The Best Industries for Starting a Business Right Now

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Green Toys

Green toys—a category that's defined loosely by manufacturers as "environmentally friendly"—currently represent just a sliver of the $21.87 billion toy industry. But the NPD Group, a leading market research company, estimates that green toy retail is outperforming its parent industry by 150 percent. For example, the aptly named company Green Toys, a California manufacturer of toys made entirely out of recycled materials, has seen its sales grow by 80 percent a year each year since 2007. Read more.
—Gabrielle Blue, Drew Gannon, Christine Lagorio, and Tim Donnelly