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Inside the October 2001 Issue

Features

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.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
91 opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to buy a franchise without coughing up franchise-type dollars
Be Your Own Boss Features
There's plenty of room, no matter how crowded the market. You'll just have to use your elbows.
Biz 101
When it comes to financing, bigger isn't always better. Have you tried an SBA microloan on for size?
Biz 101
With all those mad cows, vegetarian food looks a little better every day.
Innovations
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.
Opportunities
A son uses a franchise to follow in his father's jewelry-fixing footsteps.
Opportunities
Customers are touched by this couple's video productions.
Opportunities
Taking Louisiana French Quarter food to the rest of America
Smart Ideas
She designs 'em. Amish women hand-stitch 'em. And each of these quilts goes for more than $2,000.
Whats Your Problem
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
Insurance
Cover your drivers--no matter whose car they drive.
Legal
Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company.
Management Buzz
Making the most of chamber of commerce meetings
Smart Moves
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
Is one of your employees building an empire right under your nose?
Success Coach 2001
How do you spell success?
Breakthrough
Attach magnets to magazine. Await deluge of customers.
Marketing Buzz
Making the most of industry awards and tightening the restrictions on cold calling
Real Deal
If you think the other side is sneaky, read this.
Sales Force
Downturn got your sales team down? Turn their frowns upside down.
Sales Success
Next time you go on a sales call, don't pocket your personality at the door.
Tactics
If not, don't worry! Your workers do, so make them your marketing team.
Case Study
How to make it through when cash is tight
Dollar Signs
When the minimum wage rises, will small businesses get the downside?
Funds
Cover the whole economic spectrum.
Money Buzz
What to do to protect yourself from check fraud, the ins and outs of variable rate credit cards and more
Raising Money
Regardless of whether your investors' intentions are honorable, you can make sure their letter of intent is.
Tax Talk
IRS fumbles security for its e-file system.
Biz Travel
Get your accommodations to accommodate with our guide to effective complaining.
Books
Don't let your ideas get stuck behind a granny with her blinker forever on.
Brand Aid
Make your brand as instantly recognizable as Bugs Bunny.
Capitol Issues
Congress may serve the tech sector a bigger budget share.
Flash
Geek sports get popular, the latest in funeral services and the comfort food craze
Hot Seat
Peek inside your head and see how your mentality is affecting your business.
It Figures
The financial worries of small-business owners, celebrating Halloween and more
Smarts Features
Think tech was the end-all of booms? Ever heard of something called energy?
Smarts Features
Nasdaq looks to test the market for markets--and fund its global expansion.
Smarts Features
These are the voyages of the starship Entrepreneur- boldly doing business in space.
Smarts Features
You can save your company without laying off all your employees. Try these options.
Smarts Features
The SBA's got a new leader. Now all it needs is a decent budget...support...focus...
Smarts Features
Cell phones, 24/7 e-mail-now it takes a special day just to think for a second.
Smarts Features
When does owning too much of your own company get to be a conflict of interest?
Smarts Features
Is it time for your product to stop playing supporting roles and steal the show?
Smarts Features
Web sites entrepreneurs can't live without
Snapshot
46, president of Distortions Unlimited Corp. in Greeley, Colorado
Tech Toy
Trying to go completely wireless? Check out the Mobile Assistant V strap-on headset.
Wheels
You want a car . . . no, an SUV. Can't make up your mind?
Women
Boys don't have cooties, so don't be afraid to mingle at mixed-gender functions.
Buyers Guide
Get an uninterruptible power supply, and never fear electricity problems again.
Cool Clicks
Free labor law posters to keep you in compliance and insider information on small businesses from D&B
Digital Edge
A feature drive . . . starring your PC backup and graphic-heavy presentations
Gear
Transferring handwritten notes to your handheld and backing up your hard drive through photography
Hot Disks
Building an online storefront, preventing disk crashes before they happen and more
Net Profits
Dig deep and answer the eternal question: "What do my customers want?"
Tech Buzz
How to offer your Web site visitors ad-free pages, the latest on wireless access and more
Wireless
Mobile commerce is starting small.
Wireless
Palm wants in on 24/7 wireless e-mail.
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