28 Oct '11, 2am

10 Mom-and-Pop Businesses That Turned Into Empires

10 Mom-and-Pop Businesses That Turned Into Empires

As much as people love mom-and-pop businesses, it can be hard for these small shops to compete with the big guys. Nonetheless, some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world got their start as a small mom-and-pop business. Many of these small business owners never envisioned becoming international corporate giants, but when you’ve got a great idea, the sky is the limit. Here are ten mom-and-pop businesses that turned into empires: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, also known as “The Bean” to loyal customers, is a Los Angeles based, family-run coffee and tea company that’s owned and operated by International Coffee & Tea, LLC. Today, The Bean has approximately 350 company-owned stores, with locations in Southern California, Las Vegas, Honolulu, New York City and Southeast Asia. Today, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is considered a major comp...

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