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The Refugee Story You Won’t See in the Headlines

Anoosheh Oskouian left her Iranian home in 1978 at the ripe age of 14. Seeking opportunity and a quality education, she headed for the U.S., where she would soon become the only high school student among her friends with an autonomous lifestyle and an apartment to call her own. Unwillfully stranded in the U.S. by the Iranian Revolution, she set forth to forge a new path out of a rock and a hard place. In 2000, Oskouian started Ship & Shore Environmental, an engineering firm with the goal of helping businesses curb their air pollution. Now a multimillion-dollar operation employing over 100 people internationally, Oskouian’s business and overall career is a testament that turns popular vernacular about the liability of refugees on its head, proving that out of hardship rises ability: to prevail, to contribute and to grow.

MONEY.CNN.COM

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How One Passion-preneur is Using Her Voice for More than Singing

The recent Braun Research/Bank of America Report on Small Business indicated that 15% of all new business startup owners are career changers, simply defined as people who want to do something different. A subset of this group are “passion-preneurs”, a word coined in the mid-1970s to describe the small business owners who pursue a commercial endeavor for the love of it. Usually the term applies to someone who strikes out on one’s own, leaving behind them a passionless job. “They’re increasingly turning their backs on the corporate grind to launch businesses that made their hearts sing”, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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An Unusual Business Path Toward Curing a Disease

A mother has gone from being an audit specialist to running a biotech company in an effort to help her daughter.

Karen Aiach, founder and CEO of Lysogene, on her journey: “The biggest challenge for me at the beginning was that I was not a scientist or a clinician or gene therapist. I was a mother taking responsibility to build a program and manage it.”

SMALLBIZTRENDS.COM

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