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Inside the December 2005 Issue

Features

The Hot List

Get fired up! Ignite your profits with our inside look at the hottest trends and best business ideas for 2006.

Wheels and Deals

The 2006 vehicles hit the road with more power, better options . . . and lower prices.

Defining a Dream

An entrepreneur's knack for decision making and her drive to move forward blend into the sweet smell of success.

Columns

Be Your Own Boss Features
Is enough being done in the franchise industry to encourage diversity? An expert has his say.
Be Your Own Boss Features
If you really know how to work your connections, a successful startup is less than 6 degrees away.
Biz 101
Follow this young entrepreneur on her way to opening a gym for teens.
Biz 101
Make your business succeed in a location where others have failed.
Biz 101
Avoid embarrassing faux pas in online global communications.
Biz 101
Make the most of your first trade show by breezing past these 5 common blunders.
Biz U
What are today's students learning about business ethics?
Innovations
An infomercial for this inventor's snappy new food containers helped her seal the deal with a large retailer.
Opportunities
Creative franchise concepts are just a slice of life in the Big Apple.
Smart Ideas
Lucky wishbones, MP3 loading services and more
Success Coach
Team up with like-minded people who can give you the push you need to meet--and surpass--your business goals.
Whats Your Problem
Keep your home business running smoothly with these three tips for entertaining holiday guests.
Biz Travel
Keep clear of the cold and flu this season by packing smart.
Books
Get the bird's-eye view that can help alert you to potential problems.
Forward Features
You want to yell "Get your act together," but twentysomethings are facing more than you think.
Forward Features
How will the battle over mandatory binding arbitration affect you?
Forward Features
Build the best defense you can against hackers.
Forward Features
How far would you go to finance your startup?
Forward Features
The best marketing slogans of today--and all time
Forward Features
Sick of the rat race? Embrace the simple life with a business that soothes customers' souls.
Forward Features
Seeking stylish boutiques, malls are courting entrepreneurs.
Forward Features
Holiday bonuses that really hit it big with employees
Forward Features
The numbers don't lie--small-business hiring is still resilient.
Forward Features
Even a co-founder off at war couldn't hold this firm back.
Forward Snapshot
This innovator really lights up a room . . .or a house, or a city.
It Figures
Negative cost-cutting, a $761 billion market and more
Tech Toy
More bytes, less bark
Tip Sheet
Make the most of your precious minutes with a time-management system that works.
Wheels
Treat yourself to something gorgeous, sexy and lots of fun.
Women
Know where to draw the line between subtly sexy and sleazy.
Editors Note
Ready to put this year behind you? Don't forget those still in need while you're looking to the future.
Feedback
Resources
Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Global Village
Get certified for security.
Lead Buzz
Conducting exit interviews, tracking work time and more
Lead Snapshot
A former police department pilot believes there's room for everyone to be a leader.
Legal
Be a responsible reference.
Smart Moves
You can't control disruptive innovations, but you can learn to predict them--and to react to them in a positive way.
Staff Smarts
Break down the language barrier between you and your employees.
Dollar Signs
Implementing Sarbox-style strategic governance changes can help small businesses woo---and win---more big customers.
Funds
There's often more to a fund than its moniker.
Insurance
Now's the time to evaluate your insurance coverage.
Money Buzz
Limiting investors' partnership power, shrinking health care and more
Money Snapshot
Two entrepreneurs pump up Puerto Rico's economy while taking advantage of its tax incentives.
Personal Finance
Though costs will likely go up in the wake of the recent hurricanes, flood insurance is still a life preserver worth considering.
Raising Money
If you're heading out on the fundraising trail, consider taking a guide along to keep your company on the right path.
Tax Talk
Your reporting burden may now be a little bit lighter.
Net Sales
Your customers are all over the web, and they're not easy targets. Make sure your message hits its mark by keeping up with new technologies.
Real Deal
Use the art of timing to your advantage in negotiations.
Retail Register
Rack up sales with a wildly generous promotion.
Sales Force
Motivate sales reps with the almighty dollar.
Sales Success
The things you do--and don't do--could keep you from closing sales. Watch out for these 5 common mistakes, and learn how to avoid them.
Sell Buzz
Advertising on postage stamps, cell phones and more
Sell Snapshot
By making evidence come to life, this entrepreneur ensures the whole truth gets told.
Tactics
Want to boost your consulting practice in the new year? Power up your sales and marketing programs by following 3 key steps.
Buyers Guide
Brighten up your documents with a versatile, vivid color printer.
Connections
Find out if Google's marriage of IM and VoIP is worthy of raves.
Digital Edge
Keep all your essential data in the palm of your hand with today's breed of flash sticks and teeny, tiny hard drives.
Editors Picks
Our favorite tech gadgets and software to keep your business running smoothly
Gear
This new iPod Nano sets the bar for MP3 players.
Net Profits
Your website might be annoying customers. Here's how to change that.
Net Profits
Learn how to combat click fraud before it drains your ad budget.
Tech Buzz
Barter's back, new home networks and more
Tech Snapshot
An online calendar service is the next crusade for one serial software entrepreneur.
Wireless
Security software lets you know who's on the network.
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