One of the great levellers is the helpless feeling most of us have after an unpleasant encounter with an insurance company. Angry ranting frequently follows, and that’s just where Zuzzid comes in: By allowing users to share their insurance experiences, good and bad, it provides a way for them to hold insurance companies a little more accountable.
Fast-food restaurants. Retail stores. Fitness chains. For most people, those are the images that come to mind when they think of a franchise.
It's an easy idea to grasp -- a successful business expands by granting others the right, for a fee, to open carbon-copy stores in untapped markets.
Now, a small but growing number of online companies are tailoring the concept for the Internet. Call it "virtual franchising," where Web pages substitute for physical storefronts and customers drop by using keyboards.
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WHAT DOES NORDSTROM know that other department stores don't? The retailer's customers routinely praise it. Wouldn't it be great if your customers did the same--in effect becoming unpaid members of your sales force?
(FSB Magazine) -- The owners of Ocean Rider call this variety of seahorse "Sunburst," but its proper name is hippocampus erectus - one of 20 species that Carol Cozzi-Schmarr, 45, and her husband, Craig Schmarr, 44, breed on their ranch in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Did cybersquatters take all the good names? Or perhaps webmasters lost their creativity? Whatever the answer is, it’s all good for PickyDomains.Com. The idea for the service is brainlessly simple to say the least.
Megan Duckett, 35
Sew What? Inc.,Rancho Dominguez, California
Projected 2007 Sales: $4.6 million
Description: Manufacturer of custom theatrical draperies and distributor of flame-retardant fabrics