These are real people running small -- sometimes micro -- businesses who tell how they have reached their current level of success. While not an academic tutorial, these videos are shot to U.S. journalistic standards and those who appear in them are not compensated in any way so you're not getting "sold" on some service or product. Bizgnus, the producer of this series, was not paid or compensated in any way by any of its subjects; the stories were picked for journalistic values only.
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A million zillion commercials. But for each one you hear or see, someone had to voice the message. That's called voice-over and it's both a major and a cottage industry with talented voice artists working in big city studios or a closet in Stockton as you'll see in this How They do It profile of Sue Daugherty, voice artist.
| bq express-reedit |
The everyday delivery of a package. Behind this seemingly simple act can be the American Dream.
For Kevin Quin and his business partner Anas Benyazed, the American dream is being reached through a FedEx home delivery franchise.
See how they've achieved success from a humble start.
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Working from a home office? Drowning in paper? You're not alone, says Donna Smallin Kuper, author of the book, "The Secrets of Professional Organizers."
She says it's easier than you may think to get organized and stay organized using things from the simple and ordinary -- like a couple of empty boxes -- to the cutting edge of "cloud" storage.
She offers tips in this video.
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Plunge right in with enthusiasm and then figure it out. That’s the approach to business advocated by Teri Lawrence who, a year ago simply enjoyed wine, never thinking that by mid-2013 she would be a winemaker and owner of a winery.
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Americans are back on the move. As the Great Recession gets smaller in the rear view mirror, we are moving… ourselves, our homes and even our businesses… from across the street to across the country…. Some 4 million every year on average.
And that’s where moving companies come into the picture.
Some are huge corporate giants, some are mom-n-pop operations and some are somewhere in between, like family-owned Modesto Transfer and Storage, owned by Gary Smith and his wife.
| Arbor |
For most companies in the b-to-c world, finding customers means constant fishing to pick them out of the crowd, wondering of the right ones will ever come along.
But how about a business where you’re assured of a steady stream?
| Jiffy Lube |
Setting up an automotive oil change shop is relatively easy. But then it gets tougher fast: environmental laws, intense competition, a rapidly changing industry, just to name a few examples.
But this Central Valley company has been successful despite the hurdles.
Here's How They Do It.
| Flash Foresight |
As you’re running your business today, what trends should you be thinking about to best position your company for the future?
| KAZV profile |
Here's how a low-power television station works to stay competitive in California's Central Valley. But could its real future be on the Internet instead of over the air?
| velvet grill profile |
velvet grill profile
Small business owner not only survives the Great Recession but expands in a highly competitive industry. How does he do it? His success has many different "flavors."
| Max Muscle |
This rapidly growing small business has expended despite the Great Recession? Where did the entrepreneur get his business "muscle?" Check out our report to learn How He Did It.
| The American Dream realized - part 1 |
The American Dream realized - part 1
Dreaming about starting your own small business? Maybe it's time to take some action. This is part one of a two part interview with a Sacramento man who left corporate America to start his own company.
| The American Dream realized - part 2 |
The American Dream realized - part 2
Dreaming about starting your own small business? Maybe it's time to take some action. This is part two of a two part interview with a Sacramento man who left corporate America to start his own company.
| Charming children |
Charming children into being charming children is the goal of this small business.
| Foot solutions |
Despite competition from big box stores, this two-store shoe store chain has found the path to success.
| Women and small business |
Women and small business
Do woman face extra challenges in starting a small business? Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers has some insight.