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Julie Delton for The Chronicle Review

When, on retirement, I exchanged my dean's budget for a position as treasurer of my local beekeeping club, I moved from knowing how many graduate assistantships I could support with $12-million to balancing the club's $1,800 checking account. But my transformation from academic administrator and college professor to businesswoman really began when I decided that I was canning way too many pickles for one household.

Little did I realize how much my small