From Chicken Soup for the Entrepreneur's Soul


Marc Allen is a publisher, entrepreneur, author, musician and philanthropist. He is founder and president of New World Library, a leading independent publisher. He is the author of The Type-Z Guide to Success, The Millionaire Course, Visionary Business, and other books and audio recordings. He is also cofounder of Watercourse Media, a record company. His music albums include Breathe, Petals, Solo Fight and his latest, Awakening. He lives with his family in Northern California.

David Anderson is an author, motivating keynote speaker and an unabashed entrepreneur living the American Dream. Dave earned his master’s degree from Harvard University without an undergraduate degree. He has authored Famous Dave’s Lifeskills for Success and Famous Dave’s Backroads and Sidestreets, the latter a collection of award-winning recipes. Visit

Tom Antion’s bio can be found at the end of the story Strive for Excellence.

Amilya Antonetti’s bio can be found at the end of the story A Promise to Keep.

John Assaraf’s bio can be found at the end of the story Uncertain Certainty.

Madeline Balletta is founder and president of Bee-Alive. She and her husband, Anthony, are the proud parents of two children and grandparents of two precious grandsons. Madeline resides in Sanibel, Florida, where she enjoys antiquing and spending time with her loving Maltese puppy, Bogie.

Banjo Bandolas’ stories have appeared in numerous national publications. His style of storytelling reflects his Southern roots. Previous anthologies include Dead on Demand, Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul, Ghosts from the Coast and Chicken Soup for the Soul Healthy Living series. He is the advertising sales director for Real Beer Media.

Daryl Bernstein is the author of The Venture Adventure: Strategies for Thriving in the Jungle of Entrepreneurship and Better Than a Lemonade Stand! Small Business Ideas for Kids. He shares his energy and insight through speaking engagements and consulting. Visit for more information.

Stephanie Chandler is the author of The Business Startup Checklist and Planning Guide: Seize Your Entrepreneurial Dreams! She is also the founder of Business Info Guide (—a directory of resources for entrepreneurs—and the owner of Book Lovers Bookstore ( in Sacramento, California.

Tom Chappell’s bio can be found at the end of the story Finding the Soul of Success.

Doris Christopher is the founder and chairman of The Pampered Chef. A Berkshire Hathaway company, The Pampered Chef is the premier direct seller of high-quality kitchen tools sold through in-home cooking demonstrations called Cooking Shows. She has been featured in numerous publications, including Fortune, Working Woman and The Wall Street Journal.

Rachel de Azevedo Coleman is the president of Two Little Hands Productions. She and her husband, Aaron, are the parents of Leah (who is deaf) and Lucy (who has cerebral palsy). When she’s not writing music and performing on-camera for Signing Time! Rachel enjoys playing outdoors with her family. E-mail her at [email protected]

Sue Ellen Cooper is a homemaker, mother and freelance artist, and is the author of two bestselling books. She is married with two grown children and a grandchild. When she is not serving as “Exalted Queen Mother,” she enjoys making art, walking her dog and spending time with family.

Janis Dale and her husband, Eldon, met as teenagers. She pursued a career in law enforcement while he served in Vietnam as a Marine. They then started their family and first concession business. Forty eventful years later, the Dale family operates the largest cinnamon roll fair concession in California—Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls.

Paula Deen’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Bag Lady Triumphant.

John Paul DeJoria’s bio can be found at the end of the story Counting My Blessings.

Fred DeLuca’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Taste of Success.

Stefan Doering’s bio can be found at the end of the story Thirty-Five-Minute Miles.

Doug Ducey, CEO and chairman of Cold Stone Creamery, wants Cold Stone to be the ultimate ice cream experience and the bestselling ice cream brand in America. An Arizona State graduate, Doug’s career spans twenty-plus years with companies including Procter & Gamble and Anheuser-Busch. Doug inspires people by challenging them to perform and deliver results. Visit

Terri Duncan received her bachelor of arts, with honors, and master of education degrees from Augusta State University. She is currently pursuing a specialist degree in the field of educational leadership. She is an avid writer as well. Her greatest accomplishments, however, are in her roles as wife and mother.

