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Go for the Gold

Think venture capital is only for the high-tech crowd? Think again. Your low-tech company might be just what VCs are looking for.

New Growth

After a long winter, VC funding is beginning to bloom again.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Executive Decision

Corporate execs are jumping into franchise ownership and experiencing a whole new side of business.
Be Your Own Boss Features

"You're Fired!"

It may be one of the worst things to ever happen to you--but it could also be the best chance you'll ever have to become your own boss.
Biz 101

Dream On!

A booming industry built around a good night's rest is fulfilling many entrepreneurs' sweet dreams.
Biz 101

Licensee, License Do

Is your business ready for the boost that comes from licensing?
Biz 101

Forgo the Fund?

You're risking your retirement, but if you believe in your startup you can fund it with your 401(k).
Biz 101

Real Winners

These long shots overcame the odds and emerged triumphant.
Biz U

Projecting Success

Creating a business as your class project can earn you success inside and outside school walls.

Tool Time

How one entrepreneur built a better screwdriver--and used smart networking to get it into Sears stores nationwide

Lookin' Good

This couple knows image is everything and helps their clients look great.

The Whole Package

Giving back to the community is part of these postal franchisees' code.

What's New 07/05

Teach the children well
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 07/05

Pet manikins, celebrity access and more
Success Coach

Projecting Yourself as a Champion

Earn respect by projecting an image of yourself that people take seriously.
Whats Your Problem

The Entrepreneurial Edge

Just because you're not an entrepreneur at heart, doesn't mean you can't have a successful business.
Biz Travel

Highs and Lows

Travel costs are up, but some companies are giving business travelers a break.

Movin' On Up

Want to grow like the pros? This book shows you what to do--and what not to do.
Capitol Issues

Bill of Health?

New legislation may cure your health insurance pains.
Forward Features

Rural Renewal

Can entrepreneurs help boost small-town economies?
Forward Features

Cause to Celebrate

Some PR firms strive to make a difference by promoting causes as well as products.
Forward Features

Scared Straight

The IRS is threatening to conduct more audits. Should you be worried?
Forward Features

Pharm's Way

Learn how to protect yourself from the latest internet attack.
Forward Features

Solid Platform

Will the future hold an entrepreneurial president?
Forward Features

Walk This Way

With more funding, SBDCs can lead you in the right direction.
Forward Features

The Heat Is On.

Or is it? A new study shows how your office temperature affects employee productivity.
Forward Features

On the Rise

Bread businesses are making a post-Atkins comeback.
Forward Features

Peas in a Podcast

Spread the word about your business with this new medium.
Forward Features

Smoke Alarm

Controversy heats up over off-the-clock regulation.
Forward Snapshot

Stir Crazy

Soup's on for this couple, whose secret startup ingredient was sitcom inspiration.
It Figures

It Figures 07/05

Firing employees for blogs, working outside the office and more

Trade Crusade

Can congress help small businesses compete globally?
Rule Breakers

The Beat Goes On

With each venture, this hip-hop impresario keeps his rhythm.
Tech Toy

Work-and-Play Station

Now you can use your PlayStation for monkey business and business.

At All Costs?

It may look like a deal, but calculate the true cost to own first.

Woman On Board

In the boardroom, there's still plenty of room for women.
Almost Famous

Power House

Muscling in on fitness chains, this entrepreneur thrives using his body and soul.
Editors Note

Don't Take This Sitting Down!

Small-business legislation needs to move forward, so get out there and do something about it.

Feedback 07/05


Resources 07/05

Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Lead Buzz

Lead Buzz 07/05

FACTA explained, pregnancy discrimination and more
Lead Snapshot

Building Tolerance

Spurred by 9/11, this entrepreneur helps workplaces embrace diversity.

E-Mediate Needs

Caught in an e-commerce clash? Use an e-mediator.
Real Deal

Take It or Leave It

Laying down a final offer can get you what you want.
Smart Moves

Bartering in Business

Barter is back in style and spanning the globe. Here's what you need to know to become the master of your exchange.
Staff Smarts

The Truth?

Your employees can handle it, so just communicate with them, already.
Dollar Signs

Working the Net

Social networking sites offer entrepreneurs a chance to connect with investors, potential partners and customers.

The Small Time

Investing in small-cap funds can pay off big.

You're Sued!

If you have employees, you need EPL coverage.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 07/05

Connect to all potential lenders with only one application.
Money Snapshot

When the Well Runs Dry

This Texas entrepreneur dug deep to replace VC funds he lost unexpectedly.
Personal Finance

Liquid Assets

Thinking of investing in wine? A discerning mind is just as important as a discerning palate when considering your options.
Raising Money

Looking for Investors Abroad

Looking for capital? Consider looking abroad. International investors can provide funding--and much more.
Tax Talk

Change of Plan?

New tax laws require a new look at deferred compensation plans.
Ad Wisdom

Borrowing Brilliance

A "swipe file" helps you generate good ideas.

Walk the Talk

Get others to spread the word about your business.
Net Sales

Spill the Beans

If you share free information with potential customers, they're more likely to remember you when it's time to buy.
Retail Register

Special Delivery

Drive sales by offering stellar delivery services.
Sales Success

Selling Yourself

If you want to make the sale, don't just focus on your product or service--chances are, your customers are more interested in you.
Sell Buzz

Sell Buzz 07/05

Honest marketing, free stuff for small businesses and more
Sell Snapshot

Urban Cowboys

These trailblazing marketers know how to appeal to young, street-smart buyers.

Sweet Rewards

An effective rewards program keeps customers coming back. Here are 5 essential tips for building your program--and your sales.
Buyers Guide

It's Your Call

Next-generation cell phones kick mobile technology up a notch.

It's an E-Mail!

Prepare for a new arrival--Eudora e-mail is coming to cell phones.
Digital Edge

Full Speed Ahead

The race is on, so soup up your PC's speed with a dual-core processor.
Editors Picks

Editor's Picks 07/05

Print jobs and transferring files made easy

Gear 07/05

Share your files with flair
Net Profits

Using Blogs to Attract Customers

Setting up a blog, while time-consuming, can be a great way to generate interest about your products and bring visitors to your site.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 07/05

FireFox users beware
Tech Snapshot

Next of Skin

This entrepreneur knows there is more than one way to skin a phone.

A Host to Toast

Hosted e-mail options save you from costly servers.

Getting Carded

SD Wi-Fi cards bring your handheld up to speed.
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