Tell us about your business.What began as a hobby when I was married to "Mr. Corporate America," Dough-si-Dough Christmas Ornaments became the livelihood for me and my four children post-divorce. Now, after 32 years, my children are grown and Dough-si-Dough is still a thriving business that will take me into my later years. The secret to the success of Dough-si-Dough has not been because I was one of the very first craftsman to embrace the internet, but because I have continued to produce ornaments that people want to buy - over and over again! I am now selling "Baby's First Christmas" Ornaments to young parents whose own"Baby's First Christmas" Ornaments were bought by their mothers from me!
What makes your business stand out?I make every single ornament myself, and have never shared my trade secrets with anyone.
What's the best business advice you've received?Being good at making something has nothing to do with being good at making money from making it. I was born with artistic talent, but had to work hard for many years to become a good businesswoman.
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NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
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