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Inside the September 2000 Issue

Features

Quick Guide To Insurance

Pick your agent. Pick your insurance. Pick the business disaster you're most afraid of and insure against it.

Use Your Head

It's not enough just to sell anymore. Now every potential client is looking for a few creative ideas to go with your sales pitch.

It's My Party

And you may be crying if you stick with it come Election Day. Entrepreneurial concerns don't necessarily fall along Democrat/Republican lines, so know which candidate is best for your business.

Not Wired

Flash: The Internet is not the final frontier for way-of-life-changing industries. Such opportunities seem to be opening up every time you turn around. Next up: wireless services.

Stop-Gap Measures

Is bringing two age groups together under one business roof brewing success or inviting each other to a nightmare? Meet two sets of entrepreneurs who made their differences work-and one who couldn't span the generation gap.

Palms Across America

A review of the latest Palms and Pocket PCs on the market

Reality Check

The 12 most common myths of Net start-ups-and the realities that will save you from the dotcom graveyard

Bridging The Gap

Ol' Will Shakespeare said it centuries ago: ''Crabbed age and youth cannot live together.'' Maybe not. But they can incorporate.

No Place Like Home

If home is where the heart is, then your business belongs there, too. Here are 10 of today's hottest homebased businesses.

Columns

Been There
One company's experience with the cash-flow blues and how it lived to sell again
Bright Ideas
Ideas for developing a prototype
Bright Ideas
This contest makes it possible
Bright Ideas
The SBA offers international trade tips.
Bright Ideas
Jump-start sales the simple way—with endorsements.
Global
It's sometimes the little things that are crucial in international business.
House Rules
Time management tips for making the most of your busy days
Pulse
Equal parts underground icon and mainstream phenomenon, today's deejay has the best of both worlds.
Pulse
The cost is nothing. The potential is limitless. Welcome to the future of a "touch" economy.
Pulse
Find out one successful entrepreneur's plans for his future in space.
Pulse
What are domain names going for these days?
Pulse
All work and no food spawns a new line of easy edibles.
Pulse
Apparently not the SBA when it came to the Small Disadvantaged Business certification program.
Pulse
Yeah, dotcoms have made the venture capital market volatile; sure, corporate employees are offered entrepreneur-esque development opportunities; but if I recall, we got into this game to take the risk and own our own businesses!
Secrets
Tips for dressing for success no matter your style
Sell
You're a great business owner, but how good of a salesperson are you? Read these tips if you want to improve your less-than-stellar sales skills.
Travel
Doing business in Washington, DC
Travel
Deals from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Expedia.com and Hilton Honors
Travel
Where to click after you've booked your trip
Wheels
Don't look for your package in the lost property office.
Wheels
Use these tips to avoid buying one of the worst cars of the century.
Wheels
Keeping the brakes on car insurance costs
Women
Sharing the wealth is what it's all about.
Women
Helping women overcome their Achilles' heel
Beating The Odds
Someone said, "Try and try again." Tom Sullivan did and ended a string of soured businesses by selling old lumber, proving that you can make a successful business out of almost anything.
Bulletin Board
Center answers intellectual property questions.
Bulletin Board
Free legal help available
Bulletin Board
Business-plan contest targets Peach State entrepreneurs.
Bulletin Board
Credit card company creates entrepreneur-friendly program.
Hot Seat
Think philanthropy is a dotcom don't? Anthony Parks would like a word with you.
Trade Shows
Mark your calendars.
Capitol Issues
OSHA and the GOP clash over a new rule
Cutting Edge
If you're courting your customers just for that initial sale, you're missing out on the long-term advantages of CRM.
Family Business
If the family business is seeping its way into every off-hours conversation, it's time to draw the line on shop talk.
Insurance
Though it may sound antiquated, boiler and machinery insurance is a modern necessity.
Legal
Creepy competitors raiding your work force? The law can be the perfect bug spray.
