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Get in the Ring

A weak economy can make you strong-if you've got the guts to go in for the kill.

Slicker Cities

When not just any metropolitan area will do, seek out one of these best cities for entrepreneurship.

Is SBA S.O.L.?

With a general lack of respect from lawmakers and entrepreneurs alike, some say the agency has outlived its usefulness. Can the SBA be saved?

Adjust Your Focus

You've tried the vertical hold. You've messed with your brightness settings. But there's only one thing to do when those late-'90s management mantras don't offer you a clear picture.

Restructuring a Problem Company

12 ways to get your troubled business back on track

How to Lay Off Employees

The old adage "It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it" couldn't be more true when it comes to laying off employees. Here's how to do it properly.


Be Your Own Boss Features

How Low Can They Go?

91 opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to buy a franchise without coughing up franchise-type dollars
Be Your Own Boss Features

Push and Shove

There's plenty of room, no matter how crowded the market. You'll just have to use your elbows.
Biz 101

Lilliputian Loans

When it comes to financing, bigger isn't always better. Have you tried an SBA microloan on for size?
Biz 101

Healthy Profits

With all those mad cows, vegetarian food looks a little better every day.

Infantile Inventions

No, no, it's not a bad thing! The baby-products market is the perfect place for brand-new inventors to take their first steps.

The Family Jewelers

A son uses a franchise to follow in his father's jewelry-fixing footsteps.

Moving Pictures

Customers are touched by this couple's video productions.

What's New

Taking Louisiana French Quarter food to the rest of America
Smart Ideas

Nice Threads

She designs 'em. Amish women hand-stitch 'em. And each of these quilts goes for more than $2,000.
Whats Your Problem

Taking It Home

Home is where the heart is, but do you want to hang your corporation's hat there?
Almost Famous


Hopping from product to product, Leap Frog's founder makes learning lighthearted and lands his toys on store shelves everywhere.
Editors Note

Shoot to Kill


Let's Take Your Car

Cover your drivers--no matter whose car they drive.

What Goes Around . . .

Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 10/01

Making the most of chamber of commerce meetings
Smart Moves

Sickening, Isn't It?

As providers jack up health-care costs, there are options that won't leave your employees out in the cold and flu season.
Staff Smarts

Control Issues

Is one of your employees building an empire right under your nose?
Success Coach 2001

Deep Focus

How do you spell success?

Cover Girls

Attach magnets to magazine. Await deluge of customers.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 10/01

Making the most of industry awards and tightening the restrictions on cold calling
Real Deal

Contract Cons

If you think the other side is sneaky, read this.
Sales Force

Cheer Up!

Downturn got your sales team down? Turn their frowns upside down.
Sales Success

Just Be Yourself

Next time you go on a sales call, don't pocket your personality at the door.

Got Ideas?

If not, don't worry! Your workers do, so make them your marketing team.
Case Study

It's Your Move

How to make it through when cash is tight
Dollar Signs

Pay Up

When the minimum wage rises, will small businesses get the downside?

Check Your Balance

Cover the whole economic spectrum.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 10/01

What to do to protect yourself from check fraud, the ins and outs of variable rate credit cards and more
Raising Money

Write Soon

Regardless of whether your investors' intentions are honorable, you can make sure their letter of intent is.
Tax Talk

Big Letdown

IRS fumbles security for its e-file system.
Biz Travel

Hotel Hell

Get your accommodations to accommodate with our guide to effective complaining.

Think Fast

Don't let your ideas get stuck behind a granny with her blinker forever on.
Brand Aid

Toon Up

Make your brand as instantly recognizable as Bugs Bunny.
Capitol Issues

Larger Portions

Congress may serve the tech sector a bigger budget share.

Flash 10/01

Geek sports get popular, the latest in funeral services and the comfort food craze
Hot Seat

Mind Games

Peek inside your head and see how your mentality is affecting your business.
It Figures

It Figures 10/01

The financial worries of small-business owners, celebrating Halloween and more
Smarts Features

Charge It!

Think tech was the end-all of booms? Ever heard of something called energy?
Smarts Features

Public Service

Nasdaq looks to test the market for markets--and fund its global expansion.
Smarts Features

Ready for Launch?

These are the voyages of the starship Entrepreneur- boldly doing business in space.
Smarts Features

Hold Your Fire

You can save your company without laying off all your employees. Try these options.
Smarts Features

Now What?

The SBA's got a new leader. Now all it needs is a decent
Smarts Features

Let Me Think About It

Cell phones, 24/7 e-mail-now it takes a special day just to think for a second.
Smarts Features

All Tied Up

When does owning too much of your own company get to be a conflict of interest?
Smarts Features

Big Break

Is it time for your product to stop playing supporting roles and steal the show?
Smarts Features

What's That Clicking?

Web sites entrepreneurs can't live without

Ed Edmunds

46, president of Distortions Unlimited Corp. in Greeley, Colorado
Tech Toy

Ready to Wear

Trying to go completely wireless? Check out the Mobile Assistant V strap-on headset.

Quite a Combo

You want a car . . . no, an SUV. Can't make up your mind?

Gender Blender

Boys don't have cooties, so don't be afraid to mingle at mixed-gender functions.
Buyers Guide

Keep It Running

Get an uninterruptible power supply, and never fear electricity problems again.
Cool Clicks

Cool Clicks 10/01

Free labor law posters to keep you in compliance and insider information on small businesses from D&B
Digital Edge

Now on DVD!

A feature drive . . . starring your PC backup and graphic-heavy presentations

Gear 10/01

Transferring handwritten notes to your handheld and backing up your hard drive through photography
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 10/01

Building an online storefront, preventing disk crashes before they happen and more
Net Profits

Pick Their Brains

Dig deep and answer the eternal question: "What do my customers want?"
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 10/01

How to offer your Web site visitors ad-free pages, the latest on wireless access and more

M's the Word

Mobile commerce is starting small.

On Hand at All Times

Palm wants in on 24/7 wireless e-mail.
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