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At our recent Pop City event on Fueling Startups, we learned just how much interest there is about entrepreneurship. That's why we are featuring a Focus area on the topic: a central place to find highly relevant news about Pittsburgh entrepreneurs, their stories and successes and the startups and small companies that are fueling growth in Pittsburgh.


Merry Oaks Farm

The 'American' watchmaker: From Mount Everest to Grove City

A picturesque rehabbed farm in western Pennsylvania is the site of Kobold Expedition Tools, a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility that has pioneered a rebirth in American watchmaking. This story first appeared in livingthegrove.com and has been updated to include information about the April 25 earthquake in Nepal. 

The ladies behind HBW (left to right) Colleen Nguyen, Chelsie Markel, Sara Bozich & Tierney Pomone

The first annual Harrisburg Beer Week generates serious buzz

The capital joins Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in dedicating a week of festivities to its thriving craft beer scene. Head to Harrisburg April 24 through May 2 for cool tastings, creative collaborations and unforgettable events. Come thirsty!

LaShawndra Thornton, 29, is one of the D.C. area's thousand-odd Airbnb hosts. ""Staying with me offe

Airbnb hosts offer off-the-beaten track hospitality

Thinking about opening your home up as an Airbnb hot spot? Take a look at how Airbnb entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., are creating an experience that's as enriching for the hosts as it is for their guests.

Hens and Chicks specializes in custom floral arrangements.

Spring blossoms in the Strip District: Three florists abloom in this ever-growing neighborhood

Long known as Pittsburgh's epicenter for gourmet and specialty food items, the Strip District is also becoming the go-to spot for burgeoning floral businesses. The vibrant neighborhood's flower shops and flower wholesalers play a large part in nurturing the history, current landscape, and future of the neighborhood.

Wilkinsburg Train Station

Wilkinsburg bounces back with development plans on the horizon

With beautification projects, a possible reversal of a centuries-old liquor ban, and new life for the historic Wilkinsburg Train Station in its sights, this East End borough is primed for investment and development. 
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Entrepreneurs Founders

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

Sam Gupta of CMIT Solutions

His plan for growth for his IT support and services provider includes helping more nonprofits and establishing more area franchisees.

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

Jason Wolfe of GiftCards.com

He has gone from orphan to $100M in revenue largely because he is determined to make the best of any situation.

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

Francesco Trama of Viper Network Systems

This Army man defends companies with global footprints from network attacks, especially those from foreign countries.

Ray Tarasi of Universal Packing

Ray Tarasi of Universal Packing

His product is based on NASA-developed technology and is among the most effective to treat the hundreds of oil spills that happen every day worldwide.

Eric Silver of Pikimal

Eric Silver of Pikimal

His action-packed entrepreneurial journey continues with a mission of helping people make the best possible purchasing decisions online.

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