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How fast can you make a million? For these companies, the answer was one year. But who knows? Maybe <i>you</i> could do it in less.

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Despite what you may have read in Get Rich Quick! Volume 33, there's no foolproof plan for making $1 million in your first year. Most start-ups never make that kind of annual revenue at all. "People are running away from the big splashes," says Robert Lattimore, president of CCSBI (Contra Costa Software Business Incubator), a Concord, California-based incubator for technology companies. "A year ago, the discussion was macro, not micro, but now people are interested in consistent growth, results and profit."

But that focus on the long term can yield results in the short term. Start-ups that stuck to business basics during the dotcom hysteria of the past few years are now reaping the benefits. Consider these fledgling firms:

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