Stephen Fairchild is 24,472 good days old. He can be found on any given day of the week speaking before international groups, exploring caverns worldwide, scuba diving, doing geologic research, growing his cavern business or flying his own plane in an evening sunset.

Shari Fitzpatrick, along with her husband, three sons and two Boston terriers, lives in the beautiful mountain wine country of the great Sierra Nevada. She enjoys wine tasting at her local wineries, traveling, interior decorating, landscaping, photography and cooking, especially creating new chocolate gourmet gift ideas. E-mail her at [email protected]

Carol Gardner’s bio can be found at the end of the story From Underdog to Top Dog.

Adam Ginsberg’s bio can be found at the end of the story Mother Knows Best.

Drew and Myra Goodman are the founders of Earthbound Farm and currently serve as president and executive vice president, respectively. In 1984, the then-recent college graduates started Earthbound Farm on 214 acres in Carmel Valley, California. The company is now the largest grower of organic produce in the world.

David Green’s bio can be found at the end of the story Life’s a Hobby.

Renee Griffith, CEO and founder of Zephyr-TEC, launched her company in 1991 after becoming disabled with de Quervain’s disease. Renee used speech recognition sofware to start the company, and Zephyr-TEC quickly became, and remains, the industry leader in speech recognition training and support. E-mail: [email protected]

Donald J. Hall Jr.’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Very Best.

Patrick Hardin is a freelance cartoonist. His work appears in a variety of publications around the world. He may be reached at 810-234-7452.

Shelly Hartmann’s bio can be found at the end of the story Blueberry Thrills.

Jonny Hawkins is an entrepreneurial cartoonist who has been his own boss full-time for the last sixteen years. Thousands of his cartoons appear in over 300 publications, his ten published books and his annual calendars (Medical Cartoon-a-Day, Fishing Cartoon-a-Day and Cartoons for Teachers). He dedicated the cartoons in this volume to his entrepreneurial father, Ron Hawkins, who instilled in him his maverick spirit. He can be reached at [email protected].

Kathy Heasley is founder and principal of IMS, Inc., a full-service communications company in the “moments” business. A Penn State graduate, Kathy’s passion is helping people excel by connecting the heart with the mind and bringing it to life within the organization. She’s a published author, award-winning video producer and entrepreneur. Visit

Gary Heavin has a degree in health and nutrition counseling and is the author of two New York Times bestselling books on exercise and nutrition. He was hon-ored with IHRSA’s first-ever Visionary of the Year award and was named a 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Trent Hemphill and Joel Hemphill Jr.’s bios can be found at the end of the story The Wheels on the Bus Go ’Round and ’Round.

Curt Jones received both his undergraduate (1981) and graduate (1986) degrees in microbiology from Southern Illinois University. Currently, he oversees his newest entrepreneurial venture, Amylase Entertainment, in Nashville. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brentwood, Tennessee.

Fred Joyal’s bio can be found at the end of the story Two Guys, Three Buckets.

Don Katz has been in the hospitality business since the age of sixteen. Before opening Symposium Wine Bar, Don held both cooking and management positions. He describes himself as “The Blind Wine Guy.” When not tasting wine he enjoys reading, dancing, exercising and playing the drums. He can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Paul J. Krupin operated IMEDIFAX, a custom publicity service. A retired federal government scientist and once-upon-a-time attorney, Paul is a longtime PR guru and has developed sure-fire, proven strategies for getting publicity. Read his book Trash-Proof News Releases. Contact Paul at 800-457-8746 or visit

Gail Kulhavy started out trying to write a newsletter and ended up with a monthly column, articles in RV Journal magazine and as the author of the Living in Oklahoma Guide for the last five years. She was born in Arkansas, grew up in California and has been an Oklahoman for eight years. Gail lives to read and loves to write!

