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Inside the June 2004 Issue


Heat Wave

Which new businesses are on the fast track to success? The companies in Entrepreneur and D&B's 10th Annual Hot 100 listing are blazing their way to the top.

Woman of the Year

Competitive, compassionate and visionary, today's women business owners refuse to be ignored. Find out how they're making their mark.

How Tech Got Its Groove Back

After the dotcom bust, the tech industry is picking itself up and dusting itself off for another dance--with the help of some innovative entrepreneurs.


Be Your Own Boss Features
Multiunit franchising is on the rise as many entrepreneurs look for more ways to grow. Could this expansion trend be in your future?
Be Your Own Boss Features
Jumping on a hot trend at just the right time can be a great way to launch a business. But how can you tell if a trend has enough staying power to stake your startup on it?
Biz 101
The art of creating buzz isn't hard to master--just keep these points in mind.
Biz 101
Could transferring a business idea to another city translate into more profits?
Biz 101
Introducing the winner of our "Biz 101" Tech Makeover contest
Franchise Zone
Franchising is becoming a beacon for experienced workers.
Find the best way to distribute your product, and you'll rake in the profits.
With sweat and hard work, this franchisee whipped his business into perfect shape.
Think the sky's the limit? Not when fireworks are involved.
Take a wok on the wild side.
Real Life
Will our entrepreneur find his way through the funding maze to land the investors he needs?
Smart Ideas
Networking pajama parties, biblical bobbles and more
Success Coach
How to build rapport and inspire people to do business with you
Whats Your Problem
The equipment you already have could be the key to a home business.
Almost Famous
With her infant bedding and nursery designs, Wendy Bellissimo ushers in the newest additions with beauty and style.
Editors Note
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
When you're trying to help get a candidate elected, noncompliance with campaign rules can cost your business a lot more than just a fat donation check.
Management Buzz
Getting female managers to advocate themselves, working around traffic and more
Real Deal
10 ways to know if you're getting an equal slice of the pie
Smart Moves
Rather than selling products you think people ought to buy, put out things they'll actually use.
Staff Smarts
You may be the boss, but that doesn't mean you can't let your employees teach you a thing or two.
A+ Ads
Make your prospects an offer they can't refuse--a little something for nothing.
Ask the Expert
What's your ROI?
Marketing Buzz
Building a fan base, inexpensive market research and more
Net Sales
You might be part of a contextual ad program without even knowing it.
Retail Register
Find out how to capture a customer base that's on the move.
Sales Force
If your sales reps are under pressure and burning out, try these tips to get them back on track.
Sales Success
Need help taking your business to a higher level? Try making small changes to create the transformation you've been looking for.
5 ways to use scarcity and exclusivity to fuel sales and boost your bottom line
Dollar Signs
If it feels like your cash only flows in one direction--out--then cash-management basics can help.
A tight focus on China's emerging markets keeps this fund in the black.
Breakdown insurance can assure a quick fix.
Money Buzz
Angel capital groups and accepting credit on the go
Personal Finance
When you're looking to invest in a mutual fund, dig deeper than past performance.
Raising Money
Looking for a capital infusion? Don't ignore public funding sources in your own backyard.
Tax Talk
Don't play beneficiary roulette when it comes to your estate plan.
Biz Travel
Taking a train from the airport to the city? Now that's a bright idea.
This author offers big nuggets of small-business wisdom.
Capitol Issues
The SBA is looking for new ways to size up small businesses.
It Figures
Protecting the boss, where we log on and more
Should government help entrepreneurs create jobs, or just get out of their way?
Smarts Features
With the new wave of tech convergence, your home office won't be the same.
Smarts Features
Consumers want to make their mark—in more ways than one.
Smarts Features
One athlete's waste is this company's treasure.
Smarts Features
"The Apprentice" walked in an entrepreneur . . . and walked away a winner.
Smarts Features
Web hosts are beginning to cater to your business's every desire.
Smarts Features
Want good tax advice? You might not find it at the IRS.
Smarts Features
Free trade deals offer a world of possibility for entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features
Could smartphones really put laptops 6 feet under?
Orlando Robinson, 31, founder of D&D Innovations in Southfield, Michigan
Tech Toy
Use this mobile micro-gadget to print with ease
Goodbye, high gas prices--hello, fuel-efficient sedans!
A new kind of entrepreneur boldly goes where few business owners have gone before.
Buyers Guide
With so much hardware to choose from, it's easier and cheaper than ever to go wireless. Find out how.
In the near future, phones and computers may be inseparable. What will it mean for your business?
Digital Edge
Keep the bad guys at bay with these steps to improve your company's computer security.
Hot Disks
Do-it-yourself DVDs, protecting your network and data, and more
Net Profits
Easy solutions to keep your online customers from ditching their shopping carts during checkout
Tech Buzz
Internet security updates, spims and more
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