. The thought of pulling together a 30-page document that requires you to describe plans you haven't made yet becomes such a huge challenge that many avoid it at all costs — even to the extent of putting off starting their business. For others, they get past it by promising themselves they'll get it done once they get a few free moments (translation: never). For most of the people we mentor at SCORE , a national...
May 4, 2012 |
T h e three auto industry veterans — novices when it came to high-finance pitche s — we re a bit anxious as they entered the sprawling, 42nd-floor conference room at the Carlyle Group's Manhattan offices, with p olished cherry walls and a killer view of Central Park. Armed with PowerPoint and their "thousand-page business plan," the men were seeking expertise from Wash ington-based Carlyle, which had made a fortune for its founders and investors during 25 ...
November 27, 2012 |
Jeremy Brosowsky never pictured himself in the garbage business. A serial entrepreneur, he is 39, with an Ivy League degree and a stint at Goldman Sachs on his résumé. But when he turned his attention to sustainable agriculture, he realized that what Washington needed most wasn't another urban farm. It was compost — rich, organic matter to enrich city soils — for the city farms already out there. Trash, even "good" trash like compost, is not usually appetizing enough to make it into the pages of the Food section.
February 27, 2008 |
"I was five blocks away when I heard someone scream, 'They're sold out!' And a little part of me died. " Georgetown University senior Christine Gallagher was talking about cupcakes -- specifically, the ones being produced and sold at Georgetown Cupcake at the rate of about 800 per day, $2.75 each. That's 700 more than Canadian-born sisters Sophie LaMontagne, 30, and Katherine Kallinis, 28, thought they would sell when they created a business plan six months ago. But since Valentine's Day, when they opened...
August 4, 2011 |
Owing brotherly debts to Moses, Saint Nicholas, California gold rushers and ZZ Top, the competitive beard growers we meet in IFC's new Friday night reality show, "Whisker Wars," travel the land to enter contests to see who has the best facial hair. The winner will represent the United States in some sort of European beard showdown; the competitors are divvied up into such categories as "mustache," "partial," "full/natural" and "freestyle. " The full/natural group appears to be the primary fixation of...
June 4, 2013 |
Ryon Lane wanted to run to yoga class. There was just one problem with that plan: his mat. A three-mile jog from Capitol Hill to Dupont Circle with a rolled-up piece of rubber resting on his shoulder wasn't particularly appealing. So the lawyer hopped online to shop for a mat he could fold up and stash in a backpack. Lane couldn't find one, which is why people searching for a similar product today are stumbling across his Kickstarter campaign for the YogoMat . The lightweight design — with attached straps that allow for...