Inside the July 2001 Issue
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Why bet the farm on an unknown VC when you can find a source with the funds and know-how you need to take your business to the big-money table?

Good Thinking

Lonely burden of innovation wearing you down? Tap the entrepreneurial zeal in your employees, and they'll start pitching ideas faster than you can implement them.

Don't Make Yourself Comfortable

Remember your pals in high school--the ones who wrote "Don't ever change!" in your yearbook? For your business' sake, forget them.

Where Do You Stand?

Some say the new administration isn't exactly oozing with support for new start-ups; some say help is on the way. So what's the truth?


Be Your Own Boss Features

At a Loss?

Never fear. Here's all the pumping, priming and know-how you need to lift yourself from the pink-slipped masses and turn the loss of your job into a business even your former employer will envy.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Quick Change

How fast can you make a million? For these companies, the answer was one year. But who knows? Maybe you could do it in less.
Biz 101

Designing Women

A "by women, for women, about women" attitude is making this greeting card company a success.
Biz 101

Group Effort

It takes a village to raise an entrepreneur: Meet the chief.
Biz 101

Seller Beware

Tips to keep retail buyers from kicking your product to the curb
Biz 101

Burning Question

What was your first big buy after starting your company?

Finishing Touches

Your site is almost complete...but first figure out how Web surfers will find it and what they'll see when they get there.
Franchise Focus

Summertime Sell

If you can wait out the winter months, a frozen-dessert franchise could be a hot seller for you, too.

Home Fires Burning

Spark nationwide success for your product with some sales fuel from your local neighborhood stores.


Franchisors are refranchising their company-owned units and selling them to you. Is that a good thing?

Take a Chill Pill

Bahama Buck's is making the big bucks with flavored ice.

What's New

Things popping up and sitting up (arf!) in franchising today
Smart Ideas

MBA 101

Business school showed them a perfect market: business school students.
Whats Your Problem

Food for Thought

Even the crankiest reporter can't resist a news release full of local flavor and entrepreneurial spice.
Whats Your Problem

How Much Tax Will the Taxman Take?

Here's how to find out.
Almost Famous

What's That Smell?

With the fragrances (like tomato and dirt) this fashion-student-turned-fragrance-mogul has concocted, it could be anything. But we're betting it's the sweet smell of success.

Loosen Up!

If every hour of every day is all planned out, you may actually be hurting your business.
Bulletin Board

Something Ventured

From angels to vcs, new roads for investment capital continue to open up.

Calendar 7/01

Check out these trade shows, expos and seminars.
Editors Note

Dream It. Do It.



Letters from our readers
Buyer Zone

Money in the eBank

Online banks still battle consumer distrust.

My Bad!

You've just accidentally burned your office down: coverage for when it's not the landlord's problem.

Regulatory Rumble

The successful movement to stall OSHA's Ergonomics Rule shows how you can help shape the federal regulatory process-and maybe avoid a pain in the neck.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 7/01

Parent-friendly business and tax breaks when you help your commuting workers
Smart Moves

Worse Left Unsaid

Make sure employees tell you what's on their minds, especially in a downturn.
Staff Smarts

When Ignorance Isn't Bliss

What do you do with an employee who is incompetent but can't see it?
Success Coach 2001

The Bright Side

When moments of truth become moments of opportunity

Golden Girl

When granny talks, people listen.
Game Plan

Show and Sell

Give your potential customers front-row seats for your ads with rich e-mail.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 7/01

Promoting your business through community concierge services and cheap publicity
Net Sales

Who Wants to Know? You Do.

Conducting a survey online is cheap and fast--and you can do it yourself.
Real Deal

Word Games

Don't let yourself get tangled in the other side's tricky talk.
Sales Success

Open Sesame

You don't need a secret password to get through your prospects' doors. All it really takes is a good strategy.

Slogan's Heroes

When it comes to making your mark, finding the right catch phrase is half the battle.
Ask the Rainmaker

Fair Game

What to know about your loans before buying another business
Dollar Signs

Rock Bottom

Bankruptcy reform aimed at system abusers might make it impossible for struggling businesses to get out of the hole.

Experience Counts

Finding stability in an unstable market
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 7/01

Available help if you're having trouble closing a financial deal, repeal pending for Depression-era bank law and investing in the bond market
Money Makeover

Mass Appeal

Reaching consumers nationwide is this restaurateur's plan for her healthy fast-food business. What will it take?
Raising Money

Money Order

Venture capital is within reach, but you have to work for it. Follow these steps to that deal-closing handshake.
Tax Talk

Lie Down With Dogs . . .

And you'll end up with some mighty hefty fees.
Biz Travel

Air Share

How does going in halfsies on a corporate jet sound?
Brand Aid

Brand Anew

When a company no longer does what its name promises, it's time to change names and market like hell.
Capitol Issues

Bad Influence

Senate sends message: hands off the office of advocacy

'Tis the Season

Why wait 6 months when the Southern Hemisphere is ripe now?
Hot Seat

Seasoned Greetings

Good morning. Welcome to Entrepreneur magazine . . . sorry, needed some practice.
It Figures

It Figures 7/01

What online shoppers in the U.S. want, "smart" U.S. cities and more
Smarts Features

You Suck!

Don't take it personally: That's just post-dotcom backlash talking. Or is it?
Smarts Features

Money Talks

The billionaires want to keep paying estate taxes. What do you want?
Smarts Features


The perks to keep and cut
Smarts Features

Seems Like Yesterday

2001 already? Must be time for '90s nostalgia...and we were barely over the '80s!
Smarts Features

Loophole Lotto

Next time you write a check to the IRS, you may wonder whether you really have to.
Smarts Features

Want Fries With That?

Is this the aftermath of a Three Stooges pie fight or just the latest spa trend?
Smarts Features

"Oh, Yeah? Prove It!"

Bringing both sides of the patent issue together to find the truth about prior art
Smarts Features

Piece Treaty?

Global interests may soon discover that breaking up the Web is hard to do.
Smarts Features

It's Lies! All Lies!

Those legendary business stories could be just that.

Carlton Calvin

39, president of Razor USA LLC, in Cerritos, California
Tech Toy

Wire Not?

Check out this hands-free, wire-free headset.

Car Loves Driver

Let your vehicle nurture you during those long commutes.

Lost Count

The U.S. Census Bureau gets stingier about classifying businesses as women-owned.
Buyers Guide

Lean and Mean

When it comes to saving your business's time and money, thin is in.
Cool Clicks

Cool Clicks 7/01

Check your commute before you hit the road and launching a virtual press room
Digital Edge

The Penguin's Revenge

Look out, Microsoft. Linux may soon power more servers than you.

Gear 7/01

Staying organized with the Palm OS and pint-sized printers
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 7/01

Reviews of E-mail Gatekeeper, Outlook Mobile Manager and RealBridge 3.0
Net Profits

Now or Never

Busy customers won't wait around for help. Before you become a dotcom statistic, consider opening the lines of communication.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 7/01

Congressional bills that could affect your business, dial-up modems and more

You've Got . . . an Ad?

Advertising hits the wireless Web.

Easy on the Eyes

Sick of squinting at those tiny screens?
Hot Biz

Hang Gliding

Jumping off a cliff at 3,000 feet? Why wouldn't you start this business?
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