Starting a Business

Restaurant Center

Editor's Note: The New Bare-Bones Restaurant Model

How can this economy work for you? Just take a look at restaurants.
Customer Loyalty and Retention

Focus on Core Customers

Be committed to them, and they'll deliver new clients to you.
Business Ideas

Involver: A New Frontier in Marketing

Rahim Fazal forged a niche helping advertisers engage customers using new media formats.
Business Ideas

Business Unusual: Take One Website, Add Stroke of Genius

Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are tapping into the mad enthusiasm of home cooks.
Business Ideas

The Gift-Card Economy

Shoppers put $90 billion on gift cards last year. A few entrepreneurs saw an opportunity.
Business Ideas

Irons Need Not Apply

For business travelers, a new breed of wrinkle-free cotton means rumpled days are over.
Building a Website

The New Tastemakers

Social media meets online retailing at ThisNext.com, making everyone a critic.
Building a Website

For More Sales, Create a Landing Page

A well-conceived landing page sends the right signals about your company and can help boost conversion rates.
Your Business Plan

My Planning's Off. What Now?

Here are 3 steps to take when your business plan doesn't match the actual.
Your Business Plan

Sustainability Increases Stockholder Value

New research indicates that sustainability can also equal profitability.
Financing

Real-Life Lessons From Shark Tank

It may be just a TV show, but entrepreneurs can learn a lot about the perfect pitch by watching.
A Photographer's View
Success Stories

A Photographer's View

Take a glimpse into the photography business as photographer Harper Smith talks about how she got her studio off the ground.
Startup Basics

Is it Really Innovation?

Peter Diamandis talks about what innovation really is while Tim O'Reilly calls the I-word era "dead on arrival."
Success Stories

Brewing Big (With a Micro Soul)

After 18 years of growth and with annual revenue about to break $100 million, Kim Jordan still maintains New Belgium's freewheeling spirit.
Business Ideas

Honk if You Can Read This

Sign spinning has morphed from curbside oddity to performance art--and a surprisingly effective way for a startup to grab attention.
Inventing

Get Rich Off Your Million-Dollar Idea

It's not geniuses who come up with inventions. It's normal people who see a better way to do things.
Business Ideas

Startups Are Working on Algae Biofuels

56 startups are looking to algae as the cure for our oil addiction.
Startup Financing

Ex-Googler Launching $5 Million VC Fund

Chris Sacca goes from angel investor and Google employee to venture capitalist.
Home Based Basics

Learn How to Delegate Better

Do an assessment of your weaknesses and find the right people to fill in those gaps.
Young Entrepreneurs

More Than Just a Number

Jennifer Walzer was young, fearless and fed up when she launched Backup My Info!
Financing

Crowd-Sourcing: The New Angel Investor

Will crowd-sourcing revolutionize the financing industry?
Financing

Raising Funding in a Harsh Environment

4 things you can do to get venture capitalists to take notice of your startup.
Home Based Basics

Feng Shui for the Home Office, Part I

Enhancing the energy of a space can increase productivity and creativity.
Startup Advice from Professor Robert Foster
Your Business Plan

Startup Advice from Professor Robert Foster

Robert Foster, UCLA Adjunct Professor at Anderson School of Management, discusses the essential elements of a business plan and the common pitfalls that face new businesses.
Franchise: Freedom or Fantasy?
Success Stories

Franchise: Freedom or Fantasy?

If you're thinking about ditching the corporate world for a franchise, author Mitchell York has the reality check you need.
Sales Techniques

Do a Sales Job on Yourself

Resolve to put your customers' interests first and watch your sales increase.
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