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Table of contents: VOL. 16, NO. 7 - September 1, 2006
The economy's hot, and buyers are flush with cash. Here's how to get a top price for your business. (more)

breaking big
Adding silver to fabrics kills bacteria and boosts sales. (more)
cost cutting
A brewery and bar in Salt Lake City wins over customers and boosts the bottom line with aggressive cuts in energy and water consumption. (more)
A new printer tries - but fails - to take the hassle out of mailings. (more)
cover stories
Business brokers and Internet sites present new opportunities for bringing buyers and sellers together. (more)
A Seattle M&A firm offers white-glove service to small businesses. (more)
Take the guesswork out of setting a sale price by calculating your business's 'Ebitda'. (more)
The owner of MFG.com was about to sell his business for a cool $25 million. Then Amazon's Jeff Bezos persuaded him to hang on. (more)
off hours

A Greek-American entrepreneur lets you sail the Aegean for half the price of a typical yacht rental. (more)
The most fuel-efficient cars and trucks to hit the road this fall. (more)
owner's manual
I signed on to be a surgeon, but modern medicine increasingly forces me to think and act like a businessman. (more)
Katherine Henson seemed to have it all: a growing business, strong personal relationships, and the recognition of her peers. So what went wrong? (more)
A screening company lets employers verify the immigration status of their workforce. (more)
small biz makeover
FSB's consultants help a brilliant inventor--and reluctant marketer -- to better promote and develop his dazzling display technology. (more)
small biz update
A year after its makeover, an art-gallery chain sees bright prospects. (more)
Google ends up on the wrong end of a class-action law suit involving click fraud. (more)
the Institute for Justice fight for the little guy in the battle over land development. (more)
One entrepreneur combines style, sport and functionality to bring a new spin on design. (more)
How different agencies and marketers define a small business. (more)
A new USB scanner lets you 'virtually' clip n' save. (more)
The makers of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and neoprene wetsuits are rememebered. (more)
Eighteen states that offer minimum wages above the federal rate. (more)
The once-reliable bugbear has lost much of its political bite. That doesn't mean it's a good idea. (more)
Restaurant owners are faced with a bevy of new food regulations. (more)
Display-screen manufacturer eMagin struggles to turn a profit. (more)
Smart entrepreneurs are learning the best ways to deal with the online Goliath. (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|