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NO FEAR: Economic downturn or not, there are still some entrepreneurs willing to jump into the fray and launch new businesses. A look at some who are doing it and some ideas about what you can do to increase your chances of launching a successful business in bad times.

TOMMY BAHAMA’S: Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Cafe can add a tropical touch to your next business lunch.

EXECUTIVE SNAPSHOT: Jonathan Fine, owner of Sting Surveillance, discusses his business and some of the things he does to relax.


Log onto the Las Vegas Business Press Web site and let us hear your opinion on this week’s question.

IMS Inc., an online provider of real estate data, has launched a Web site, HappyRENews.com, to counter what many real estate professionals say is the media’s unrealistic focus on “doom and gloom” stories about the U.S. real estate market. According to many industry people, the media are scaring potential homebuyers by focusing too much on negative housing news.

Do you think the media have been too negative in its coverage of the housing crisis?

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