April 2013 Issue
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Whether they've been around for decades or were launched in the last two years, some companies just have a bit of magic when it comes to grabbing attention and establishing themselves as fan favorites.
Here's how one 'trep went from amateur photographer to web mogul, serving up the visuals that enliven the way we work, study, purchase and play.
Are you in need of some recharging? Is your staff looking a little drained? We've got the tools and tips to help you get back in action.
How five companies messed up -- and what they should have done.
How a little bit of personal attention can go a long way with customer loyalty.
The founder of a network for creative professionals shares his thoughts on ideas, execution and innovation.
What makes a great logo? And how can you make one that stands out? Here's a look at 20 companies that have mastered the art of getting and keeping customers' attention.
To keep your business running smoothly, it's crucial to have a clear division of duties. Here's how to set up a business with shared responsibilities-- for greater satisfaction and greater rewards.
Overcoming cultural and legal differences to stake a claim in the U.S.
The Window to Your Brand
Eco-friendly skateboard and apparel business has a mission to help rescue animals. Hendrick Boards donates as much as 40 percent of its revenue to 200 animal shelters, rescues and sanctuaries.
A father and son road trip led them to launch a small pawn shop that grew into a nationwide franchise.
Marketers behave differently online than their customers.Here's how to fix the disconnect and gain some insight into your customer base.
A Retro Fitness franchisee cut their electricity costs by adding eco-friendly features.
The Ethics Coach
We tackle the ethical dilemmas of pretending to be bigger than you are, selling products you get for free, and quitting your job to become the competition.
Follow these simple rules to maximize your money--while staying on the IRS's good side.
Want a business you can feel comfortable with, minus the cost of a storefront or office? These franchises may be just what you're looking for.
All Up In Your Business
Four steps to building your brand into something that's more true to you.
Your brand draws customers to your business. Here are the elements you should consider when designing it.
Ask a Pro
Making clear-headed decisions is the ability to see beyond your entrenched biases and move your business forward. Here's how to do it.
Ask the Esquire Guy
How to sound natural, deliver a difficult message, and the phases you should never say.
Sales of a carbonation device go from flat to sparkling.
Struggling to convey your startup's value to consumers? Team with the right design firm for branding that fits.
The story of one La Cocina graduate and her quest to cook up authentic Mexican tastes.
The Suitcase Entrepreneur
The trinkets, tchotchkes and T-shirts that say, 'I was there.'
If you are rejected, don't automatically assume it's your business plan that's the issue. It could be the firm's approach to its fund's investment cycle.
Ask the Money Guy
How to figure out where your company can expand and the financial models to get you there.
Who Has VC?
Chefs Feed has a network of more than 600 chefs that rate and review items at restaurants in 15 U.S. cities.
A veteran clothing designer gives custom advice to fashion 'treps.
A prepaid campus laundry service offers a lesson in entrepreneurship.
An art school uses an online lending matchmaker to find capital.
Can't just let it be? WotWentWrong.com offers assistance for the dumped.
Ask A Geek
From erasing your data to finding an e-waste recycler, here's what you need to know when you're ready to let go of your old tech.
Ribbon allows for one-click payments via any user platform.
Travel productively with these out-of-office assistants that do everything from track your luggage to organize your expenses.
Revolution Golf, a video tutorial website, signed up 1.2 million subscribers, and needed a solution to manage customer service. Here's how they did it.
The Online Trep
Metail creates a 3-D avatar of shoppers then digitizes clothing collections and merges the garment images with the customer's avatar.
Website to Watch
PayrollHero streamlines the business of tracking employee schedules, for both management and workers, all in the cloud.