Arooga’s Grille House and Sports Bar is the place to be in Pennsylvania for the big game, date night or night out with friends. “We are a non-traditional casual sports bar with a focus on quality food and offering a great value to our guests,” Co-Founder and President Gary Huether Jr. says. 

The Harrisburg, Pa.- based company was founded in 2008 by Huether and Mike Murphy and offers a diverse menu. The highlights include fresh antibiotic- and hormone-free Kobe/Wagyu burgers, its signature Maryland Crab stuffed pretzel cheesesteaks, salads and flatbread pizza, but the restaurant is best known for its extra large wings, Huether says. 

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Founded in 2001 by CEO Dave Cook and President and COO Dave Eckley, TradeGlobal assists retailers and brands with technology and processes to manage the direct-to-consumer channel. Over the last decade-plus, the business has grown dramatically by sticking to its core values of integrity, innovation and execution along with its founding principles of customer, profitability and team. 

“We pride ourselves on having the discipline to do what we say we are going to do when we say we are going to do it, to continue to add new services and technologies as part of a consistent process of innovation and our commitment to day-to-day blocking and tackling that is the hallmark of our business,” Eckley says. 

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Stinker Stores operates 68 retail sites in Idaho, 62 of which sell gasoline. It covers a vast landscape of 600 miles in the large state.

“Retail is what we do,” says Charley Jones, president and CEO. 

Westpoint Transportation and ArrowRock Supply are two sister companies working with Stinker Stores. Westpoint supplies stores with fuel transportation and wholesale fuel supply. ArrowRock Supply is Stinker’s wholesale provider of consumer staples not otherwise delivered by companies such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi or Budweiser and MillerCoors, for example, focusing primarily on tobacco and also candy. 

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At the age of 46, Steve Norman was out of a job, had two kids in college and a big mortgage. He had enough socked away to survive for a little while, but certainly not in the lifestyle to which his family was accustomed. He had to come up with a plan.

Norman had a background in wholesale distribution to convenience stores, and he decided to start a chain of cigarette/tobacco stores in West Virginia. He did market research and determined the area he was targeting could probably support 10 such stores eventually. He put together a business plan with all his analysis and projections and got a bank loan for $100,000. 

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Robert Graham may be a men’s luxury fashion brand, but it has already built a strong following by shunning the typical and embracing the bold. Based in New York and launched in 2001, the company takes its name from co-founder Robert Stock, a fashion designer, and former co-founder Graham Fowler, a textile designer.  It is known for complex and colorful patterns that have allowed it to fill a niche in the menswear market.

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Herdrich Petroleum Corp. is working to open more Quickpix convenience stores throughout rural communities in Indiana. With its focus hard set on expansion, the company is streamlining its operations to become more efficient as more locations open. 

The family owned company dates back to 1953 when Jim Herdrich founded Herdrich Oil Co. in Connersville, Ind. In 1986, Bill Herdrich – Jim Herdrich’s son and current company president – formed Herdrich Petroleum in Rushville, Ind., after merging Browning & Herdrich Co., a fuel supply company he founded, with Herdrich Oil. 

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For a while in the grocery business, getting bigger was the goal, but now the big-box mega-retailers are trying to fit their stores into smaller locations emphasizing groceries. When doing this on Long Island, N.Y., they may run into the 11 locations of Handy Pantry Food Stores, which has been practicing the business model of having everything people want with a friendly, neighborhood feel since 1976.

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Giselle Diaz Eastlack’s parents, Mauricio and Maria Diaz, purchased their first service station in 1996, a Shell station that had been pegged for failure. With her father serving as the mechanic and her mother working the register, the station was transformed through hard work and determination into a successful business, and Eastlack says the formula for success wasn’t that complicated. “They basically cleaned up the store, put a new coat of paint on the walls and took customer service to the next level,” she says. 

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