Carol Widman’s Candy Co.

William Widman’s great-great-grandchildren do not know whether he was born in America or immigrated to here from Germany. Either way the candyman learned his craft out east before setting up shop in Saint Paul during the mid-19th century. There he created the Seven Up, a once eminent chocolate bar with seven chambers for seven different fillings such as cherry cream, butterscotch fudge, and orange jelly.

Tailors On Blake

I’m a man of simple tastes. I’m always satisfied with the best.

– Oscar Wilde

Speak with any great tailor and you will soon learn they were raised by a great tailor. Sharon Terry, the owner of Tailors On Blake, is no exception. Under her grandmother’s tutelage Sharon began sewing clothes for her Barbie dolls at a very young age, and she made her first dress when she was 12.

Tires Plus Total Car Care

You have surely seen a few Tires Plus stores in your travels. They were founded next door in Minnesota in 1976, and today they offer more than 600 locations across the country. Tires Plus is not a traditional franchise, however. Each one is owned and operated by a local entrepreneur who knows the importance of superlative customer service in a fiercely competitive market.

Pink it Forward

If you were asked – What is your plan for the next 5 years? – what would your response be? Almost 7 years ago, that was Pink It Forward’s question when thinking about becoming a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The process is much like a business plan. What is your mission? What do you intend to accomplish in 5 years? How about 10? Now lay it out. When asked today if they ever dreamed of helping more than 3,300 individuals impacted by breast cancer, cofounder Kayla Tanhoff’s response was “Absolutely.”