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San Diego County, California:  Sue Callaway became a nurse back when the uniform was a cap and a crisp white dress. She remembers wearing street clothes to the hospital then changing for duty into a clean uniform. Find out how she invented a business when the hospital she worked for started requiring nurses to purchase their own uniforms.

Since we taped this story, Sue and her partner opened too many retail stores too fast and found themselves in big trouble. S.C.R.U.B.S. was bought by SmartPractice in July of 2000 and has restructured with Sue serving as President of the new SCRUBS. The amazing part of this story is we studied Naomi and Jim Rhode's company, SmartPractice, back in 1994 so we know both companies well and now they are one family.

All the Key Ideas and Videos of this episode...

We all have a special sliver of genius.

In the earliest days of the broadcasts of this show (back in 1994-1995), there was a special segment called "the Sliver of Genius." Then we began to realize virtually every successful business is built on that special focus.

All the people who appear as the stars of this television show are recommended (1) by their community for their integrity and (2) by their industry for their creativity and courage. Our national sponsors -- from IBM, USPS, Verizon, Microsoft, D&B, Travelers, Business Week, and many others -- have paid for everything.

Nobody can pay or has every paid to be on this television show.

Though the face of small business is diverse, there are common qualities!

On this website you get real inspiration, insights and ideation from actual business owners who are loved in their community and respected within their industry. Every one works everyday to make this world a better place.


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Start a Business

Meet Debra St. Claire of EcoNatural Solutions.
She started this business to help preserve the medicinal plant knowledge of indigenous people in the Amazon Basin of Peru (the Ethno-Medicine Preservation Project). She makes St. Claire's Sweet Organics; these treats are both a breath mint and a candy mint!  (all the video)

Key Question: How do I start a business?

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Grow a Business

Be active in your Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer! In this special episode of the show Hattie takes us to meet people who are changing the face of business through their local, state and US Chamber of Commerce. Be an advocate for best business practices!

Key Question: What is a path for growth?

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Buy a Business
Meet the Souto brothers of Rowland Coffee.
Immigrants from Cuba, these three brothers took a little family business and have made it into a global leader by acquiring their competition. (all the video)

Key Question: How do I buy a business?



Key Question: Can my business be my legacy?

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Sell a Business
Meet Margaret and Paula Quenemoen. Margaret started the business by selling headbands that she made.  She went on to make clothing for climbers, skiers and hikers.  But, business is tough and mistakes are easy to make. She sold the business just to stay whole!

Learn eight possible ways to exit your business!

Key Question: Who is the best buyer?


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