Brothers Alex and Carlo Tabibi established Pets United in 2002 after purchasing the inventory of a wholesale company in the dog-grooming market. One of the first URLs the  brothers bought was Dog.com, but many others, such as Horse.com and Garden.com, were soon to follow. Today, Alex and Carlo own thousands of URLs with easy-to-find names.

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A simple way to describe Alibris is as an exchange. The online retailer has become the largest independently owned and operated marketplace for new, rare, and used books, CDs, and DVDs in the 11 years since it was launched, primarily through its ability to focus on its customer base. 

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Family run boutique manufacturer Shandiz Natural Foods operates with a three-part vision. The company strives to produce quality natural products, ensure customer satisfaction, and nurture a respectful workplace environment. Producing a quality ingredient isn’t difficult for Shandiz, as the majority of its products are certified organic. The company primarily manufactures snack bars, including fruit and nut bars, cereal bars, rice crispy bars, and nougat confections. A key feature of all Shandiz products is that they’re minimally processed. 

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For most companies, the economy brought a downturn in business. For private brand marketing company Marketing Management, Inc. (MMI), the current economic climate brought 18% growth. In the past year, the company has seen more interest in private brand development from companies outside of its normal customer base, including hardware companies, farm and fleet stores, and office suppliers. MMI answered the call of these new market segments by providing fine-tuned strategies to help businesses drive their private brand sales and boost their profiles. 

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The question Future Food wants you to ask yourself when you visit the grocery store is “What do I want in a dip?” The hope is that your answers will be “quality and freshness” because they will point you in the direction of one of the company’s two brands. Salads of the Sea, founded in 1984, is manufactured in Texas and comprises seafood dips in a variety of flavors with ingredients sourced from the North Pacific. Santa Barbara Bay, the second of Future Food’s brands, was founded in 1996 and is manufactured in Buellton, Calif., just outside Santa Barbara. 

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If you think $3.5 billion in annual revenue is enough to be a top-five global beauty company, think again. To achieve such a prestigious ranking, a company must achieve a revenue base between approximately $7 billion and $8 billion. Such is the goal of Coty Canada, and it’s developed three strategies to get there. 

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To the casual observer, an employee uniform may not seem complicated, but it takes more than a defined color palette to outfit an organization. Since 1942, Lion Uniform Group, LLC has worked with transportation, retail petroleum, and private security customers large and small, from Fortune 500 companies with tens of thousands of employees to 25-employee corporations, to ensure the outfits they provide their employees appropriately represent the culture of their company. 

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Despite the current economic climate, Canastota, NY-based Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes continues to expand its footprint. The company has 82 freestanding convenience store locations in Upstate New York, 46 of which are owned and operated by franchisees; the remaining 36 are corporate run. John MacDougall, the organization’s founder and president, said that, to date, his business has not been significantly affected by the volatile economy. During a time when many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, Nice N Easy continues to grow.

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