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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

I Got The Blues

One company's experience with the cash-flow blues and how it lived to sell again
Bright Ideas

Help For Newcomers

Ideas for developing a prototype
Bright Ideas

Wanna Make Millions?

This contest makes it possible
Bright Ideas

Get Exports Moving

The SBA offers international trade tips.
Bright Ideas

Make 'Em Talk

Jump-start sales the simple way—with endorsements.
Global

Touchy-Feely

It's sometimes the little things that are crucial in international business.
House Rules

It's About Time

Time management tips for making the most of your busy days
Pulse

Beat Scene

Equal parts underground icon and mainstream phenomenon, today's deejay has the best of both worlds.
Pulse

Watt's Up!: The Power of Touch

The cost is nothing. The potential is limitless. Welcome to the future of a "touch" economy.
Pulse

Close Up: Space Investor

Find out one successful entrepreneur's plans for his future in space.
Pulse

Virtual Estate

What are domain names going for these days?
Pulse

Hot Food: Techie Take Out

All work and no food spawns a new line of easy edibles.
Pulse

What Gives?

Apparently not the SBA when it came to the Small Disadvantaged Business certification program.
Pulse

The End of Entrepreneurship as We Know It?

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

Dress Is More

Tips for dressing for success no matter your style
Sell

Sell Block

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

Business & Pleasure

Doing business in Washington, DC
Travel

Road Notes

Deals from Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Expedia.com and Hilton Honors
Travel

Web Escapes

Where to click after you've booked your trip
Wheels

Keeping Track

Don't look for your package in the lost property office.
Wheels

Don't Just Kick the Tires

Use these tips to avoid buying one of the worst cars of the century.
Wheels

Rest Insured

Keeping the brakes on car insurance costs
Women

In For the Count

Sharing the wealth is what it's all about.
Women

Money Master

Helping women overcome their Achilles' heel
Beating The Odds

Lumbering To Success

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

California

Center answers intellectual property questions.
Bulletin Board

Illinois

Free legal help available
Bulletin Board

Georgia

Business-plan contest targets Peach State entrepreneurs.
Bulletin Board

Nationwide

Credit card company creates entrepreneur-friendly program.
Hot Seat

He's Giving It Away!

Think philanthropy is a dotcom don't? Anthony Parks would like a word with you.
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Mark your calendars.
Capitol Issues

An Ergonomic War

OSHA and the GOP clash over a new rule
Cutting Edge

More Than A Fling

If you're courting your customers just for that initial sale, you're missing out on the long-term advantages of CRM.
Family Business

Gag Order

If the family business is seeping its way into every off-hours conversation, it's time to draw the line on shop talk.
Insurance

Oldie But A Goody

Though it may sound antiquated, boiler and machinery insurance is a modern necessity.
Legal

RA-A-A-ID!

Creepy competitors raiding your work force? The law can be the perfect bug spray.
Management Smarts

Free Lunch

Don't underestimate the value of free food when seeking employees.
Management Smarts

Down And Out

Deny a pink-slipped manager a chance to be "bumped down," and you could get in trouble.
Management Smarts

A Reason to Stay

Incentives provide the "golden handcuffs" that keep employees from getting away.
Staff Smarts

Web Site

A concierge-type service for your employees
Staff Smarts

It's A Given

Sure, charities and nonprofits benefit from employee volunteer programs, but what about your business?
Your Business

Web Site

A new site from the U.S. Chamber Of Commerce offers tools for small businesses.
Your Business

Training Ground

In a tight labor market, try asking, "Can this applicant learn to do the job?"
Your Business

Bad Bait

You're dangling an incentive-program carrot, but no one's biting. What now?
Your Business

Keeping Watch

Monitoring employees? "They'll never notice" is not the way to start.
Advertising Workshop

A Sharp Opener

In sales-letter writing, it's the most important weapon for capturing your reader's attention.
Fast Pitch

Kick It Up a Notch

Want to turn up the heat on your marketing campaign? Start by turning cold contacts into hot prospects.
Marketing Smarts

Flash

What's the best way to make amends with customers you've ticked off?
Marketing Smarts

Web Site

Free Internet access for Spanish-speaking Web surfers
Marketing Smarts

Cooking Up Clients

The sweet rewards of bringing cookies on sales calls
Marketing Smarts

Make No Mistake

Common ad-campaign screw-ups
Marketing Smarts

Sounds Fishy

Invent your own news story? Why not?
Real Deal

Control Freak

You are Type A. You are in negotiations. Take charge.
Sales Success

Follow The Leader

. . . and discover five traits the great ones share.
Ask the Rainmaker

New To You?

