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Inside the May 2004 Issue

Features

Ready to Rumble?

Today's economy is in a turnaround, but we need entrepreneurs to keep the momentum going. Get your company geared up to take on the challenge.

It's a Small World After All

Don't let size fool you. As these entrepreneurs prove, small business is still a force to be reckoned with.

Planet of the Apps

With so many software options out there, we can't blame you for feeling overwhelmed. So where do you begin when choosing the best ones for your business? Our 2004 Complete Guide to Software can make a world of difference.

Extra Credit

Entrepreneurship education is coming of age in America's classrooms. Find out which schools make the grade in our 2nd Annual Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges and Universities.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
These top 50 franchises are already making waves--be the first to find out all about them.
Be Your Own Boss Features
Hear everyone talking about the low-carb revolution, but think it's too late to get in the game? Don't worry--there's still plenty of opportunity to profit from America's newest obsession.
Biz 101
These business plan competition winners show they've got what it takes to make their startup ideas bloom.
Biz 101
Are existing franchise systems always a better bet than startups?
Innovations
Want to break into a market overrun with competitors? No matter how crowded the field, you can still come out in front.
Opportunities
When this couple noticed a lack of outdoor illumination options, they decided to make light of the situation.
Opportunities
The skinny On TLC
Real Life
Financing your startup can be tricky. Learn the steps this entrepreneur took to polish his image for investors.
Smart Ideas
Decorator urn covers, prepaid debit cards and more
Success Coach
Feeling low on fuel? Turn your bad mood around, and get back on the fast track to success.
Whats Your Problem
Make sure to follow state regulations when selling
Almost Famous
With his own denim clothing company, this rock 'n' roll fan is wearing the pants--and designing them, too.
Editors Note
Feedback
Letters from our readers
Resources
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Insurance
Change your insurance policy renewal date so it works best for you.
Legal
Be sure you're not hoodwinking your customers--or you might risk a nasty run-in with the FTC.
Management Buzz
Welcoming overweight customers, employing international students and more
Real Deal
A deal that goes smoothly just might lead to future opportunities. Here's how to pave the way.
Smart Moves
You'd better be careful--your company's e-mail messages could come back to haunt you in court.
Staff Smarts
Employees' hidden star qualities might be just the thing to put your business's name in lights.
A+ Ads
Combining print with streaming video could be the hook you need to make your online ads more effective.
Ask the Expert
Boost your business by offering a class.
Marketing Buzz
New market sectors, renting marketing pros and more
Net Sales
We've got 5 tips to make sure your e-mails don't get tagged as spam.
Retail Register
Stop credit card fraud by pairing solid policies with new technology.
Sales Force
Have you got what it takes to lead your sales team to success? Find out which qualities our experts picked as must-haves for sales management.
Sales Success
Whether you're a natural at sales or not, here's how to take the talent you've got to the next level.
Tactics
Learn three easy ways to track your advertising results, and find out if you're really getting the most for your money.
Dollar Signs
Optimistic entrepreneurs are testing the VC waters now that the market's future looks brighter.
Funds
Gumby's got nothing on this flexible fund.
Money Buzz
Prepaid credit cards, fully-insured CDs and more
Personal Finance
One way to cover your assets when creditors come knocking
Raising Money
Having trouble finding investors? The way you sell your investment opportunity could be to blame.
Tax Talk
Look sharp--the IRS is beefing up its enforcement tactics and cracking down on tax cheaters.
Biz Travel
Why settle for a ho-hum room? Here's how to get the best.
Books
There's no such thing as a surprise--not if you're paying attention.
Capitol Issues
A new proposal seeks to get the SBA's 7(a) loan program back on its feet. But what could it mean for you?
Flash
Why business owners are opting to buy
It Figures
What we buy online, why we eat what we do and more
Smarts Features
Be good to your city, and it will be good to you.
Smarts Features
RSS can do more for you than give you the latest headlines.
Smarts Features
Returning reservists may require special handling.
Smarts Features
As entrepreneurs, hip-hop artists seem unstoppable. What's their edge?
Smarts Features
New videophones are fast-forwarding to the future.
Smarts Features
Tech-driven 401(k) providers offer big savings.
Smarts Features
They're your customers and maybe even your employees. Meet the millenials.
Smarts Features
EBay drop-off stores could be the next big thing.
Snapshot
Doug C. Smith, 33, founder of Dean Miller Surf Sheets in Santa Ana, California
Tech Toy
A fashionable way to tote and charge your mobile must-haves.
Wheels
These powerful, stylish luxury sedans have the midas touch.
Women
How celebrity role models have inspired us
Buyers Guide
We've got the skinny on the newest lightweight projectors for entrepreneurs on the go.
Connections
Say goodbye to per-minute long-distance charges and hello to bundled services.
Digital Edge
Greater speed and better performance, but who in your company really needs the new Pentium 4 PC?
Gear
Wireless printing and networking
Hot Disks
Searching e-mail, file management and more
Net Profits
With faster Internet connections, rich media is making a comeback. Should you add it to your Web site?
Tech Buzz
Online spending, vendor upgrades and more
Wireless
Taking wireless networks to the next level
Wireless
With GPS, you'll never have to wonder again.
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