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Inside the January 2001 Issue

Features

Finger-Lickin' Good

If you think businesses need big, grimy cities to succeed, check out Lexington, Kentucky, and decide for yourself whether the grass is bluer on the other side.

Ding!

Time's up for the illusion that dotcom guarantees success. If you're still in the game, lucky you. If you're not, take solace in knowing the rest of us are learning from your mistakes.

We're (Not) #1

Why playing second fiddle to an industry leader may be music to your ears

Have Dots & Have Nots

The staff at your brick-and-mortar business are jealous of your dotcommers. How can you keep the peace?

Beep, Beep!

Step aside, trailblazers of old. Today's young entrepreneurs have proved your last name doesn't have to be "Gates" to make your mark.

2nd Annual Million-Dollar Ideas

Our picks for the 15 best business ideas for 2001

Columns

BizScene
What's the one thing almost every entrepreneur needs these days? A domain name. Here's a closer look at the business of buying and selling domains.
Global
You say "tomato," they say "pomodoro"-and you need an interpreter.
Pulse
Big Brother didn't show up in 1984, but in 2001, technology and fiction are finally starting to see eye to eye. So what is your business doing about it?
Pulse
In the information age, knowledge not only matters, it also sells.
Pulse
Everything old is new again as tennis's fresh young faces deliver a whole new generation of fans.
Pulse
Taking a look at the world's first cyber newscaster, Ananova
Sell
12 steps to marketing success in 2001
Travel
Staying healthy on the road is a battle.
Travel
Doing business in Fort Myers, Florida
Travel
New services from Midwest Express Airlines, Marriott and Thrifty Car Rental
Wheels
The latest auto technology puts Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. to shame.
Women
Female entrepreneurs are still working for it.
Franchise 500
It's time to research some franchises. Grab your UFOCs . . . and your history book?
Franchise 500
It's time to research some franchises. Grab your UFOCs . . . and your history book?
Franchise 500
We've called the race . . . and this time there's no dispute. In this year's Franchise 500, Subway is No. 1.
Franchise 500
We've called the race . . . and this time there's no dispute. In this year's Franchise 500, Subway is No. 1.
Franchise 500
A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises
Franchise 500
OK, there's nothing funny about money--but when standard franchise financing doesn't happen, it's time to start using your entrepreneurial wits.
Franchise 500
OK, there's nothing funny about money--but when standard franchise financing doesn't happen, it's time to start using your entrepreneurial wits.
Franchise 500
The story of how one Entrepreneur columnist crashed and burned when he bought a franchise.
Franchise 500
The story of how one Entrepreneur columnist crashed and burned when he bought a franchise.
Books
Crush negativity, brand your name, get in touch with your caveman roots-with a little reading.
Bulletin Board
Funding available to entrepreneurs in underserved areas
Bulletin Board
Link up with government and private contracts online.
Bulletin Board
Get business pointers from great innovators.
Bulletin Board
Let UCLA sharpen your management skills.
Hot Seat
Would you water-ski from a blimp to promote your Web site?
Trade Shows
Trade Shows
Capitol Issues
More visas = more choices for high-tech companies seeking skilled workers
Cutting Edge
How many employees directly reporting to you is too many?
Family Business
When nonfamily employees talk, listen.
Insurance
Avoid a pre-IPO disaster by getting the right financial insurance.
Legal
What to do with your debilitatingly fatigued, your pregnant, your deathly ill yearning to be free from work for 12 weeks
Legal
Free general legal information
Management Smarts
How to help your office wallflowers blossom
Management Smarts
What all those fancy-schmancy tech certificates really mean
Management Smarts
A real "Mickey Mouse" B school
Staff Smarts
Psychological testing doesn't have to lead to padded walls and straitjackets-it could lead to smarter hiring decisions.
Your Business
When your employees screw up-and they will-how should you deal with it?
Your Business
Give to employees when they leave, so you'll get more while they're here.
Your Business
Music can inspire more than masses--it also helped this entrepreneur start a leadership training business.
Your Business
Find out how you can be a profitable company and still be environmentally conscious.
Marketing Smarts
Wire services help you get the word out.
Marketing Smarts
Do you know your customers? This ASP gets personal.
Real Deal
Sure, you can seal the deal, but is it worth the effort? Here's how to decide.
Sales Success
To ensure success is in your future, keep your goals in sight.
Ask the Rainmaker
Catch a major-league SBA loan in just hours with a "preferred" lender.
Ask the Rainmaker
Will closing costs be the death knell of your new loan?
Money Smarts
Institutional investors put the squeeze on VCs. What does it mean for you?
Money Smarts
New cards make life easier for your business and customers.
Money Smarts
Learn what SBA lenders really look for-and how to give it to 'em.
Raising Money
Ever wonder just what investors are looking for when they pore over all those numbers in your financial statements?
Tax Talk
The IRS' antiquated computer system is finally getting a boost.
Buyer Zone
Purchasing isn't the only option when your company needs new equipment.
Buyers Guide
The path between your PC and the wall outlet is fraught with power-surging peril. Can your equipment cope?
Bytes
LoveBugs, Qaz and the Attack of the Zombie PCs-who's your friend in cyberspace? Nobody.
Hot Disks
Microsoft's latest operating system could be the right fit for your business.
Hot Disks
QuickBooks goes virtual.
Net Profits
Product review of NetMechanic's new service, Search Engine Power Pack
Net Profits
Review of Loyalty Marketing for the Internet Age
Net Profits
You were thrilled by holiday sales-don't be chilled by post-holiday returns.
Tech Smarts
Do the links on your site lead to home pages? If not, your business could face legal risks.
Tools
Panasonic's KX-FPC95 compact fax
Tools
Airpacks' AirPower.com ergonomic backpack
Tools
NEC-Mitsubishi's MultiSync LCD1800 flat panel display
Web
Organizing your day-to-day is just a click away.
Web
Your best fitness coach may be right at your fingertips.
Web
Everything you always wanted to know about incorporating and the laws surrounding it
Web
Quick-hitting statistics about e-commerce
Web
Internet and technology statistics
Innovations
When you're having trouble finding a manufacturer for your product, these ideas may help you locate the one you want.
Wise Buys
If you're looking to buy a desktop computer--or looking to upgrade the one you have--check out these new models.
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