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Seeing Green

Signaling the end of the VC drought, several industries have become fertile ground for investors. So what's the best way to find the right investor--even if you're not in one of those superstar sectors? Start with our 4th Annual VC 100.

The Other Colors of Money

If banks and VCs are out of your financial picture, don't despair. These 3 alternative sources of capital could provide the funding you're looking for.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features

Stake Your Claim

Contrary to popular belief, there's no need to ante up a fortune when you're playing the startup game. Here's how 3 entrepreneurs launched high-cost businesses the low-cost way.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Sales Report

Once tainted by get-rich-quick schemes, the direct-sales industry is changing its image. See what experts and business owners have to say about going direct.
Biz 101

Spacing Out

Oops! Forgot to include something crucial in your business plan? So did these entrepreneurs.
Biz 101

More Bang for Your Buck

Need to fill your store shelves? Then this trade show has your name written all over it.
Biz 101

Makeover Magic

The experts work their mojo on our "Biz 101" Tech Makeover winner's outdated Web site.
Biz 101

By Special Request

Upscale concierge businesses give new meaning to the phrase "service with a smile."
Franchise Zone

Word to the Wise

A few things to consider before tackling franchising
Innovations

All Fired Up

With the right marketing plan, your product will blaze trails across the globe.
Opportunities

What's New 07/04

State of the art
Opportunities

Flower Power

A nearly overlooked opportunity is blooming into an ideal business.
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 07/04

Scrubs for the pint-sized set, pop culture nesting dolls and more
Success Coach

A Clean Sweep

Take your work environment from cluttered to clear with these steps.
Whats Your Problem

Where the Action Is

A mobile photography business can go a long way if you know where you're going.
Almost Famous

Scout's Honor

With an Academy Award and a hit TV show, the creators of Queer Eye are telling stories everyone wants to hear.
Editors Note

eBayWatch

Feedback

Feedback 07/04

Letters from our readers
Resources

Resources 07/04

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

House Rules

Before you let your people work at home, find out what you're liable for--and cover your bases.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 07/04

Protecting your office hardware, instituting a parental leave policy and more
Real Deal

It'll Cost Ya

Know how your lawyer tallies up your legal tab.
Smart Moves

Use It or Lose It

Is your business usable--or disposable? Figure it out before your competitors gain an edge.
Staff Smarts

Here to Stay

When you're looking for new hires, temps may not be as temporary as you might think.
A+ Ads

In a Nutshell

Something as unexpected as a talking almond could be just what you need to catch the reader's eye.
Ask the Expert

Thumbs Up!

Rave reviews could be all the advertising you need.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 07/04

Creating a memorable atmosphere, a marketing treasure chest and more
Net Sales

Spam Uncanned

Why the recent anti-spam legislation isn't protecting you
Retail Register

The Inside Scoop

One expert's take on today's retail scene
Sales Force

Quality Time

Not getting what you want out of your sales meetings? Here are 5 tips to point you in the right direction.
Sales Success

Face Off

Sometimes, closing the deal is just a matter of taking the right approach. Find out how you can master the art of the soft sell--and the hard sell.
Tactics

Press Conference

You've worked hard to land that media interview--so don't blow your opportunity. Here's how to make sure you get your message across.
Dollar Signs

Money to Burn?

Before you go on a spending spree with your surplus cash, get your priorities straight.
Funds

Sixth Sense

Sometimes six heads are better than one.
Insurance

Going Public

A public insurance adjuster could help you get what you deserve.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 07/04

Interest-bearing checking accounts, credit card debt and more
Personal Finance

Will Power

Build flexibility into your estate plan so heirs can avoid the pitfalls of changing tax laws.
Raising Money

Debt End Ahead?

Don't let debt put your business in a tight spot--learn how to use leverage to your advantage.
Tax Talk

To the Rescue

Feel like the IRS is out to get you? A taxpayer advocate is on your side.
Biz Travel

Shop Around

This technology can help you comparison shop for low fares.
Books

Following the Leader

Learn these laws, and employees won't be far behind you.
Capitol Issues

Stepping On It

Will new measures really rev up U.S. manufacturers' engines?
It Figures

It Figures 07/04

Benefits to small-business employees, where spam comes from and more
Smarts Features

Survival of the Fittest

What do entrepreneurs do to stay happy and healthy?
Smarts Features

A Fair Case

These pretty laptop cases are pretty functional, too.
Smarts Features

Mutual Attraction

Despite the headlines, mutual funds are still a good thing.
Smarts Features

Breaking the Chain

A declaration of independents against chain restaurants
Smarts Features

Stamp It Out

A new proposal aims to bring spam under control
Smarts Features

The New Kid

Another wireless technology is moving into the neighborhood.
Smarts Features

In Vain?

What does the future hold for the once-hot metrosexual?
Smarts Features

Down and Out

Many personal bankruptcies are really business failures in disguise.
Snapshot

Snapshot 07/04

Beth Blake, 34, and Sophie Simmons, 32, founders of Thread in New York City
Tech Toy

Screen Supreme

Work and watch TV at the same time with this new LCD
Wheels

Worth the Drive?

Your company cars could be gulping more than just gas if you don't know what your ownership costs are.
Women

Let's Have Some Funds!

Two women entrepreneurs sound off on the ups and downs of finding VC funding.
Buyers Guide

Slim Down

Sick of your bulky PC? A desktop replacement notebook could be the answer.
Connections

Come Together

As telecom companies race to integrate wireless capability, mobile calling could get even better.
Digital Edge

Release the Hounds

With search engine competition on the rise, entrepreneurs stand to benefit, as both users and advertisers.
Gear

Gear 07/04

ThinkPad slims down and no-computer-required photo printing
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 07/04

Portable e-mails, bare-bones compression and more
Net Profits

Make 'Em an Offer

Entrepreneurs can save big bucks by bidding for equipment on eBay. Learn which strategies work best.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 07/04

More to Office than meets the eyes, staying current with Web feeds and more
Wireless

Get Smart!

When using Wi-Fi hot spots, don't throw caution to the wind.
Wireless

You Can Take It With You

Use your mobile phone even while abroad.
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