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May 2011
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The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne on Reinventing the Music Industry

For this iconoclastic rocker, there are no limits to how music can be packaged, delivered and consumed.

Carving a Niche in Digital Music Distribution

The Orchard's early insight into digital distribution of music is proving bountiful -- and helping independent musicians get on the radar.

A New Tool to Help Businesses Check Out Who's Checking In

Geotoko helps businesses reach customers of every check-in app persuasion.

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A New Model to Help Improve Website Usability

Offering an optimal blend of text, graphics and white space will keep your visitors clicking.

A New Conference-Call Tool Makes Group Calls from the Road Easier

Jabra's new portable speakerphone makes it easy to organize a group call on the go.

A Pizza Franchisee Explains the Secrets Behind His Success

A Wisconsin franchisee discovers the secret behind a pizza chain's unparalleled popularity and makes a bundle in the bargain.

A Primer on Cash-Flow Projections

Regular cash flow projections can keep creditors at bay--and go a long way toward ensuring the good health of your business

How Two College Students Found a Niche in Custom Web Analytics

Two ASU students prove that there is much more to analytics than page views. Billions more.

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of Enchantment

The business guru shares his views on how to be really winning.

One Entrepreneur's Musings on Business Travel

Live out of a suitcase? You're not alone. Many 'treps have adapted to a life on the road.

10 Brands That Can Help Make Business Travel More Bearable

Travel is frustrating enough--just ask that JetBlue guy. Here are our picks for 10 brands that can make it better (including--yes--a massive airline).

The Best Hotels for Business Travel

Here's a rundown of the top hotels in every price range in our in-depth look at how to do better business on the go.

Innovation Gurus: Bruce Mau and John Kao

The big idea to move your company to the next level can happen, if you put in the work -- and play while you're at it.

The Business of Better Benefits

Providing a first-rate benefits package for employees can be an important part of the recruitment and retention puzzle, especially for small businesses

Business Incubators for a Variety of Niches

A growing number of specialized, market-specific business accelerators are helping entrepreneurs around the country get their businesses off the ground

A Record Label Mines the Past for Music Aficionados and Collectors

The Numero Group mines the past to forge the future of record labels--aiming at a reliable market of music aficionados and collectors.

The Business of Building Artificial Reefs

An aquatic exhibits designer crafts a plan to reinvigorate his state's marine life and fishing industry.

How To Clean Up Your Business

Spruce up your work by chucking these eight productivity pitfalls. No Swiffer required.

An Innovative Recording Studio Goes Mobile

The best artists in the business want to lay down their tracks at Allen Sides' Ocean Way Recording. Now he's taking his state-of-the-art studio expertise to them.

How a Group of Dry-Cleaners Formed a Collective Franchise

Zips Dry Cleaners is proof that good things can happen when (lots of) great minds think alike.

The New Sounds of Music

In this issue, we look at the innovations and emerging business models in the music industry. A note from Editor-in-Chief Amy Cosper.

How to Know When to Outsource IT

When is the right time for an entrepreneurial business to outsource IT management to a remote provider?

An Early Investor in iTunes and Pandora Shares His Views on the Direction of the Music Business

An early investor in iTunes and Pandora weighs in on what makes an online music company a hit.

Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard on His Latest Social Venture

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard is using music, fish and--of course--clothing to fuel environmental causes.

Three Questions to Ask Your Payroll Service

How to evaluate whether your payroll service is working for your business.

Marketing Without the ZIP

A California ruling makes it illegal to collect customer ZIP codes in-store. Time to find more innovative ways to collect data on your customers.

An Online Jukebox Makes Music a Social Experience

Forget buying CDs or even downloading MP3s. With Rdio's streaming service, music moves from a purchase decision to a social experience.

Three Tips for Video Conferences on a Mac

A guide to boosting the video collaboration aptitude of your Apple devices

For This Entrepreneur, Velvet Elvis Paintings Were Just the Start

A Portland painter finds her niche with customized paintings on the 1970s' favorite fuzzy fabric.

How a New App Is Helping Hotels Fill Rooms

A new mobile app helps the manager of an upstart New York City hotel fill empty rooms with travelers on the fly.

Despite the Slowdown at Home, U.S. Franchises Expand Abroad

Many American franchises are not only surviving the recession but thriving in it by expanding their operations globally.

A Roadie Business: Teaching Bus Drivers to the Stars

A Nashville school trains people to get behind the wheel and shuttle rock entertainers to their next gig.

SaleSpider: A New Business Matchmaker Site

With online dating sites as an inspiration, the founder of SaleSpider.com developed a site that connects small and midsize businesses with big opportunities

How to Foster Company Culture with Remote Employees

Creating and fostering the character of your company is imperative, even if your employees don't all share the same four walls.

Entrepreneur's 2011 Best of the Best Franchises List

Find out what makes great franchises tick in our Best of the Best list for 2011

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