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Ideas are a dime a dozen

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Editor's note: Inman News publisher and longtime innovator Brad Inman has launched a blog at BradInman.com that will carry "stories, ideas and lessons on starting businesses." His first post, republished here, retells the successes of another family innovator, his grandfather Allen Inman. The post highlights the importance of good ideas -- and the higher importance of incorporating them, building upon them and acting upon them. Click here to read the original post.This story is difficult to confirm because my Uncle Dale is dead. He died of a heart attack in 1961. Fact or fiction, the story goes like this. Dale operated clothing stores in Arkadelphia, Ark. "He was the best merchant of the bunch," my father often said. Everyone on my father's side of the family was a small-town retailer; his two brothers, his sister and his father. The family lore is that my Uncle Dale knew Sam Walton. Here is the connection. Walton purchased a Ben Franklin variety store in Newport,...