Inside the May 2003 Issue
Even in a tough economy, there's one thing you can count on to keep your business afloat: Innovation. We asked these entrepreneurs and experts to reveal the secrets of their success-and how you can use their experiences to your advantage.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Don't blink, or else the 100 fastest-growing franchises for 2003 might pass you by.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Never mind the dismal economy. Escape to a world of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, where you'll find rich opportunities to start a luxury business.
What you need to know to make a great impression at your next business meal
Useful start-up moves from a popular board game
The ins and outs of starting your own consulting service
University venture lab provides real-life entrepreneurial lessons
Before you buy that business, don't just give it a once-over--put it under the microscope.
Launching your first product? Get by with a little help from your friends at an inventors' group.
Think you have to be on personal terms with the likes of Elmo and Barney to run a preschool? Well, think again.
For one college student, brewing up international flavor is in the bag.
One-stop shopping takes all the running out of errands.
Jack and Diane learn that finding a location they like isn't enough. They also have to crunch the numbers and see if it's one they can afford.
How one former guitarist gave a much-needed woman's touch to the rock 'n' roll music scene
Whats Your Problem
Does anyone need what your business is offering? To find out, the best approach is the direct approach.
An independent entrepreneur is giving big-label music companies a run for their money.
Using metaphors can get a river of creative juices flowing.
What do you do when your insurance company refuses to pay a claim?
Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents.
Taking advantage of child-care credits; show your gratitude and keep your employees
You don't have to tear your hair out every time you read a contract that's chock-full of legalese.
Want to keep health-care costs low and employees happy in today's economy? It's still a good idea to look into cafeteria-style flexible plans.
If you want to hire fresh talent, you'll have to pay them more. But what will your existing staff say?
To really be noticed, you've got to break the advertising mold and come up with an idea that's unique in your industry.
How one caterer's soiree made her the talk of the town
When it pays to be hip; crack open these marketing books
Keep your site visitors dialed in and buying.
Do your sales reps know how far is too far when it comes to landing that sale?
Find out how to break the ice with your prospects and make that all-important customer connection a reality.
Your special event won't be so special if nobody hears about it. Here's how to power up your promotions.
VCs are optimistic about the coming year but are still holding on to their purse strings.
Looking for cash? This fund is a good bet.
Why single-use credit card numbers could stop credit card fraud, what the Dow and dogs have in common, and more
Brokerage firms make a play for your bank business, too.
You may be turning VCs off if you're asking them to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Taking a hit during hard times isn't necessarily a lose-lose situation if you're an S corporation.
When an airline goes bust, do your points take flight?
Entrepreneurs who changed the world and how they did it
The president's budget proposal would give the SBA's 504 loan program some kick.
Bye, bye floppies and analog, foods that are in--and out, and more
Could giving employees paid family leave actually leave your company stronger?
The rise of direct navigation on the Web, what motivates entrepreneurs and more
Is the Patent Office's slowness putting U.S. innovation at risk?
Get your customers to get rid of your products--so they can buy more.
Will proposed pension plan changes help your company--or hurt your employees?
Find out which style maven has the best shot at claiming Martha Stewart's crown.
Some entrepreneurs would rather switch than fight.
Want to light your child's entrepreneurial fire? Try a stint at a business camp.
If immigration laws tighten, all entrepreneurs could feel the squeeze.
"Business is a battlefield" is more than just a cliche for this company.
44, founder of Alexander Global Promotions in Bellevue, Washington
A take-along table for all you travelers
Indulge your spring fever with a sporty new sedan.
For these entrepreneurs, helping other women is more than just good business.
Weighing in at less than 4 pounds, the latest notebooks are champions of mobility.
Comparing broadband prices; refurbished mobile phones for sale
Centrino is the new diet pill for that bulky device you've been schlepping through airports. Are you ready to lose some weight?
A network solution on the cheap; a color PDA that's just 5 ounces
An all-in-one accounting system, ease your e-mail burdens and more
Worried that tracking your customers' shopping habits may come back to bite you? Not if you do it the right way.
Survey results show what Web surfers are searching for
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Not all wireless gadgets speak the same language.