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No Money? No Problem

Don't let a lack of cash stop a good business idea from succeeding.

A Whole New Recipe

Many leading restaurateurs are looking to expand their reach with fast-casual concepts that bring high-quality, reasonably priced meals to the masses. And franchising is helping them do that.

Break on Through to the Other Side

You can't always do it all by yourself--sometimes success requires an external catalyst. Here are the stories of entrepreneurs who needed just one big break, and three scenarios that got them there.

Early Adopters

Getting in on the ground floor can lead to big things in a world where a relatively modest investment can turn into a profitable business.

Healing Power

Enterprising businesspeople are finding that the franchise model can dispense routine medical services as efficiently as it delivers fried chicken or oil changes.


Franchise Success

A Knockout Idea

9Round kicks up circuit fitness training

Catch of the Decade

From food truck to wholesaler to restaurant chain in three years: Here's how Slapfish turned sustainable seafood into a dining revolution.
Get Started

Get Real, People

Turn a product idea into a consumer must-have
Leaning Curve

Corporate Suite vs. Entrepreneur

Everyone has ideas, but it takes a certain personality to successfully leave behind the security of a day job.

Successful Failures

Established businesses use crowdfunding to test new products

Power Aid

How do you find and woo an advisor for your new company?


We asked business software and technology consultant Nikkia Carter of Carter-McGowan Services in King George, Va., for her take on finding the right tools for the job in a variety of enterprises. Here's what she had to say.

The New Hot Spots

The friendliest states for small business
Shout Out

Family Matters

Navigating the family-and-friends focus group

Fresh Starts

Get in on the ground floor with our list of innovative franchise opportunities

Top of the Swirl

Thanks to its CEO's golden touch, Menchie's has become a global brand
Back Page

Get a Life

Most people think entrepreneurs have no lives--but entrepreneurs don't see it that way
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