"We have all this growth, and still not as much play money as you think. Sixty to seventy percent of revenues go right back into payroll, plus more to workers' comp ? when you come out of all that, maybe 10% is profit. We still don't have the money we'd be comfortable with. I still have to be the day-to-day guy."

? Ed Robinson, cofounder of L& R Security Services, in New Orleans, a $1.5-million provider of security and special-events services, with 160 employees