Micha Benoliel’s Open Garden

When Micha Benoliel was an MBA student in France in his 20s, he studied abroad in San Francisco for six months. One day he walked into the headquarters of Gap (GPS) to offer his services. He schmoozed a staffer and talked his way into the appointment book of then-Chief Executive Officer Mickey Drexler. ÔÇ£This could only happen in America,ÔÇØ says Benoliel, now 40. ÔÇ£This is the place you can change ...

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Food service industry marketing

Small U.S. Franchises Head to the Middle East

Jonathan Spiel has tried three times to turn his beloved Tea Lounge in Brooklyn into a thriving chain. Four years ago, he closed his second location after his landlord raised the rent. Another outlet failed because of poor sales, and he abandoned his last attempt when a co-op board imposed tough rules. With the sluggish economy crimping his cash flow, Spiel has found a new way to expand: franchising. In ...

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Small U.S. Manufacturers Give Up on ‘Made in China’

When Sonja Zozula and Jerry Anderson founded LightSaver Technologies in 2009, everyone told them they should make their emergency lights for homeowners in China. After two years of outsourcing to factories there, last winter they shifted production to Carlsbad, Calif., about 30┬ámiles from their home in San Clemente. ÔÇ£ItÔÇÖs probably 30┬ápercent cheaper to manufacture in China,ÔÇØ Anderson says. ÔÇ£But factor in shipping and all the other B.S. that you have ...

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