Inside the April 2000 Issue
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Dot Dot Dot

Start a . . . 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.



Catch The Craze

Learning to take advantage of trends
Bright Ideas

Powerful Partners

Why do it yourself when you can have someone else market your invention?
Bright Ideas

Star Search

Here's your chance to score big with your big idea.


Feelin' the groove with the latest trends in 2000

East Meets World

Scaling The Great Wall

Bay Of Gigs

Watch out, San Francisco! The Internet is upon you.

Under Pressure

Every time the phone rings, it's a stressed-out employee calling in sick. What can you do?

The Fall Guys

Cashing in on an accident-without litigation

The Cluetrain Manifesto

The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual

Make The Best Of It

Optimizer (noun): an entrepreneur who knows how to take care of No. 1

So Close, Yet...

It may seem like the Internet is everyone's formula for success, but are minorities being left out of the equation?

Turning The Page

Catalog maven John Peterman deals with a new chapter . . . Chapter 11.

Hardware Hardships

Gadgets need TLC, too.

Road Notes

Deals from Continental Airlines, Alamo Rent A Car and

Power Shopping

Women are doing it; new data indicates just how much.

Good News

Women Business Centers gain additional funding
Beating The Odds

. . . And In Health

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

Federal Contracts

Partner with the government's contractors.
Bulletin Board


Find the courses you need online.
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Mark your calendar
Capitol Issues

The Parent Trap

Let parents stay home to care for a newborn-and pay them for it? The debate rages on over employee rights.
Cutting Edge

Change Of Face

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

Business After Divorce

Promise to love, honor and cherish your business--even if you share it with your ex-spouse.

Damage Control

If you've got shareholders, you better get D and O liability insurance.

Playing Fair

You promote fairly at your company-but you'll have to prove it when the EEOC comes calling.
Management Smarts

Desperate Times not call for desperate measures--pick employees carefully.
Management Smarts

Warp . . . Uh . . . Web Speed

Survey regarding people's attitudes about the Net
Staff Smarts

Who Knows?

Employees come and go, but how do you get their knowledge to stick around?
Your Business

Lawful Wedded Employees

Businesses are saying 'I do' to nepotism.
Your Business

Final Chapter

Chapter 7, Chapter 11-your customer's gone bankrupt? Here's what to do.
Your Business

Speak English?

Get your workers English-proficient and the benefits are legion.
Advertising Workshop

Make A Splash

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

Team Effort

Cutting your marketing costs through cross-promotion
Marketing Smarts

Extra Credit

Want to boost your sales? Go back to school.
Marketing Smarts

A Clip In Time . . .

Have a clipping service do your media sleuthing for you.
Marketing Smarts


Dissatisfied customers; influencing customers
Real Deal

Cracking Wise

Negotiations going badly? Yuk it up.
Sales Success

Said the Spider

Learn sales from our eight-legged friend's greatest architectural accomplishment.

Media Madness

Catching it can pay off.
Tax Talk

Your Favorite Bureaucracy Goes Digital

Privacy experts reel as the IRS rolls out a pilot program to transmit tax information via e-mail.
Biz 101

21 Quick Startup Fixes

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

Auction Fever

Is there really gold in government auctions?
First Steps

Don't Write That Check

Creative ways to compensate professionals for their services
First Steps

Audit Alert

Keeping good records from the start is the key to surviving an IRS audit.
First Steps

Cooking Up Business

Is starting a restaurant your entrepreneurial dream?
First Steps

Roommate Wanted

Sharing space can conserve your start-up cash.
Franchise Focus


Management Recruiters International puts people in their place.

Turbines To Tuxedos

This former aerospace owner takes dressing for success seriously.

Automatic Transition

AAMCO Transmissions gears a program toward a second generation of owners.

Knowledge Is Power

Go back to school to learn everything you need to know about franchising.

Cutting Edge

Her child's bad experience inspires one woman's booming business.

What's Cooking

Two brothers give customers a great environment to relax and just hang out in.

1-800 EZ Marketing

Can one number hold the key to sure-fire franchise success?
Whats Your Problem

Service To A Tee

How can I wear my expertise on my sleeve?
Whats Your Problem

Make It Clear

Help! Everybody misunderstands what I do.
Buyers Guide

Flat is Where It's At

...but flat-screen monitors are too expensive, right? Check out the latest CRTs for a pleasant surprise.

High Return

Here are a few tips from the experts to make sure your calls get returned.

Web Site

Area code decoder
Hot Disks

To Serve And Protect

If you're worried about viruses or hackers wreaking havoc on your system, take some precautionary measures-and breathe a little easier.
Hot Disks

Wise Buys

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

Crash And Burn

Your Web site will go down, but the right hosting company can keep disaster from being an everyday occurrence.
Net Profits

Wise Buys

Reviews of e-Citi's, Virtual Media Technologies' DefendNet, and OpenOrders' OpenWeb Connect software
Net Profits


Results of compensation survey of executives

To The Max

Aqcess Technologies' Altus Qbe Personal Computing Tablet

Get Connected

Xircom CreditCard Modem 56-GlobalACCESS

The Skinny

Sharp's Actius PC-A800 Super Slim Notebook  

Small Wonder

Sony's VAIO PCV-L630 Slimtop LCD Computer

Copy That

Epson America's Expression 1600 Pro Scanner  

No Pain, All Gain

Still don't have a Web site? That doesn't mean you can't join the digital economy.

Nothing But The Truth

Treasure trove site of statistics

Don't Get Scammed

Who to contact if you've been Web-conned

Fast Facts

A quick look at the results of numerous e-commerce surveys

Seeing Red

Online tool for tracking and sorting billable hours and expenses

City Search

Tracking your e-mail

Words To The Wise

Online dictionary

Track It

Tracking your e-mail
Hot Biz

Bed, Breakfast And Beyond

Start your own bed and breakfast

New Dimensions

Fitness equipment inventor

Especially for You

Web site customization
Wise Buys

Mini-Me Strikes Again

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