With today's health trends, people of all ages and all lifestyles hit the gym multiple times a week. But, while we're so concerned about exercising our bodies to meet today's aesthetic standards, we forget about our minds and strengthening them in the now and for the future. A new San Francisco based business is trying to bring brain activity into the mainstream, by offering a fitness gym called Vibrant Brains. Created with Baby Boomers in mind, the brain gym can help keep minds sharp today and prevents the onset of mental impairments in the future.
An innovative marketing company is finally recognizing the power of taste in brand marketing and is helping food producers sell their products using more than just visual appeal. While historically, food and drink brands have marketed their products through sample packages distributed by mail or during taste test sessions at local grocery stores; First Flavor uses an approach that allows potential consumers to taste their clients' products that is less costly, more convenient, and rather innovative.
For those who have turned on their favorite reality TV show, and thought "man, I'd like to do that", a major Italian vacation tour operator is about to make your dream comes true with Reality Village.
I've shown you a wide variety of vending machines in the past, and they're always a big hit as one of the top businesses of convenience; here's a new one for you that might just be the flashiest vending machine of 2009. U'Tique, the most upscale vending machine seen to date is about to launch its first vending location at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, California, and it manages to combine convenience and class through dispensing top of the line beauty products.
A frequent part of the dining out or nightlife experience involves waiting for that server or cocktail waitress to notice that you need a refill. Realizing that people might spend far more money in their dining establishment if they didn't need to wait to be served, Minibar, a European nightlife experience, brings the serve yourself hotel style minibar out to the nightclubs.
Kid Not Smart Enough? Reward His Learning & Skill Building Using Children’s Educational Company SmartyCardby Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Wasn't it great when you were a kid and you came home from school with a great report card, and were immediately rewarded for your efforts with a treat, a toy, or sometimes even cash? Well, today's lucky kids can receive similar benefits from learning with new children's educational business SmartyCard, and the parents don't even need to chip in!
Who knew that women who belong to Polygamist sects could become budding entrepreneurs based on community rules, little less find themselves as fashion frontrunners; but a few Texas Polygamist women have set aside the stereotypes and rules of their communities to create a line of modest clothing that meets Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FDLS) standards.
Women in the UK are attacked on a monthly basis when traveling by licensed taxi service around urban centers and rural settings. Based on these statistics, a female owned UK company that calls themselves the Pink Ladies identified their niche and launched a business that focuses upon the unique transportation needs of women with a specific emphasis on safety.
By nature, people judge each other, and when it comes to our fashion choices and our appearances, the best critics are often those who don't hold back their opinions. Restyle Me uses this concept to create an open forum for people to comment on each other's fashion choices, and recommend ways that they can improve their looks.
Hospital Emergency Rooms are notorious for their long wait times. Anyone who has had to seek medical treatment by visiting an ER knows that you're lucky if you're seen by a doctor in under an hour, since often you can wait handfuls of them just to get through the triage process. InQuickER is a booking service that cuts down on the wait times, by allowing you to book an appointment to have your non-life threatening medical situations seen to by a doctor.
At a time when jobs are being cut daily throughout North America, lots of people find themselves in a position that's new and more than slightly terrifying; without a job for perhaps the first time in their lives. Laid Off Camp is an outlet for those who have recently lost their jobs to network and share their terrifying campfire stories with one another, but more than that, it inspires the opportunity that comes with finally being without a job.
We've introduced you to Terracycle before and their line of eco-friendly products. Now, Terracycle is expanding by partnering up with big box stores around the US to promote recycling of non-recyclables. It's a bold business move by a company whose ethics aren't necessarily in line with many of the consumption driven big names we're already familiar with, and smart PR for those corporations looking to improve their environmental image.
In the 60's and 70's, communal living was popular throughout North America, and while it may not have been long-lasting or particularly successful back then, it's a reemerging trend today with businesses like Wanna Start a Commune that focus on networking for communal living standards.
Spring is in the air, and as cooler climates begin warming up for the spring and summer, interesting business concepts that cater to spring activities and interests take on a whole new appeal. Over the upcoming months, the popularity of businesses with an outdoor theme will increase, while consumers take in the nice weather and get outside! In honor of spring's arrival, I'm counting down the Top 10 spring businesses of 2009!