Inside the December 2000 Issue
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Think Bigger

So you've got a $10 million business? Big deal. That's kid stuff, chump change, small potatoes. Would you mind terribly if we told you how to make that a $100 million business? Didn't think so.

Hot . . . Or Not?

Is that "hot" start-up concept all it's cracked up to be? How to test your idea and start the business that's right for you

Digital Divide?

You've heard about the mudslinging between the Valley and the Alley. Now hear the truth.

I Quit!

Before you utter those famous last words, milk that corporate job for all it's worth-your new start-up will thank you.

Future Earnings

Is 2001 your year? The year you rap on Microsoft's window. . . Put Amazon-like sales on your books? Want to hear how you'll do it?

Patent Fever

Rushing to join the patent stampede? Hold on and take a closer look at your business. Smart dotcommers put their patents on one leg at a time.

Com and Get It

Answering the new "age-old" question, How do you get surfers to visit your Web site?


Advertising Workshop

Pop The Question

Not the question—but a question mark can make you advertisement more powerful.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Secondhand Store

Destination: Buying a used franchise? Here's how to make the right moves.
Biz 101

You've Got Personality

Let it guide you to the right business.

For His Own Good

Experts tell one man the truth about his Web site.
Bright Ideas

Hello, My Name Is. . .

The best way to protect your invention? Brand your name.
Franchise Focus

Do The Math

Weary taxpayers + good location: Does Jackson Hewitt add up?

Fortune Telling

Can you know what you'll earn before opening a franchise?

What's New

The latest happenings at American Speedy Printing Centers Inc., Interquest Detection Canines and Floor Coverings International

What a Trip!

How one couple's jaunt led to an entrepreneurial journey

Ahead of the Curve

The twisters of Wetzel's Pretzels are touching down everywhere

A World Of Difference

A microfranchise program seeks to reduce poverty in underdeveloped countries.
Smart Ideas

No Time For Lines

"Bring us our lunch!" yell workers. He obliges.
Smart Ideas

What A Gas!

It burns in your tank, but not on a flame.
Whats Your Problem

Catch A Niche

Where can moms surf to find my resume-writing business?
Whats Your Problem

On The Line

How can I take calls for my part-time business when I'm working a full-time job?
Been There

Round Two

You're about ready to say good-bye to Business #1 . . . but are you ready to say hello to Business #2?

License To Profit

Not a creative genius? You don't have to be if you can find a product that's available to license.

Au Natural

Launching a skin-care company from the ground up

Stuff Your Stocking

. . . with books to help you spread good cheer and healthy profit worldwide.

Watch And Learn

. . . or watch and feel like a slimy interloper. Dig into your ethos and discover whether employee Internet monitoring is for you.

Choice Is Yours

When customers just can't decide, that when you step in.

You Are Getting Sleepy.

What does your sleep position say about your approach to business?

My Start-Up Failed

Failure loves company; this company loves failure.

Fresh Peddlers

The skinny on selling pork rinds-the puffy white meat

Hot Employee: Chief Privacy Officer

Should you hire one of these people for your business?

Give, and Ye Shall Receive

Some simple dos and don'ts regarding holiday gift-giving.

The Road Ahead

A look at 2001 and beyond

Road Notes

New services from Northwest Airlines, Hertz and

You Are What You Drive

Does your car reflect your business image?

Everything But The Road Test

Save time-car shop online.

Perfect Forum

Dive off Springboard into the pool of venture capital.

Getting Better All The Time

Build a better business with a little help from these books.
Bulletin Board


In the United States and abroad, pros give small firms a helping hand.
Bulletin Board

Disabled Entrepreneurs

Self-employment pushed as option for the disabled
Bulletin Board


New high-tech bridge loan fund
Bulletin Board


Entrepreneurial centers focus on those who've served.
Hot Seat

Tacky Never Looked So Good

They're a little offbeat. They sell weird stuff on the Web. This is their story.
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Trade Shows
Capitol Issues

House Buries Super Fund Bill

Partisan bickering entombs exempts for small businesses.
Cutting Edge

Big Tippers

The factors that push businesses over the edge and into the type of growth there's no coming back from
Family Business

Fine Line

You need to vent--but bringing too much home from the office can spark resentment.

Pollution Solution

Don't let pollution damage lead to financial damage.

