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Inside the April 2000 Issue

Features

Dot Dot Dot

Start a dot.com . . . twiddle your thumbs . . . the money rolls in--there's a hell of a lot left out of that story.

Bank On It

You haven't seen a bank teller since you got your first ATM card? Now virtual banks are eliminating reason after reason for us to go to physical banks at all.

Bring It On

There's nothing wrong with a little healthy competition. In fact, it's what some entrepreneurs live for.

Poor Health

If you're waiting on the government or anyone else to do something about the rising costs of health benefits, face facts: If you want costs cut right, you have to cut them yourself.

Soul Searching

Looking for a better business? Start inside.

Quick Guide To Business Travel

Stretch your travel dollars further than the other guy with the latest business innovations & our annual Business Travel Awards.

Let the Good Times Roll

Franchising isn't just about burgers and windshield repair (not that there's anything wrong with that). Nowadays, it's about having fun.

2nd Annual Hot List

For these nine young millionaires, the big bucks didn't just happen. They made it happen--and you can, too.

Columns

BizScene
Learning to take advantage of trends
Bright Ideas
Why do it yourself when you can have someone else market your invention?
Bright Ideas
Here's your chance to score big with your big idea.
Buzz
Feelin' the groove with the latest trends in 2000
Global
Scaling The Great Wall
Pulse
Watch out, San Francisco! The Internet is upon you.
Pulse
Every time the phone rings, it's a stressed-out employee calling in sick. What can you do?
Pulse
Cashing in on an accident-without litigation
Pulse
The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
Pulse
Optimizer (noun): an entrepreneur who knows how to take care of No. 1
Pulse
It may seem like the Internet is everyone's formula for success, but are minorities being left out of the equation?
Pulse
Catalog maven John Peterman deals with a new chapter . . . Chapter 11.
Travel
Gadgets need TLC, too.
Travel
Deals from Continental Airlines, Alamo Rent A Car and 1travel.com
Women
Women are doing it; new data indicates just how much.
Women
Women Business Centers gain additional funding
Beating The Odds
Despite an industry upheaval and two gravely ill sons, this health-care entrepreneur discovered the prescription for perseverance.
Bulletin Board
Leading the disabled from unemployment to self-employment
Bulletin Board
Use this incubator to hatch your business in 90 days or less.
Bulletin Board
New CD-ROM is a starting point for Web neophytes.
Bulletin Board
Partner with the government's contractors.
Bulletin Board
Find the courses you need online.
Trade Shows
Mark your calendar
Capitol Issues
Let parents stay home to care for a newborn-and pay them for it? The debate rages on over employee rights.
Cutting Edge
Entrepreneurial shapeshifters may be in one business today and something entirely different tomorrow. The key is knowing when it's time to change focus.
Family Business
Promise to love, honor and cherish your business--even if you share it with your ex-spouse.
Insurance
If you've got shareholders, you better get D and O liability insurance.
Legal
You promote fairly at your company-but you'll have to prove it when the EEOC comes calling.
Management Smarts
...do not call for desperate measures--pick employees carefully.
Management Smarts
Survey regarding people's attitudes about the Net
Staff Smarts
Employees come and go, but how do you get their knowledge to stick around?
Your Business
Businesses are saying 'I do' to nepotism.
Your Business
Chapter 7, Chapter 11-your customer's gone bankrupt? Here's what to do.
Your Business
Get your workers English-proficient and the benefits are legion.
Advertising Workshop
A name like the Toilet-Seat Light can have Thomas Edison rolling in his grave, but it can't sell a product on its own.
Fast Pitch
Cutting your marketing costs through cross-promotion
Marketing Smarts
Want to boost your sales? Go back to school.
Marketing Smarts
Have a clipping service do your media sleuthing for you.
Marketing Smarts
Dissatisfied customers; influencing customers
Real Deal
Negotiations going badly? Yuk it up.
Sales Success
Learn sales from our eight-legged friend's greatest architectural accomplishment.
Funds
Catching it can pay off.
Tax Talk
Privacy experts reel as the IRS rolls out a pilot program to transmit tax information via e-mail.
Biz 101
Starting to think Murphy's Law was written just for you? Don't worry--these practical solutions should get you back on track fast.
First Steps
Is there really gold in government auctions?
First Steps
Creative ways to compensate professionals for their services
First Steps
Keeping good records from the start is the key to surviving an IRS audit.
First Steps
Is starting a restaurant your entrepreneurial dream?
First Steps
Sharing space can conserve your start-up cash.
Franchise Focus
Management Recruiters International puts people in their place.
Opportunities
This former aerospace owner takes dressing for success seriously.
Opportunities
AAMCO Transmissions gears a program toward a second generation of owners.
Opportunities
Go back to school to learn everything you need to know about franchising.
Opportunities
Her child's bad experience inspires one woman's booming business.
Opportunities
Two brothers give customers a great environment to relax and just hang out in.
Opportunities
Can one number hold the key to sure-fire franchise success?
Whats Your Problem
How can I wear my expertise on my sleeve?
Whats Your Problem
Help! Everybody misunderstands what I do.
Buyers Guide
...but flat-screen monitors are too expensive, right? Check out the latest CRTs for a pleasant surprise.
Connections
Here are a few tips from the experts to make sure your calls get returned.
Connections
Area code decoder
Hot Disks
If you're worried about viruses or hackers wreaking havoc on your system, take some precautionary measures-and breathe a little easier.
Hot Disks
Reviews of Smart Online's Smart Attorney and Smart Business; eServices for Microsoft Office; Clickbook 2000; Proj Clock; and MailTracker's Postage $aver
Net Profits
Your Web site will go down, but the right hosting company can keep disaster from being an everyday occurrence.
Net Profits
Reviews of e-Citi's Bizzed.com, Virtual Media Technologies' DefendNet, and OpenOrders' OpenWeb Connect software
Net Profits
Results of compensation survey of dot.com executives
Tools
Aqcess Technologies' Altus Qbe Personal Computing Tablet
Tools
Xircom CreditCard Modem 56-GlobalACCESS
Tools
Sharp's Actius PC-A800 Super Slim Notebook  
Tools
Sony's VAIO PCV-L630 Slimtop LCD Computer
Tools
Epson America's Expression 1600 Pro Scanner  
Web
Still don't have a Web site? That doesn't mean you can't join the digital economy.
Web
Treasure trove site of statistics
Web
Who to contact if you've been Web-conned
Web
A quick look at the results of numerous e-commerce surveys
Web
Online tool for tracking and sorting billable hours and expenses
Web
Tracking your e-mail
Web
Online dictionary
Web
Tracking your e-mail
Hot Biz
Start your own bed and breakfast
Innovations
Fitness equipment inventor
E-Biz
Web site customization
Wise Buys
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