Full disclosure: I'm a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Class of '82. On my desk at the Inquirer I have a Penn State coffee mug, a water bottle bearing the Nittany Lion logo, and a pen-and-pencil holder crocheted in blue and white with a "P" glued on the front.
Diane Mastrull has been at the Inquirer since 1997, covering Atlantic City, suburban development trends, commercial development, and, for the last six years, small business. The creator of the red-hot Scrub Daddy attributes his emergence as the top-selling product on Shark Tank to first being written about by Diane. But even businesses with tiny footprints are of interest, as they all have stories of motivation, adaptation, and trial and error that others can learn from.