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Inside the December 2000 Issue

Features

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?

Columns

Advertising Workshop
Not the question—but a question mark can make you advertisement more powerful.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Destination: Buying a used franchise? Here's how to make the right moves.
Biz 101
Let it guide you to the right business.
BizStartUps.com
Experts tell one man the truth about his Web site.
Bright Ideas
The best way to protect your invention? Brand your name.
Franchise Focus
Weary taxpayers + good location: Does Jackson Hewitt add up?
Opportunities
Can you know what you'll earn before opening a franchise?
Opportunities
The latest happenings at American Speedy Printing Centers Inc., Interquest Detection Canines and Floor Coverings International
Opportunities
How one couple's jaunt led to an entrepreneurial journey
Opportunities
The twisters of Wetzel's Pretzels are touching down everywhere
Opportunities
A microfranchise program seeks to reduce poverty in underdeveloped countries.
Smart Ideas
"Bring us our lunch!" yell workers. He obliges.
Smart Ideas
It burns in your tank, but not on a flame.
Whats Your Problem
Where can moms surf to find my resume-writing business?
Whats Your Problem
How can I take calls for my part-time business when I'm working a full-time job?
Been There
You're about ready to say good-bye to Business #1 . . . but are you ready to say hello to Business #2?
BizScene
Not a creative genius? You don't have to be if you can find a product that's available to license.
BizScene
Launching a skin-care company from the ground up
Global
. . . with books to help you spread good cheer and healthy profit worldwide.
Pulse
. . . or watch and feel like a slimy interloper. Dig into your ethos and discover whether employee Internet monitoring is for you.
Pulse
When customers just can't decide, that when you step in.
Pulse
What does your sleep position say about your approach to business?
Pulse
Failure loves company; this company loves failure.
Pulse
The skinny on selling pork rinds-the puffy white meat
Pulse
Should you hire one of these people for your business?
Sell
Some simple dos and don'ts regarding holiday gift-giving.
Travel
A look at 2001 and beyond
Travel
New services from Northwest Airlines, Hertz and Europebyair.com
Wheels
Does your car reflect your business image?
Wheels
Save time-car shop online.
Women
Dive off Springboard into the pool of venture capital.
Books
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
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
They're a little offbeat. They sell weird stuff on the Web. This is their story.
Trade Shows
Trade Shows
Capitol Issues
Partisan bickering entombs exempts for small businesses.
Cutting Edge
The factors that push businesses over the edge and into the type of growth there's no coming back from
Family Business
You need to vent--but bringing too much home from the office can spark resentment.
Insurance
Don't let pollution damage lead to financial damage.
Insurance
A glossary that helps you decipher those confusing insurance terms
Legal
So long court: The scales have tipped in favor of alternative dispute resolution.
Management Smarts
Fight high-tech thieves with high-tech weapons
Management Smarts
Don't let high interest rates squelch your growth plans.
Management Smarts
It's high time Congress got rid of some old-time legislation.
Staff Smarts
If your employees work outside the office, beware: Your competitors are watching.
Your Business
They sell your products, but their contracts can sell you down the river.
Your Business
Those ever-so-nice solicitors are eating up your workers' time.
Your Business
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
Want to see what the big bad boys are up to? Check out this corporate muckracking e-zine
Fast Pitch
Need marketing help from the experts? Choose the best firm for your budget.
Marketing Smarts
You might if you build a business profile.
Marketing Smarts
Looks are everything when it comes to your corporate identity.
Marketing Smarts
Review of Twenty Ads That Shook The World
Real Deal
Be careful-that doesn't always mean it's not a deal.
Sales Success
Having difficulty balancing work and play? Make the most of each day with these time-management techniques.
Ask the Rainmaker
Your small bank's been bought by the not-so-jolly bank giant-now what?
Ask the Rainmaker
My business is a success, so why's my house still collateral?
Money Smarts
M&A services: not just for the big guys anymore
Money Smarts
Consolidation in factoring may help entrepreneurs.
Money Smarts
A quick look at a software company that quickly became successful
Money Smarts
Need financing? Check out this site that administers SBA loan programs.
Tax Talk
Surfing the Net for the newest tax info
Tax Talk
. . . if you can. New and confusing IRS accounting rules may leave you puzzled.
Tax Talk
Gift-giving: Inform the IRS thoroughly to avoid an audit.
Buyer Zone
There are lots of ASPs out there. Here's how to select the right one for you.
Buyers Guide
Nervous about buying a handheld? Don't be-we'll walk you through it.
Bytes
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.
Connections
Has the wireless Web met its match?
Connections
Focusing like a laser beam on broadband
Hot Disks
Internet Explorer 5.5
Hot Disks
Novell's Instantme 2.0
Hot Disks
Reviews of Mangosoft's Cachelink Pro, Deerfield.com's WinGate 4.0, and Sygate Technologies' Sygate Personal Firewall 2.1
Net Profits
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
Reviews of ReturnCentral.com'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
Information that will help you avoid the worst "lock in" sites
Tech Smarts
When your e-customers ask for help, is anyone there to answer?
Tech Smarts
Online sales made easy
Tools
Mind @ work's Digital Wallet palm-sized storage device
Tools
Auctiontec's USB InternetPhone Wizard
Tools
MySmart.com's MySmart Pad
Web
Lowering your bill is as easy as point and click.
Web
When you're searching the Web for information, ask this genie for help.
Web
Got a hankering for a bargain? Check out this sprawling cyber B2B flea market.
Web
If you're looking for distributors, this matchmaking site may be just what you need.
Hot Biz
With children making up one of the hottest markets around, why not start your own upscale children's product company?
Innovations
If you want to see your product get on store shelves, you'd better have more than one plan in place.
Wise Buys
With prices falling fast, you may want to examine the latest generation of flat-panel monitors.
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