Management Smarts
Don't underestimate the value of free food when seeking employees.
Management Smarts
Deny a pink-slipped manager a chance to be "bumped down," and you could get in trouble.
Management Smarts
Incentives provide the "golden handcuffs" that keep employees from getting away.
Staff Smarts
A concierge-type service for your employees
Staff Smarts
Sure, charities and nonprofits benefit from employee volunteer programs, but what about your business?
Your Business
A new site from the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce offers tools for small businesses.
Your Business
In a tight labor market, try asking, "Can this applicant learn to do the job?"
Your Business
You're dangling an incentive-program carrot, but no one's biting. What now?
Your Business
Monitoring employees? "They'll never notice" is not the way to start.
Advertising Workshop
In sales-letter writing, it's the most important weapon for capturing your reader's attention.
Fast Pitch
Want to turn up the heat on your marketing campaign? Start by turning cold contacts into hot prospects.
Marketing Smarts
What's the best way to make amends with customers you've ticked off?
Marketing Smarts
Free Internet access for Spanish-speaking Web surfers
Marketing Smarts
The sweet rewards of bringing cookies on sales calls
Marketing Smarts
Common ad-campaign screw-ups
Marketing Smarts
Invent your own news story? Why not?
Real Deal
You are Type A. You are in negotiations. Take charge.
Sales Success
. . . and discover five traits the great ones share.
Ask the Rainmaker
Did ya hear the one about the lesser-known SBA loan program?
Ask the Rainmaker
In business, the learning curve is steep-don't take a leap.
Funds
It's a small-cap world after all.
Money Smarts
News and information on any public company
Money Smarts
What are investors looking for when they take the tour of your business?
Money Smarts
Ever wonder what goes on behind the doors of a venture capital firm?
Raising Money
Be a star when you audition in front of investors for a role in their venture-capital portfolios.
Tax Talk
Update of the bill's progress through Congress
Tax Talk
Be careful when deciding what to pay yourself, because Uncle Sam's watching.
Biz 101
10 great Web businesses to start now
First Steps
Subway's co-founder helps you with your start-up dough
First Steps
Mission statements with kick
First Steps
What it really takes to succeed as a consultant
First Steps
.Isn't always expensive: Here it led to profitable inventions.
Franchise Focus
Make money by makin' people prettier.
Opportunities
Turning discount into profit
Opportunities
Or vice versa. Twisting dough and twisting on mats--how they combine for big charity
Opportunities
Updates on the latest happenings at PetPeople Franchise Systems Inc. and Personnel Services Inc.
Opportunities
A franchisee goes above and beyond.
Opportunities
Here's a creative opportunity that turns the tables on your fear of the dentist.
Opportunity Features
And improving the home is where today's franchises are headed.
Whats Your Problem
Can I get insured even though I have a pre-existing health condition?
Whats Your Problem
Is it possible for a new company to compete in the online books market?
Bytes
Will PDAs commingle with cell phones to form a go-anywhere, do-anything handheld hybrid?
Connections
A new study takes another look at cell phone risk.
Hot Disks
Need business-quality Web-hosted applications? Check out this site.
Hot Disks
Reviews of Tiny Personal Firewall software, Xtime online scheduling solutions and TakeCharge! Accounting software
Net Profits
Reviews of Responsys Jumpstart, Zoomerang and eDepot.com's eCourse
Net Profits
Your personal quest for intellectual property protection on the Net
Tech Smarts
Phony charges on your phone bill? You've been crammed!
Tech Smarts
Why pay big bucks for PCs with fancy functions you don't need?
Tools
Epson's PhotoPC 3000Z digital zoom camera
Tools
Plextor's PlexWriter 12/4/32 SCSI CD-R/RW
Tools
Panamax's Surge Protector8Tel
Web
Internet and technology statistics
Web
A service that provides quick delivery of documents nationwide
Web
Want lower phone rates? Here's one option.
Web
Selling intellectual property online
Hot Biz
Start your own staffing service.
Innovations
Got an idea for a cool promotional product? Read how this entrepreneur turned her simple idea into a successful business.
E-Biz
The importance of having a sound privacy policy
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