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Inside the January 2003 Issue

Features

Entrepreneur's 24th Annual Franchise 500

A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises

We Shall Overcome

With our expert's help, you can follow these entrepreneurs' examples and turn your weak points into problems solved.

Explore Your Auctions

Once the domain of small sellers, eBay has become a valued resource for entrepreneurs.

Upward Mobility

This is the year wireless takes off. Are you along for the ride or letting your competitors get off to a huge start?

Enron But Not Forgotten

Being a former Enron employee doesn't necessarily leave you out in the cold in the business community--not for entrepreneurs with the guts to restake their names on ventures of their own.

4th Annual Million-Dollar Ideas

We've got 11 New Year's resolutions for you. Good news: You only need to pick one--and it could just be your dream business.

Columns

Franchise 500
Want to build a hot business in 2003? These areas of franchising may be your best shots at getting there.
Franchise 500
Want to build a hot business in 2003? These areas of franchising may be your best shots at getting there.
Franchise 500
Get your trip down franchise-buying lane off on the right foot with a little how-to help.
Franchise 500
Get your trip down franchise-buying lane off on the right foot with a little how-to help.
Franchise 500
Subway is the No. 1 franchise in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500. . . for the 11th time. That translates to more than 17,000 locations in 75 countries. Are you impressed yet? We are.
Franchise 500
Subway is the No. 1 franchise in Entrepreneur's Franchise 500. . . for the 11th time. That translates to more than 17,000 locations in 75 countries. Are you impressed yet? We are.
Franchise 500
A closer look at this year's ranking of the top 500 franchises
Franchising Basics and Funding
Just because you bought into a franchise system that has everything thought out for you doesn't mean you should stop thinking for yourself.
Franchising Basics and Funding
Pick a resource and get all the help you need to overcome your obstacles.
Franchising Basics and Funding
Can't find the cash? Have you tried these 5 common resources?
Profiles
This IHOP owner was international enough, but what's a pancake?
Profiles
When your franchise is a roaring success, what's the next step?
Profiles
When corporate benefits are layoffs and cutbacks, why not buy a franchise?
Trends
Need an even simpler solution to the franchise buying process? How does an online auction sound?
Trends
These days, franchise systems seem to be irresistibly attracted to each other. But consolidation doesn't have to turn into a family feud.
Almost Famous
An orthopedic surgeon-turned-entrepreneur proves to the world she can stand tall on her own.
Editors Note
Creative Zone
Your business can't survive without some creative thinking.
Insurance
The cost of being underinsured might just defeat the purpose of insurance.
Legal
You have to get tough with transgressors if you want to protect your intellectual property.
Management Buzz
Why you may want to have your lawyer give your company the once-over; the consequences of firing your CEO
Real Deal
Closing on a big deal and need an attorney? Here's how to find a deal-maker, not a deal-breaker.
Smart Moves
Grab the spackle. Instant messaging is the latest crack in your security.
Staff Smarts
May be worth its weight in gold when it comes to cutting insurance costs.
A+ Ads
Put your product to the test with comparison ads and earn top grades from your target audience.
Breakthrough
With TV publicity, this treat wasn't hard to sell.
Marketing Buzz
Getting interviewed on the radio; selling based on the love
Net Sales
Search engine marketing can open the door to growing your business.
Sales Force
Coaching your reps on pushing a new product can help them play the selling game better.
Sales Success
Drifted into a sales slump? It's time to wake up and sell your way back to the top.
Tactics
Your customers' tastes are always changing. Question is, are your marketing efforts doing the same?
Dollar Signs
The pros and cons of the latest trend--using credit cards to finance your business
Funds
This investment is so bad it might be good.
Money Buzz
The VC arena for family businesses, Nasdaq's new trading platform and more
Raising Money
Angel investors haven't left us; they're just scaling back their operations.
Tax Talk
To prove you deserve an R&D credit, when the IRS says "Jump," you'll say "Which hoop?"
Biz Travel
Getting the best deal from the ailing travel industry
Books
The secret of turning less into something bigger
Brand Aid
Whipping its logo into shape got this brewery's business hopping.
Capitol Issues
Jump-starting the economy the entrepreneurial way
Hot Seat
Portrait of a branding artist: how to market your products by marketing yourself first
Smarts Features
These are the milestones you'll remember 2003 by. Hope you take advantage.
Smarts Features
How to retain employees when pay raises and job security are but a memory
Smarts Features
How would a real estate downturn affect you? Well, it starts with your bank . . .
Smarts Features
It looks like Gates and Co. are playing hardball with Licensing 6.0. Is it worth it?
Smarts Features
. . . must be taxed. Europe has busted through the Internet taxation barrier.
Smarts Features
California has made paid family leave law. Will the rest of the nation follow?
Snapshot
50, founder and CEO of Disc Marketing Inc. in Pasadena, California
Tech Toy
A travel companion that pulls its weight
Wheels
"Conservative company car" is just a secret identity.
Women
Looking for qualified hires? Your significant other may be just what you're after.
Buyers Guide
Which color printer is the fairest of them all? Depending on your business needs and your budget, the possibilities are endless.
Digital Edge
Desktop computers may be shrinking in size, but certainly not in long-term savings.
Gear
Take a closer look at this notebook-sized wireless server.
Hot Disks
Spam protection, an alternative office suite and more
Net Profits
With Internet fraud reports on the rise, is there any way for legitimate e-tailers to avoid a bad rap?
Solutions
Tearing your hair out over your computer equipment? You need professional help.
Tech Buzz
Wouldn't it be great to have just one password for all your online transactions?
Wireless
The truth behind keeping those rollover minutes
Wireless
It's weather balloons to GPS' rescue!
Wireless
Chipping in for employees' home broadband can really pay off.
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