Inside the June 2003 Issue
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It's Getting Hot in Here

Don't bother adjusting your thermostats: It's Entrepreneur and D&B's 9th Annual Hot 100 listing of the fastest-growing new businesses.

Most Valuable Players

Slashing prices to keep up with the big chains can spell disaster for the average entrepreneur. It's better to stick with what your business does best: Offering customers value-added services.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Franchise Country

We hit the road and went in search of the hottest trends in franchising, from the mountains to the prairies.
Be Your Own Boss Features

A Fear Factor

Does the idea of starting your own business paralyze you? We've got some simple techniques to get you back in control.
Biz 101

Nab Your Niche

A specialty is essential to your success in the booming home-improvement market.
Biz 101

With a Little Help From My Friends

A strong support system will see you through the start-up phase and beyond.
Biz 101

It's Classified

Are they really contractors rather than employees? If you don't get it right, you could face steep penalties.
Biz 101

Howdy, Partner

Promotional partnerships can double your marketing punch.

A Novel Dilemma

To reach potential customers with an avant-garde product, you'll need to have a few tricks up your sleeve.

Rolling in Dough

Do you go with original butter & salt or almond crunch? Decisions, decisions . . .

Fixin' It Up

If your house needs painting and your roof needs repairing, these franchisees have it covered.

What's New 06/03

On-demand is what's in demand.
Real Life

Show Me the Money

With a good location in sight, will Jack and Diane take the smart route to financing their land deal?
Smart Ideas

Frozen Assets

These chilly towels prove their worth in the battle against the heat.
Success Coach

Prepare for Takeoff

Fuel up your entrepreneurial spirit, and then let it take flight.
Whats Your Problem

Under Pressure

Will your marriage survive both of you working at home? Yes, if you work on your communication skills, too.
Almost Famous

Weekend Warrior

One determined entrepreneur fights for pregnant women's rights to dress in today's hottest styles.
Editors Note

Living Legend

Creative Zone

"Windtunnel" Vision

Air out some new ideas with this technique.

Promises, Promises

Take a better look at your protection warranty.

Word Games

Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 06/03

Entrepreneurs benefit from a favorable legal decision; tracking your customer complaints
Real Deal

Friends Forever?

Business and friendship can be a very volatile combination if you're not careful.
Smart Moves

Risky Business

On the lookout for business insurance? You might have to re-evaluate your risk tolerance first.
Staff Smarts

Intern Affairs

More and more companies are hiring virtual interns. But is this a good thing for everyone involved?
A+ Ads

Talking Heads

Your prospects may be all grown-up, but comic-book-style word balloons still make them stop and stare.

Through the Grapevine

E-mail newsletter has owners tasting profits.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 06/03

Mascot marketing; improving your on-the-phone vocal skills
Net Sales

A Bad Rap

Have you been slammed as a spammer? Here's how to fight back.
Sales Force

In Their Corner

Focus your coaching efforts where they'll pack the most punch--on your top performers.
Sales Success

Getting Past "No"

How do you turn that "no" into a "yes"? We've got some breakthrough tips to get you there.

¿Se Habla Español?

If you don't already, it's time to start. Tapping the Latino market could translate to increased sales.
Dollar Signs

Caps Off to You!

More small-business opportunities can flow freely now that the SBA has finally removed its 7(a) loan cap.

A Sure Thing?

Certain funds offer you guarantees-for a price.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 06/03

Getting your hands on insider trading data; the benefits of medical savings accounts
Personal Finance

College Savings 101

Take notes on the pros and cons of 529 plans.
Raising Money

Cash In, Cash Out

Whether your company is flush with cash or barely hanging on by a thread, how you manage payables can help unlock its potential.
Tax Talk

Watch Your Step

Think the IRS is bluffing when it says it will crack down on small-business tax abuses? Think again.
Biz Travel

Lagging Behind?

Get ahead of jet lag before it gets the best of you.

Room to Grow

Yes, even in the most stagnant economy, it's possible to expand.
Capitol Issues

To Your Health

An old health insurance bill gets a second chance at life.
Hot Seat

New Frontiers

Entrepreneurs can help lead Afghans to a better future, says this businessman.
It Figures

It Figures 06/03

Women in the workplace, top 5 destinations for paid Web content and more
Smarts Features

The Great Unknown

How can you keep your chin up in this uncertain economic landscape?
Smarts Features

Phone Boost

Futuristic features will make tomorrow's mobile phones smarter.
Smarts Features

Tech Towns

Which U.S. cities are today's hotbeds of technology?
Smarts Features

The Small Picture

How does the federal deficit affect your business?
Smarts Features

Contact Sport

Now that's how you play the networking game.

Brent Bannerman

36, founder of IE-Engine in Waltham, Massachusetts
Tech Toy

Walk This Way

Working out with your Palm
Whats the Point

Not So Fast!

Studies show many of you aren't looking before you leap.

Caddy's Back!

Three new Cadillac models offer something for everyone.

What Dreams May Come

Your dreams may reveal more about your business than you realize.
Buyers Guide

A Burning Desire

Got your heart set on upgrading your CD burner? Check out the latest drives before you buy.
Digital Edge

You Can Run . . .

But you can't hide--at least you won't be able to when the world goes wireless. What will the Wi-Fi revolution mean for your business?

Gear 06/03

A multifunction machine that does the trick; make presentations easier with a wireless projector
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 06/03

Secure instant messaging, faster Web surfing and more
Net Profits

Shipping Out

If you can afford to join the fray, offering online customers free shipping may help you compete.

Bright Ideas

Portable projectors let you travel light while still packing quality into your business presentations.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 06/03

Upgrading your phone system to IPT; broadband access from your local electric company

g Whiz!

Swimming through the alphabet soup of today's wireless standards

Early Bird

Did you jump the gun by going with the wireless standard "A"? Maybe not.
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