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  • A shop owned by two sisters upcycles vintage military gear for all their customers’ modern needs.
  • How this entrepreneur created a multi-million dollar business from her kitchen table.
  • A report finds that Hispanic entrepreneurship could mean a $1.4 trillion boost to the U.S. economy.

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  • Samsung widens its gap over Apple in the worldwide smartphone market.


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On This Day in 1861

Around the Country

  • Arizona lawmakers attempt to make it easier for business owners to fight regulations.
  • Missouri business groups are divided on an LGBT-discrimination ban.
  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is urging small business owners to make a special effort to hire people with disabilities and individuals with a criminal record.
  • Florida’s new branding campaign will be unveiled Friday backed by an initial $10 million.
  • Tennessee business confidence is weighed down by national worries and hiring concerns, according to a survey.
  • Twelve businesses in a Georgia town are burglarized in one night.
  • More than two dozen Arizona lawmakers want to constitutionally block state and local governments from having any ties to companies that do business with the government of Iran, even as sanctions against that country are being eased.

Around the World

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group,  a Bala Cynwyd  PA  consulting firm that helps clients with customer relationship management. Follow Gene Marks and On Small Business on Twitter.

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