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1-800 Flowers

1800-Flowers

He had no business education, yet he became a business tycoon. Learn how a former social worker turned a flower shop into a global business empire.

What they do:
Market, sell, and deliver fresh flowers.

Inspiration:
In 1976, Jim McCann was looking for another way to supplement his income. He did it by buying a flower shop and revolutionizing the industry.

About the business:
McCann was the first person to put a 1-800 telephone number in his company’s name. His business boomed with the telephone number 1-800-flowers. Today, the company Jim started with a single shop is one of the world’s largest web enabled florists. McCann got so successful he started buying other companies, and recently the flower guy made $668 million in total revenue.

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