Inside the January 2001 Issue
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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.

Have Dots & Have Nots

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

We're (Not) #1

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

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.

2nd Annual Million-Dollar Ideas

Our picks for the 15 best business ideas for 2001

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.

Columns

BizScene

Hot Properties

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

Talking Heads

You say "tomato," they say "pomodoro"-and you need an interpreter.
Pulse

Close Up: Virtual Celebrity

Taking a look at the world's first cyber newscaster, Ananova
Pulse

Hot Sport: Making A Racket

Everything old is new again as tennis's fresh young faces deliver a whole new generation of fans.
Pulse

Data For Dollars

In the information age, knowledge not only matters, it also sells.
Pulse

What Are You Doing, Dave?

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?
Sell

One Step At A Time

12 steps to marketing success in 2001
Travel

Road Notes

New services from Midwest Express Airlines, Marriott and Thrifty Car Rental
Travel

Business & Pleasure

Doing business in Fort Myers, Florida
Travel

Food Fight

Staying healthy on the road is a battle.
Wheels

Eat Your Heart Out, Hasselhoff

The latest auto technology puts Knight Rider's K.I.T.T. to shame.
Women

Fair Financing

Female entrepreneurs are still working for it.
Franchise 500

Entrepreneur's 22nd Annual Franchise 500

A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises
Franchise 500

Sub-Liminable

We've called the race . . . and this time there's no dispute. In this year's Franchise 500, Subway is No. 1.
Franchise 500

Write The Wrongs

The story of how one Entrepreneur columnist crashed and burned when he bought a franchise.
Franchise 500

Funny Money

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

Presidential Secrets

It's time to research some franchises. Grab your UFOCs . . . and your history book?
Franchise 500

Sub-Liminable

We've called the race . . . and this time there's no dispute. In this year's Franchise 500, Subway is No. 1.
Franchise 500

Write The Wrongs

The story of how one Entrepreneur columnist crashed and burned when he bought a franchise.
Franchise 500

Funny Money

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

Presidential Secrets

It's time to research some franchises. Grab your UFOCs . . . and your history book?
Books

All In A Day's Work

Crush negativity, brand your name, get in touch with your caveman roots-with a little reading.
Bulletin Board

California

Let UCLA sharpen your management skills.
Bulletin Board

Idea Conference

Get business pointers from great innovators.
Bulletin Board

Contracting

Link up with government and private contracts online.
Bulletin Board

Telecom

Funding available to entrepreneurs in underserved areas
Hot Seat

Toot Your Own Horn

Would you water-ski from a blimp to promote your Web site?
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Trade Shows
Capitol Issues

Altered Vista

More visas = more choices for high-tech companies seeking skilled workers
Cutting Edge

Span Control

How many employees directly reporting to you is too many?
Family Business

Hearing Aid

When nonfamily employees talk, listen.
Insurance

Public Policy

Avoid a pre-IPO disaster by getting the right financial insurance.
Legal

Web Site

Free general legal information
Legal

Statute Of Liberty

What to do with your debilitatingly fatigued, your pregnant, your deathly ill yearning to be free from work for 12 weeks
Management Smarts

Animating Your Business

A real "Mickey Mouse" B school
Management Smarts

Certifiable

What all those fancy-schmancy tech certificates really mean
Management Smarts

Silent Partners

How to help your office wallflowers blossom
Staff Smarts

Get Psyched

Psychological testing doesn't have to lead to padded walls and straitjackets-it could lead to smarter hiring decisions.
Your Business

Web Site

Find out how you can be a profitable company and still be environmentally conscious.
Your Business

Fast Track

Music can inspire more than masses--it also helped this entrepreneur start a leadership training business.
Your Business

Parting Gifts

Give to employees when they leave, so you'll get more while they're here.
Your Business

Plan On Failing

When your employees screw up-and they will-how should you deal with it?
Marketing Smarts

The Profiler

Do you know your customers? This ASP gets personal.
Marketing Smarts

Power Lines

Wire services help you get the word out.
Real Deal

True Value

Sure, you can seal the deal, but is it worth the effort? Here's how to decide.
Sales Success

On The Horizon

To ensure success is in your future, keep your goals in sight.
Ask the Rainmaker

Last Words

Will closing costs be the death knell of your new loan?
Ask the Rainmaker

Fast Cash

Catch a major-league SBA loan in just hours with a "preferred" lender.
Money Smarts

Insider Lending

Learn what SBA lenders really look for-and how to give it to 'em.
Money Smarts

Giving Credit

New cards make life easier for your business and customers.
Money Smarts

Capital Shakeout

Institutional investors put the squeeze on VCs. What does it mean for you?
Raising Money

Go Figure!

Ever wonder just what investors are looking for when they pore over all those numbers in your financial statements?
Tax Talk

Late Bloomer

The IRS' antiquated computer system is finally getting a boost.
Buyer Zone

To Buy Or Not To Buy?

Purchasing isn't the only option when your company needs new equipment.
Buyers Guide

Electric Avenue

The path between your PC and the wall outlet is fraught with power-surging peril. Can your equipment cope?
Bytes

Rage Against The Machine

LoveBugs, Qaz and the Attack of the Zombie PCs-who's your friend in cyberspace? Nobody.
Hot Disks

Netting Numbers

QuickBooks goes virtual.
Hot Disks

Windows For Me?

Microsoft's latest operating system could be the right fit for your business.
Net Profits

Book Review

Review of Loyalty Marketing for the Internet Age
Net Profits

Wise Buys

Product review of NetMechanic's new service, Search Engine Power Pack
Net Profits

Many Happy Returns

You were thrilled by holiday sales-don't be chilled by post-holiday returns.
Tech Smarts

Deep Trouble

Do the links on your site lead to home pages? If not, your business could face legal risks.
Tools

*N Multisync

NEC-Mitsubishi's MultiSync LCD1800 flat panel display
Tools

Com Pack

Airpacks' AirPower.com ergonomic backpack
Tools

Fax Away

Panasonic's KX-FPC95 compact fax
Web

Fast Facts

Internet and technology statistics
Web

The Numbers

Quick-hitting statistics about e-commerce
Web

Inc. Easy

Everything you always wanted to know about incorporating and the laws surrounding it
Web

Shape Up

Your best fitness coach may be right at your fingertips.
Web

A Better Plan

Organizing your day-to-day is just a click away.
Innovations

Hoop Dreams

When you're having trouble finding a manufacturer for your product, these ideas may help you locate the one you want.
Wise Buys

Desk Jobs

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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