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New D.C. Start Up Develops Easy to Use, Revolutionary Self Storage

Tim Friemel and his business partner started their start up company CityStash Storage with the idea of reinventing the the concept of self storage by offering pickup, storage and redelivery services to the Washington D.C. area. Understanding that self storage is used by 1 in 10 people in the US, but requires people to do all of the transporting and ...

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Firefighting Father & Husband Starts Niche Company to Provide for His Family

Some places are more expensive to live; and upon moving to Northern Virginia, Southern California native and firefighter Damien Sanchez was confronted with this reality. In order to better provide for his family, Damien Sanchez found himself in need of a second source of income. In this modern economy, it’s not uncommon for individuals to have to have more than ...

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Local Business Coach Holds Business Owners Accountable to Reach Success

Dona Blackman, the owner of her franchise the Growth Coach recently won the Business of the Year which is awarded annually by the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The award is a symbol of her success; however, her story started long before she even incorporated her business. Blackman worked for over 30 years as a human resources professional but was laid ...

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Entrepreneur Develops New Platform to Promote Local Businesses

Siting in his house one day, Matt Dean, the CEO and Founder of PalmPons, had his phone in his hand and he had a thought that it would be a good idea if people would be able to publish their own offers real-time to distribute to potential clients and customers. Dean along with his team, started to work on this ...

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11 Meetup Groups DMV Entrepreneurs Should Join

Meetup.com explains that it is the “world’s largest network of local groups” with the mission to revitalize local community and help people around the world to self-organize. With over 15 million members, over 140k groups is a great tool to reach out to local audience and promote local events. It is also a great opportunity to network and connect with ...

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Entrepreneur Lives Without Regrets & Opens New Bake Shop in Woodbridge Virginia

What started as one Christmas Cake a few years ago turned into a new bake shop in Woodbridge, Virginia. Claudia Salinas, the owner of Angel’s Bake Shop, started baking a few years ago when Salinas made that Christmas Cake for her mother-in-law. Salinas said since the cake turned out so good before long she was volunteering to bake cakes for ...

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Diva Entrepreneurs Take a Leap of Faith and Land in Occoquan Virginia [VIDEO]

Occoquan, Virginia based Polka Dot Divas was founded by Julie Marshall and Kristyn Gleason as a way to create a business that was different than the large businesses. The business owners explain their story, how they have marketed their business, working with friends, the influence of their customers in their growth and working with other businesses in Occoquan, Virginia.  If you tell ...

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Mother Starts Organization to Empower Young Women

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service of other – Mahatma Ghandi.  Loujuana Mensah started her organization Lou’s Girls because of the “trials and tribulations” she experienced in her life and the hope that she could help young women. Mensah, the mother of two girls, had her oldest daughter when she was young and raised her ...

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Successful CEO Motivated by Strong Company Mission

Every entrepreneur has a mission for his or her business. This mission is often what drives every single aspect of the entrepreneur’s business including marketing initiatives, hiring employees and developing partnerships. Marstel-Day, LLC is no different and for Founder, President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin, this holds true. Rubin established Marstel-Day in Old Town Alexandria in 2002. She felt that ...

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Fredericksburg Entrepreneurs Plan Affordable & Beautiful Weddings

Sometimes the economy can bring out the best in people. With a slow job market, there are some individuals that have opted to start their own business to leverage their experience and skills. This was the case for L’Amore Wedding & Event Planners, a family-owned small business based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The venture was started by Janae Lepire and her daughter Rebecca ...

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