April 2011 Issue
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Marlo Scott transcended the whole sticky-sweet cupcake trend with a genius concept--serve them with booze!
We blended a team of digital marketing experts with an old-school rib joint to see if social media can really work.
Put the kibosh on your turbine dreams. Instead, turn to the past to create an eco-business with a sound future.
Forget recycling. Reusing materials discarded in the manufacturing process is a growing force behind a fresh new industry.
A look at our 2011 annual Growth Conference.
Create your image, get known and give your customers what they want. Just leave the ego at home.
Our list of the top restaurant franchises--and how to be innovative when it comes to the most important meal of the day.
As an entrepreneur, you're probably either slightly frazzled, mildly frayed or full-on exhausted.
Not every franchisee has what it takes to juggle more than one brand, but those who do can reap big rewards
What do a Lincoln Continental, a Victoria Secret model and Kevin Costner have to do with each other? Environmentalism. Duh.
How one earplug company supports jobs for 200 people with disabilities.
In honor of Earth Day, this month we look at a host of green business ideas and new market opportunities.
Local schools in need of new equipment win big when they partner with a Sports Image franchise.
Social coupons can appealing--but make sure you're prepared to handle the rush of new customers they can bring.
From online to off, and the other way around. Why both worlds still matter.
After a brain injury left him disoriented and forgetful, a former small-business owner finds clarity in cooking.
App of the Month
Next time you hit the road on business, skip the hotel and check into an igloo or castle instead.
Ask a Pro
Considering an acquisition? Learn to minimize a potential blow to employees and maximize the value of existing talent.
A Colorado salon adds a heavy dose of style as it takes away unwanted hair
What to do when you can't pay the taxes you owe by April.
Does gender affect how investment decisions are made?
Who Is Getting VC
A new way for small nonprofits to tap into big audiences and raise awareness and exposure online.
Is it really possible to save money on your mobile service? It is--if you know the right places to look.
A discount site adds a charitable twist to online shopping, supporting both local businesses and nonprofit causes
Website to Watch
Big Cartel offers bands, fashion designers, poster printers and other talents an online platform to market their merchandise.
Blank Label founders Fan Bi and Danny Wong have made more than $350,000 in their first year.
Finance for Startups
Is funding your startup with your retirement savings ill-advised or smart investing?
Wacky Ideas That Just Might Fly
An Atlanta entrepreneur helps turn unmentionable business into a fancy affair.
Ask A Geek
The question: As a small-business owner, how can I protect my business from looming online security threats?
If it is, your friends and colleagues will be happy to see you--and leech off your mobile high-speed connection.
AppMakr's do-it-yourself mobile application development platform turned Filter Publications into a mobile app developer.
Shiny Object of the Month
A new Bluetooth device from Bose makes you hands-free without the hurt