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Inside the May 2000 Issue

Features

We've Got a Secret

Dare we say the "F" word? Fulfillment, that is. It ain't easy to fill all those website orders, but it ain't impossible. We show you how.

"Trust Me"

. . . isn't enough for most banks when it comes to lending to high-tech start-ups. How to cozy up to bankers and get the financing you need

Class Of '98

Where are they now? We reunite with four entrepreneurial alumni to find out if that degree paid off.

You're Fired!

Congratulations on getting canned. Now you can finally do what you want to do-on your own terms.

What Have You Become?

You have employees you don't recognize, sales you can't keep track of and a business that's grown way beyond "small." Do you even remember when everything was just innocent and entrepreneurial?

In The Mix

What does it take to make a personal care and health dotcom from scratch? Let's ask the voice of experience, ingredients.com's Katherine Legatos.

Speaking Franklin

We're not saying grab your kite and run out into a storm, but if you're cooking up entrepreneurial spirit, Ben's is the recipe to follow.

Columns

Bright Ideas
Need an audience for your latest invention? Skip the giant retail chains-mail-order catalogs might do a better job of hitting your target.
Bright Ideas
How does the new budget act affect your patent?
Buzz
Sights . . . sounds . . . and seeds-all at the latest California Gift Show
Global
. . . of the importer. Here's how to find the strange and exotic and make a pretty penny at it
Pulse
. . . and found generation. Introducing the generation called Jones
Pulse
Looks like an office, smells like an office . . . well, even if it doesn't, it's an office.
Pulse
Nobody likes it when they don't know what you're talking about.
Pulse
Is it time to change the way we define minority entrepreneur?
Pulse
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the Post Office . . .
Pulse
Business owners who break a sweat
Travel
There's no predicting the best way to earn mileage, so do your research.
Travel
Deals from Hertz, Midwest Express Airlines, and OpenTable.com
Travel
Doing Business in Dublin, Ireland
Women
So it's said. But women are still debating ways to battle the old boy network.
Beating The Odds
Birth of a food-chain mogul: a childhood love of barbecue, a few of life's lessons and a little divine guidance to shrink the ego.
Bulletin Board
A variety of incubators nationwide help fledgling businesses take flight.
Trade Shows
Mark your calendar.
Capitol Issues
Proposed tax credit promises to fill the labor gap for small manufacturing companies.
Cutting Edge
Are you still making all the business decisions? Stop-and share them with your employees.
Family Business
Are you next in line to own the family business? Don't go it alone--peer groups can help.
Insurance
Preparing tomorrow's insurance claim today will save you time, energy-and headaches.
Legal
You can fix your car. You can fix your cat. But you can't fix your prices.
Management Smarts
Need great employees? Run-don't walk-to your nearest school.
Management Smarts
You got someone else's mail-and it says you're a meathead.
Management Smarts
So keep it that way--protect your proprietary information.
Management Smarts
Total Qualilty Management
Staff Smarts
Sinner? Saint? All eyes are on you, and your employees will pass judgment.
Your Business
Staples of the productive workplace: PCs, copiers . . . and toys
Your Business
They all bring the package to your door--so what's the difference?
Your Business
Maybe you can't pay more, but you can still help low-wage workers stay healthy, happy and working for you.
Advertising Workshop
If your product isn't selling, then draw it a new image.
Fast Pitch
Minimize competition-and maximize results-by putting your advertising dollars where your customers live, work and play.
Marketing Smarts
Put a new spin on your sales pitch with a CD-ROM.
Marketing Smarts
Have you considered taking your coupons to the Net?
Marketing Smarts
Five things you and your employees should never say to a customer
Real Deal
Dealmakers get what they give.
Sales Success
Reduce turnover--and heighten success--by measuring motivation before you hire.
Funds
Genetic research is taking the world into the future, so don't get left behind. Invest in it.
Money Smarts
Money management for couch potatoes--even the entrepreneurial variety
Money Smarts
Taking retirement to the people--one modem at a time
Money Smarts
How this health and wellness services company got financing
Raising Money
The SBA's participating securities program proves SBICs can help companies get off the ground.
Tax Talk
The 1997 Taxpayer Relief Act offered small doses of relief.
Biz 101
What's stopping you from starting your business—and what can you do about it?
First Steps
Entrepreneurs share how they got their start-up funds
First Steps
You paid for your software, but it doesn't belong to you.
First Steps
Your company's grand opening could be your best marketing plan.
Franchise Focus
A great support network is just what you'll need in the rapidly changing travel industry.
Opportunities
Italian ice never looked so hot.
Opportunities
Increasing ethnic minority franchisees
Opportunities
One retail store adopts a sense of responsibility.
Opportunities
. . . and take landscape design mobile.
Opportunities
A new president shifts Cottman Transmissions into high gear.
Whats Your Problem
I want to make the most out of my recuperation at home.
Whats Your Problem
And sinker. How can we bait, catch and keep business?
Whats Your Problem
Homebased collection agencies really are collecting.
Buyers Guide
It slices away excess hardware...it dices the bulkier competition: The desktop replacement notebook kicks your tower to the curb.
Connections
Long overdue G.lite modems will make DSL installation a snap.
Connections
How to know if you're overpaying for phone service
Hot Disks
We put Windows 2000 up against the other operating systems to see if it tips the scales in your favor.
Net Profits
...and not just anybody. Here's how to find the right Internet professional to help you with that Web site.
Net Profits
Reviews of Computer Pundits' Goofyguys.com computer help Web site, Wells Fargo's One-Stop eStore e-commerce help, and Vertex's eQuantum software for sales and tax use.
Tech Smarts
The IT worker is a rare fish these days. If you're gonna catch one, just bring the right bait.
Tech Smarts
Handheld OS rivals are coming out swinging.
Tools
Viewsonic's LITEBIRD DLP XGA projector
Tools
Quantum Creations' LapPro portable PC case
Tools
Palm computing's Palm Vx
Tools
Kensington Adjustable Monitor Lift
Tools
Hewlett-Packard's HP Vectra VL 600 desktop computer

Web
Browse the credentials of the experts to find the answers you need.
Web
Create a personalized archive of Web sites.
Web
WordPerfect tip site
Web
Quick printing and delivery of documents
Web
Create your own portal.
Web
Internet and technology statistics
Web
Web page capture and retrieval made simple
Hot Biz
Start your own adventure/specialty travel agency.
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