Inside the March 2000 Issue
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Features

Connect The Dots

Online or brick-and-mortar? Tough question. But if you have a clear picture of your business, you already know the answer.

The Big Chill

Outgrowing their trendy phase, smoothies are here to stay.

What's The Plan?

Business plan? What business plan? You'll just wing it, right? Wrong. Here's how to put your business on the right track (plus all the tools to make planning easy).

Gone Fishin'

Looking to catch a big one? Trolling the deep, corporate waters? All you need to put a whopper CEO, CFO or other acronym on your table is the right bait.

A Million For Your Thoughts

What makes those platinum-plated minds tick?

Spy Away

What you don't know can hurt you.

If The Name Fits...

''New eco-topia''...''Old money flats''...''Kids & cul-de-sacs''...if these areas don't sound familiar, listen to what Michael J. Weiss has to say: Your customers live there.

Hero Worship

Welcome to the entrepreneurial hall of fame. You can't touch these exhibits.

Columns

Bright Ideas

Show And Tell

Don't expect things to happen from your dusty garage--bring your invention into the limelight.
Buzz

Peanuts Lives On

Japanese cartoons.
Buzz

Pick A Topic

. . any topic. And take it to the Web. Chances are, you'll be right on target.
Global

O Canada

Why it makes good sense to sell to the Great White North
Pulse

Show Some Spirit

Is there room in your business for a few unworldly concerns?
Pulse

Knock, Knock

Who's there? Some grouchy employers--now lighten up!
Pulse

Type-Cast

Know your personality, know your strengths, know your weaknesses...know your business.
Pulse

Book 'Em

Review of Goldilocks on Management: 27 Revisionist Fairy Tales for Serious Managers
Pulse

On With The Show

There's no biz that can't be promoted through showbiz.
Pulse

Buy-Buy Baby!

''I want this...I want that.'' Parents hear it all the time--and who do they blame? You.
Travel

High On Miles

Kicking the point addiction
Travel

Wired Guides

Take a tour online before you travel.
Women

Girls Just Wanna Have Funds

Changing the way venture capital firms look at women
BizScene

Prime Timers

Entrepreneurs on TV
Hot Biz

Get My Batsuit, Alfred!

Start your own personal concierge service
Innovations

Right Hair, Right Now

Hair product inventor
Wise Buys

Burnin' Desire

CD-RW drives
Beating The Odds

Hire Power

No experience, no money and lots of competition. So why take the chance?
Bulletin Board

New York

MBAs aren't so hard to come by.
Bulletin Board

St. Louis

Schmoozing for funding--at the latest networking event
Bulletin Board

Wisconsin

Newcomers bring new money--just for your start-up.
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Mark your calendar
Capitol Issues

No Pain, No Gain?

OSHA's ergonomics proposal causes a sore spot in the business community.
Cutting Edge

Don't Go Changing

Just because it's the hip thing to do. It may not be the best thing to do.
Family Business

Open-Book Policy

Enough with the secrets--give your key employees the financial information they need to help you run a successful business.
Insurance

Healthy Choice

Insurance companies? Who needs 'em?
Legal

Poisoned Property

Find out what toxic waste is lurking on your land before you buy--and avoid footing the bill to clean it up later.
Management Smarts

A Woman's Wage

...is three quarters a man's wage--and Uncle Sam says that ain't right.
Management Smarts

Checking IDs

What's in Mom's maiden name? Big bucks for crooks
Management Smarts

Wise Buys

Review of PitneyWorks
Staff Smarts

At First Sight

Will new hires love your company or leave it?
Your Business

When Duty Calls

Know your responsibilities when it comes to employees on military leave.
Your Business

The Good Fire

Want to keep bitter ex-employees from lashing out? Try a kinder, gentler termination.
Your Business

Eco-Office

Working out a recycling program for your company isn't as hard as you'd think.
Advertising Workshop

Once Upon A Time

Share your success story, no matter how small the window of opportunity.
Fast Pitch

