Table of contents: VOL. 17, NO. 1 - February 1, 2007
Last year a record number of Americans started companies. Some 66% tell pollsters they want to be their own boss one day. Here's why entrepreneurship has become a national obsession, and what that means for veteran business owners. (more)

A small construction products company revamps its image and boosts sales by hiring a design firm. (more)

A new technology saves steady streams of money for a Colorado manufacturer. (more)
By focusing on the oncology market, this pharmacy has helped patients, doctors and its own bottom line. (more)
Political refugees flee the worst places on earth to launch businesses in America. (more)
A small firm that sells custom-labeled H2O looks to pump online sales. (more)
Two years after her Makeover, a jewelry supplier perseveres in tough times. (more)
Stan Oleynick wants to immortalize your company in song. (more)
Without credit, I had to come up with a fresh approach to funding my cosmetics startup. (more)
New GPS devices help entrepreneurs find their way in the world. (more)
How does Microsoft's new accounting software stack up against the mighty QuickBooks? (more)
A simple new means of protecting small-business computers has been designed so even a technophobe can install it. (more)
A high-tech startup called Xethanol raised $34 million to produce millions of gallons of biofuel. Shareholders have filed suits saying the company is built on hype. (more)
With help from a curious cat, Blue Line Innovations found a way to make people more aware of how much electricity they use. (more)
A Los Angeles woman starts a profitable business designing and selling early-20th-century vintage clothing. (more)
off hours
Innovative Valentine sweets made by small companies. (more)
New startups are allowing Americans to share ownership of fast cars, luxury yachts, and more. (more)
If the music calls you to Texas, try FSB's picks for the perfect stay. (more)
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Tired of waiting for Washington to enforce immigration laws, small businesses have begun taking their competitors to court. (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|