Inside the October 2011 Issue
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An Education

The Princeton Review surveys more than 2,000 schools each year to rank the 50 best entrepreneurship programs. Here's our 2011 list, plus a look behind the numbers.

Foodie Inc.

Producing and using locally sourced food is becoming a sustainable business. Call it Foodie Inc.

The Founding Fathers

How a Silicon Valley veteran and an English-bred chef helped define the farm-to-table movement.

The Urban Farmers

More people are exploring microfarming as a way to become their own boss. A look at two moonlighting gardeners in Cleveland.

The Economist

This business analyst is an unlikely leader in the economics of food localization.

Hack Job

An expanding network of cybercriminals is taking aim at the hidden flaws lurking inside the custom-created apps on your company's website. Here's how to safeguard application security for your customers -- and your business.

Wheels

Our annual report on commercial vehicles examines the full range -- and what their choices say about their personalities, their styles and their businesses.

Buying a Fleet Vehicle for Your Business

Looking for a deal on cars, vans or trucks? If you need to buy in bulk, you may be able to arrange 'preferred pricing.'

Team Leader

Candida Brush knows the ultimate irony of successful entrepreneurship: It's not about doing something on your own.

There are No Yodas

Boston College's John Gallaugher doesn't try to be an all-knowing mentor to his students. But he does lead them on their first trek into the galaxy of tech.

Science Means Business

Alain Kaloyeros pioneered nanotech research at the University at Albany. Now he oversees a program in which students are trained to be both scientists and entrepreneurs.

Community Effort

The money is coming back in business borrowing-- so why don't businesses want it? Here's a look at what some innovative community banks are doing to try to be your lender.

Beyond the Bubble (Tea)

Economic cycles come and go, but businesses must thrive in good times and bad. Fat Straws Bubble Tea's Terry Pham launched during a recession and survived two downturns. Learn how Pham and other entrepreneurs made a go of it in tough times.

Lessons for Survival

Startups large and small have sprung from downturns. Here's how they've managed.

Capital Ideas

With hard work and trust in the concept, franchisees can make it big. From a maid service, to a restaurant and a photography studio, here's how three entrepreneurs profited from their own spin on a franchise's business plan.

Columns

Editor's Note

The New Food Chain

A head of lettuce from the farmers market isn't going to cut it anymore. Locally-sourced food is becoming a sustainable business.
Business Unusual

A Sharp Idea

He was definitely cut out for this business: Quintin Middleton shows off his chops with high-quality culinary cutware.
Ask the Esquire Guy

What's the Secret to Better Brainstorming?

Ah, the brainstorming session--who came up with the idea for that, anyway? The Esquire guy offers up some advice on how to cultivate better concepts.
Ask a Pro

Bring in the Big Guns

More than the usual trouble sleeping at night is just one indicator that it's time to bring in an experienced executive to bring order to your firm's finances.
All Up In Your Business

Virtual People, Real Dollars

A look at how a food truck and a veterinary practice are making virtual relationships online that translate into real-life dollars.

A Safer World

Sir Richard's delivers free condoms to developing nations, trading on the buy one, give one away model made famous by TOMS shoes.
The Business Traveler

When Navigation Fails

GPS is innovative and useful for showing you the way. Until it steers you wrong.
Shiny Object of the Month

Watch This

Monitors can be repurposed as interactive marketing kiosks, allowing your customers to see for themselves just how innovative you are. Here are three of the sharpest.
Mobile Tech

New Wine in New Bottles

Why startups like Sacre Bleu believe quick response codes to extend its branding and deliver information at the point of sale. Are QR codes the next big thing in mobile marketing?

A Mobile Marketing Trifecta

Advertisers can get check-in, discounting and social media marketing in one neat little package.

Ditch the Cards

Cardboard punch cards and laminated key-ring tags are so last year. These apps can help you put your rewards program on smartphones.

Payroll As You Go

The payroll giant is offering a mobile app that lets employees of its U.S. clients check and manage their HR, payroll and benefits information from their smart phones.
Ask A Geek

How to Get to the Point

While some of the traditional technology for presentations continues to change, compelling content and delivery are still key to making an impact on audiences.

A Touch of Creativity

PCs with touch-based interfaces have a small business upside: They can morph into everything from interactive retail kiosks to data-entry terminals.

Heads in the Cloud

MindShift brings the cloud-computing concept down to earth, so that small firms like Salo can see big IT improvements.
Website to Watch

Social Potatoes

This new website to watch aggregates social media comments about TV shows as they air and links them to program listings in real time.

A Fair Trade

A new online marketplace can help companies sitting out the discount game pull in new customers through unused deals from other businesses.
The Fix

People Who Need People

A stationery boutique owner had to do some serious bargain-hunting when she needed a web designer to add a 'shop online' element to her company's website.

Brew Ha-Ha

Chicago's Finch's Beer replaces signage with social media marketing and finds frothy fame.
Linked

Social Phenom

Google+ has quickly become the place to be in social media. Here's why--and what your business should do about it.
Doing Good

Light Hearted

How Lee Rhodes went from battling illness to creating a votive and candleholder company that offers comfort to consumers and financial support to cancer patients.
Lead Gen

The Link to Better Leads

Facebook is for stalking old flames, and LinkedIn is for finding new jobs, right? Wrong. Here's a look at an old social media platform's new lead-gen value.

When to Take the Money

The founder of 2-year-old digital card startup GiftZip.com decided to sell to gift-card behemoth SVM. He shares his views on the dangers of not doing the math.

Keep It Local

Need a nudge to hire a new employee? The financial software company is offering funding to small businesses that create jobs.
Who Has VC

Phone Bank

Pageonce lands a new cash infusion to mobilize the 'wallet of the future.'

Spouse Rules

Employers can save money by creating 'working-spouse carve-outs' encouraging employees to use their spouse's health-insurance plans.
Your Money

The End of Something

When the time comes to deal with personal loss, it pays to be ready. Here's how to prepare yourself and your family.
Wacky Ideas That Just Might Fly

Put a Lid On It

Hats off to Greg and Renee Plumlee, the creators of BevHat, a mesh cover designed to keep insects out of drinks. From our Wacky Ideas That Just Might Fly file.
College Startups

The Stakes Are High

Going to business school is a job in itself. Trying to start a company at the same time can be even more daunting. Daniel Gulati of FashionStake did both.
Finance for Startups

Parental Support

With the success of one startup, Kiha Lee financed another.

Efficiency Expert

Eric Ries talks about the ideas behind his new book 'The Lean Startup.'

Global Village

Franchising is exploding in international markets, from Latin America to Asia to Europe and beyond. Here's a look at the franchises leading the worldwide expansion, along with insight on how to succeed on the global stage.

A Guide to World Domination

Is your goal world domination? Here's advice on how to make your business concept a success outside the U.S.
Franchise Ink

Safe Sitters

For better quality child care, this franchisor turned to those with the most experience.
Opportunities

Downsizing

A Moe's Southwest Grill franchisee's idea for a smaller, more healthful burrito was a hit with customers chainwide.
Back Page

To B-school or Not to B-school?

Going to business school certainly doesn't guarantee entrepreneurial success--but is it valuable? Entrepreneur went to experts from both sides of the lectern for firsthand accounts of the pros and cons of MBA programs.
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