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Entrepreneur | June 2011
June 2011
Entrepreneur Magazine

100 Brilliant Companies

Entrepreneur's annual look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators

100 Brilliant Companies 2011

Entrepreneur's annual look at the brightest ideas, the hottest industries and the most insightful innovators

An Experiment in Social Media Marketing: Buying Twitter Followers

An Entrepreneur contributor gets his social media followers the old-fashioned way: He buys them.

How to Measure Your Return on Your Social Media Investment

Twiddling with Twitter? Futzing with Facebook? Time spent online is money. So make sure it's paying off.

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How a Young Entrepreneur Cobbled Together a Business By Recycling Vinyl into Shoes

Paperfeet is building an eco-friendly business out of discarded billboard materials.

'Breastaurants' Ring Up Big Profits

Restaurants that woo men with attractive waitresses, big beer selections & giant TVs are winning loyal customers--and raking in revenues.

Humility: An Undervalued But Crucial Business Asset

When does confidence cross over into arrogance? Consider these three tips to avoid sabotaging your success.

Why You Shouldn't Wall Off Your Web Content

Content gates hold you back from connecting with customers, says marketing strategist David Meerman Scott.

How to Make Sure Your Business Isn't Paying Too Much in Sales Tax

Consider taking these three steps to avoid overpaying the tax man. Plus, the best and the worst tax states for business owners.

How to Barter to Save Money Without Running Afoul Labor and Tax Rules

Here's what your business needs to know about volunteers and paying in barter.

Chris Brogan on How to Build Deeper Relationships With Your Customers Online

Your social media strategy should have a solid foundation and fluid outposts where you can connect with customers.

Big Moves: Leaving Corporate America -- and Relocating -- for a Franchise Opportunity

Instead of letting a promising deal get away, a Texas couple moves across the state -- and finds even more than they bargained for.

Ex-Investment Banker Pursues a Business Idea from His College Days

By digitizing old photos and videos, ScanDigital turns picture preservation into a profitable business.

A Window Washer Puts Workers in Kilts to Skirt Competition and Build Its Brand

A unique cleaning franchise recently expanded to the U.S. from Vancouver, British Columbia, via Scotland.

The Top 101 Home-Based Franchises

Sometimes the best ideas for launching a business can start right at your kitchen table--and stay there

How to Make Working at Home Work: A Banker-Turned-Entrepreneur's Story

Coffee News owner and CEO Bill Buckley left the financial industry to start a Coffee News franchise out of his home.

Craigslist Founder Launches a New Site to Connect Nonprofits

Craig Newmark's new site is designed to bring together a world's worth of helping hands.

The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services

In this month's Can't Live With/Can't Live Without column, two business owners explain their opposing views on the remote computing service for web sites.

A New Social Venture Takes the Lead from TOMS Shoes to Fight Child Hunger

Two Degrees addresses malnutrition in developing countries with a get-one, give-one sales approach.

How the Crowdfunding Site Peerbackers Got Its Start

Co-founder Sally Outlaw talks about how her site helps fledgling businesses find the money to get started.

How Small Companies Are Marketing Through Facebook

Facebook is proving itself a small-business marketing force. Here are three examples of how it's working.

How to Be a Gaming Entrepreneur

So you want to launch the next Farmville? Here's how, as told through a game-design document.

A New App Can Help You Find a Place to Work on the Road

A free service lets entrepreneurs on the move find a quiet, professional space to get some work done.

What You Need to Know About the Risks of Mobile Payment Apps

Learn how you can protect your business when it comes to point-of-sale systems for smartphones.

A New Smartphone from Motorola Redefines Mobile Computing

The 4G Atrix offers surprisingly powerful portable working experience.

A Mom Sees and Fills a Need in the Marketplace: Personal Hygiene Products for Boys

How an Atlanta entrepreneur launched Stinky Boyz, a line of sports-themed natural shampoos and body washes.

Tips for Business Owners on Retirement Planning

'I'll never retire' is a common refrain among ambitious entrepreneurs, but the fact is you are likely to decide to at some point. Here's a look at how to plan for that day.

Venture Capital in Reverse: The Business Idea First, Then the Entrepreneur

A Kansas City firm turns the traditional VC funding model on its head and captures new opportunities.

Meet the Entrepreneurs Behind the Booming Business of Games

These guys aren't playing around. And social-gaming incubator chief Peter Relan is the game master.

How to Create Online Videos That Can Lead to More Sales

Most customers want to see a product in use before they buy it. Posting demos on your web site can generate more traffic -- and conversions.

Five New Tools to Help You Add a Game to Your Website

Play up your company's website with rewards and motivate visitors to keep coming back.

How to Map Out an M&A Brand Strategy

Here's a three-step approach to keeping your brand story straight and your customers in your camp through a roll up.

How Airline Perks Stack Up for Business Travelers

With airline extras dwindling, access to on-board Wi-Fi or TV can dictate who gets your travel budget.

Anatomy of the Game

The global gaming industry is expected to reach $40 billion in revenue by 2012.1 Here are some cheat codes to help you win a piece of it.

How Zite's iPad Magazine Is Bringing Browsing Back

A hit from the start, this Vancouver, B.C.-based company delivers an (increasingly) personal reading experience for tablet-toters. Plus, a look at other ground-breaking businesses in the media space.

How Yellow+Blue Is Making a Difference in the Wine Business

The Chester, Penn.-based wine company's early success shatters long-held industry standards. Plus, a look at other game-changers in the beverages industry.

How Yipit Is Upending the Daily Discount Model

This new service scans the web to aggregate offers. Plus, a look at other game-changing companies catering to bargain hunters.

How Hipmunk Gained Traction As the Go-To Flight-Search Site

The San Francisco-based service puts a more streamlined spin on the age-old agony of booking passage. Plus, a look at other game-changers in the travel space.

How ShareSquare Is Leading the QR-Code Marketing Pack

This Los Angeles-based company helps fans connect with bands and brands using quick-response codes. Plus, a look at other game-changers in the social-media space.

How Polyvore Became a Trend-Setter in Social Shopping

This online community tells your network what to wear. Plus, a look at more ground-breakers in social commerce.

How Betterworks Is Helping Startups Perk Up Their Perks

This Santa Monica, Calif.-based service boosts benefits for strapped startups. Plus, a look at game changers in the startup business-to-business space.

How Mobile Roadie Became a Leader in Do-It-Yourself Apps

This self-service app creator aims to make it cheap and easy to go mobile. Plus, a look at other game-changers in the mobile space.

How Rest Assured Is Filling a Niche in the Senior-Care Market

This Lafayette, Ind.-based company lets seniors and their families know that someone has their backs. Plus, other game-changers meeting the needs of older consumers.

How H.U.M.A.N. Is Breaking Through As the Next-Generation Snack Machine

This vending company reinvents the business by stocking health and information. Plus, a look at other game-changers in the health space.

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