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Inside the April 2001 Issue

Features

Spun Gold

Entrepreneur's 3rd annual top Web sites for small business. We've picked the best. Now put them to the test and rank them yourself!

Coming Down

Recession or no recession, business as usual won't do in 2001.

Walk The Line

How far can you push the perfect opportunity?

Quick Guide to Business Travel

Our 8th Annual Business Travel Awards, plus news on the latest online booking options, travel taxes and road warrior health tips

And Then?

These little piggybackers went aftermarket . . . and reaped the benefits of a built-in consumer base.

3rd Annual 10 Under 30

When failure is just fuel to press on and success is never taken for granted, good things are bound to happen. For these million-dollar businesses, make that very good things.

Dotcom Overload

It's not enough just to have ".com" at the end of your business's name anymore. These days, you need some serious marketing strategies to help you rise above the dotcom shakeout.

Columns

Advertising Workshop
The best face to put on your business is your own.
Biz 101
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneurial superstar?
Biz 101
There's more to financing than banks alone.
BizStartUps.com
Tired of being in the Information Superhighway's slow lane? Here's how to change gears.
Bright Ideas
People want to start businesses. They just need an idea: yours.
Franchise Focus
Morning's over, but Dunkin' Donuts' sales aren't.
Opportunities
One franchise wasn't enough for Molly Maid.
Opportunities
Help local businesses make money from locals--online.
Opportunities
Sorry, no flying cars--but Arby's has a new kitchen . . .
Opportunities
Charo's Chicken is taking flight with near-million sales.
Opportunities
Latino funding program helps a small-business wish come true.
Smart Ideas
Wanna see it? It's in the cards.
Smart Ideas
Ice cream has really gone to the dogs.
Whats Your Problem
Online sales taxes: How much and who gets it?
Whats Your Problem
Checklist for doing business alone
Pulse
Energy crises are doing more than making news and fueling fears of impending eco-doom; they're also really, really bad for business.
Pulse
A hammock out back is comfortable. La-Z-Boys are comfortable. Entrepreneurship? Not so comfortable.
Travel
Are we finally gonna get some useful travel information out of the Web?
Travel
I'll take the number 0. And the number 1. And the number 0 . . .
Travel
New services from Slingshot Communications and Hertz
Wheels
When fuel prices rise, business owners' fancy turns to great gas mileage.
Wheels
Need a real workhorse? These vehicles are glad to oblige.
Wheels
Take a look at this upscale, reasonably priced sedan from the German automaker.
Women
How one woman gave birth to a $100,000 product
Women
Tech incubators nurture women-owned firms.
Books
Business feeling sluggish? Here are some books to help it grow big and strong.
Bulletin Board
Guide details state procurement programs
Bulletin Board
Tax break for importers/exporters
Bulletin Board
Exporting on the Web
Bulletin Board
New chamber created to help entrepreneurs
Bulletin Board
Easing the way for inventors
Hot Seat
What's the secret to their success in the dotcom world? People.
Trade Shows
Mark your calendar.
Capitol Issues
Out with the old, in with very little representation for entrepreneurs
Cutting Edge
Keep your mouth shut about a new product you're developing, and you may gain the foothold you need to succeed.
Family Business
Philanthropy could help your family as much as it benefits others.
Insurance
The logical way to pay workers' compensation premiums
Legal
As if it weren't bad enough to have someone "go postal" at your workplace, you can be held liable for the injury and death.
Management Smarts
Spotting e-business red flags
Management Smarts
Trouble and strife-just how well do you handle them?
Management Smarts
Everyone wins with health promotion programs.
Staff Smarts
The business cycle gives rise to generations of haves and have-nots: How do "jealous" Gen Xers manage "arrogant" Yers?
Staff Smarts
Let this site help you put together a competitive benefits package.
Your Business
Use your existing infrastructure to support your second business.
Your Business
Should you match an offer an employee gets from another company?
Your Business
Help your new executives succeed from the start.
Your Business
Find the office space you need at this online "For Lease" site.
Fast Pitch
Will a crisis take your company down? Here's how deft handling can turn public opinion around.
Fast Pitch
Post your advertising wish list and wait for companies to respond with ad price quotes.
Marketing Smarts
Send your marketing efforts back to school.
Marketing Smarts
Should you lower prices to lure new business?
Real Deal
Just because you're the underdog doesn't mean you can't win.
Sales Success
Sometimes you need more than a handshake to seal the deal.
Ask the Rainmaker
Check out the SBA's new guarantee limits.
Ask the Rainmaker
Buying equipment? Read the fine print before you let your vendor do the financing.
Money Smarts
Only time will tell whether the Fed's interest rate cuts will help entrepreneurs.
Money Smarts
Could B2B e-payments replace traditional transactions?
Money Smarts
Commentary and research on business from The Wharton School
Raising Money
U.S. investors aren't the only ones who know a good deal when they see it.
Tax Talk
Do changes at the IRS really mean better service for you?
Bytes
You can't just throw your old PCs away-for one thing, they contain harmful chemicals. So how do you get rid of them?
Connections
With the next generation of wireless imminent, is WAP worth the trouble?
Connections
Coming soon to a mobile phone near you
Hot Disks
Microsoft unveils its newest, sort of.
Net Profits
Impulse buying on the Web? Why not? Sometimes all customers need is a little nudge.
Net Profits
Product reviews of KnowEx Solutions' KnowEx Interact Small Business Edition customer service software, WebMap Technologies' visual Web navigation techonology, and Yahoo!'s Business Express listing service
Tech Smarts
Next on digital's acquisition list: paper
Tech Smarts
E-signatures are now legally binding. Why should you care?
Tools
Hoodman's E2000 Laptop Hood offers privacy and cuts down on glare.
Tools
Bosswave's FinRing is a fully functional mouse that attaches to your fingertip
Tools
WinBook's Si2 850 mobile PC incorporates an Intel Pentium III 850MHz processor.
Web
The Web makes it easy to expand your business.
Web
Looking for a deal on your next purchase? This site offers info on the average price of most products out there.
Web
A search engine that does no searching--but offers remarkable results
Web
Get free demographic information at this handy site.
Web
Internet and technology statistics
Hot Biz
Turn people's baffling computer mishaps into a money-making opportunity.
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