To the Last Drop

Good ideas are hard to come by--so milk yours for all they're worth.
Fast Pitch

Web Site

Demographic information
Marketing Smarts

Go, Granny, Go

Use family to personalize your advertising
Marketing Smarts

History Lesson

If you've got it, flaunt it.
Marketing Smarts

Saved For A Rainy Day

Serving customers when they need it most
Marketing Smarts

Web Site

PR case studies
Real Deal

The Mighty Pen

How to make the paper trail work for you
Sales Success

First Person

Want to know what customers want? Try asking them.
Funds

Web Rewards

Ready to jump on the Internet bandwagon? You'd better be in it for the long haul.
Money Smarts

A Good Rejection

''No'' isn't always a dirty word...sometimes it can even get you a loan.
Money Smarts

Taking Stock

The SEC eases the financial burden of employee stock offerings.
Money Smarts

Fast Track

Determining how international financial markets impact U.S. investors
Raising Money

Many Golden Returns

Warrants promise investors great stock prices In the future--and can get you cash now.
Tax Talk

I Vant To Suck Your . . .

. . . bank account? To keep the lifeblood flowing in your financial veins, protect yourself from the local tax bogeyman.
Biz 101

Out-Of-Towners

You can start a business anywhere. Just make sure you know what you're getting into when you go there.
First Steps

Buyer Beware

Purchasing a company? Avoid the mistakes that could ruin your business.
First Steps

Make a Statement

If you want to motivate prospects and customers, show them the benefits.
First Steps

Fast Track

Personal gift-shopping Web site
Franchise Focus

Steak Your Claim

The Great Steak & Potato Company is looking for a few good franchisees.
Opportunities

Never Say Never

From engineer to entrepreneur--who would have thought?
Opportunities

Bulk Rate

More market for your money
Opportunities

Shiny, Happy Employees

A new program shows how to create 'em and how to keep `em.
Opportunities

What's New

This is what's going on at The HoneyBaked Ham Company, Ace Hardware Corp. and Interim Services Inc.
Opportunities

Sweet and Savory

The Midwest's king of sweets is spicing up its menu.
Opportunities

Home Alone

When the franchisees are in charge...
Whats Your Problem

Just Say No To No

I refuse to lose potential clients.
Whats Your Problem

What's In A Name?

I'm wondering if there are rules for creating business names.
Buyers Guide

All For One, One For All

A printer for every PC? Forget it--one network printer can get the job done
Bytes

Power Drive

Maxed out your storage space? Let an upgrade put a little more strength into your computer.
Connections

Power Up!

Don't be shocked by a sudden phone outage.
Connections

Lightning Speed

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's DSL!
Connections

Safety In Numbers

911 . . . anywhere, any time
Hot Disks

Tax Time

Reviews of Quicken's TurboTax, KCSL's X-Portal Findware, EarthLink 5.0 and Shelf Logic 2000
Hot Disks

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day

Of course, they didn't have project management software.
Net Profits

This Old Site

Is your Web site more "fixer-upper" than cutting edge? Well, here's how to fix it up.
Net Profits

Wise Buys

Easy e-commerce software
Net Profits

Webentrepreneurs, Unite!

Association for the online business community
Tech Smarts

Wired Guides

Take a tour online before you travel.
Tech Smarts

Easy Does It

New e-PCs are the promised saviors of simplicity.
Tech Smarts

Going My Way

Sure, e-commerce is taking off, but where's it headed?
Tech Smarts

High On Miles

Kicking the point addiction
Tools

eBook 'Em, Danno

NuvoMedia's Rocket eBook Pro
Tools

Heads Up

Plantronics CS10 Cordless Headset
Tools

Compact COMPAQ

Compaq Armada E500 Laptop
Web

What's It Worth?

Don't guess at important stuff like salaries. Go to a reliable source.
Web

Cyber Secretary

Web-based scheduling service
Web

In The Nation Today . . .

Information from the Gallup Poll Web site
Web

Big Money, Big News

Economic forecasting
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