The Most And Least Profitable Businesses To Start

With the help of Sageworks, a Raleigh, N.C.-based private-company data provider, Forbes.com has assembled a list of the 10 most and least profitable businesses--on a pretax basis--that aspiring entrepreneurs might hope to launch. Average pretax profits ranged from a juicy 25% to a knee-wobbling negative 7%

Most profitable
Least profitable
1.Accounting Services1.Community Care Facilities
2.Legal Services2."Other Support" Services
3.Dental Services3.Beverage Manufacturing
4.Specialized Design Services4.Real Estate Related Services
5."Other" Health Practitioners5.Bakeries And Tortilla Manufacturing
6.Outpatient Care Centers6.Amusement and Recreation Services
7.Insurance Brokers7.Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
8.Physicians' Offices8.Specialty Retailers
9.Medical And Diagnostic Labs9.Beer, Wine And Liquor Retailers
10.Depository Credit Intermediation10.Travelers' Accommodations

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Pecha Kucha, Brussels, Jan 20, 2008

Pecha Kucha, which is Japanese for the sound of conversation, is a series of show-and-tell evenings for designers, architects, artists and creatives, started by Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo in 2003.

Pecha Kucha
Since then, groups have sprung up in cities across the world (over 100 so far) and adopted the Pecha Kucha format: each presenter has 20 slides which are displayed for 20 seconds each.

Pecha Kucha taps into a demand for a forum in which creative work can be easily and informally shown. With the 20x20 format, presentations are concise, the interest level goes up, and more people get the chance to show their ideas.

The Brussels format includes designers, architects, artists, scientists, fashion designers, photographers, musicians, and creative entrepreneurs.

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The 20 Most Important Questions In Business

Brett Nelson, Entrepreneurs Editor for Forbes.com, proposed last month a core set of tough questions governing the fate of any enterprise. Armed with those answers, they stand the best chance of beating some fairly dire odds : Studies estimate that just two-thirds of all start-ups survive the first two years, and less than half make it to the fourth.

Read the full story by Brett Nelson Forbes.com Nov. 21, 2007

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Technology transfer in Europe is overall lacking clear processes and focused execution. Support programmes try to overcome these problems by bringing researchers and entrepreneurs together, but this alone has proven to be ineffective. i-techpartner provides a pragmatic answer to Europe's significant innovation challenges. It achieves a high number and high value of investments, partnerships and entrepreneurial commitments between research projects and innovative SMEs throughout Europe, involving investors and corporate partners.

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The 10 Riskiest Businesses To Start

Maureen Farrel assessed the 10 riskiest businesses to start.

" While some two-thirds of small firms make it past the two-year mark, just 44% can hack it for four years, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (USA) ".

According to Fair Isaac (FIC), the more riskiest are : transportation, apparel stores, restaurants and bars, communications, travel agencies and tour operators, food services, personal services, auto repair, trucking, and money services businesses.

" And which industries are a better fit for the faint of heart ? Surprisingly, real estate--including landlords, agents and developers--has a relatively low risk profile, according to Fair Isaac's data. Professional services and licensed trades score well, too: Think insurance brokers, doctor's offices and law firms ".

Maureen Farrel, The 10 riskiest businesses to start, Forbes.com, Jan. 18, 2007. Full article >>

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