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Inside the May 2004 Issue
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.
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.
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.
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.
These business plan competition winners show they've got what it takes to make their startup ideas bloom.
Are existing franchise systems always a better bet than startups?
Want to break into a market overrun with competitors? No matter how crowded the field, you can still come out in front.
When this couple noticed a lack of outdoor illumination options, they decided to make light of the situation.
The skinny On TLC
Financing your startup can be tricky. Learn the steps this entrepreneur took to polish his image for investors.
Decorator urn covers, prepaid debit cards and more
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
With his own denim clothing company, this rock 'n' roll fan is wearing the pants--and designing them, too.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Change your insurance policy renewal date so it works best for you.
Be sure you're not hoodwinking your customers--or you might risk a nasty run-in with the FTC.
Welcoming overweight customers, employing international students and more
A deal that goes smoothly just might lead to future opportunities. Here's how to pave the way.
You'd better be careful--your company's e-mail messages could come back to haunt you in court.
Employees' hidden star qualities might be just the thing to put your business's name in lights.
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.
New market sectors, renting marketing pros and more
We've got 5 tips to make sure your e-mails don't get tagged as spam.
Stop credit card fraud by pairing solid policies with new technology.
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.
Whether you're a natural at sales or not, here's how to take the talent you've got to the next level.
Learn three easy ways to track your advertising results, and find out if you're really getting the most for your money.
Optimistic entrepreneurs are testing the VC waters now that the market's future looks brighter.
Gumby's got nothing on this flexible fund.
Prepaid credit cards, fully-insured CDs and more
One way to cover your assets when creditors come knocking
Having trouble finding investors? The way you sell your investment opportunity could be to blame.
Look sharp--the IRS is beefing up its enforcement tactics and cracking down on tax cheaters.
Why settle for a ho-hum room? Here's how to get the best.
There's no such thing as a surprise--not if you're paying attention.
A new proposal seeks to get the SBA's 7(a) loan program back on its feet. But what could it mean for you?
Why business owners are opting to buy
What we buy online, why we eat what we do and more
Be good to your city, and it will be good to you.
RSS can do more for you than give you the latest headlines.
Returning reservists may require special handling.
As entrepreneurs, hip-hop artists seem unstoppable. What's their edge?
New videophones are fast-forwarding to the future.
Tech-driven 401(k) providers offer big savings.
They're your customers and maybe even your employees. Meet the millenials.
EBay drop-off stores could be the next big thing.
Doug C. Smith, 33, founder of Dean Miller Surf Sheets in Santa Ana, California
A fashionable way to tote and charge your mobile must-haves.
These powerful, stylish luxury sedans have the midas touch.
How celebrity role models have inspired us
We've got the skinny on the newest lightweight projectors for entrepreneurs on the go.
Say goodbye to per-minute long-distance charges and hello to bundled services.
Greater speed and better performance, but who in your company really needs the new Pentium 4 PC?
Wireless printing and networking
Searching e-mail, file management and more
With faster Internet connections, rich media is making a comeback. Should you add it to your Web site?
Online spending, vendor upgrades and more
Taking wireless networks to the next level
With GPS, you'll never have to wonder again.