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Inside the July 2000 Issue

Features

Hold 'Em

There are two ways to get outside cash into your business. Take a look at two entrepreneurs balancing the eternal choice between selling equity and borrowing.

Immovable Feats

Can you finance your business without getting out of your chair? Not entirely, webheads. At some point, you'll have to use them legs.

Risky Business

Startup and risk go hand in hand. But how much is too much?

On the Level

The Internet makes MLM easier--but it won't do the work for you. Before you commit, make sure you're prepared.

Money In The Bank

Check out over 600 entrepreneur-friendly banks.

Get Outta Here

For tax breaks and investment opportunities, sometimes you just have to leave the country.

In Good Forum

You need tons of money. You have no financial contacts. Where can you turn? Many entrepreneurs have found what they need in venture forums.

Wrong Side of the Net

There aren't any sirens in the night, but the Web does have its seedy underbelly. Protect yourself from the grifters, the scammers and the crooks.

2nd Annual E-List

9 of today's hottest netpreneurs

Columns

Been There
Improve on your client-relation skills by brushing up on these tips.
Biz 101
Promotional products--what to get and how to give 'em away.
Bright Ideas
Traditional retailers are no longer the only game in town.
Bright Ideas
Inventors go toy-to-toy for development dollars.
Bright Ideas
Putting off applying for that patent? You may regret it later.
Buzz
To sell in the new century, learn how people will live.
Global
Doing business with Eastern Europe
Guts
Don't worry! We'll tell you how to overcome your feelings of intimidation and reach your goals.
Hot Seat
Ex-Coca-Cola-exec Sergio Zyman on marketing success.and New Coke.
Pulse
Welcome to the world of Internet phenomena, where you actually want to hear the words "Oh, it's just a fad."
Pulse
But how can you use workers' newfound love for their employers to your advantage?
Pulse
Review of e-Personal Finance
Pulse
Where are they now?
Pulse
Don't know what to do with that old 486 clunker in the corner of the office? You don't have to trash it. Here are some suggestions.
Pulse
Jugglers multitask faster'n greased lightnin' and feel the weight o' the world on their shoulders.
Sell
Determining when it's time to say no to a client
Travel
The latest technology promises to beat the boredom of your next flight.
Travel
Deals from Delta Air Lines and Hertz
Travel
Doing business in Sonoma, California
Women
Gender gap this, gender gap that--what about the gap between older and younger business owners?
Beating The Odds
No one invested...they went years without making a profit. Was this publishing duo's path pigheaded or visionary?
Bulletin Board
College students offer free help and expertise to local businesses.
Bulletin Board
A creative alternative for cash-strapped entrepreneurs
Bulletin Board
New Web site helps entrepreneurs take their businesses global.
Bulletin Board
Social Security news you can use
Trade Shows
Mark your calendar
Capitol Issues
Encourage SBICs and you encourage small-business growth.
Capitol Issues
Updates on small-business legislation
Cutting Edge
They're saying things--some good, some bad. Timothy Gallwey teaches people to listen to the right ones.
Family Business
Don't let sparring egos tear the family business apart.
Insurance
Adding disability coverage to your benefits package
Legal
Cell phones can turn any road into a Jan & Dean song.
Management Smarts
Employees know secrets their former bosses don't want them sharing.
Management Smarts
Census 2000 could make EEOC compliance more difficult.
Management Smarts
The latest news and updates on employee benefits
Staff Smarts
.or maybe just go outside for a while. Whatever you do, don't drag your staff into that old meeting room for even one more of the stuffy same ol'.
Your Business
Teen workers: They're fast, strong and practically begging to get out of the house for a few hours.
Your Business
Ok, they won't do that, but virtual assistants can help you with administrative tasks.
Your Business
Cops handle the crime, but forensic accountants figure out the damage done.
Advertising Workshop
Wanna' sell units? Make ads that promise to whisk away life's more odious tasks.
Fast Pitch
Ok, your new advertising looks great. But how will you ensure its success?
Marketing Smarts
A dash of good humor and a pinch of zany can be all it takes.
Marketing Smarts
Winning over customers is tough-especially when you don't make any sense.
Marketing Smarts
New idea for a promotional giveaway
Real Deal
Disagreeing without being disagreeable
Sales Success
Knowing the right questions to ask can be as powerful as any sales technique.
Ask the Rainmaker
Are SBA loans a big secret?
Ask the Rainmaker
Pros and cons of franchises
Funds
Changing with the times to get the right blend of bonds, cash and stocks
Money Smarts
You need money. Big companies have money. Here's how to get it.
Money Smarts
Site helps hook-up businesses needing money with big-name lenders
Raising Money
Hate to burst your balloon, but you'll have to risk your money to raise money.
Tax Talk
New guides help you keep the tax man away-for good.
Tax Talk
New guides help you keep the tax man away--for good.
Biz 101
Even if loans and venture capital are out of the question, you're not even halfway down your list of options.
Biz 101
Bank loans too few, too hard, too much trouble? Maybe not.
First Steps
Advisors are helpful...but so is listening to your gut.
First Steps
Putting together a media kit that gets results
First Steps
Design an office with space for PC and phone systems to expand and avoid your own TECH-tanic.
Franchise Focus
Crestcom franchisees use video and live presentation to bring management training to life.
Opportunities
An opportunity written in the stars
Opportunities
Franchisees strike a pose with their new combo store.
Opportunities
Franchise update on Kinderdance International Inc.
Opportunities
Getting back to their roots raises profits for A&W franchisees.
Opportunities
AlphaGraphics franchisees learn by doing.
Opportunities
A look at franchising in the new millenium
Whats Your Problem
I need guidance getting my product to a manufacturer.
Whats Your Problem
Do I need to niche or no?
Buyers Guide
This Palm Pilot's too small, this laptop's too big-but a Jupiter is juuuuuuust right.
Connections
If you're waiting for WAP, don't hold your breath.
Connections
Fixed wireless services test the waters.
Connections
Update on wireless phone sales
Hot Disks
The Internet has made shareware the computer enthusiast's hottest commodity. Don't you think it's time to cash in on these near-free utilities?
Hot Disks
Reviews of Office Domain's AnswerASAP call-forwarding service and Cybermatrix Pro Sched appointment scheduling software
Net Profits
Eyeballs don't spend all day staring at monitors. It's e-marketing time for catalogs, posters and mailings.
Net Profits
Reviews of eCongo turnkey e-commerce service, Nexternal Solution's e-commerce shopping cart system, and SmartAge.com's suite of e-commerce services
Tech Smarts
Laptops and palmtops talking without wires? It's Bluetooth inside.
Tech Smarts
They're not just for the exorbitantly rich anymore.
Tools
ADS Technologies' USB to Ethernet Networking Starter Kit
Tools
LaCie's PocketDrive external hard drive
Tools
TEAC America 24X PortaCD external CD-ROM
Tools
Cybex Switch ViewOSD KVM switch server controller
Tools
JABRA EarSet for Cellular, PCS and Mobile Phones
Web
New tools to find what you need
Web
Where to click to keep tabs on that IPO
Web
Internet and technology statistics
Web
Business, economic and social information for countries worldwide
Web
Links to hundreds of useful lists that have appeared in magazines and newpapers over the past year
Web
Site that helps you select a company name be telling you what's available and what's not
Web
Web site analyzes the privacy of your Web browser
Hot Biz
Start your own Gen X consulting firm.
Innovations
So you've got a new product and know just who to market it to. Here's what to do next.
Wise Buys
Multifunction machines provide all-in-one capabilities.
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