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Table of contents: VOL. 14, NO. 9 - November 1, 2004
The winners of our annual business plan contest are already bringing in clients and cash. (more)

Rick Adam plans to shake up the aircraft industry with his new, low-cost jet. (And unlike some of his competitors, he has customers who can pay.) (more)
There is plenty of opportunity on the inside. Here is how one company broke in. (more)
How one entrepreneur is locking up a niche—and helping rehabilitate criminals. (more)
A new website lets you manage your fixed-income investments with the same information the pros use. (more)
For 30 years Robert Solomon climbed his way to the top of the toy business, rescuing one company after another. But in the end he couldn't rescue himself. (more)
New software tools help organize production and control costs. (more)
How the sea helped spawn some killer manufacturing software for small business. (more)
FSB helps a frazzled North Carolina couple nail down their home-construction business. (more)
You'll be hearing more about the teams that advanced to our semifinal round. (more)
Alan Purwin's new aerial camera technology could revolutionize newsgathering and surveillance. Should we be worried? (more)
Off Hours
As target shooting becomes more popular, our expert takes a lesson on hunting the elusive clay pigeon. (more)
Crafted by Small Businesses (more)

An entrepreneur raps his way into the big leagues. (more)
One retired business owner helps needy kids stay warm in the winter. (more)
Lotus's new Elise is a sports car strictly for purists—or masochists. (more)
Part One
American agencies and nonprofits are streaming into Baghdad to spur the country's small companies. But do lessons in writing business plans really help? (more)

You have a problem with my temper? So did I, until I began using it as a tool. (more)

How much work do you farm out? Probably not as much as you should. (more)

The Edge
A consultant to white-collar criminals speaks to them with conviction. (more)
Entrepreneurs are finding that creating eco-friendly offices costs a bit more up front but can deliver lasting benefits. |more|
More cities are requiring restaurants to tell customers how much fat is in that burger. Smart business owners are embracing the trend. |more|
At the Bitter End, some of the world's best sailors take amateurs - including many entrepreneurs - on a wild ride. |more|
FSB's makeover squad helps a shoemaking couple chart a growth plan. |more|
Facing a dwindling supply of American tech workers, employers struggle to hire skilled foreigners. |more|