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There's more than 28 million small businesses across the U.S. -- and a simple idea was behind each and every one of them. Most entrepreneurs realize that their own innovation and creativity plays a critical role in developing unique products and services.

When brainstorming your next venture, consider your own experiences, needs and interests to unearth new customers and markets. Focusing on your passions can lead you to the next big thing.  

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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
Four Fast-Growing Niches in the Travel Business

Four Fast-Growing Niches in the Travel Business

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Have a passion for the travel business? Consider these four niches that are quickly winning over weekend warriors.
July 26, 2011 in Business Ideas
Five Businesses Born at a Bar

Five Businesses Born at a Bar

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The back-of-the-napkin business plan is not just a myth. Here are just a few examples of business ideas that took shape over drinks.
June 21, 2011 in Business Ideas
Video: Why Keeping a Business Idea Secret Can BackfirePlay Video

Why Keeping a Business Idea Secret Can Backfire (Video)

At our Entrepreneur Magazine Roundtable, entrepreneurs extolled the benefits of sharing business ideas liberally.
June 21, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
This Crowdsourcing Site Helps Turn Business Ideas into Money

This Crowdsourcing Site Helps Turn Business Ideas into Money

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Ahhha.com is a social network that taps the collective wisdom of the masses.
June 7, 2011 in Evaluating Your Idea
Five Creativity Exercises to Find Your Passion

Five Creativity Exercises to Find Your Passion

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Want to start a business, but not sure what to pursue? Here's how to discover what you love.
June 3, 2011 in Startup Basics
How to Make Money As An Expert

How to Make Money As An Expert

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Package up the knowledge inside your head to create a business based on your expertise.
May 12, 2011 in Startup Basics
Video: The Innovators: Behance's Scott BelskyPlay Video

The Innovators: Behance's Scott Belsky (Video)

The founder of a network for creative professionals shares his thoughts on ideas, execution and innovation.
April 11, 2011 in Leadership
Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas

Upcycling Becomes a Treasure Trove for Green Business Ideas

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Forget recycling. Reusing materials discarded in the manufacturing process is a growing force behind a fresh new industry.
March 22, 2011 in Going Green
Three Green Industries Ready for a Growth Spurt

Three Green Industries Ready for a Growth Spurt

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Put the kibosh on your turbine dreams. Instead, turn to the past to create an eco-business with a sound future.
March 22, 2011 in Going Green
An Entrepreneur Helps Turn Unmentionable Business into a Fancy Affair

An Entrepreneur Helps Turn Unmentionable Business into a Fancy Affair

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An Atlanta entrepreneur helps turn unmentionable business into a fancy affair.
March 22, 2011 in Success Stories
Creating a Startup at 60 MPH

Creating a Startup at 60 MPH

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Think starting a business is hard? Try doing it on a bus in 48 hours.
March 14, 2011 in Technology
When Whiffling is Good Business

When Whiffling is Good Business

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Can a boyhood dream become a successful sports league?
March 8, 2011 in Success Stories
Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Clean Up with a Soap Business

Eco-Conscious Entrepreneurs Clean Up with a Soap Business

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A couple turns restaurants' cooking oil into soap -- and sells it back to the establishments.
February 22, 2011 in Restaurant Center
A Surprising Business Idea

A Surprising Business Idea

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Who doesn't like a good mystery? Three entrepreneurs deliver the unexpected.
February 22, 2011 in Business Ideas
Two Weeks to Startup: Day 1. Finding the Right Fit

Two Weeks to Startup: Day 1. Finding the Right Fit

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If you're really serious about starting a business, our daily guide will help turn your vision into a reality.
February 7, 2011 in Starting a Business
Two Weeks to Startup: Day 2. Research Your Business Idea

Two Weeks to Startup: Day 2. Research Your Business Idea

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Carving out a niche in the marketplace is crucial to survival. Here's how to evaluate your chances of success.
February 1, 2011 in Market Research

Outsourced ... to America?

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Rural outsourcing is emerging as a trend for big businesses in America -- but is it something small business can tap into?
December 17, 2010 in Business Ideas
10 Trends That Could Change Your Business

10 Trends That Could Change Your Business

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From crowdsourced shopping to mancessories to new ways to get green: The 10 trends that will define opportunity next year.
December 2, 2010 in Business Ideas
Need a Business Idea? Here are 55

Need a Business Idea? Here are 55

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You can start any of these home based businesses for less than $5,000.
July 1, 2010 in Low-Cost Business Ideas

What's Your Problem?

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Figure out what's bugging your classmates and you just might discover a business idea.
April 15, 2010 in Success Stories
Photos: 10 Low-Cost Weekend Businesses to Start

10 Low-Cost Weekend Businesses to Start

Check out this list of 10 great, low-cost businesses you can start in your spare time.
February 1, 2010 in Low-Cost Business Ideas

Rock Band Network Creates New Industries

Entrepreneurial musicians and programmers should benefit from these exciting new markets.
January 22, 2010 in Business Ideas

How to Buy and Sell on eBay Scam-Free

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Don't give up on the biggest auction marketplace because of fears of fraud. Here's how to buy and sell without a hitch.
January 1, 2008 in Security
Photos: One-of-a-Kind Franchises to Start

One-of-a-Kind Franchises to Start

Looking for a unique franchise experience? Look no further.
October 3, 2007 in Franchises

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