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Table of contents: VOL. 16, NO. 10 - December 1, 2006
In its cover story, FSB features 10 big ideas coming from small businesses in 2007. (more)

AbTech Industries has developed a simple device that helps cities clean up polluted spilloff. (more)
Coming soon: The most inclusive reader's catalog in the world, at your fingertips. (more)
A new offering for employers with steep employee drug costs. (more)
A new ink for the commitment-phobic. (more)
A safer, faster way to break up fat cells. (more)
The latest news on companies we've highlighted in past forecast issues. (more)
These complex firms will start backing small companies. (more)
breaking big

cash flow
A new version of direct deposit - for workers who don't have bank accounts - is catching on with small-business bosses. (more)
Debra Killian says a giant competitor illegally poached her employees, customers, and trade secrets. And the Connecticut attorney general believes her. (more)
An entrepreneur helps pro sports teams fill stadiums more efficiently, using new technology that tracks ticket sales. (more)
FSB's consultants swoop in to help the nation's first black-owned telecom reach the big time. (more)
After FSB's intervention, an addiction-treatment firm shows 50% sales growth. (more)
not only for profit
Three passionate entrepreneurs turn around a rustic lodge - and the lives of the needy youth they employ. (more)
off hours
Unique presents made by small companies. (more)
A New England entrepreneur gives Katrina victims a place to call home. (more)
FSB gets a taste of why business is booming at craft breweries. (more)
The ride is smooth, but the 2007 Lexus LS 460 is a little too quiet. (more)
Organizational software that was once out of reach for small companies has become more affordable. (more)
Some alluring alternative keyboard designs are hitting the market nowadays. I put five new models through their paces during a typically crazed week at Blue-Sky Solutions, my graphics firm in Brick, N.J. (more)
small world

An entrepreneur sells handmade glassworks in his upstate N.Y. gallery. (more)
A husband and wife made their little company into a successful, $2-million-a-month business - then sold for $20 million. (more)
A student puts a percentage of his future income up for sale on eBay, hoping investors will cover his education costs. (more)
Falling fuel prices may seem like good news for entrepreneurs. But a properly designed gas tax could be even better. (more)
Arnold's risky power play: The Golden State's small businesses worry that a new energy mandate will dim their prospects. (more)

you own what?

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|