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Small Business Owner Finds E-commerce Niche

Paul Saunders, owner of ExceptionalSheets.com, chose the e-commerce business model to sell luxury bed and bath linens. By using the internet, he takes the product to the buyer rather than trying to bring the buyer to the product.

This is Saunders second successful venture in e-commerce. He started his first e-commerce business in South Texas when he was an active-duty Marine. There he approached a local pro-golf shop about selling their stagnant merchandise for a percentage of the e-commerce sales. His success with this venture encouraged him to continue to pursue e-commerce opportunities. In 2009, Saunders launched ExceptionalSheets.com in a garage in Evansville, IN using the same e-commerce strategy.

In preparation for a planned expansion of ExceptionalSheets.com, Saunders sought counsel from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Saunders received comprehensive guidance to help him plan the growth of his business through SBA's resource partner, the Southwest... Read More

Pigs Can Fly All The Way to China

Whiteshire Hamroc LLC, a third generation family hog farm located in Noble County, has transformed itself into one of the leaders in hog genetics.  They are the world’s largest breeders of registered Yorkshire, Landrace & Duroc hogs.  These hogs are pure bred to create a “high health” animal that is very disease resistant.

Whiteshire patented AirWorks®, an innovative building and ventilation system.  The system works by fresh air being directed downward through the floor, which provides the hogs with cleaner air and ventilation. China is one of several countries to benefit from the system.  Pork is the primary source of protein in China and with the large population they need to insure that they maintain quality food sources.  These structures will enable the Chinese to reduce the death rate of all the pigs as well as increasing the production efficiency, which will increase its pork supply and save costs.

Whiteshire’s hogs also aid the health care industry.  By... Read More