Last year, Munirah Small quit her job as a customer service representative to start a cake business. She had lots of repeat customers, but after accounting for her expenses, she found she didn't have much money left over — certainly not enough to pay herself a regular salary. So she applied to Break Fast and Launch to figure out what she could be doing better. Brenda Salinas for NPR hide caption

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Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

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A woman cultivates seaweed off the coast of Madagascar to counter overfishing. She's working with Blue Ventures, a business that supports its conservation projects by giving ecotours. Courtesy of Skoll Foundation hide caption

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Lincoln, Neb., is home to several startups, which use the city's low cost of living and high quality of life to attract workers. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr hide caption

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Silicon Prairie: Tech Startups Find A Welcoming Home In The Midwest

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She Left The Nightlife Behind To Become A Life Coach

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Revolution Foods makes healthy kids meals for both schools and stores. Co-founder Kristin Richmond says mentoring and support have been key to the success of her business. Shelly Puri/Courtesy of Revolution Foods hide caption

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Customers walk out of Street Boutique, parked in Shirlington Village, Va. Street Boutique is a pop-up truck that's similar to the many food trucks in the area, except it sells clothes and jewelry. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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Make Room, Food Trucks: Mobile Fashion Stores Have Hit The Streets

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Whisked bakery founder Jenna Huntsberger (right) and baker's assistant Lauren Moore prepare pies in Union Kitchen, a food incubator in Washington, D.C. Huntsberger says the shared kitchen space and the business know-how she's honed there have played a big part in her success. Meredith Rizzo/NPR hide caption

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For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

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Andy Leer of maker space chain TechShop calibrates a 3-D printer at a GE-sponsored pop-up workshop in Washington, D.C. Maker spaces, which offer access to industrial-grade tools, are attracting support from governments and big companies like Ford and Lowe's. Gary Cameron/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

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Hot Bread Almacen, the retail shop of Hot Bread Kitchen, is located in the historic La Marqueta building in East Harlem, New York. Daniel Krieger for Hot Bread Kitchen hide caption

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Customers at Honeygrow in Philadelphia can charge their cellphones while they dine using one of Doug Baldasare's kiosks. Emma Lee/For NewsWorks hide caption

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Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

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Two employees of Alicia's Tamales los Mayas prepare tamales in the La Cocina industrial kitchen. Alicia Villanueva, the owner, and her team produce 3,000 to 5,000 tamales every week to sell in the Bay Area. Courtesy of La Cocina hide caption

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Jonathan Bush, co-founder, athenahealth, at Health Datapalooza IV, where he urged the government to release more data on health care quality and costs. FotoBriceno for Health Data Consortium/Health Data Consortium hide caption

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Datapalooza: A Concept, A Conference And A Movement

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