In America, Christmas trees are a multibillion-dollar business. But who’s making the money?
How the son of Italian immigrants created a niche industry for ice resurfacing machines and cornered the market.
The child of freed slaves, Garrett Morgan invented early iterations of the gas mask and traffic light. Today, his contributions have been largely overlooked.
Some of our earliest lessons about economics happen in the schoolyard. We asked our readers to share their best childhood bartering victories.
Nerdy Nuts leveraged TikTok, Supreme-style drops, and scarcity to scale their tiny operation into a peanut butter powerhouse.
The pandemic has boosted interest in vending machine ownership. But just how lucrative is the business? We spoke to 20+ operators to find out.
After hustling frozen cocktails for 15 years at festivals, beaches, and barbershops, one vendor is trying to take his operation corporate.
How does the world’s most prestigious cycling race make money? Who sponsors the teams? And how does financing impact the riders’ strategy?
Mulan is streaming on Disney+ (and in theatres in China). How will this live-action remake perform compared to its predecessors?
Stanley Lo has sold nearly $6B worth of Silicon Valley mansions — and, in the process, reshaped the demographics of one of the nation’s wealthiest suburbs.
What happened when one entrepreneur decided to share all of his crazy, rejected product ideas with the world.
The new CEO of Clorox has an amazing resume.
Every year, Mattel sells nearly $1B worth of new toy cars to kids. But on the secondary market, adult collectors and dealers reign supreme.
Teslas, skydiving classes, drugs, plastic surgery, and beach houses are among the many items our readers wrote in.
Fill out our survey, and we’ll share the most entertaining responses this Sunday.
If you’ve ever permanently lost a checked bag, your stuff probably ended up for sale at a store in Scottsboro, Alabama.
The most recent iteration of a widespread government imposter scam has bilked thousands of Americans out of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Martha Matilda Harper defied social roadblocks and gender norms to build a successful chain of hair salons. More than a century later, she’s still largely unknown to the general public.
In cities across the country, rioters have taken advantage of peaceful protests, damaging, looting, and destroying local businesses — many of them owned by people of color.
Rob and Melissa Stephenson make a full-time living by scouring flea markets for discarded items — baby strollers, forklifts, prosthetic legs — and flipping them for a profit on eBay.
Daniel Chan has stumped billionaires, CEOs, and engineers with his technology-driven tricks. Now, in the age of Zoom, he’s trying to pivot.
When Gustavus, Alaska, was cut off from its grocery supply chain, one resident decided to take action.
A look at the numbers behind the latest quarantine craze, and the small businesses that are filling a gap in the market.
As COVID-19 rattles small businesses around the country, inspiration can be drawn from the stories of those who survived the last financial crisis.
Left out of the stimulus bill, Class of 2020 college grads are stumbling into a job market that isn’t ready for them.
“Coronavirus is just the spark,” says one doomsday prep supplier. “What’s really driving sales is the fear of what’s to come.”
As America holes up inside, thousands of full-time rideshare drivers are still out on the streets trying to carve out a living.
In the wake of coronavirus and tanking stocks, cruise companies have sought assistance from the US government. But for decades, the industry has done everything in its power to avoid paying into the system.