After spending 20 years working for others as an employee, Johnny Shelby made a big decision. An avid exercise enthusiast his entire life, he decided to make the move and become a self-employed coach, fitness consultant and metabolic specialist. His goal? To help competitive cyclists, marathon runners, swimmers and triathletes perform at their peak. In 2008, Johnny opened his full-time, one-man business, Third Coast Training.
Email Marketing Case Studies
BigContacts is a software company that was formed with a singular focus on developing affordable and easy-to-use Web-based customer relationship management (CRM) software for small businesses. They realized they had a need to provide a more robust self-service email marketing tool to its customers, particularly for larger email marketing campaigns.
Terran Bayer grew up in a barn, on horseback, with dogs underfoot, in a family of artists. She opened Westway Studio, a San Diego, Calif.-based graphic design and fine art pet photography studio, in 2006 as a freelancer while also holding down a corporate job. Word got out, more side projects rolled in, and a year later she took the leap, leaving the world of big business to become a full-time small business owner.
Peter Langenstein was always a wine man – not as a producer, but as a consumer. He decided to pursue the grape full-time and in 2005 opened the virtual doors of BRIX26.com, an e-commerce company that sources a tightly edited portfolio of limited-edition California wines and sells them direct to consumers.
In 2006, Marty Metro launched UsedCardboardBoxes.com. The company purchases used shipping boxes in bulk from large corporations and sells them back to other companies (as shipping boxes) and consumers (in the form of pre-packaged kits), primarily through its e-commerce site. Headquartered in Los Angeles, today the company has 15 employees and another 30 contractors at 6-plus regional distribution centers across the country.
The Afterschool Alliance is a non-profit organization that was established in 2000 by bodies such as the U.S. Department of Education, and J.C. Penney Company, Inc. This organization works on behalf of all children who need afterschool programs, in particular the 15 million U.S. children who are alone and unsupervised after school.
Deemed the one-stop-shop for all things motorsports, Speedware Motorsports is a multi-faceted business designed to meet all the needs of motor enthusiasts. Fueled by its employees’ and customers’ passion and a desire to provide the most current product and performance information, Speeadware stands alone as a community and industry leader.
AuPairCare is one of the first au pair agencies designated by the U.S. Department of State to help families find the best in-home child care available. With a diverse selection of au pairs from more than 40 countries, AuPairCare has placed 30,000 au pairs with families throughout the United States.
Birdy Botanicals is a natural skincare line for consumers who want an alternative to mass-marketed skin and beauty products.
Peas of Mind is the maker of all natural, healthy frozen foods for growing kids. Jill Litwin, Owner of Peas of Mind, came up with the 'Puffet', a food product that appeals to children, while giving parents the "peace of mind" that comes with knowing they are eating healthy and well.