Inside the October 2003 Issue
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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.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Price Is Right

350-plus franchises you can buy for less than $50,000
Be Your Own Boss Features

Shape Up!

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

Grape Expectations

Are you thinking about getting into the wine business? Here's a taste of what awaits you.
Biz 101

The Bold and the Profitable

Think you've got the guts to strike out and do something completely different?
Biz 101

Winners' Circle

Lessons from sports superstars help you score business success.

Wise Up!

When it comes to inventing a successful product, experience may be your best asset.

All in the Delivery

It was perfect timing for this couple to take on a dry cleaning delivery franchise.

Luck of the Draw

A windfall helps one man's small-business dream come true.

What's New 10/03

A one-stop marketing shop
Real Life

Getting Noticed

Our franchisees can't be wallflowers if they expect to get the help they're entitled to from their franchisor.
Smart Ideas

Good as Gold

One woman unearths a gem of a business by letting her customers create (and re-create) their own jewelry.
Success Coach

A Wild Ride

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

Becoming Your Own Boss

So you want to start a secretarial service. Where do you go from there?
Almost Famous

Tee for Two

Entrepreneurs find a swingingly successful venture in arcade-style video games, such as 3-D golf.
Editors Note

Hey, Get Moving!


Feedback 10/03

Letters from our readers

Resources 10/03

Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Creative Zone

Asking Too Much?

Not a chance. Questions are one of the best tools for unlocking creativity.

Fly by Night?

Don't fall for a scam--use these tips before you buy health insurance.

Ties That Bind

Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 10/03

Rid your company of its jargon; why closing the last week of the year might be a smart idea
Real Deal

Nothing Personal

Winning at negotiation means learning what to bring to the table--and what to leave at home.
Smart Moves

At Your Service

Is your service center living up to its potential? Find out how to get all you can from yours.
Staff Smarts

Close the Loop

If you're outsourcing projects right and left, make sure the information you need is rolling back to you.
A+ Ads

In Your Face

Cross your fingers, hold your breath . . . and put out ads with no holds barred.

To the Letter

Testimonials lead to a world of opportunity.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 10/03

Can adopting a highway give your company positive exposure?
Net Sales

Live Wire

Online seminars show 'em what you've got.
Retail Register

Seniority Rules

Appealing to the over-65 crowd
Sales Force

Along for the Ride

Losing touch with your reps? Regular ride-alongs can help keep the connection alive.
Sales Success

Get Over It!

Never mind what those negative voices inside your head say--you can make the sale.

Words to the Wise

Has your marketing copy lost its punch? Kick it up a notch with these words that work.
Dollar Signs

A Fair Trade

Find out how to barter the right way--and avoid the practices that will land you in hot water.

No Guts, Some Glory

Thinking short term and safety first? Here's a fund that's got both.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 10/03

Simple tactics for avoiding bad credit; wooing top-notch talent to your board
Personal Finance

House of Cards?

Home-equity borrowing could be risky business as interest rates rise.
Raising Money

A Perfect Match?

If you think an intermediary service has the quick fix you need for finding investors, take a second look.
Tax Talk

If You Build It . . .

Are you overlooking significant deductions on new construction or major remodeling projects?
Biz Travel

Highway Robbery?

You can make renting a car easier on the company budget.

Mind Games

Jump-start your problem-solving skills for a better business.
Capitol Issues

Growing Up

Congress is set to increase the lending ceilings on SBA programs.
Hot Seat

The Father of Spam

Half of all e-mail sent today is spam. What does the man who started it all think of it now?
It Figures

It Figures 10/03

The number of small businesses receiving SBA loans, who's simplifying their life and more
Smarts Features

The Winner Is . . .

Find out which cities topped our 10th annual list of best cities for entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features

Signs of Life?

You'll need plenty of patience to profit from m-commerce.
Smarts Features

Score Savvy

Business credit scores are on the horizon. Could your personal credit history hurt you?
Smarts Features

Hack Attack

. . . and other threats from the politically offended
Smarts Features

Enemy Mine

Learning to live with the competitors you love to hate
Smarts Features

Up in the Air

Dotcom stocks could be poised for a comeback.

James L. McNeil

50, founder and CEO of McNeil Technologies Inc. in Springfield, Virginia
Tech Toy

Eye Spy

The latest in robotic watchdogs
Whats the Point

Get in Sync

To spark business growth, follow the leader in your industry.

Vintage Vehicles

Manufacturers' inspection programs make it worth your while to buy used.

For Better or . . .

How women entrepreneurs strike a balance between business and marriage
Buyers Guide

Copy That

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

Lighten Up!

Weighed down by your portable PC? These featherweights might be just what you're looking for.

Gear 10/03

Additional network storage; the small, quieter desktop
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 10/03

Diagramming made easy, turn your tablet PC into a time-saving tool and more
Net Profits

Culture Club

Many e-tailers are lining up to target the growing Hispanic market. It's a good idea, verdad?

Smack Down!

Show those numbers who's boss with a new accounting software program.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 10/03

How the Value-Added Tax affects your tech purchases; a new OS for Macs

Cutting Lines

Giving new meaning to the term "mobile phone"

A Little Lost?

Get directions at your fingertips.
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