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How This 30-Year-Old Went From Managing His Family's Grocery Business To Raising $147 Million

From a young age, George Bousis was being groomed to take over the family business, a grocery store started by his Greek-immigrant parents in 1987, the year Bousis was born. Bousis’ father worked 24/7. As kids, Bousis and his siblings would visit their dad at the South-side Chicago store on …

Entrepreneurship

Want to Learn QuickBooks for Free? These 11 Places Will Make You a Money Expert | Inc.com

If you ask a random person to name the first accounting software that comes to mind, QuickBooks will likely be their answer.<p>Intuit's QuickBooks took the business world by storm, rocketing to stardom (especially in small business circles) and landing squarely on the pedestal reserved for all …

Small Business

Five Surprising Lessons From Home Depot's Acquisition of Blinds.com

Jay Steinfeld parlayed a $3,000 investment in a crude online advertisement for his blinds store into a $100 million+ e-tailer called Blinds.com. Steinfeld sold his business to Home Depot in 2014, and I recently had a chance to interview him for my podcast.<p>Here are five lessons learned from Home …

Home Depot

How to Find Consultants Who Actually Solve Your Business Problems

Pep talks are for sissies. Find someone who understands your issues and can enact real change.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>As the owner of a business, you know your operation better than anybody. You’re aware of the problems that exist within your organization. But …

See the Most Beautiful Sights in America on This $213 Train Trip

A big adventure doesn't have to cost you a fortune.<p>If one of your 2017 resolutions is to see all of the beauty and history that America has to offer on a dime, then you're going to love this supremely affordable travel idea.<p>Thanks to a brilliant train route devised by travel expert and blogger …

How One Company Helps Small Businesses Leave Small Behind

Entrepreneurs often get caught in traps that keep their businesses small. Many times it’s because the business owner learned an in-demand trade or specialty or profession, but was never taught how to run a business. It can happen to any type of entrepreneur — app-creators, plumbers, soap-makers, …

Small Business

Great Smoky Mountains Is America's Most Popular National Park. Here's Why.

More than nine million people visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park each year, making it the most popular national park in the United States. It …

Why the Wealthy Put Their Money Into Multifamily & Commercial Real Estate

Have you heard stats such as “80% of millionaires attribute their wealth to real estate”? Or heard stories of living the good life off passive cash …

Thinking about going Rogue? Try this lodge-to-lodge trek along Oregon's big river

Mention Oregon's Rogue River to outdoor adventurers and they'll likely conjure images of rafts and kayaks plunging through Class III and IV rapids as the river courses its way through the Klamath Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.<p>But there's another way to experience the Rogue Canyon.<p>Hikers can trek …

Hiking

How to survive the ultimate national park road trip

Our teens had visited the top theme parks in the country, but they hadn’t experienced the grandeur of our national parks in the West. With the National Park Service commemorating its Centennial Anniversary on Aug. 25, this was the perfect year to take them. So we piled into an RV and saw three …

The most efficient road trip to visit every national park in the lower 48 states | Adventure Sports Network

There isn’t a better time than right now to go visit national parks. Considering this August the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th …

5 glorious backpacking routes not to miss in Eastern Oregon

BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) On the far side of Oregon, among rolling prairie and high desert, are some of the state's most spectacular but overlooked …

Hiking

Lifetime of Wealth with Passive Income

Do you want to generate an income with investment properties, while a team of professionals takes care of the day-to-day details? If so, you want to …

Retirement

6 Crazy Cool Adventure Trips for You and Your Boo

For adventurous couples, there’s nothing better than bonding over a scenic national park hike, kayaking in crystal clear water, camping at one of the most popular destinations or getting your namaste on together in a gorgeous setting. Outdoorsy duos, you’re in luck — there are more options for …

How This $500 Million Startup Gives Small Businesses a Leg Up in the Trash Industry | Inc.com

Jimmy Contreras has started three waste hauling companies. His most recent is called RJ Waste Recovery, which he co-founded with his wife, Ruth. Based in Charlotte, N.C., Contreras hopes the startup will help businesses cut their costs and recycle more.<p>"It's called an addiction--once you get …

Waste Management

Now Anyone With $2,000 Can Invest in a Startup

You don't have to be a venture capitalist -- or even an accredited investor -- any more.<p>If you’ve ever wished you could invest in cool startups like …

Venture Capital

20 Slack Communities For Tech Entrepreneurs You Want To Be A Part Of

Slack, just a 2-year-old messaging platform, is raising $200 million at nearly a $4 billion valuation led by Thrive Capital, reports Business Insider. Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.<p>While Slack is originally …

Entrepreneurship

How Two Entrepreneurs Got Turkey-Feather Bow Ties Into Neiman Marcus And Built A Real Business

Back in 2007, Ben Ross came up with the idea of fashioning colorful neckties out of turkey feathers as novel gifts for the groomsmen in his wedding party. Three years later, one of the groomsmen, Jeff Plotner, convinced Ross to try to build a business producing and selling the ties. In 2012 the two …

Entrepreneurship

Stefano Pessina: The Billionaire Behind Walgreens' Quest for Dominance

<b>By Jennifer Reingold with Marty Jones</b><p>Photograph by The Voorhes for Fortune<p>January 24, 2016, 10:00 AM EDT<p><i>Stefano Pessina took control of the drugstore</i> …

The Bicycle Backpacking Bag

Taking a backpacking trip on a bicycle takes a special set of gear. Over on Pedaling Nowhere, Logan shares his gear list for a five-day trip through …

Backpacking

9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What you do today matters. In fact, your daily habits may be a major determinant of your wealth.<p>"The metaphor I like is the avalanche," says Thomas Corley, the author of "Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits Of Wealthy Individuals." "These habits …

How to fly on a private jet for under $150 per person

No security lines or TSA pat downs. Cushy leather seats and legroom for days. Fido curled up right next to you. The perks of flying on a private jet …