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Inside the October 2003 Issue

Features

Liar, Liar

In the race to make money, some American businesses have been lying their pants off--but is success at any cost really worth the price?

Made in America?

More and more U.S. businesses are trekking overseas to explore cheaper ways to make their products. But what does that mean for small manufacturers left behind on the home front?

Where's the Love?

You've lost that lovin' feeling for your business-but don't let it slip away. It's time to rekindle your passion and renew your commitment as an entrepreneur.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
350-plus franchises you can buy for less than $50,000
Be Your Own Boss Features
If you want to start your own business, you'd better make sure you're in shape for it--emotionally, mentally and financially. Our three entrepreneurial fitness tests will help you see if you've got what it takes to get through the start-up phase.
Biz 101
Are you thinking about getting into the wine business? Here's a taste of what awaits you.
Biz 101
Think you've got the guts to strike out and do something completely different?
Biz 101
Lessons from sports superstars help you score business success.
Innovations
When it comes to inventing a successful product, experience may be your best asset.
Opportunities
It was perfect timing for this couple to take on a dry cleaning delivery franchise.
Opportunities
A windfall helps one man's small-business dream come true.
Opportunities
A one-stop marketing shop
Real Life
Our franchisees can't be wallflowers if they expect to get the help they're entitled to from their franchisor.
Smart Ideas
One woman unearths a gem of a business by letting her customers create (and re-create) their own jewelry.
Success Coach
The twists and turns of running your own business can throw you for a loop. Try these four tips to get back on track.
Whats Your Problem
So you want to start a secretarial service. Where do you go from there?
Almost Famous
Entrepreneurs find a swingingly successful venture in arcade-style video games, such as 3-D golf.
Editors Note
Feedback
Letters from our readers
Resources
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Creative Zone
Not a chance. Questions are one of the best tools for unlocking creativity.
Insurance
Don't fall for a scam--use these tips before you buy health insurance.
Legal
Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
Management Buzz
Rid your company of its jargon; why closing the last week of the year might be a smart idea
Real Deal
Winning at negotiation means learning what to bring to the table--and what to leave at home.
Smart Moves
Is your service center living up to its potential? Find out how to get all you can from yours.
Staff Smarts
If you're outsourcing projects right and left, make sure the information you need is rolling back to you.
A+ Ads
Cross your fingers, hold your breath . . . and put out ads with no holds barred.
Breakthrough
Testimonials lead to a world of opportunity.
Marketing Buzz
Can adopting a highway give your company positive exposure?
Net Sales
Online seminars show 'em what you've got.
Retail Register
Appealing to the over-65 crowd
Sales Force
Losing touch with your reps? Regular ride-alongs can help keep the connection alive.
Sales Success
Never mind what those negative voices inside your head say--you can make the sale.
Tactics
Has your marketing copy lost its punch? Kick it up a notch with these words that work.
Dollar Signs
Find out how to barter the right way--and avoid the practices that will land you in hot water.
Funds
Thinking short term and safety first? Here's a fund that's got both.
Money Buzz
Simple tactics for avoiding bad credit; wooing top-notch talent to your board
Personal Finance
Home-equity borrowing could be risky business as interest rates rise.
Raising Money
If you think an intermediary service has the quick fix you need for finding investors, take a second look.
Tax Talk
Are you overlooking significant deductions on new construction or major remodeling projects?
Biz Travel
You can make renting a car easier on the company budget.
Books
Jump-start your problem-solving skills for a better business.
Capitol Issues
Congress is set to increase the lending ceilings on SBA programs.
Hot Seat
Half of all e-mail sent today is spam. What does the man who started it all think of it now?
It Figures
The number of small businesses receiving SBA loans, who's simplifying their life and more
Smarts Features
Find out which cities topped our 10th annual list of best cities for entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features
You'll need plenty of patience to profit from m-commerce.
Smarts Features
Business credit scores are on the horizon. Could your personal credit history hurt you?
Smarts Features
. . . and other threats from the politically offended
Smarts Features
Learning to live with the competitors you love to hate
Smarts Features
Dotcom stocks could be poised for a comeback.
Snapshot
50, founder and CEO of McNeil Technologies Inc. in Springfield, Virginia
Tech Toy
The latest in robotic watchdogs
Whats the Point
To spark business growth, follow the leader in your industry.
Wheels
Manufacturers' inspection programs make it worth your while to buy used.
Women
How women entrepreneurs strike a balance between business and marriage
Buyers Guide
If you want to save some money and improve your productivity, maybe it's time to get an affordable copy machine of your own.
Digital Edge
Weighed down by your portable PC? These featherweights might be just what you're looking for.
Gear
Additional network storage; the small, quieter desktop
Hot Disks
Diagramming made easy, turn your tablet PC into a time-saving tool and more
Net Profits
Many e-tailers are lining up to target the growing Hispanic market. It's a good idea, verdad?
Solutions
Show those numbers who's boss with a new accounting software program.
Tech Buzz
How the Value-Added Tax affects your tech purchases; a new OS for Macs
Wireless
Giving new meaning to the term "mobile phone"
Wireless
Get directions at your fingertips.
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