Entrepreneur Stories

As a staff writer for the excellent JerseyMan and BostonMan magazines, I’ve interviewed a lot of successful entrepreneurs. Their stories are often fascinating, from the world problem that motivated them to get started to the pitfalls of owning a business and everything in between.

One thing I have definitely learned is that being a business owner is not for the faint of heart. In my humble opinion, they deserve to be as wealthy as they want to be. Separating people from their money is really, really difficult. But I’ve also learned a great deal about persistence, patience and positivity from all of the entrepreneurs I’ve talked with.

Below you’ll find a gaggle of stories published in both JerseyMan and BostonMan, ranging from a local scrap metal dealer who managed to stay in business for a century, a bakery that is in its fifth generation in Philadelphia, a fed-up female who opened up her own auto repair shop and beauty salon next door, and the army veteran who has lifted hundreds of his fellow veterans through franchising.

Great stories all, and it’s a pleasure to be able to interview and write about the business owner. Hope you find them entertaining.

 

It’s All About The Bread – Sarcone’s Bakery, Philadelphia

It’s All About The Bread – Sarcone’s Bakery, Philadelphia

The world's best bread? Maybe. JerseyMan sent me to write a piece about Sarcone's, the fifth-generation Philadelphia bakery. A lot...
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The Great Donut Revolution – Duck Donuts

The Great Donut Revolution – Duck Donuts

My article about the amazing Duck Donuts and their history was published in the Summer 2018 issue of JerseyMan Magazine....
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The Kindness of Strangers – Crowdfunding

The Kindness of Strangers – Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe, Kickstarter and Indiegogo make a substantial profit helping ordinary Joes raise money for causes. JerseyMan asked...
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The New Improved Hospitality Business – Airbnb

The New Improved Hospitality Business – Airbnb

Airbnb has experienced some seriously explosive growth since three struggling tech guys rented out their San Francisco apartment during a...
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The Game of Balls – Major League Bocce

The Game of Balls – Major League Bocce

Did you know that the game of bocce has existed for over 7,000 years? That's longer than most religions last!...
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Because She Can – Patrice Banks

Because She Can – Patrice Banks

Patrice Banks gave up her six-figure income occupation to start up the Girls Auto Clinic, an auto repair shop run...
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Respect, Integrity, Trust – JDog Junk Removal

Respect, Integrity, Trust – JDog Junk Removal

JDog Junk Removal recently opened their 200th franchise in the Boston area; BostonMan magazine asked me to cover the milestone....
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The Power of Fun – Dave Raymond, The Original Phillie Phanatic

The Power of Fun – Dave Raymond, The Original Phillie Phanatic

The Phillie Phanatic is the greatest mascot in sports...largely because original Phanatic Dave Raymond simply put on the costume, went...
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Accessorized – Tricked Out Custom Cycles

Accessorized – Tricked Out Custom Cycles

JerseyMan sent me to interview Steve Kehler, the owner of Tricked Out Custom Cycles, for the October 2015 issue. Steve...
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The Scrapping Life – R. Fanelle’s Sons Recycling

The Scrapping Life – R. Fanelle’s Sons Recycling

The Fanelle family no longer owns and operates their Camden-based scrap metal recycling service, but they had a great run...serving...
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