With over 16 years experience as a military dog trainer and kennel manager, Ken Licklider decided to open a police dog training facility. Today, he has three kennels that house up to 150 dogs and works with various police forces as well as the Pentagon, US State Dept, security firms and some foreign governments.
For Your Ease Only
In 1995, Lori Greiner decided to create a product for people to keep their earrings in order. She used a prototype to convince buyers to order them and began selling them in JC Penney and other department stores during the second half of 1996. Now, she has her own show on QVC and holds 99 U.S. and International patents.
Firefighter brothers Robin and Chris Sorensen knew nothing about running a business, but they knew they could make a better sandwich and provide better customer service than the competition. Even though they hit lots of bumps in the road, their hundreds of sub shops, trademark and franchising businesses now generate more than $250 million a year.
Millions in the Making: Sweetgreen
In 2007, three Georgetown students decided to turn their senior year thesis project into a healthy, locally grown, fast food restaurant choice. Founders Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru started natural food haven and watched sales of their low-calorie salads and frozen yogurts soar. SweetGreen now has 10 locations, and the company is still growing.