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Table of Contents:VOL. 18, NO. 5 - June 2008
IRS small-business audits increaseThe IRS has always audited more small companies than big ones, but the gap is widening significantly - a policy that costs both the agency and its targets. more
Internet services revenues are down at ConnectNC as customers look to cut costs with bundled offerings - but SEO sales are on the rise. more
Virginia recently affirmed a ban on uranium mining, dashing the hopes of enterprises hoping to tap one of the largest uranium deposits in the U.S. more
Maxxum CEO Anita Lind Janssen saddles up in her off hours. more CEO John Bradley gave us a peek at his current playlist. more
Innovation First's toy bugs pack a mighty computing wallop of light sensors and infrared motion-control equipment. more
Just in time for summer, here are six of Fortune Small Business's favorite beach books, coming out in June, with special appeal for business owners. more
Uli Corp. has seen swelling sales for its travel-friendly inflatable boards. more
King of the mountain bikeMike Sinyard built Specialized into a top bike brand by listening to what serious cyclists wanted. more
Travel website uses a do-it-yourself online database to help keep millions of users happy, without employing a single customer-service representative. more
Fortune Small Business's makeover experts visit a human-resources consulting firm seeking a smarter growth strategy. more
Good spin and a craftier Web strategy boost sales for a knitting-supplies retailer. more
Speedy diagnostic tests are driving recession-resistant growth for this Midwest biotech firm. more
How two U.S. entrepreneurs cracked the Moroccan property market. more
A California restaurateur bets on big attention grabbers - like dinosaurs. more
Powerset aims to top Google by teaching computers to understand English. more
More and more entrepreneurs are tapping into what could be the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century: clean, money-saving technology. more
A handful of small companies have found ways to grow in a slowing economy - and look like attractive investments. more
Making a million worms a month keeps Tom Chapman's night-crawler farm in business. more
A fledgling sportswear firm smells success for its odor-free running clothes. more
When Fortune Small Business checked back in with a 2006 student-run startup, we found a company holding steady and landing major clients like Smith & Wesson. more
Cover Story
Get customers to sell for youMore entrepreneurs are embracing a simple metric that measures referrals - and helps boost profits. more
Off hours
Breakfast with cheetahsA small U.S. tour business sends animal lovers into the bush to help threatened species. more
A foodie event grows out of one man's passion for mushrooms. more
Unique Father's Day gifts from small companies- be ready on June 15! more
After winning Oprah's Big Give, entrepreneur Stephen Paletta is planning his next venture: more
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