Inside the June 2004 Issue
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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

Go Forth and Multiply

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

Hit or Miss

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

Attention, Please

The art of creating buzz isn't hard to master--just keep these points in mind.
Biz 101

On the Move

Could transferring a business idea to another city translate into more profits?
Biz 101

A New You

Introducing the winner of our "Biz 101" Tech Makeover contest
Franchise Zone

Got Skills?

Franchising is becoming a beacon for experienced workers.

Spread It Around

Find the best way to distribute your product, and you'll rake in the profits.

No Train, No Gain

With sweat and hard work, this franchisee whipped his business into perfect shape.

Shooting for the Stars

Think the sky's the limit? Not when fireworks are involved.

What's New 06/04

Take a wok on the wild side.
Real Life

The Search Is On

Will our entrepreneur find his way through the funding maze to land the investors he needs?
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 06/04

Networking pajama parties, biblical bobbles and more
Success Coach

The Trust Factor

How to build rapport and inspire people to do business with you
Whats Your Problem

Using Your Computer to Start a Business

The equipment you already have could be the key to a home business.
Almost Famous

Crib Notes

With her infant bedding and nursery designs, Wendy Bellissimo ushers in the newest additions with beauty and style.
Editors Note

Best in Show


Feedback 06/04

Letters from our readers

Resources 06/04

Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business

Rock the Vote?

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

Management Buzz 06/04

Getting female managers to advocate themselves, working around traffic and more
Real Deal

Fair Share?

10 ways to know if you're getting an equal slice of the pie
Smart Moves

Fill In the Blanks

Rather than selling products you think people ought to buy, put out things they'll actually use.
Staff Smarts

Live and Learn

You may be the boss, but that doesn't mean you can't let your employees teach you a thing or two.
A+ Ads

Give a Little

Make your prospects an offer they can't refuse--a little something for nothing.
Ask the Expert

Pay Dirt!

What's your ROI?
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 06/04

Building a fan base, inexpensive market research and more
Net Sales

Taken Out of Context?

You might be part of a contextual ad program without even knowing it.
Retail Register

Tourist Trade

Find out how to capture a customer base that's on the move.
Sales Force

Got Stress?

If your sales reps are under pressure and burning out, try these tips to get them back on track.
Sales Success

Growing Wings

Need help taking your business to a higher level? Try making small changes to create the transformation you've been looking for.

In Short Supply

5 ways to use scarcity and exclusivity to fuel sales and boost your bottom line
Dollar Signs

Catch Your Cash

If it feels like your cash only flows in one direction--out--then cash-management basics can help.

Looking East

A tight focus on China's emerging markets keeps this fund in the black.

Broken Promises

Breakdown insurance can assure a quick fix.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 06/04

Angel capital groups and accepting credit on the go
Personal Finance

Rooting Around

When you're looking to invest in a mutual fund, dig deeper than past performance.
Raising Money

Public Works

Looking for a capital infusion? Don't ignore public funding sources in your own backyard.
Tax Talk

Estate of Affairs

Don't play beneficiary roulette when it comes to your estate plan.
Biz Travel

Train Storming

Taking a train from the airport to the city? Now that's a bright idea.

Get a Clue!

This author offers big nuggets of small-business wisdom.
Capitol Issues

Good Measure

The SBA is looking for new ways to size up small businesses.
It Figures

It Figures 06/04

Protecting the boss, where we log on and more

Taking Charge

Should government help entrepreneurs create jobs, or just get out of their way?
Smarts Features

All Work and Play

With the new wave of tech convergence, your home office won't be the same.
Smarts Features

Taking It Personally

Consumers want to make their mark—in more ways than one.
Smarts Features

Urine the Money

One athlete's waste is this company's treasure.
Smarts Features

You're Hired!

"The Apprentice" walked in an entrepreneur . . . and walked away a winner.
Smarts Features

Hosts With the Most

Web hosts are beginning to cater to your business's every desire.
Smarts Features

Here's a Tip

Want good tax advice? You might not find it at the IRS.
Smarts Features

Trading Up?

Free trade deals offer a world of possibility for entrepreneurs.
Smarts Features

Die Hard?

Could smartphones really put laptops 6 feet under?

Snapshot 06/04

Orlando Robinson, 31, founder of D&D Innovations in Southfield, Michigan
Tech Toy

In Your Pocket

Use this mobile micro-gadget to print with ease

Drive 'n' Save

Goodbye, high gas prices--hello, fuel-efficient sedans!

Parallel Universe

A new kind of entrepreneur boldly goes where few business owners have gone before.
Buyers Guide

Wi Not?

With so much hardware to choose from, it's easier and cheaper than ever to go wireless. Find out how.

Together at Last

In the near future, phones and computers may be inseparable. What will it mean for your business?
Digital Edge

Not-So-Good Fellas

Keep the bad guys at bay with these steps to improve your company's computer security.
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 06/04

Do-it-yourself DVDs, protecting your network and data, and more
Net Profits

Seal the Deal

Easy solutions to keep your online customers from ditching their shopping carts during checkout
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 06/04

Internet security updates, spims and more

Power to Go

Get the benefits of a laptop in your handheld.

Call the Shots

An OS phone gives you all the convenience and flexibility you need.
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