Inside the October 2001 Issue
A weak economy can make you strong-if you've got the guts to go in for the kill.
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.
With a general lack of respect from lawmakers and entrepreneurs alike, some say the agency has outlived its usefulness. Can the SBA be saved?
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.
When not just any metropolitan area will do, seek out one of these best cities for entrepreneurship.
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.
When it comes to financing, bigger isn't always better. Have you tried an SBA microloan on for size?
With all those mad cows, vegetarian food looks a little better every day.
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.
A son uses a franchise to follow in his father's jewelry-fixing footsteps.
Customers are touched by this couple's video productions.
Taking Louisiana French Quarter food to the rest of America
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?
Hopping from product to product, Leap Frog's founder makes learning lighthearted and lands his toys on store shelves everywhere.
Cover your drivers--no matter whose car they drive.
Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company.
Making the most of chamber of commerce meetings
As providers jack up health-care costs, there are options that won't leave your employees out in the cold and flu season.
Is one of your employees building an empire right under your nose?
Success Coach 2001
How do you spell success?
Attach magnets to magazine. Await deluge of customers.
Making the most of industry awards and tightening the restrictions on cold calling
If you think the other side is sneaky, read this.
Downturn got your sales team down? Turn their frowns upside down.
Next time you go on a sales call, don't pocket your personality at the door.
If not, don't worry! Your workers do, so make them your marketing team.
How to make it through when cash is tight
When the minimum wage rises, will small businesses get the downside?
Cover the whole economic spectrum.
What to do to protect yourself from check fraud, the ins and outs of variable rate credit cards and more
Regardless of whether your investors' intentions are honorable, you can make sure their letter of intent is.
IRS fumbles security for its e-file system.
Get your accommodations to accommodate with our guide to effective complaining.
Don't let your ideas get stuck behind a granny with her blinker forever on.
Make your brand as instantly recognizable as Bugs Bunny.
Congress may serve the tech sector a bigger budget share.
Geek sports get popular, the latest in funeral services and the comfort food craze
Peek inside your head and see how your mentality is affecting your business.
The financial worries of small-business owners, celebrating Halloween and more
Think tech was the end-all of booms? Ever heard of something called energy?
Nasdaq looks to test the market for markets--and fund its global expansion.
These are the voyages of the starship Entrepreneur- boldly doing business in space.
You can save your company without laying off all your employees. Try these options.
The SBA's got a new leader. Now all it needs is a decent budget...support...focus...
Cell phones, 24/7 e-mail-now it takes a special day just to think for a second.
When does owning too much of your own company get to be a conflict of interest?
Is it time for your product to stop playing supporting roles and steal the show?
Web sites entrepreneurs can't live without
46, president of Distortions Unlimited Corp. in Greeley, Colorado
Trying to go completely wireless? Check out the Mobile Assistant V strap-on headset.
You want a car . . . no, an SUV. Can't make up your mind?
Boys don't have cooties, so don't be afraid to mingle at mixed-gender functions.
Get an uninterruptible power supply, and never fear electricity problems again.
Free labor law posters to keep you in compliance and insider information on small businesses from D&B
A feature drive . . . starring your PC backup and graphic-heavy presentations
Transferring handwritten notes to your handheld and backing up your hard drive through photography
Building an online storefront, preventing disk crashes before they happen and more
Dig deep and answer the eternal question: "What do my customers want?"
How to offer your Web site visitors ad-free pages, the latest on wireless access and more
Mobile commerce is starting small.
Palm wants in on 24/7 wireless e-mail.