Award-winning journalist ANNE FIELD says entrepreneurs are her favorite beat. "I find small businesses to be the most interesting and lively, with lots of energetic, imaginative people," she says. Field has written for The New York Times, Fortune, and Worth, among others. She lives in Pelham, N.Y., with her husband, Geoff Lewis, their two children, and their dog. When she can find the time, she goes dancing.

For the past 22 years, KEVIN FERGUSON has covered business and technology for BusinessWeek, U.S. News & World Report,, and CNET, among others. In 2002, at age 42, he completed Boston's Head of the Charles regatta. Six months later he ran the Boston Marathon. Ferguson has since been resting at home in Arlington, Mass., with his wife, Kelley, and daughter.

Before becoming department editor for BusinessWeek's science and technology department in 2004, ARLENE WEINTRAUB was a Los Angeles correspondent for the magazine. She received an American Society of Business Publication Editors award for her 2003 story on Genentech's CEO. A native of Tucson, Weintraub is an amateur woodwind player on her way to mastering the flute and oboe.

CHRISTOPHER USHER is a New York-based photojournalist whose work appears regularly in BusinessWeek, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, and Der Spiegel. His awards include the 2000 Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for his depiction of President Clinton's post-acquittal speech. Usher, who teamed up with Christopher Casaburi for our photo essay, describes pitch day at QVC as "an endless chain of entrepreneurs" who, luckily, he found strikingly nice and engaging. Usher also shoots behind the scenes at the White House and on the road with President Bush. For relaxation, he fly-fishes in Montana.

For CHRISTOPHER CASABURI, who specializes in "real people" photography, the QVC shoot was a dream job. "We had 15 minutes with each participant, and encouraged them to interact with their products and have a good time," he says. Casaburi's work has appeared in Barron's, Smart Money, and Forbes, among others. He lives in Lake Carmel, N.Y., with his three cats.

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