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November 2011

Entrepreneur | November 2011
November 2011
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Artopolis: The State of the Creative Nation

Arts entrepreneurs won't save the day for every city, but in some spots, they're the new oil (paint) barons.

Anatomy of the Entrepreneur

What makes entrepreneurs tick?

Building a Business on Busy Schedules and Making Errands Pay

TaskRabbit lands $5 million in funding, as it banks on its errand service to help you get stuff done.

Free Web Security Tools to Guard Your Business Browser

Online security can be confusing and costly, but here are three free ways to keep your web browser as secure as possible in your business.

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Web-Hosting Troubles? How One Company Found a Solution By Building Their Own

When their hosting provider fell flat--and customer files disappeared--Fileblaze decided to go it on their own.

Biker Franchise Goes Whole Hog

EagleRider Motorcycle Rental helps tourists hit the road. Learn how it got started and where it's going.

Artisan Cheesemaker's Whey of the Future

In a surprisingly competitive world of artisanal cheesemaking, one Wisconsin producer has a taste for helping others.

Startup Aims to Leverage Crowdsourcing in Product Development

C.J. Kettler's online crowdsourcing venture, Genius Crowds, aims to move product ideas from the "light bulb" stage onto store shelves.

Review: Toughest Smartphones for Business

Business is messy. Your mobile device should be able to handle it.

20-Something Entrepreneur Multiplies Success in a Salad Franchise

A former mall rat serves up fresh ideas with Saladworks franchises in three states.

Why Small Companies Have the Innovation Advantage

Why big companies would rather buy your company instead of launching their own competitive version.

How Stampt Is Updating Customer Loyalty Cards

Slimmer wallets and lighter keychains: Mobile marketing startup Stampt is helping make customer loyalty cards as simple as pulling out your phone.

Five Tools for a Smarter Business

Smaller companies can enjoy the benefits of business intelligence software without the overhead. Here are a handful of resources that make it happen.

How Winning Contests Helped a Startup Beyond the Launch

Kris Appel launched and developed her medical device company using the cash and services she won in business plan competitions

How to Choose the Right Mobile Service for Your Business

3G or 4G? WiMax, LTE or HSPA+? With so many options in the smartphone market, it's hard to know which is the best device on the best network at the best price.

How Three Classmates Hatched a Hi-Tech Approach to Learning

StudyEgg converts study materials into activities at home or on the go that optimize learning.

How College Sports Photos Became a Multimillion-Dollar Business

A former Duke University All-American basketball player hit on a business idea for building and managing online photo stores for college athletic departments and sports teams.

The Top 100 Low-Cost Franchises

Franchises with lower costs of entry can make it easier to be your own boss. Here's a look at the strategies behind low-cost franchising and where to find successful opportunities.

How One Startup Streamlined and Stylized its Online Storefront

The owner of online consignment shop Closet Rich turned to Goodsie when it was time to dress up for customers.

How to Maintain Clients' Trust While Managing a Crisis

Don't wait until trouble hits to plan a response to an emergency. Here are some long- and short-term strategies to help you weather any storm.

Hitchswitch Simplifies Newlywed Name Changes

First comes love, then comes marriage... then comes the agonizing process of changing your name. The latest from our wacky business idea files.

Is Your Billing Process Delaying Payments?

Four tips to better use your invoices to get paid faster.

The Fight for 'Fairness in Franchising'

The Coalition for Franchisee Associations has put together a Bill of Rights to fight for changes to the long-established franchising system. But that's just a starting point in what could be an uphill battle,

How to Make Employee Training a Winning Investment

Entrepreneurs who help their team strengthen important skills, and add to them, can see a boost to their bottom line.

How to Stop Losing Money From Coupons

Four tips to save your business from extreme couponing practices.

Three Ways to Get More for Your Business-Travel Dollars

As the business outlook for the travel sector improves, the cost of getting around could go up for travelers. Here's how to get more out of your allocated expenses.

A New App Lets Mobile Users Make and Send PDFs

Adobe releases an app that lets businesses create and send PDFs from any location.

How to Regain Control Over Your Personal Finances

Turn off the news of financial doom-and-gloom and focus on keeping your personal microeconomics in order.

Five-Step Guide to Marketing a Business As Green

Use these tips to avoid common pitfalls and strike the right balance for eco-conscious marketing.

How to Get Your Landing Page to Land More Sales

Nine tips to create a landing page for your business that turns visitors into leads, instead of sending them toward the back button.

Is There Proper Etiquette for Videoconferencing?

The Esquire guy tackles the subtle art of the video call, from where to look to which headset to wear to how loudly to speak to, well, whether or not pants are optional.

How to Be Your Own Media Company

Now that you're your own boss, you need to do your own marketing and promotion. (Who did you think was going to take care of all that for you?) Here's how to do it.

New York Startup Brings Art to the Online Masses

Entrepreneur Jen Bekman envisions--and is creating--a world that puts art in reach of the masses.

Maker Faire and the Growth of Do-It-Yourself

There's a lot more to DIY than that wobbly table you built (and your spouse hates). A Maker Movement leader weighs in on the growth of the DIY community.

Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga

Artists gave Chattanooga's Southside a new life--and the neighborhood returned the favor.

Building a Business Base for Creative Entrepreneurs

One Seattle organization provides back-office guidance and services to artists short on business savvy.

A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I.

Two architects in Providence, R.I., contained their plans and found new reasons to recommit themselves to their city along the way.

Community and Other C-Words to Build a Business On

Through core values that include a focus on collaboration, a company can make money without selling a thing.

New Ways of Seeing

Editor-in-chief Amy Cosper digs into the idea of creative communities as an entrepreneurial economic force.

A Five-Step Guide to Reinventing Your Business

How do you know when it's time to alter the strategy of your business? Here's how to pivot to a better business model midstream.

Fab Forward: How Fab.com Found a Niche in a Design Deal Social Hub

With their site stuck in neutral, two entrepreneurs changed gears and paved a new road to success.

Top 10 Presentation Tools

What you need to make your big idea look huge.

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