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The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga
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The Investors Who Laughed at Zynga

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.
Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes
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Cooking Up New Business Ideas from Old-World Recipes

How some entrepreneurs are drawing from the distant past to put a successful new spin on old ideas.
Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012
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Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

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

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

Here are five resources for helping you channel your inner innovator.
Undergrads Clean Up With an 'Indoor Outhouse' Business for Pets
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Undergrads Clean Up With an 'Indoor Outhouse' Business for Pets

A pair of college students dream up a product that gives pets some relief.
Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?
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Entrepreneurs Risk All On 'Gold Rush Alaska.' Would You?

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.'
Startup Aims to Leverage Crowdsourcing in Product Development
Evaluating Your Idea

Startup Aims to Leverage Crowdsourcing in Product Development

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

Here are seven concrete suggestions on getting your products onto the shelves of major grocers.
The Top 100 Low-Cost Franchises
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The Top 100 Low-Cost Franchises

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.
How One Startup Streamlined and Stylized its Online Storefront
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How One Startup Streamlined and Stylized its Online Storefront

The owner of online consignment shop Closet Rich turned to Goodsie when it was time to dress up for customers.
Hitchswitch Simplifies Newlywed Name Changes
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Hitchswitch Simplifies Newlywed Name Changes

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

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.
Wine Lovers Design a Lid to Keep Out Bugs
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Wine Lovers Design a Lid to Keep Out Bugs

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.
New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration
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New Plan Asks Entrepreneurs to Sound Off on Immigration

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

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

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

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

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

How a Silicon Valley veteran and an English-bred chef helped define the farm-to-table movement.
The Economist at the Forefront of the Farm-to-Table Movement
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The Economist at the Forefront of the Farm-to-Table Movement

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

Producing and using locally sourced food is becoming a sustainable business. Call it Foodie Inc.
One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging
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One Startup's Plan to Kill Product Packaging

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

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

How three entrepreneurs got their start in the growing niche business of love.
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