Table of contents: VOL. 16, NO. 6 - July 1, 2006
America's Fastest-Growing Small Public Companies (more)

A study finds small details can yield big growth. (more)
Sales take off when an ex-airline pilot switches the way he markets his noise-canceling headphones. (more)
A footwear designer shows how upgraded packaging can help boost your bottom line. (more)
An exotic military wound dressing invades the civilian market. (more)
These business owners have profitably expanded into commercial property, where they see fresh opportunity amid turmoil. (more)
Today's market has investors nervous, but you can still find good investments. Here's how. (more)
Our consultants steer a small truck-repair company toward the $100 million mark. (more)
cover stories
Only 400 students toured within the U.S. in 2002; 6,500 did so last year. (more)
How FSB 100 CEOs make their companies (more)

America's Fastest-Growing Small Businesses (more)
These execs each have $19 million or more in stock and options. (more)
Julie Smolyansky and Lifeway make the FSB 100 list again this year. (more)
Steve Singh may well be the man behind your expense report. (more)
off hours
Designed and manufactured by small businesses. (more)
The opera festival is just one more reason to visit this summer. (more)
iPod mating calls, $2,000 binoculars, and the search for the elusive pygmy owl. (more)
At 5,000 pounds, Audi's first-ever SUV is surprisingly nimble. (more)
owner's manual
Hurricane Wilma showed me that in a natural disaster, I want small businesses on my side. We get it done. (more)

A Tucson company sells an ecosphere in a bottle that lets shrimp, algae and bacteria thrive. (more)

Fast food veteran Lamar Berry opens up a new chain of sandwich stores. (more)
The premier small-business lobbying group faces a tough new climate. (more)

The battle against out-of-state corporate income tax heats up. (more)
start up
I often returned from my holidays still stressed out. Then I decided to stop checking in with the office so much. (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|