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Inside the January 2004 Issue

Features

25th Annual Franchise 500

Our comprehensive listing of the best the franchise world has to offer

Staying Alive

How your business can survive the killer costs of workers' compensation

About Face

The face of entrepreneurship has evolved over the years, and today, it's dramatically different. But what will the entrepreneur of the future look like?

Promised Land

More and more American entrepreneurs are embarking on the road to China—and many have already found their fortunes.

Columns

Franchise 500
Our comprehensive listing of the best the franchise world has to offer
Franchise 500
Even the best franchisor has to start somewhere. Subway king Fred DeLuca reflects on 25 years of franchise success.
Franchise 500
Even the best franchisor has to start somewhere. Subway king Fred DeLuca reflects on 25 years of franchise success.
Franchise 500
Reflections on 25 years of franchising from Entrepreneur's Editorial Director Rieva Lesonsky
Franchise 500
How franchising became an economic powerhouse the world over
Franchise 500
How franchising became an economic powerhouse the world over
Franchise 500
Wondering what the hottest franchising trends are for 2004? Wonder no more.
Franchise 500
Wondering what the hottest franchising trends are for 2004? Wonder no more.
Franchise 500
Find out why the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular has been a franchisee's best friend for 25 years.
Franchise 500
Find out why the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular has been a franchisee's best friend for 25 years.
Franchise 500
The path to financing a franchise may not be easy. But if you know what lenders are looking for, you'll be well on your way.
Franchise 500
The path to financing a franchise may not be easy. But if you know what lenders are looking for, you'll be well on your way.
Franchise 500
You've read about the companies in our Franchise 500. Now find out how to join them by franchising your own business.
Franchise 500
Being No. 1 in the franchise race has its advantages, but there will always be others nipping at your heels.
Franchise 500
Being No. 1 in the franchise race has its advantages, but there will always be others nipping at your heels.
Almost Famous
A cosmetics entrepreneur aims to give customers what they need--a clear complexion at an affordable price.
Editors Note
Feedback
Letters from our readers
Resources
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Insurance
Learn what to do if your insurance carrier goes bankrupt.
Legal
Drowning in debt? If so, you should know about a legal maneuver creditors can use to force bankruptcy.
Management Buzz
The current state of employee salaries, why camera phones might be a danger to your business, and more
Real Deal
If you haven't yet considered mediation as a way to resolve business disputes, here's why you should.
Smart Moves
If handling payroll by yourself has become a hassle, maybe it's time to go with an outside service.
Staff Smarts
Want to get an idea of how prospective employees may perform on the job? Use a situational interview, and take them on a test run.
A+ Ads
Is your product or service claim as provocative as it could be? Find out how to make yours unforgettable.
Ask the Expert
Be sure to reconnect with your key clients.
Marketing Buzz
Get what you pay for with pay-for-placement PR.
Net Sales
Web awards give your site a huge boost.
Retail Register
The lure of the "less than a buck" stores
Sales Force
A well-designed work space, that is. After all, it could make a huge difference in the way your sales team performs.
Sales Success
Want to create a strong sales foundation? Then keep these building blocks in mind.
Tactics
Learn what your radio ads need to succeed, and get ready to make some noise.
Dollar Signs
Venture fund operators cry foul over the SBA's bid to get a greater share of their investment profits.
Funds
Diversity pays off for this global fund.
Money Buzz
Investing for a good cause, informal investments and more
Personal Finance
Is it still possible to invest without getting burned?
Raising Money
Could licensing your intellectual property provide the extra capital you've been looking for?
Tax Talk
Buying business real estate? The legal entity you choose could make a big difference in your tax bill.
Biz Travel
Using an online travel site has its advantages for small companies.
Books
Going above and beyond may be your winning business strategy.
Capitol Issues
Now there's a new way to track small business's ups and downs.
Hot Seat
This entrepreneur's fighting mad about junk faxes.
It Figures
Entrepreneurial stress, Web surfing and more
Smarts Features
Are entrepreneurial traits a recipe for addiction?
Smarts Features
Is the IPO market poised for a better performance in the coming year?
Smarts Features
Chambers of commerce will have to rethink their programs-or risk losing Gen X entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features
Can your business tap in to the huge market of armed forces members and their families?
Smarts Features
Can who your employees know make a difference in your sales?
Smarts Features
Has your industry got an image problem? Here's how to cope.
Smarts Features
How the spirit of innovation has shaped the nation
Smarts Features
Is it time to thin out your management pool?
Smarts Features
There's a new Internet protocol in town. Is it time to upgrade?
Snapshot
Timothy Askew, 54, founder and CEO of Corporate Rain Inc. (CRI) in New Rochelle, New York
Tech Toy
Keeping up with current events without leaving your office
Whats the Point
Aggressive growth could mean bigger profits-and unhappy employees.
Wheels
Getting to the office bent out of shape? Your car seat could be why.
Women
How entrepreneurs stuck to the New Year's resolutions they made for their companies
Buyers Guide
If your server is filled to the brim with data, a network-attached storage device can help make some room.
Digital Edge
New, powerful office technologies are moving into your home to make work a little easier.
Gear
A printer/copier that knows how to network
Hot Disks
The next best thing to Outlook, CRM gets bigger and better, and more
Net Profits
Retaining your customers is a lot less expensive than getting new ones. So how do you keep them coming back for more?
Solutions
Safeguard your networks and PCs from invasions by worms, viruses and other dangerous agents.
Tech Buzz
Versatile mice for your employees; the next generation of portable display devices
Wireless
What do people want most in a cell phone?
Wireless
Wireless video cams can mean more security.
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