Cookie Lee’s bio can be found at the end of the story To Be There for My Kids.

Austin Ligon’s bio can be found at the end of the story Project X.

Julie Long is a freelance writer, published author and writing coach. She is coauthor of BABY: An Owner’s Manual, and her story The Worm is included in Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul. In 2004, Julie cofounded to provide coaching and workshops for writers. Reach her at [email protected]

Chris MacAskill grew up on the streets of East Oakland, missing part of elementary school when he lived with his homeless mother. He has a master’s degree from Stanford University and was the founder and CEO of, which went public and was later acquired by Barnes & Noble. He is currently cofounder and president of, a top photo-sharing Internet site.

Jim McCann is founder and CEOof 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®, one of the world’s most recognized floral and gift companies. Jim is also a published author, award-winning public speaker and a respected member of the board of directors of Willis Group Holdings Limited, GTECH Holdings Corporation and Boyd’s Collections, Ltd.

Ken McKowen is an established author, freelance writer, photographer, editor and speaker. He and his wife, Dahlynn, are coauthors of Chicken Soup for the Fisherman’s Soul and are working on additional Chicken Soup titles. Their business—Publishing Syndicate—provides writing, editing and related publishing services. To learn more, visit

Judi Sheppard Missett’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Dancer in All of Us.

Ian and Shep Murray’s bio can be found at the end of the story For the Love of It.

Assunta Ng was born in China and came to America to study. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington. She is the publisher of two weekly newspapers, and a writer and speaker. Assunta’s mission is to empower young women and minorites to be leaders. She is married and has two sons. Her e-mail is [email protected]

Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” comic panel has been syndicated since 1987 and is distributed by United Media. Mark’s humor also graces greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, magazines, newsletters and books. Please visit his Web site at: His wife, Lynn, is his business partner and their daughter, Jenny, is an inspired contributor along with their three cats.

John Paul Penrod received his bachelor of arts degree with honors from Vanderbilt University in 2005. He majored in film studies, which emphasizes writing, film theory and critical analysis. Currently, John Paul writes screenplays and other articles for Amylase Entertainment, based in Nashville, Tennessee.

Gina Romanello is coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Bride’s Soul and marketing liaison for the six Chicken Soup for the Kid’s Soul titles. She lives in Southern California, where she enjoys running, skating, biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. E-mail: [email protected] or visit

David Roth lives and works in Chicago. In addition to running Cereality, he loves all things epicurean: David is an avid cook, enjoys hosting dinner parties for his friends and family, is always on the lookout for great dining experiences and is a big fan of decadent hotels.

Herman G. Rowland Sr.’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Candy Man Can.

Harley Schwadron, a freelance cartoonist, lives and works in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His cartoons appear in Readers Digest, Barron’s, Wall Street Journal, Woman’s World and other publications. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and college PR editor, but enjoys drawing cartoons the best. He can be reached at P.O. Box 1347, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

Lahre Shiflet is in high school and is an outgoing, fun, cool teen to hang out with. She loves shopping at the mall with her friends (when she has time) and is always checking out the cute teenage boys. She’s always ready for an adventure and loves herself very much!

Harland Stonecipher’s bio can be found at the end of the story Closer Than a Brother.

Jeff Taylor’s bio can be found at the end of the story Monster Ideas.

Peter Vegso is cofounder of Health Communications, Inc. (HCI), publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series along with many other bestselling books. HCI has been recognized twice by Publishers’ Weekly as the #1 Self-Help Publisher. Visit

J. Mignonne Wright is publisher and editor-in-chief of Chicken Soup for the Soul Magazine, a bi-monthly national consumer publication. Created at the request of fans of the bestselling book series, it launched to rave reviews in July 2005.

Sandra Yancey’s bio can be found at the end of the story Let’s Talk Business, Woman-to-Woman.

Bob Young’s bio can be found at the end of the story The Idiot Entrepreneur Theory.

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