Sally Deneen

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Main Street Favorites: Swinging Shut His Café Doors after 24 Years

By Sally Deneen | November 25, 2014

Brad’s Swingside Caféis a 24-year-old cozy Italian restaurant near my home in Seattle that makes it feel like you’re eating at a friend’s house. Lending to the homey feel, at closing time, owner and chef Brad Inserra lets his dogs, Lucky and Finn McGinty, saunter into the tiny restaurant adjacent to his home. The wood-paneled…

How One Boy’s Good Deed Snowballed

By Sally Deneen | September 14, 2014

What would you do if you found a $20 bill? Eight-year-old Myles Eckert excitedly picked up a twenty from a snow-covered parking lot at a Cracker Barrel restaurant off I-475 in suburban Toledo, Ohio, and began to daydream about buying a video game. But when he and his family walked inside the eatery and noticed…

A Small Business Rises from the Ashes

By Sally Deneen | July 16, 2014

Brad Sterl was out of town in March at the busiest trade show of the year when he answered the phone and heard, “We just called the fire trucks.” The call came from back home in Pittsfield, N.H., where flames blew through the roof of his Rustic Crust frozen-pizza company. Volunteer firefighters from nearly two…

How One Entrepreneur Is Harvesting Hope

By Sally Deneen | June 14, 2014

As a small crowd gathered by a closed runway at a little airport outside Dallas, 40-something father of five Lane Segerstrom did an unlikely thing. Stepping onto an extra-long skateboard made of pressed corn refuse, a novel material called CornBoard that he hopes to popularize as the next big thing in sports equipment and building…

7 Accidental Change-Makers

By Sally Deneen | May 23, 2014

If it weren’t for accidents, some change-makers wouldn’t have come up with inventions we take for granted. Consider: ▲ Charles Goodyear had been working on creating synthetic rubber for years when he accidentally let fly a sticky fistful of gum that landed on a hot potbellied stove. Voilà! “He had made weatherproof rubber,” Goodyear.com says…

Social Media Trendspotting

By Sally Deneen | March 20, 2014

Social media expert Gary Vaynerchuk dishes on what he sees in his crystal ball: 1. “I definitely predict that there will be a new photo/social network that we literally don’t even know right now that by this time next year will have 100 million users,” Gary Vaynerchuk says, thanks to the speed at which apps…

The 4-Step Formula to Making Money through Social Media

By Sally Deneen | March 18, 2014

A sense of urgency ripples Gary Vaynerchuk’s raspy New Jersey-accented voice. The 38-year-old self-made social media marketer is sitting at an office table, looking intently into a video camera as if you, the viewer, are seated directly across from him. This is important, his demeanor signals. Before we get to what he has to say,…

If You Were Dying… Would Gratitude Be Your First Thought?

By Sally Deneen | March 17, 2014

What would you do if you were told you had only a few weeks to live? When Joan Zawoiski Lewis found out she was dying from pancreatic cancer, the grandmother from Pringle, Pa., told family and friends: Don’t make a fuss. Just do something nice for somebody else. Then tell me about it. People from…

“Gary Vaynerchuk Sent Me a Bacon Cheeseburger!”

By Sally Deneen | January 14, 2014

More than a million people follow Gary Vaynerchuk, featured in the February 2014 issue of SUCCESS, on Twitter and one reason is what happens when he occasionally asks: What can I do for you? “Good morning everyone – need anything?” Vaynerchuk, co-founder of the New York-based VaynerMedia social media brand consulting agency, asked via Twitter…

Entrepreneurs’ Optimism Outweighs Worry

By Sally Deneen | January 1, 2014

Entrepreneurs express more optimism about their future than regular workers, Gallup reports, even though they also are a bit likelier to say they experience stress and worry. So upbeat are entrepreneurs that 30 percent of those polled imagine that in five years they’ll enjoy their “best possible life,” as compared with 25  percent of other…