January 2014 Issue
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These seven innovators are having a major influence on technology, healthcare and the government. We've got our eye on these powerful women. You should, too.
Entrepreneurs are a diverse bunch. The best ones, however, share a collection of characteristics -- from tenacity to the ability to tolerate risk -- that are crucial to any successful venture.
While multitasking may be necessary in the early days of a startup, it's important to recognize when it's time to hand off nonessential tasks.
From thousands of entries we selected 15 finalists. then readers voted on their favorites. We hope you're as inspired by them as we are!
The sector created an estimated 11,000 new establishments and 150,000-plus jobs in 2013, outpacing the overall U.S. economy in business formation and job growth.
The companies in our Franchise 500 are showing dramatic gains. Here are the sectors that are leading the charge.
Positive culture and a commitment to health, family and safety have taken a 24-hour gym concept to the top of the 2014 Franchise 500.
A focus on franchisee selection, training and operations helped Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches reach number five on the Franchise 500 list this year.
Cancer, severe weather, economic uncertainty -- three franchise owners share their personal stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve success.
It's the gourmet meal of a lifetime. Just don't look down.
With the support of the Commerce Department, company executives can travel to regions of interest and meet with potential investors, which may be the boost some franchises need to expand their concepts into international brands.
With a number of high-profile IPOs, franchises are having a moment in the Wall Street spotlight.
A newcomer to the Franchise 500, IceBorn boasts a proprietary system that can be controlled and monitored by franchisees remotely via a smartphone.
Thinking of investing? Check out these three critical sections of the franchise disclosure document first.
An editor reflects on her 10 years covering the world of franchising.
Scottevest has recorded steady revenue growth, expecting to finish 2013 with sales of $10 million.
Packaging of the Month
Constant business travel can test even the heartiest of road warriors. Here are some survival tactics for long stretches away from home.
Apparel startup Homage combines period-correct design sensibilities with contemporary production techniques.
50 Shades of Pay
A colorful take on POS hardware
Dad Goes Digital
You're out of excuses: The latest in wearable fitness tech syncs to your computer and smartphone, making it easier and more stylish than ever to get off of the couch.
Our ethics coach takes your questions about under-the-table payments, planned obsolescence and price transparency.
Best practices for picking your mentor's brain.
If you're trying to sell something, online reviews are important to your customers. Here's how to beef up your business's presence on review sites.
Ask a Pro
Some Breathing Room
The Nessie makes any speaker sound like a pro
Website to Watch
FiscalNote keeps tabs on legislation for businesses
Organize your business receipts with a snap
The Hottest Spot in Town
Sharing your Wi-Fi is good Karma
Ask A Geek
Enough Is Enough
To the Cloud
Prakash Mishra, co-founder and CTO, Offerpop, New York City
Ragged Mountain was having problems with its new electronic ticketing system. After embracing a more high-tech, easy to use platform, the ski resort's sales skyrocketed.
Ask the Money Guy
If you're in the enviable position of having an excess of cash, you have the opportunity to invest it in your business.
Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented.
With hundreds of crowdfunding platforms online, it's hard to know which to choose. CrowdsUnite aims to cut through the confusion by providing a comprehensive review site of all the available options.
Selling stock in your company, especially if it keeps you from sleeping in your car, is not necessarily a bad move.
The inventors claim that topically applied caffeine offers a consistent level of energy without the jolting buzz-then-crash that comes with drinking caffeinated drinks.
Who Has VC?
The Mobile Receptionist
A management solution for small service businesses rakes in cash
Q and A
Finding the right name can make or break your business.