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Inside the August 1999 Issue

Features

Flirting With Disaster

When your business takes up 18 hours a day, who has time for romance? These entrepreneurs do--proving mixing love and business doesn't have to be a tug of war.

When The Party's Over . . .

You've built your business on millennium madness. Good for you! But what happens when the ball drops over Times Square? Don't let your business become last century's news.

Betting On Success

Black entertainment television founder Bob Johnson commands a billion-dollar empire built on one simple rule: choose a niche and serve it any way you can.

Chain Reaction

Open a store . . . open a store . . .and so on . . . and so on . . . and so on . . .

Around The World In 15 Ways

Attention, road warriors! Tips to tackle your next overseas trip

The Price Is Right

So you're not filthy rich. You might be after you start one of these 10 hot businesses-and it won't cost megabucks to do it.

Suckers!

The fact: more than a million people bought rocks as pets. The lesson: you can sell anything to anybody.

Columns

Business Buzz
Get the jump on these up-and-coming trends.
Global
2,300 years after its culture dominated the world, Greece is still very open for business.
Pulse
Entrepreneurial nightmares you have to see to believe
Travel Smarts
Balance popular with practical and you'll get the best reward
Women
You can't change the sexist attitudes you find in the global marketplace, but you can take advantage of them.
BizScene
Get the lowdown on news, trends, programs, and more.
E-Ware
Hard facts on the latest software
Hot Biz
Rack up sales with retro fashions.
Hot Tips
Have the last laugh
Innovations
Cash in on fads
Money
Multiple banks, starting a 401(k), what Dad never told you, angel investors
Secrets
Extracurricular education
Beating The Odds
Ever thought of starting your own airline? Now that's an entrepreneur.
Bulletin Board
A directory of Tarheel State recyclers
Trade Shows
Mark your calendar.
Capitol Issues
A bill to ease National Labor Relations Board action against small business is up for a fourth time. Will it pass?
Cutting Edge
Plan to stay small forever? We didn't think so. One way to shoot for the big leagues is to think big--Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals, that is.
Family Business
Are you gambling with the future of your company? Why staff rotation is risky business
Insurance
Should the IRS come calling, your welcome mat had better read `insured.'
Legal
Runaway lawsuits provoke lawmakers to push for reform. Here's how their proposals will affect you.
Management Smarts
Build a better company through better employees.
Staff Smarts
Overwhelmed by heavy HR duties? Try leaving inner-office issues to outside experts.
Your Business
How you implement a change is as important as the change itself.
Advertising Workshop
Work magic with a testimonial headline.
Fast Pitch
Done correctly, seminars can increase your company's visibility--and even ring up sales.
Marketing Smarts
Reading your customer's next move is easier than you think.
Sales Success
. . . but watch out for phrases that put a glitch in your across-the-wire sales pitch.
Funds
Think munis aren't all that exciting? This one may change your mind.
Money Smarts
A new SBIC targets Latino entrepreneurs.
Raising Money
Before you start shaking the trees for investors, make sure you're prepared to catch them.
Tax Talk
Can giving more to yourself or your employees mean giving less to Uncle Sam?
Franchise News
Family-run Maaco offers franchisees a proven sales system and a tag line customers will never forget.
Opportunity Article
In the war against category killers, franchises provide entrepreneurs with secret weapons: a big company brand and the specialized service of an independent.
Opportunity Article
If you don't want to lose the rights to your idea, don't talk about it--without a nondisclosure agreement, that is.
Opportunity Article
Buying an existing business? Smart idea. But before you sign on the dotted line, make sure the business is all it's cracked up to be.
Opportunity Article
Earn while you learn--and leave college with a flourishing business.
Opportunity Article
Cash-poor friends may still have a lot to contribute.
Opportunity Article
Program pairs investors with enthusiastic franchisees.
Opportunity Article
Buying a franchise isn't that scary--and this book tells you why.
Opportunity Article
A business opportunity you see everyday
Opportunity Insider
Rental franchise believes charity begins in the community.
Whats Your Problem
Help! I need a business plan.
Bytes
. . . before too much technology sends you and your business over the edge.
Connections
Auto-dialing is now within your reach.
Net Profits
More and more online retailers are using a variety of tools to help them track their customers. Here's how you can, too.
Tech Smarts
All the Web you need, uncluttered and fit to you
Tools
State-of-the-art tech tools
Web Smarts
Save time and effort with a better search engine.
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