State of Business: The New Horatio Algers

The economy may be on high-level dead center as the analysts like to say, but a bright new crop of small businessmen never had it so good. Even though the nation's 500 largest corporations account for more than half of all manufacturing and mining sales, plenty of room remains for the little man with a big idea, a moderate bankroll and some business sense. Those who get ahead fill specialized needs and are more flexible and faster moving than the giants. "It's no use trying to meet General Motors on all fours," says...

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