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The Best Business Bars

Our writers barhopped far and wide to search out the nation's top spots for throwing one back in the name of business.

How to Open a Coffee Bar

Consider these essentials to help make your caffeinated dreams come true. Plus, a list of the leading coffee franchises.

A Veteran of Franchising

Lonnie Helgerson has headed up Ident-A-Kid, Expetec and Computer Doctor, but he's also a veteran of the U.S. Army. Helgerson's latest company combines his knowledge of both worlds.

The Coffee Connoisseur

This innovator elevated coffee to a level of appreciation on par with gourmet food and fine wine. An inside look at how the company helped launch a culture of coffee aficionados.

Gourmet Coffee Bars: A Caffeine-Fueled Comparison

We look at some of the more notable coffee shops around the U.S.

Creating Business Over Coffee

The Summit SF is helping entrepreneurs brew the next big idea.

Business and a Beer

Food, brew and wisdom: We assembled a diverse group of entrepreneurs to talk about recipes for success.

Signs of Life

A look at some of the more hopeful signals from the world of commercial lending, community banks, credit unions and venture backers

From Paycheck to Pay Dirt

First-time business owners starting a venture in unfamiliar waters face a special set of challenges. Here are three who tackled them with success.

All the Right Moves

These franchisees packed up their homes and their previous careers to pursue small-business success in new cities

Incentives Abound

Veterans have myriad opportunities for franchise success--often at special rates. Here's a look at some of the best options.


Born at the Bar

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.

Questionable Activity

The leader's guide to winning bar happy-hour trivia contests.

Rub Elbows With a VC

This popular dive bar in Manhattan attracts its share of venture investors scouting startup talent.

The Best Business Bars

Our writers barhopped far and wide to search out the nation's top spots for throwing one back in the name of business.
Doing Good

Chew On This

When his first idea doesn't hold water, an entrepreneur turns to gum -- and a philanthropic business model.
Editor's Note

The Other Office

Entrepreneur Magazine's editor-in-chief on outside-the-office meeting places.
Franchise Ink

Toe to Toe

After conquering gourmet ice cream and Southwestern cuisine, three franchise veterans kick off their shoes and get into sandals.
Lead Gen

The Rise of the Real-Time Deal

What do you get when you combine the daily discount model with the urge of the impulse purchase? Merchants hope the answer is instant customers.

How to Make Heroes

Most marketers put the focus on their product. Try flipping that around and showing your customers how they can be successful.

A Family Affair

Two sisters and their retired mom team up to nurture a neglected franchise that sells used clothing for kids.
All Up In Your Business

Responsibility: It's What's For Breakfast

Easy and broad digital access has made everyone a content creator. Make sure you know how to behave online.

How to Be a Downer

Everyone has to deliver unwelcome information at some point. Here's one expert's take on a better way to do it.
Ask a Pro

The Value of Failure

Buying or selling a company? Learn how to avoid the most common mistakes in these business transactions.
Business Unusual

Knowledge on Tap

How one beer lover tanked his career in favor of teaching people about his beverage of choice

Jargon: Tweat

A tweet designed to discredit you and damage the reputation of your business.
Your Money

The Secret to a Rich Life

You don't want to be rich. You want to be happy. The question is, can money buy happiness? Turns out it can--to an extent.
Build a Website

How Do Your Leads Measure Up?

Here are a few ways to check the effectiveness of online business generation by developing a lead-scoring model.
Website to Watch

TheTippling Point

This social network says it's more than just 'Groupon for nightlife.'
Finance for Startups

Go Union

Gary Hicks, president and CEO of, describes how he secured financing from a credit union to launch his job-hunting site.

The End of Free

As mobile data plans move to a pay-per-use model, you and your business will have to learn to work around them.
Can't Live With / Can't Live Without

The Tablet Test

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the first real credible tablet challengers to Apple's iPad. But are its more limited apps a hindrance or an advantage?
Ask A Geek

Hosted With the Most

Many small-business owners want the flexibility of hosted voice-over-IP but not the lack of reliability and call quality. We asked a tech geek: Is there a way to get both?
Shiny Object of the Month

Have Ink, Will Travel

The Officejet 100 is a printer that you can check into your luggage and can either plug into a wall outlet or run off a battery.
Mobile Tech

Anger Management

How digital commerce platform Shopify helped Angry Birds creator Rovio Mobile spread its wings into licensed merchandise sales.

The Art of Online Commerce

Moontoast's digital platform helps affinity brands like Nashville's Arts Company translate Facebook fan fervor into online revenue.

Bar Keep

The staff of Esquire put away plenty of drinks at the bar in the San Domenico--and the bartender became their (somewhat) silent partner.

Show Off Your Classic Style

This Louisville, Ky., hotel bar can be a great place for horse trading of all types.

Celebrate a Big Win

This Las Vegas venue is one of the more glitzy places in Tinsel Town to toast a business victory.

Hang With Hipsters

This Portland, Ore., nightspot is an island of modernity in the city's retro hipster Pearl District.

Hide Out in When Business Goes Bad

This East Nashville stop is dark and takes mixology seriously.

Get Some Work Done

This Seattle bar can be a great place to power through emails.

Rent a Stylish Meeting Space

This Boston brasserie has a private dining room favored by liquor-industry insiders, among other members of the city's business elite.

Get the Business Scoop From a Bartender

The owner and bartender has an M.B.A. and intel on business locals in San Francisco. Try his award-winning Bloody Mary.

Network Without Spending Big Bucks

This Santa Monica, Calif., hangout offers the kind of soft lighting and easy-on-the-wallet happy hour that can appeal to Gen-X startup founders.

Find a Behind-the-Bar Mentor

The serial entrepreneur and mixologist serves up solid business advice at his Dallas establishment.

Get Green Inspiration

This LEED-certified converted warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., just might inspire your own eco-business idea.
Who Has VC

Are You Game?

This Austin company can turn almost anyone into a game developer.
Wacky Ideas That Just Might Fly

Do the Robot

Fed up with traveling for business? Anybot's 'personal avatar' can help.
College Startups

On the Fast Track

Following $3 billion in transactions for 20,000 companies can take 3 billion keystrokes across 20,000 spreadsheets--or, with inDinero, just a few clicks

Tools for the Task

Snap-on Tools franchisee Greg Welch puts training into action.
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