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September 2011

Entrepreneur | September 2011
September 2011
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Mike Wolfe of 'American Pickers' Is the New Americana Idol

Mike Wolfe, creator and star of the TV show American Pickers, is leveraging a popular passion for the past to build the multimedia empire of the future.

Editor's Note: Opportunities in the Business of History

Entrepreneur Magazine editor Amy Cosper on Mike Wolfe and how his passion for old stuff is fueling excitement in antiques and collectibles

An Inside Look at Cloud-Based Microsoft Office 365

Our columnist gets the skinny on on Microsoft's 'cloudification' of software and what it could mean for your business.

Five Social Media Tools for More Buzz for Your Buck

Tapping into social media management tools can help business owners get a handle on their Facebook, Twitter and other online marketing efforts.

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A New Tool for Mobile Video Group Chats

This four-way video-calling service can help your team stay in touch on the road.

How One Online Retailer Tweaked Its Way a Better Sales Future

To increase conversions, a website set out to test changes to increase registrations, calls and sales.

A Bright Forecast for a Solar Panel Installation Franchise

A San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneur harnesses tax credits and the power of the sun to fire up a successful solar panel installation franchise.

3 Steps to Grow Your Own 'Buy Local' Campaign

Looking to bring together your community to support local businesses? Consider these guidelines for getting started.

Ex-Ballplayers Offer Coffee's Answer to Chew

Two former baseball players throw a curve at the consumer quest for caffeine. From our Business Unusual file.

New Tool Can Help You Test-Drive Your Mobile Site

A platform from Keynote Systems gives business owners an advance peek at how websites will render in the mobile realm.

Beyond Q&A: The Many Uses of Quora

There's more to Quora than meets the eye. Entrepreneurs, marketers and even investors are tapping its benefits.

Retail Rebuild: A New App Offers Real-Time Marketing Analysis and Advice

A new retailer gets a makeover while helping develop a web app for small-business owners.

A New Online Tool Offers Small-Business Owners Low-Cost Personal Banker Services

Balance Financial acts like a pricey personal banker -- but at a fraction of the cost.

Four Tools for Scouting Social Media Leaders in Your Network

Social analytics companies serve up ways for businesses to be influential. Here's how these rankers compare.

Terminal Discomfort: Staying at an Airport Hotel

Once you check in to an airport hotel, can you ever leave? Um, yes. Just not fast enough. But not all are as bad as you might think. Our look at the five best airport hotels.

Travel Gadgets to Help Ease Your Next Business Trip -- With Style

Travel is seldom easy, but neither is being an entrepreneur -- and with one can come the other. These tools can help make your next trip a bit more fun.

Crowdfunding Case Study: How appbackr Worked for Popvox

Within two months of posting their app in the appbackr marketplace, Popvox had raised the five figures needed to get its mobile project off the ground.

The Importance of Office Aesthetics

How should startup entrepreneurs with limited resources furnish their work space? Start with common sense and consider your company culture.

SBA App for Small-Business Resources On the Go

A new smartphone app from the SBA aims to equip startups like Flawless Group with a wealth of small-business information.

How to Break Out of the Business Buzzword Bubble

Are nonsensical and annoying words sucking the soul out of your business? Here are tips for finding words that work.

How a Used-Clothing Site Raised $8.4 Million in Venture Capital

A new strategy for an online hand-me-downs company targeting moms helps raise an infusion of cash from venture backers.

The Hidden Costs of Employee Turnover

A revolving door of workers can take a toll on your company in surprising ways. Here are four that you might not notice.

How Tech-Shy Sectors Are Shedding Their Luddite Ways

A quick look at a handful of tech-related innovations in building, education and animal farming.

How to Build a Stellar Team at a High-Potential Startup

Ready to add an employee or 12 to your roster? Put these recruiting and hiring strategies to work for your growing company.

The Secret to Saving: Think Before You Spend

There's a difference between spending irresponsibly and spending on things that improve your quality of life. Knowing the difference can set you free.

Entrepreneur's Nonprofit Rolls Out a Nontraditional Shelter for the Homeless

EDAR offers mobile protection to give homeless people a roof as a low-cost alternative solution to a widespread community problem.

Teenager Finds a Niche in Man-Scented Candles

Would you like your house to smell like bacon? Or perhaps a new mitt? A young entrepreneur creates his own masculine take on the scented-candle business.

A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

Enloop pushes the emotional clouds out of the startup process to give entrepreneurs a clear view of their business plan.

How a B-School Networking Problem Became a $20 Million Opportunity

Bump Technologies co-founder David Lieb went to business school to make contacts. He left to build a new way to share them.

Peter Thiel on What You Can't Learn in College

The venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal answers questions about his initiative to back the business dreams of select teen entrepreneurs willing to put their educations on hold.

10 Ways to Turn Your Blog into a Lead-Generation Machine

How to attract more traffic to your blog and convert more of your visitors into buying customers.

Managing the Stress of Starting Your Own Business

Stop spieling off platitudes about risk. Instead, develop a strategy to offset the oof, ugh and ouch! that can tag along with a risk-taking life.

Three Franchises Far From Business As Usual

From rock 'n roll to divorce to kickball, these companies take franchising to a new creative level.

How a Business-School Grad Became a Successful Franchisee

After college, a twentysomething rejects loftier professions and becomes Sir Grout's hardest-working franchisee.

1SaleADay.com's Ben Federman and the Value of a Daily Steal

This 28-year-old Brooklynite built a successful business around the concept of loss leaders. Part of our annual Young Millionaires report.

Khu.sh's Prerna Gupta Pioneers High-Tech Music for the Masses

This 29-year-old CEO has her sights set on expansion with her apps LaDiDa and Songify and seed funding from angel investors. Part of our annual Young Millionaires report.

From Grad Student to Social Media Millionaire

How twentysomething Shama Kabani of Marketing Zen Group wrote a master's thesis on Twitter and then went on to build a leading-edge marketing firm. Part of our annual Young Millionaires report.

GumGum's Ophir Tanz Spins Gold from Ads on Images Online

This twentysomething innovator created a successful digital ad network for Web images. Learn how he did it. Part of our annual Young Millionaires report.

How to Dress the Part As an Entrepreneur

The T-shirt-and-hoodie set is changing the rules of dressing for work.

98 Brave New Franchises

Our annual list of new businesses in the world of franchising. Plus, a look at four franchisors with innovative, fresh approaches.

How to Move Your Business Data into the Cloud -- Safely

The process of migrating to the cloud can loom like a thunderhead over a business. Here's advice on a safer path.

Chris Brogan on Video Blogging

The video blog is the best online tool you're not using. That needs to change. It's time to be seen.

Marathon Man: The Driving Force Behind a Community Revival

How one determined developer is helping restore the creative spirit of Nashville's downtown scene.

A New Breed of Antiques Dealers Specializes in Retro-Chic

Philadelphia's Three Potato Four keeps things personal while staying ahead of vintage industry trends.

An Eclectic Treasure Hunter Lends a Vintage Touch to Modern Homes

A California transplant helps the past come alive for patrons of her small-town Tennessee antiques store.

Four Tips for Getting Started in a Collectibles Business

The ability to discern treasure from trash is only one aspect of succeeding in the antiques and nostalgia market.

Behind the Scenes With 'American Pickers' in Nashville

How a commercial shoot for the History Channel's hit show brought several blocks of downtown Nashville to a halt one hot summer afternoon.

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