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Inside the April 2005 Issue

Features

The Fast Lane

There are tried-and-true rules for growing a company. And then there are entrepreneurs who pay no attention to the speed limit, put their engines in overdrive and blaze their own paths to furiously fast growth.

Honor Roll

By teaching everything from planning to perserverance, the schools in our 3rd Annual Top 100 Colleges and Universities give their students a competitive advantage in the real world.

Bon Voyage!

Wherever your business destination may be, and whatever your budget, the winners of our 12th Annual Business Travel Awards will help you travel in comfort and style.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
Meet the industry leaders of our 2005 Franchise 500®.
Be Your Own Boss Features
What's really holding you back from starting your own business? These 31 tips will help you face your fears and finally get the guts to become your own boss.
Biz 101
Cater to customers with food allergies, and you'll be sure to get a good reaction.
Biz 101
Scared of numbers? With these accounting tips, you won't be.
Biz 101
How to deal with irate customers without losing your cool
Biz 101
See how a year's worth of changes helped our tech makeover winner take her business to new heights.
Biz U
Let a mentor guide you on the path to success while sidestepping the potholes.
Innovations
Winning a contest can catapult your invention into the mainstream.
Opportunities
One couple's desire to welcome their new child inspires their small-business dreams.
Opportunities
This franchisee is making his mark with a printer cartridge shop.
Opportunities
If you can stand the heat, then get in the kitchen.
Smart Ideas
Getting kids cooking, non-violent computer games and more
Success Coach
Do all bad habits hurt your business? Decide which ones to give the boot.
Whats Your Problem
Make sure to answer these three legal questions when starting a homebased business.
Biz Travel
Before taking off, learn how to get the best deals on airfare.
Books
Take these disciplines, add lots of hard work, and master the art of running your company.
Capitol Issues
With new rules, the SBA hopes to cut big companies from its procurement numbers.
Forward Features
Angry consumers are using the internet to get revenge. How can you keep them happy?
Forward Features
The new affordable impulse buy is all about the Benjamins.
Forward Features
Midday meals and business deals are pairing up again.
Forward Features
High-profile entrepreneurs pursue the final frontier.
Forward Features
Economy got you down? Change may be on the way.
Forward Features
Boost group productivity--and cut down on e-mails--with Wiki.
Forward Features
Weakening U.S. currency could change how you do business.
Forward Features
New IM programs tell you where everyone is.
Forward Features
What's it really like being married to an entrepreneur?
Forward Snapshot
Dawn Barnes, 40s, founder of Dawn Barnes Karate Kids Inc. in Santa Monica, California
It Figures
Distracted during conference calls, productivity at home and more
Seen and Heard
Spark your marketing genius by reading what other innovative entrepreneurs are up to.
Tech Toy
This chair remembers just the way you like it.
Wheels
With plenty of cargo space and luxury features, these minivans are one giant leap for your business.
Women
Success can be isolating, so learn how to stay connected.
Almost Famous
From cutting hair to inspiring hispanic readership, Rueben Martinez's novel idea is a story for all ages.
Editors Note
No matter what you studied, your education can help guide you.
Feedback
Resources
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Lead Buzz
Sexual harassment training, biometric employee tracking and more
Lead Snapshot
Not your typical turn of events when Splitsville brings an ex-couple to begin a business
Legal
Do you know your legal service billing alternatives?
Real Deal
One technique every deal-maker should master
Smart Moves
R&D is being neglected in too many companies. Here's how to ensure your product pipeline is flowing with imaginative and innovative ideas.
Staff Smarts
Using biometrics to keep your employees honest and save you money
Dollar Signs
Offering company stock in your 401(k) plan can be risky business--learn how to avoid getting burned when playing with matches.
Funds
Looking long term with multi-cap growth funds
Insurance
Build your case to get major insurance claims.
Money Buzz
Dotcom benefits for charity, VC investments and more
Money Snapshot
This day-spa owner uses gift card sales to give her cash flow a total makeover.
Personal Finance
Incentive trusts can get your heirs to jump through hoops for your money, but is one right for your family? Weigh the pros and cons.
Raising Money
Don't make assumptions about a bank's lending methods based on size alone--here's how to find the bank that can help you cash in.
Tax Talk
Keep your taxes in check in spite of fast growth.
Ad Wisdom
If you want your e-mail to get opened, craft a compelling subject line.
Flash
Want to get your business on the media's radar? Start rainmaking.
Net Sales
You don't have to entrust your announcements to snail mail anymore--the internet makes sending press releases easy and effective.
Retail Register
Take a peek at the high-tech future of retailing.
Sales Success
No business is an island--solid connections are key to success. Make friends as well as customers with these time-tested tactics.
Sell Buzz
Promotional booklets, telemarketing's alive and kicking, and more
Sell Snapshot
How do you overcome a ban on your product? Take to the streets, and educate consumers.
Tactics
Successful marketing means standing out from your competitors. Here are 4 steps to shedding your look-alike image.
Buyers Guide
Range-extending options for your Wi-Fi setup stretch your dollar to the max.
Connections
This ultraportable, voice-enabled memory stick gives new meaning to the term "mobile phone."
Digital Edge
Faster than your current wireless network, able to send data leaping over cubicle walls in a single bound--it's Super-Duper G.
Gear
Tiny Macs, multi-function printers and flat-screen monitor reviewed
Net Profits
E-tailers are rethinking their policies to curb return fraud. Should you?
Tech Buzz
Improving online map services, expert web surfing and more
Tech Snapshot
This husband-and-wife publishing team is helping bloggers get their words out.
Wireless
Life beyond text messaging
Wireless
Avantgo is moving fast.
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