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Articles by Barbara Quick
Written for Yahoo Small Business Advisor


Yahoo is one of Barbara’s free-lance clients. Here’s an annotated list of the articles she’s written under assignment for them. Click the links below to download the complete articles!

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From Homeless Orphan in Uganda to Forbes 30 under 30: The story of Chris Ategeka and Rides For Lives

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Christopher AtegekaMeeting Christopher Ategeka in the high-rise business incubator where his three start-ups are headquartered in San Francisco, one would never guess that this urbane young man, named last year as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs, started life in a thatched hut with dirt walls in rural Uganda—and was in his teens before he owned his first pair of shoes... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Starting a business: VuPorts shows why it's always personal

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Something that always seems to be true: Entrepreneurs are driven by very personal reasons to take the risks they take and persist with the pig-headed stubbornness required for success in the online world... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Getting a business through a disaster: The Salty Paw

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Where we are, at any given time, has a huge influence on what we eventually become. Amanda Byron Zink, owner of New York City’s most award-winning pet grooming spa, The Salty Paw, is a case in point... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Making a Dirty Business Green: Selecta Auto Body

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Vision, creativity, idealism and courage have characterized the road to success for small business owner J.R. Hubbard of San Francisco. And although his business is an auto body shop, that road has, at every turn, been beautifully green... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Paint Nite: Startup gives masterclass in using social media and a smart online presence to grow very fast

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Here’s a small business success story whose beginning sounds deceptively like the first line of a joke: “Two guys walked into a bar.”... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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2 Billion Lip Balm Combinations: My Eco Lips, The Online Business Born From a 10-year-old’s Ideas

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

The Internet provides the most vivid illustration the retail world has ever had of the meaning of infinity. There’s no end in sight—at least, not yet—to the number of businesses that can be painstakingly formulated and launched online.

Take it from Dr. Erik Brynjolfsson, the distinguished author, entrepreneur and professor at MIT: “There is probably no better time to be a talented entrepreneur”... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Interview with Chloey Shriver: How entrepreneurship has affected one ten year old

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

My Eco Lips is a line of fully customizable lip balm products from the Eco Lips company. It is a family business and the idea for the new product line came from Chloey Shriver, the ten-year-old daughter in the family. As a result she is heavily involved in the new line and has become the public face for it, often referred to as the ‘CEO’. We wanted to get Chloey Shriver’s take on the effect it has had on her life, being the public face for her family’s company. Here’s what Chloey told Yahoo... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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SOS: Strategic Office Support’s Kathrine Farris helps out with advice for startup service businesses.

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Do you remember the day when the training wheels were removed from your two-wheeler and you made your first attempt to ride solo? Scary, exhilarating and momentous, wasn’t it?
The same words are apt descriptors for what it’s like to quit a good salaried job with benefits and embark full time as an independent online entrepreneur. Just ask Kathrine Farris, owner of Strategic Office Support LLC, which the young mother and wife created as a part-time online enterprise (at first called Office Solutions ME) while working full-time as an assistant bank manager in Southern Maine... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Solé Bicycles: Turning a passion into a million-dollar business

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

A few years ago, two undergrads at USC were walking home from class when they saw some kids riding fixies. Where’d they get them? the two friends wanted to know—and, more to the point, How much did they cost?

The kids revealed that they’d made their bikes themselves, for what seemed like an astronomical sum (in the world of college students on a shoestring budget) of well over $1200 apiece... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Ivy’s Garden: Growing a gluten-free Asian food business online.

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

The niche market chosen by online marketing entrepreneurs Ivy Lau and Mark Ivey—gluten-free, home-style, fresh-frozen Asian food—seems to be, just like their shared first and last name, a matter of destiny... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Pegasus Lighting: Bringing light to Africa with an online campaign

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Thomas E. Farin, Ph.D.—founder of the booming e-commerce website, Pegasus Lighting—had no business background at all when he made the shift, in 1987, from being a physics teacher and school administrator to becoming a purveyor of that mystical physical property he knew so intimately from the scientific point of view: light... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Langston’s: A 100-year-old Online Store does E-commerce Right

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

A lot of online entrepreneurs start at square one, hoping they’ve found a product or service uniquely well suited to Internet marketing. And then there are the grand centenarians of the retail world—companies with brick and mortar in their blood that nonetheless make a youthful, entrepreneurial leap into Cyberspace.

A case in point is Langston’s, a 100-year-old, community-based Western boots and apparel company that lassoed the Internet in 1999 and now counts it as one of the favorite horses in its corporate stable... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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Scientific startups are booming: Pipette.com shows why

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

Pipette.comRecent statistics show us that immigrant entrepreneurs established 18% of all Fortune 500 companies—and have founded or co-founded over a quarter of all science and technology firms in the United States. Collectively these businesses have generated $1.7 trillion in annual revenue, and currently employ 3.7 million workers worldwide.

Hardship and disadvantage, when paired with opportunity, seem to be the paving stones on the road to success... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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The Family Jewels: SF Provident Provides High Value Asset Secured Loans For Business

BY BARBARA QUICK | YAHOO SMALL BUSINESS

It’s the rare small business these days—at least in the U.S.A.—that can trace its roots back a hundred years through three generations of the same family.  Delving into the history of such family-owned small business ventures, we’ve found that they seem to have one thing in common: a core of moral values passed on from generation to generation. These values inform every aspect of such companies’ day-to-day operations, from the way employees are treated to their esteem and fondness for their customers.

Yahoo interviewed Joey Chait, the San Francisco-born owner of San Francisco Provident, and his movie-star handsome son Marcus Chait (who actually is—or was, until recently—a movie star), in the landmark San Francisco building on Mint Plaza that bears their company’s name and has, for over a hundred years, served as the heart and headquarters of their family business... [READ MORE - DOWNLOAD PDF]

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