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July 2012

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July 2012

Entrepreneur | July 2012
July 2012
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The Best Business Bars 2012

The ultimate guide to doing business in a bar

Why Some Entrepreneurs Are Turning Pricing Power Over to the Public

While a pay-what-you-want strategy may draw customers, will it help you make money? For these business, placing their trust in consumers led to a boost in their bottom lines.

Need to Vent? Forget the Couch, Startup Moves Therapy Online

With digital diaries and video chats, PrettyPaddedRoom.com offers online counseling for woman and a "nice play to go crazy."

College Entrepreneurs Find a Green Niche in an Online Farmers Market

The young environmentalists with a passion for sustainable agriculture won $10,000 in a business contest to launch the farm-to-front-door venture.

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Investors Bank on the Appeal of a Startup's Design-Focused Office Products

Even with the e-commerce site still in beta, the startup drew $6 million in venture capital in February.

Finding Business Success in a Farm-Inspired Food Niche

How Green B.E.A.N. Delivery grew its membership-based organic farm and food-delivery business.

A Quick Guide to Crafting a Budget Plan

A look at web tools and strategies for putting together a spending plan you can stick to for your small business.

One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

How Gilt Groupe uses FiftyOne to help manage overseas currencies, taxes and more.

How Customer Data Can Help Build Better Marketing Campaigns

Online service Windsor Circle uses customer purchase histories to help small businesses improve their email marketing.

Nostalgic Niche: Bringing Back the Butcher Shop

The founders of Meat House revive an old-time institution, opening 30 stores in 10 states. They share their business secrets -- and their favorite cuts.

Building a Business on Backyard Camping

A look at how one entrepreneurial couple is finding success with its suburban version of the great outdoors.

How Community Building Helped Photojojo Find Success

The online forum and store is devoted to do-it-yourself photography tools and techniques, but the main goal is creating long-term relationships.

No Time to Hire? Enter the Virtual Interview

Jody Presti created JobOn, an online service that allows job applicants to answer questions via webcam. Subway, Starbucks and Pizza Hut are using it.

Online Marketplace for App Builders

With components from Verious, developers are building better apps faster and for less.

4 Tools for Turning an iPad into a Retail Workhorse

From payment kiosks to protective sleeves, these accessories can help turn a tablet into your next POS.

How to Promote Your Business with Customized Facebook Timeline Apps

Consider these tips when creating strategic one-off pages to bolster your online marketing efforts.

Hospitality's Big Brands Put a Modern Twist on Historic Properties

Many hotel chains have started acquiring properties--many in retrofitted historic buildings--that have personalities all their own.

How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear

An investment-banker-turned-entrepreneur finds success in a line of bikinis designed to stay on, no matter how rough the surf.

How to Make Your Social Networking Efforts More Productive

Forget flavor-of-the-month social sites. Find the community that works best for your company.

How to Find a Manufacturer For Your Product

Choosing the right manufacturing partner is one of the most important decisions to make as a startup. Here are tips to find a winner right out of the gate.

Cutthroat vs. Cooperative: How Do You View Competition?

It's tempting to try to steamroll the competition. But sometimes a spirit of cooperation is in order.

6 Tech Startups With a Fun Spin on Fitness

Tech companies are taking the tedium out of training. Here are a few of our favorite digital fitness options.

Four Fitness Startups Find a Unique Workout Niche

Boutique health clubs are competing with established players like 24 Hour Fitness by creating unique ways to break a sweat. Here are four that are changing the way we work out.

How Fitbit Is Cashing in on the High-Tech Fitness Trend

How the device manufacturer is building a following by enhancing users' workouts through gaming and community-building.

Eggs? Grilled Cheese? Food Chains Say 'Niche' Pays

Restaurant franchises with a narrow--or even singular--focus are serving up high-concept takes on familiar, simple foods. Here's how to do one thing, and do it well.

Mobi Munch Turns the Food-Truck Trend Into a Restaurant Necessity

Mobi Munch aims to streamline the mobile food industry with a turnkey platform that standardizes every part of the operation.

How Lytro Offers a New View of Optical Photography

The startup's technology is reinventing the digital camera and carving its own competitive niche.

How ADstruc Aims to Reinvent the Billboard Business

The web-based exchange connects advertisers with billboard owners without the need for document swaps and epic location-scouting.

JetSuite Brings Efficiency and Speed to the Private-Jet Set

JetSuite's founder sees smaller planes as the solution to the "broken" $14 billion private-aviation industry.

Network Optix Takes Video Surveillance to the Next level

The innovative platform brings streaming HD video to surveillance.

Inside the Competitive Mind of Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg (Infographic)

We put Facebook's founder under the microscope to dissect his ongoing drive to compete--even though the results can be a total fiasco.

3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan

Starting a business is like a prizefight, you can project a path but the road is still full of surprise punches.

Top 10 Franchises for Veterans

They want you: These franchises are embracing and supporting former military personnel in a big way.

How to Find and Win Over Comparison Shoppers

Chances are, your customers are conducting pre-purchase research. Here's how to tap into that educated base.

15 Rules for Talking Business Over Drinks

How to behave in any bar meeting. Remember: Don't have what he's having.

A Small Talk Survival Guide for the Schmooze-Averse

Nice weather we're having, isn't it? The Esquire guy offers tips for making small talk.

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