Inside the January 2014 Issue
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Women to Watch 2014

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.

Do You Have What it Takes?

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.

What to Delegate

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.

Making It Big

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!

Franchise 500 On the Upswing

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 Big League

The companies in our Franchise 500 are showing dramatic gains. Here are the sectors that are leading the charge.

It's Shaping Up to Be a Good Year

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 Tasty Turnaround

A focus on franchisee selection, training and operations helped Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches reach number five on the Franchise 500 list this year.

How I Did It

Cancer, severe weather, economic uncertainty -- three franchise owners share their personal stories of overcoming obstacles to achieve success.

Daredevil Dining

It's the gourmet meal of a lifetime. Just don't look down.

Passport to Profit

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.

Bullish on Franchising

With a number of high-profile IPOs, franchises are having a moment in the Wall Street spotlight.

Cold, Hard Cash

A newcomer to the Franchise 500, IceBorn boasts a proprietary system that can be controlled and monitored by franchisees remotely via a smartphone.

The Key to the FDD

Thinking of investing? Check out these three critical sections of the franchise disclosure document first.

10 Years in Franchising

An editor reflects on her 10 years covering the world of franchising.


Editor's Note

Face Forward

Business Unusual

Wired for Travel

Scottevest has recorded steady revenue growth, expecting to finish 2013 with sales of $10 million.
Business Unusual

Packaging of the Month


If It's Tuesday, This Must be Toledo

Constant business travel can test even the heartiest of road warriors. Here are some survival tactics for long stretches away from home.

Shirt Tales

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


New Moves

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.

Cheap Tricks

Our ethics coach takes your questions about under-the-table payments, planned obsolescence and price transparency.
Esquire Guy

Gray Matters

Best practices for picking your mentor's brain.

Everybody's a Critic

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

Shiny Objects

Speech Therapist

The Nessie makes any speaker sound like a pro
Website to Watch

Government Watchdog

FiscalNote keeps tabs on legislation for businesses
Mobile Tech

Bill Collector

Organize your business receipts with a snap
Mobile Tech

The Hottest Spot in Town

Sharing your Wi-Fi is good Karma
Ask A Geek

Enough Is Enough

To the Cloud

Sliding Scale

Prakash Mishra, co-founder and CTO, Offerpop, New York City
The Fix

Snow Job

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

How Much Cash on Hand Is Too Much? And What Should I Do With It?

If you're in the enviable position of having an excess of cash, you have the opportunity to invest it in your business.
VC Viewpoint

Change Is Good

Good companies are always desirable, but the level of demand right now is unprecedented.
Startup Finance

Rating the Platforms

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.
Your Money

What About Me?

Selling stock in your company, especially if it keeps you from sleeping in your car, is not necessarily a bad move.
Wacky Idea

Jolt Without the Joe

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

What's in a Name?

Finding the right name can make or break your business.
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