Did ya hear the one about the lesser-known SBA loan program?
Ask the Rainmaker

Wise Words

In business, the learning curve is steep-don't take a leap.
Funds

Going for the Globe

It's a small-cap world after all.
Money Smarts

Web Site

News and information on any public company
Money Smarts

And On Your Left . . .

What are investors looking for when they take the tour of your business?
Money Smarts

Inside Investing

Ever wonder what goes on behind the doors of a venture capital firm?
Raising Money

Your Feature Presentation

Be a star when you audition in front of investors for a role in their venture-capital portfolios.
Tax Talk

House Passes Estate Tax Repeal

Update of the bill's progress through Congress
Tax Talk

Greed Isn't Good

Be careful when deciding what to pay yourself, because Uncle Sam's watching.
Biz 101

Got Net?

10 great Web businesses to start now
First Steps

Passing The Bread

Subway's co-founder helps you with your start-up dough
First Steps

State Your Purpose

Mission statements with kick
First Steps

Experts Wanted

What it really takes to succeed as a consultant
First Steps

Equippin' The Kids

.Isn't always expensive: Here it led to profitable inventions.
Franchise Focus

All Gussied Up

Make money by makin' people prettier.
Opportunities

The Power Of The Dollar

Turning discount into profit
Opportunities

Wrestling for Pretzels

Or vice versa. Twisting dough and twisting on mats--how they combine for big charity
Opportunities

What's New

Updates on the latest happenings at PetPeople Franchise Systems Inc. and Personnel Services Inc.
Opportunities

After Hours

A franchisee goes above and beyond.
Opportunities

Drill Bit Player

Here's a creative opportunity that turns the tables on your fear of the dentist.
Opportunity Features

Home Is Where the Money Is

And improving the home is where today's franchises are headed.
Whats Your Problem

Coverage For All

Can I get insured even though I have a pre-existing health condition?
Whats Your Problem

Small But Special

Is it possible for a new company to compete in the online books market?
Bytes

Of Mobile Birth

Will PDAs commingle with cell phones to form a go-anywhere, do-anything handheld hybrid?
Connections

Gray Matters

A new study takes another look at cell phone risk.
Hot Disks

Web Site

Need business-quality Web-hosted applications? Check out this site.
Hot Disks

Wise Buys

Reviews of Tiny Personal Firewall software, Xtime online scheduling solutions and TakeCharge! Accounting software
Net Profits

Wise Buys

Reviews of Responsys Jumpstart, Zoomerang and eDepot.com's eCourse
Net Profits

Site in Shining Armor

Your personal quest for intellectual property protection on the Net
Tech Smarts

Bogus Bills

Phony charges on your phone bill? You've been crammed!
Tech Smarts

The Bare Minimum

Why pay big bucks for PCs with fancy functions you don't need?
Tools

Picture This

Epson's PhotoPC 3000Z digital zoom camera
Tools

Write Me

Plextor's PlexWriter 12/4/32 SCSI CD-R/RW
Tools

Safe Haven

Panamax's Surge Protector8Tel
Web

Fast Facts

Internet and technology statistics
Web

Go Speed Go

A service that provides quick delivery of documents nationwide
Web

Go The Distance

Want lower phone rates? Here's one option.
Web

Mind Over Matter

Selling intellectual property online
Hot Biz

The Staff of Life

Start your own staffing service.
Innovations

My Buddy and Me

Got an idea for a cool promotional product? Read how this entrepreneur turned her simple idea into a successful business.
E-Biz

Privacy, Please

The importance of having a sound privacy policy
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