December 2003 Issue
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Want to know what's hot for 2004? We've got the businesses, markets and trends you shouldn't miss out on.
With incentives, tax breaks and price wars sweetening the pot, there's never been a better time to shop for new business vehicles. Let our guide to commercial vehicles get you started.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Get geared up for 2004 with today's freshest franchising concepts.
Be Your Own Boss Features
All wound up about what kind of business to start? Then take a hint from the millions of Americans looking to break away from the daily grind--head to a day spa.
Want to start an artistic business? A creative incubator could be just what you need to come out of your shell.
Fed up with working for others, one couple decided to take a standa barbecue stand, that is.
Finding an investor is great. But finding an investor who's also a mentor? Now you're talking.
Need a dose of inspiration? These stories about young, successful entrepreneurs will fire you up.
How you can revolutionize a stagnant product on a limited budget and still win over your target market
What do you do when your company decides to go the franchising route? Join in on the fun, of course.
Appearances aren't everything at this skin-care salon.
Healthy meals make a splash.
Jack and Diane find a few surprises waiting for them as they move closer to realizing their goal.
When it comes to designing quality collegiate purses, it looks like these sisters-in-law have bagged a winner.
Can't seem to cut that monstrous to-do list down to size? Maybe it's time to relax, step back and regroup.
Whats Your Problem
Hit the mark when you're hunting for products to sell.
With a fresh, funky twist on a familiar product, one candyman gets a taste of small-business success.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Seven tips to keep your company's creativity sizzling
Will your agent need to visit your business before writing a policy?
It may be tempting to sue when someone bashes your company online, but free speech has the upper hand.
Determining who's an employee and who's not; hiring vets might be your best bet
Everyone strikes a bad deal at one time or another. The key is to learn from your mistakes.
Profitability management helped PC maker Dell pull off a turnaround. Can it help you do the same?
Managing your creative employees can be a challenge, but doing it well is crucial to your business.
Side-by-side comparison ads can persuade prospects to buy in the blink of an eye.
Ask the Expert
How to really reach out with a newsletter
The golden state bans unsolicited e-mail.
Attract customers with online coupons.
Choosing products for ad campaigns
The year's almost over, but it's no time to let your guard down. What can you do to keep sales from going into hibernation?
Want to pump up sales? Then think like a stellar sales champion, and watch your business shoot through the roof.
Didn't get the results you wanted from your marketing this year? You can get a fresh start in 2004.
For companies tired of taking a beating in the market, deregistration may be a temporary shelter in the storm.
Here's a top-performing fund that's got flexibility on its side.
The state of VC investments in minority-owned firms, the rising cost of audits and accounting, and more
With new tax brackets, now's the time to lower your withholding.
Buying an existing business may get lenders on your side faster than building from scratch.
Want to take advantage of the cut in dividend taxes? You'll need to strike while the iron's hot.
How to avoid the big squeeze on your next business flight
How looking on the bright side can help you run your business
Washington shields businesses from identity theft losses.
Here's one entrepreneur with divine inspiration.
The popularity of e-mail, complaining customers and more
Congressional representatives discuss the state of small business in today's economy.
Experts weigh in on whether 2004 will be the year the economy turns around.
Build business relationships with a company blog.
Congress challenges proposed changes to overtime eligibility.
It's more important than ever to show customers you'll keep their information private.
Strategies for prepping the next generation of employees
The big guys may be letting stock options go, but should you?
The office of tomorrow might look the same, but it sure acts different.
Making your business the star of the big screen could mean big bucks and local exposure.
How do you weather a PR crisis-and come out on top?
42, founder of Alpha Flying Inc. in Manchester, New Hampshire
A high-tech way to improve your golf swing
Whats the Point
Make the most of your family business by managing these five resources.
Ready to treat yourself? Here are three luxury roadsters to choose from.
Mothers and daughters discuss the impact of entrepreneurship on their relationships.
Sure, they're a little pricey. But it's plain to see that oversize flat-panel displays can be great investments for your business.
Is Linux really ready to be plugged in to the desktop? The answer is at your fingertips.
A professional-looking digital camera, the most versatile DVD recorder and more
Eliminating your paper trail, a mobile phonebook and more
Small businesses are zipping past bigger companies on the tech-investment track.
In spite of the risks, there are lots of great reasons to start thinking about going global.
Keep your business secure even when you're awaytry a wireless surveillance device on for size.
With a few tricks up their sleeves, two brothers take PC design to a whole new level.
Improving your business's Web search status; a full office suite for next-to-nothing
A new protocol spices up the 802.x alphabet soup.
Instant messaging hits the road.