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Inside the February 2006 Issue

Features

Keep It Simple

Find your focus: Fine-tune your business with our ideas for simplifying and streamlining your operations.

Up to the Challenge?

Are you ready to take the next big step? Meet 3 entrepreneurs who got the chance of a lifetime to push past their problems and make their businesses boom.

For the People

Landing government contracts is tough--but it can be done. Learn from these entrepreneurs and Uncle Sam could become your biggest client.

Columns

Biz Travel
Where to find the nearest free hot spot
Books
Learn from the best to be the best.
Forward Features
Open and ready for business, Vietnam may prove to be Asia's new up-and-comer.
Forward Features
When making investment decisions, your gut isn't always your best guide.
Forward Features
This author knows just how consumers bond with brands.
Forward Features
A look behind the seemingly random world of acquisitions
Forward Features
No, it's not your mom--it's a customer who just can't get enough of your company.
Forward Features
Know your options for bringing your phone system up-to-date.
Forward Features
Microsoft's "school of the future" makes big promises.
Forward Features
An entrepreneur basks in his newfound freedom by building an ATM empire.
Wheels
The newest sedans are hardly middle-of-the-road.
Hot Trend
Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are making leaps and bounds in the field of renewable clean energy. How can you get involved?
Innovation Snapshot
Going against the grain in the clothing industry paid off for these entrepreneurs.
Global Village
Get ahead, even if it feels like the world's against you.
Lead Snapshot
This travel company triumphed over tough times by blazing a brand-new business trail.
Legal
Keep the lid on your confidential information.
Smart Moves
Independent companies seek experienced execs to foster new growth.
Staff Smarts
How can you ensure employees give service with a smile?
Dollar Signs
If you want to get the right valuation for your business, be sure to find the right valuation expert for the job.
Funds
A balanced fund will help keep you on steady ground.
Insurance
More companies are offering health insurance for pets.
Money Snapshot
Not getting much attention from VC firms? Be choosy about who you're trying to attract.
Personal Finance
China holds a host of investment possibilities. If you're thinking of making the leap, here are some smart ways to get started.
Raising Money
With short-term interest rates going up, now's the time to trim financing costs by cutting back on adjustable-rate loans.
Rich Returns
Think big, and muscle your way into success on a grand scale.
Tax Talk
To avoid trouble, stay away from these tax shelters.
Net Sales
Want to make sure your marketing message doesn't end up in your customers' spam folders? Get the word out with an RSS feed.
Real Deal
How to contend with a more experienced opponent
Retail Register
Market to sweethearts, and see green this February.
Sales Force
To make the most of your sales team, read up.
Sales Success
The truth about selling: You can't succeed if you're not motivated. Hit your sweet spot by determining why--and how--you sell best.
Sell Snapshot
Focusing on the craft-beer niche helped this pub thrive while others dried up.
Tactics
A radio tour can help you spread your message coast to coast without spending a fortune. So are you ready to take the mic?
Biz 101
Need some motivation? Someone to show you the ropes? A business coach can help you push your startup to its limits.
Biz 101
Should your product's price point be its major selling point, too?
Biz 101
Keep your cool and be heard in even the toughest conversations.
Biz U
Get the skinny on how you can start an international business in college.
eBay Entrepreneur
Why now could be the perfect time to jump on the eBay-business bandwagon.
Opportunities
An enterprising entrepreneur makes rest and relaxation her business.
Opportunities
Constructing a new life from the ground up
Smart Ideas
Online dating for the HIV/AIDS community, fashionable diaper bags and more
Startup Features
If starting a business is on your mind, but you're still waiting for that light-bulb moment, read on to find out how others got their million-dollar ideas--and how you can come up with one, too.
Startup Features
These 100 franchises are experiencing runaway growth. Think you can keep up?
Success Coach
Creating the business personality that leaves a lasting impression
Whats Your Problem
Should you use low-interest credit cards to fund your homebased startup? Our experts weigh in.
Buyers Guide
Give this crucial piece of business equipment the attention it deserves.
Connections
The video iPod screen may be tiny, but it invites big productions.
Digital Edge
Keep your business rolling by making your car an office on wheels.
Net Profits
Offer customers flexibility with a "Bill Me Later" payment option.
Net Profits
Tacking taxes onto internet sales could soon become mandatory.
Tech Snapshot
Tracking data and providing feedback helps this software-maker solve problems.
Wireless
Get the scoop on bluetooth headsets with this guide.
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