Web Site

A glossary that helps you decipher those confusing insurance terms

.And Arbitrated Justice For All

So long court: The scales have tipped in favor of alternative dispute resolution.
Management Smarts

I See You. . .

Fight high-tech thieves with high-tech weapons
Management Smarts

Keep It Goin'

Don't let high interest rates squelch your growth plans.
Management Smarts

Loser Laws

It's high time Congress got rid of some old-time legislation.
Staff Smarts

Put A Lid On It

If your employees work outside the office, beware: Your competitors are watching.
Your Business

A Bad Rep?

They sell your products, but their contracts can sell you down the river.
Your Business

Soft Sell

Those ever-so-nice solicitors are eating up your workers' time.
Your Business

Fast Track

How one entrepreneur found a way to help others save money on their pets - and earned some money of her own doing it.
Your Business

Web Site

Want to see what the big bad boys are up to? Check out this corporate muckracking e-zine
Fast Pitch

Call In the Pros

Need marketing help from the experts? Choose the best firm for your budget.
Marketing Smarts

Make Headlines

You might if you build a business profile.
Marketing Smarts

Got Style?

Looks are everything when it comes to your corporate identity.
Marketing Smarts


Review of Twenty Ads That Shook The World
Real Deal

But I Didn't Sign It!

Be careful-that doesn't always mean it's not a deal.
Sales Success

Juggling Time

Having difficulty balancing work and play? Make the most of each day with these time-management techniques.
Ask the Rainmaker

Unwelcome Business

Your small bank's been bought by the not-so-jolly bank giant-now what?
Ask the Rainmaker

Release Me!

My business is a success, so why's my house still collateral?
Money Smarts

Urge To Merge

M&A services: not just for the big guys anymore
Money Smarts

Factoring In

Consolidation in factoring may help entrepreneurs.
Money Smarts

Fast Track

A quick look at a software company that quickly became successful
Money Smarts

Web Site

Need financing? Check out this site that administers SBA loan programs.
Tax Talk

Hang 1040!

Surfing the Net for the newest tax info
Tax Talk

Count It Up

. . . if you can. New and confusing IRS accounting rules may leave you puzzled.
Tax Talk

Tell All

Gift-giving: Inform the IRS thoroughly to avoid an audit.
Buyer Zone

Choose or Lose

There are lots of ASPs out there. Here's how to select the right one for you.
Buyers Guide

Sweaty Palms

Nervous about buying a handheld? Don't be-we'll walk you through it.

On The Runway

Like the fashion world's avant-garde clothing, new concept PCs using Intel's latest technologies offer a sneak peak at what's to come.

Speak Easy

Has the wireless Web met its match?

Through The Window Glass

Focusing like a laser beam on broadband
Hot Disks

Browser Power?

Internet Explorer 5.5
Hot Disks

Keep In Touch

Novell's Instantme 2.0
Hot Disks

New Releases

Reviews of Mangosoft's Cachelink Pro,'s WinGate 4.0, and Sygate Technologies' Sygate Personal Firewall 2.1
Net Profits

Taking It All In

Not sure how to get e-shopper's money into your pocket? Credit cards or e-cash--find the payment method to fit your needs.
Net Profits

New Releases

Reviews of's Virtual Returns Disk to control online product returns; Total Merchant Services' Total E-Commerce Solution package; and Lyris Technologies' Lyris ListManager 4.0
Net Profits

Web Site

Information that will help you avoid the worst "lock in" sites
Tech Smarts

Ring My Bell

When your e-customers ask for help, is anyone there to answer?
Tech Smarts

Seller's Market

Online sales made easy

Pocket Pro

Mind @ work's Digital Wallet palm-sized storage device

Get Connected

Auctiontec's USB InternetPhone Wizard

Mighty Mouse Pad's MySmart Pad

A Penny Saved

Lowering your bill is as easy as point and click.

Search Me

When you're searching the Web for information, ask this genie for help.

Open Sesame!

Got a hankering for a bargain? Check out this sprawling cyber B2B flea market.

Wide World Of Exports

If you're looking for distributors, this matchmaking site may be just what you need.
Hot Biz

Lap of Luxury

With children making up one of the hottest markets around, why not start your own upscale children's product company?

Master Plan

If you want to see your product get on store shelves, you'd better have more than one plan in place.
Wise Buys

Down Flat

With prices falling fast, you may want to examine the latest generation of flat-panel monitors.
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