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The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

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It's been a banner week for Zynga with its long-awaited IPO. But there was a time when its founder was criticized for proposing a free-gaming business model.
December 16, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

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How some entrepreneurs are drawing from the distant past to put a successful new spin on old ideas.
December 16, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

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Here is a collection of next year's top trends for marketing, retailing, service businesses, mobile, social media and more.
December 12, 2011 in Hot Trends
10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012

10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012

From have it your way to make it your way to go your own way, a look at the trends defining opportunity next year.
November 29, 2011 in Business Ideas
Business Trends From 2011 We're Sick Of

Business Trends From 2011 We're Sick Of

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From daily deals to Ashton Kutcher, some of the trends not #winning this past year.
November 29, 2011 in Business Ideas
Who to Follow on Twitter for Innovative Business Ideas

Who to Follow on Twitter for Innovative Business Ideas

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Here are five resources for helping you channel your inner innovator.
November 28, 2011 in Business Ideas
Undergrads Clean Up With an 'Indoor Outhouse' Business for Pets

Undergrads Clean Up With an 'Indoor Outhouse' Business for Pets

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A pair of college students dream up a product that gives pets some relief.
November 25, 2011 in Pet Business Center
Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

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If you'd like to see other entrepreneurs take high-stakes business gambles, nothing beats Discovery Channel's hit Friday-night show 'Gold Rush Alaska.'
November 17, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Startup Aims to Leverage Crowdsourcing in Product Development

Startup Aims to Leverage Crowdsourcing in Product Development

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C.J. Kettler's online crowdsourcing venture, Genius Crowds, aims to move product ideas from the "light bulb" stage onto store shelves.
November 17, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
How to Sell to Grocery Giants Wal-Mart and Whole Foods

How to Sell to Grocery Giants Wal-Mart and Whole Foods

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Here are seven concrete suggestions on getting your products onto the shelves of major grocers.
November 10, 2011 in Retail Center
The Top 100 Low-Cost Franchises for 2011

The Top 100 Low-Cost Franchises for 2011

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Franchises with lower costs of entry can make it easier to be your own boss. Here's a look at the strategies behind low-cost franchising and where to find successful opportunities.
November 8, 2011 in Low-Cost Business Ideas
How One Startup Streamlined and Stylized its Online Storefront

How One Startup Streamlined and Stylized its Online Storefront

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The owner of online consignment shop Closet Rich turned to Goodsie when it was time to dress up for customers.
November 8, 2011 in Retail Center
Hitchswitch Simplifies Newlywed Name Changes

Hitchswitch Simplifies Newlywed Name Changes

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First comes love, then comes marriage... then comes the agonizing process of changing your name. The latest from our wacky business idea files.
November 7, 2011 in Business Ideas
Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself

Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself

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There's a lot more to DIY than that wobbly table you built (and your spouse hates). A Maker Movement leader weighs in on the growth of the DIY community.
October 25, 2011 in Low-Cost Business Ideas
Wine Lovers Design a Lid to Keep Out Bugs

Wine Lovers Design a Lid to Keep Out Bugs

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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.
October 21, 2011 in Business Ideas
New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

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To help stimulate the economy, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services plans to tap industry experts and entrepreneurs for advice.
October 14, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Cities Should Market Their Problems to Entrepreneurs

Cities Should Market Their Problems to Entrepreneurs

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For small towns across the U.S. to grow again after the worst recession since the Great Depression, here's a suggestion: Ask entrepreneurs for help.
October 11, 2011 in Business Ideas
Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

Don't 'Occupy Wall Street,' Start a Small Business

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While some block sidewalks on Wall Street and elsewhere, other unemployed citizens are going in a more productive direction: They're starting businesses.
October 10, 2011 in Business Ideas
Beyond the Food Truck: Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses

Beyond the Food Truck: Six Ideas for Mobile Food Businesses

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If you want to start a food business, but don't have the dough for a full restaurant, check out these mobile options.
September 26, 2011 in Restaurant Center
Two Urban Farmers Test the 'Eat Local' Business

Two Urban Farmers Test the 'Eat Local' Business

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More people are exploring microfarming as a way to become their own boss. A look at two moonlighting gardeners in Cleveland.
September 21, 2011 in Restaurant Center
The Farm-to-Table Founding Fathers

The Farm-to-Table Founding Fathers

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How a Silicon Valley veteran and an English-bred chef helped define the farm-to-table movement.
September 21, 2011 in Restaurant Center
The Economist at the Forefront of the Farm-to-Table Movement

The Economist at the Forefront of the Farm-to-Table Movement

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This business analyst is an unlikely leader in the economics of food localization.
September 21, 2011 in Restaurant Center
How the Farm-to-Table Movement Is Helping Grow the Economy

How the Farm-to-Table Movement Is Helping Grow the Economy

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Producing and using locally sourced food is becoming a sustainable business. Call it Foodie Inc.
September 21, 2011 in Restaurant Center
One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging

One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging

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Product packaging is pesky and expensive, but can we live without it? One startup's founders are betting that the answer is yes.
August 24, 2011 in Business Ideas
Five Ways to Find Your Business Fit

Five Ways to Find Your Business Fit

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If you're looking at getting into a new business, first make sure it suits your needs. Here's how.
August 10, 2011 in Finding Ideas
Wingman Businesses Cash in on Men's Dating Dilemmas

Wingman Businesses Cash in on Men's Dating Dilemmas

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How three entrepreneurs got their start in the growing niche business of love.
August 9, 2011 in Business Ideas
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