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Inside the April 2004 Issue


Drab to Fab

Take a long, hard look at your business. Is it looking a little worn around the edges? With our office, tech, marketing, personal finance and money-raising makeover strategies, it'll be worthy of snaps in no time.

Flying High

When it comes to offering the most bang for your buck, the winners of this year's 11th Annual Business Travel Awards soar above the rest.

Secure Horizons

Are worries about spam, viruses and hackers keeping you up at night? Our Internet security guide will help you protect the future of your business so you can sleep soundly.


Be Your Own Boss Features
Presenting the top 111 industry-leading companies from our 2004 Franchise 500 listing
Be Your Own Boss Features
Dreaming of starting a glamorous business? Take a behind-the-scenes look at what it's really like to be a fashion designer, a restaurateur and more.
Biz 101
All work and no play makes you a dull entrepreneur, so find a healthy balance between your life and your business.
Biz 101
These entrepreneurs proved you can find business partners in the strangest places.
Biz 101
Want to see if your product will be a hit? A trial run on eBay can shed some light on the subject.
Biz 101
How do you start a business on a budget? One author shares his thoughts on the subject.
Think your product has limited appeal? It may have more potential than you know.
It takes more than your average Joe to go up against the likes of Starbucks.
Working together is helping these women build a healthy franchise.
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Real Life
Wondering what the first year of startup is like? Get an insider's view as we follow one entrepreneur's journey.
Smart Ideas
Multicultural wallpaper, post-prom events and more
Success Coach
Move forward faster by learning from the experience of a mentor.
Whats Your Problem
No worries-medical billing is still a viable business.
Almost Famous
Life is sweet for two visionaries who mix sugary treats with style.
Editors Note
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Everybody wins with supplemental insurance.
Want to expand your trademark globally? Watch your step—or you'll be putting your name on the line.
Management Buzz
Covering expenses for employees on active duty, calculating employee loyalty and more
Real Deal
Don't rush into a deal you might regret. Slow down, step back and climb high to get the big picture first.
Smart Moves
RFID chips revolutionize the way you get info about products, even before you open the box.
Staff Smarts
If you want happy, harmonious employees, it's time to kick those workplace cliques to the curb.
A+ Ads
When you need to capture your prospects' attention in the blink of an eye, remember: less is more.
Ask the Expert
Get the word out to people in the right places.
Marketing Buzz
Sponsored weddings and boosting customer interaction
Net Sales
Use Web analytics to help your site work smarter, not harder.
Retail Register
Can serving up food and drink improve your sales?
Sales Force
Is infighting among your sales reps sidelining your business? Try these tips to get back on track.
Sales Success
In business and in life, learning to listen is one of the most important skills you can develop.
If your marketing efforts don't already include ethnic and minority media, now is the time to start.
Dollar Signs
Extending credit to your customers can be a boon to your business, but only if you do it wisely.
This telecom fund has major staying power.
Money Buzz
Tracking insider selling and recover tax overpayments
Personal Finance
Want to avoid getting hit by the IRS? Plan ahead.
Raising Money
An employee stock ownership plan is more than just a great way to boost morale-it's also a cheap source of growth capital.
Tax Talk
. . . or a lot, if you like. Either way, charitable donations are still a smart idea.
Biz Travel
Kudos to these Web sites for offering terrific travel tips.
Want to expand your business? Then make the most of what you've got, one step at a time.
Capitol Issues
A new federal contract program may not be an oasis after all.
It Figures
Online retail sales increasing, our love-hate relationship with the cell phone and more
Smarts Features
The European Union will soon be a bigger cash cow.
Smarts Features
Game-makers are definitely not sleeping in Seattle.
Smarts Features
Contractors' illegal workers could put you in a legal pickle.
Smarts Features
Younger employees are crying age discrimination.
Smarts Features
The used-digital-music market could be fertile ground for pioneering entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features
Do SBA express loans really shortchange entrepreneurs?
Smarts Features
VoIP is a bottle rocket, but red tape could ground it.
Smarts Features
Here's the skinny on how to tap into the hot low-carb market.
Smarts Features
It's possible to flirt with success after all.
Smarts Features
Employees duking it out in the kitchen? Stop the madness!
Leo Rivera, 33, founder of Bishops Barbershop in Portland, Oregon
Tech Toy
Stay in touch and stay connected with this cell phone accessory.
Ford and Mercury debut new and upgraded business-friendly vehicles.
Do sexist attitudes still exist in business? Women sound off.
Buyers Guide
If so, wireless surveillance cameras could help you make your business environment safer.
If your business needs to take call handling to the next level, an IP telephony system could be the answer.
Digital Edge
. . . Too much mail, that is. Tame your inbox-and get more from messaging-with an integrated system.
Scanners get thinner and Macs get stronger
Hot Disks
Accounting software grows with your business, IM'ing with Lotus and more
Net Profits
With Internet companies back on the IPO map and VCs becoming interested again, should you follow the pack?
Tech Buzz
Recycling hardware, 3-D desktops and more
You can have your Wi-Fi and extra memory, too.
Credit card purchases without the swiping?
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