Small Business Spotlight: He Was a Passionate Fan of a Green Drink. Now He Owns the Company

Small Business Spotlight Rewind Greens Las Vegas, NV Take the time to define your vision and goals for the business. Clearly understanding what problem you are solving and setting long-term objectives will provide a guiding light as you navigate challenges and opportunities.Tom ShiehRewind Greens About Rewind Greens Finding superfood products that are both healthy and delicious is hard. That’s why when Tom Shieh found one, he held on tight-and bought the company when its founder decided to sell. The company that gained his loyalty is Rewind Greens, which makes green drink mixes. Their powders, which can be added to water…

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Business To Watch

Small Business Spotlight: She Lost Everything, Then Built a Successful Landscaping Company

Small Business Spotlight Blue Spruce Concrete & Landscaping St. George, UT I knew I had to do something big to blow this company out of the water and get noticed.Melody CisnerosBlue Spruce Concrete & Landscaping About Blue Spruce Concrete & Landscaping Looking at Blue Spruce Concrete & Landscaping’s many successful and beautiful projects around southern Utah, the average customer would never guess how much grit and grim determination it took owner Melody Cisneros to get here. To other small business owners who had to carve their place out of tough circumstances, her story may be less shocking, but no less…

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Food & Drink

Small Business Spotlight: Making a Business (and Cupcakes) From Scratch in Nashville

Small Business Spotlight The Cupcake Collection Nashville, TN People often believe the lie that you need more — more money, more resources, more time. But I am living proof that all you have is all you need.Mignon FrancoisThe Cupcake Collection About The Cupcake Collection With kids to feed and only five dollars left in her pocket, Mignon Francois knew she needed a new source of income fast. It was 2006, and she recalled hearing financial expert Dave Ramsey suggest having a bake sale to earn some quick cash. Despite having no baking experience, Mignon decided to give it a shot…

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Retail Business

Small Business Spotlight: This Small-Town Shop Is Outfitting Alaska’s Littlest Adventurers

Small Business Spotlight Little Alaskan Kenai, AK There is always the opportunity to work a little harder. If it’s a slow day, there’s always something you can do that will improve your business.Shelby and Mike OdenLittle Alaskan About Little Alaskan The seeds of this family-owned and operated store were first planted in Mike and Shelby Oden’s home in Kenai, Alaska, where Shelby sewed children’s clothes at the kitchen table. Then, in 2021, the couple bought a retail space where they could sell their Briar&Boone clothing line alongside books, toys, and gifts, creating Little Alaskan. Little Alaskan’s offerings are all about…

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Unique Business

Small Business Spotlight: How a Running Coach Turned a Problem Into Profit

Small Business Spotlight WhitePaws RunMitts Baltimore, MD I really want to remind and empower other small business owners that you don’t need a big, world-changing idea to start a company. It can simply be about building a better future for yourself and those around you.Susan ClaytonWhitePaws RunMitts About WhitePaws RunMitts Susan Clayton was serving as a running coach for the non-profit Back on My Feet when she encountered a problem that many runners face in the colder months — she couldn’t find mittens or gloves that kept her fingers and thumbs warm. So the Baltimore-based entrepreneur invented WhitePaws RunMitts, patented…

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Family Business

Small Business Spotlight: This Campground in Texas Hill Country Is a ‘Hidden’ Gem

Small Business Spotlight Al’s Hideaway Cabin and RV Rentals Pipe Creek, TX Do your research, be patient, and know that it is not just a monetary reward for being a business owner.Jennifer Green and Gordon CookAl’s Hideaway About Al’s Hideaway Jennifer Green and Gordon Cook were perched on a mountain top in the Ozarks enjoying the outdoors when they agreed it was time to turn their lifelong dream of building and running a campground into a reality. The husband-and-wife team found a 20-acre property in Texas Hill Country about 30 miles north of San Antonio and built Al’s Hideaway, a…

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Community Standout

Small Business Spotlight: This Oakland Company Helps Pets Live Longer and Healthier

Small Business Spotlight 5 Element Food Therapy Oakland, CA There’s so much you can’t anticipate when it comes to your business, but if you love and believe in what you do, it’ll be worth it.Sharon Tuggle5 Element Food Therapy About 5 Element Food Therapy What does traditional Chinese medicine have to do with your furry best friend’s food? You might not see the relevance, but Sharon Tuggle did. After food therapy rejuvenated her dog, allowing Sharon to spend more time with Hoochie before she passed, she was inspired to create a line of supplements so more pets, and therefore pet…

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“Find something that will keep you going no matter what. Something that will let you take risks. I am a big risk taker and I always follow my inner voice.”

Leyla Uysal, Bajer Watches

“There is always the opportunity to work a little harder. If it’s a slow day, there’s always something you can do that will improve your business.”

Shelby and Mike Oden, Little Alaskan

“I really want to remind and empower other small business owners that you don’t need a big, world-changing idea to start a company.”

Susan Clayton, WhitePaws RunMitts

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The Future of Small Business: Why 48% of Americans Are Spending More at Smaller Shops

Business owners are more optimistic than ever, despite the persistent economic headwinds of inflation, high interest rates and other challenges like hiring and supply chain issues.

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2023 Small Business Spotlight Nominations

GOBankingRates is looking for standout small businesses across the U.S. to feature in our 2023 Small Business Spotlight. Do you know a business that deserves to be recognized? Tell us about it!