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Inside the February 2006 Issue
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.
Landing government contracts is tough--but it can be done. Learn from these entrepreneurs and Uncle Sam could become your biggest client.
Where to find the nearest free hot spot
Learn from the best to be the best.
Open and ready for business, Vietnam may prove to be Asia's new up-and-comer.
When making investment decisions, your gut isn't always your best guide.
This author knows just how consumers bond with brands.
A look behind the seemingly random world of acquisitions
No, it's not your mom--it's a customer who just can't get enough of your company.
Know your options for bringing your phone system up-to-date.
Microsoft's "school of the future" makes big promises.
An entrepreneur basks in his newfound freedom by building an ATM empire.
The newest sedans are hardly middle-of-the-road.
Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are making leaps and bounds in the field of renewable clean energy. How can you get involved?
Going against the grain in the clothing industry paid off for these entrepreneurs.
Get ahead, even if it feels like the world's against you.
This travel company triumphed over tough times by blazing a brand-new business trail.
Keep the lid on your confidential information.
Independent companies seek experienced execs to foster new growth.
How can you ensure employees give service with a smile?
If you want to get the right valuation for your business, be sure to find the right valuation expert for the job.
A balanced fund will help keep you on steady ground.
More companies are offering health insurance for pets.
Not getting much attention from VC firms? Be choosy about who you're trying to attract.
China holds a host of investment possibilities. If you're thinking of making the leap, here are some smart ways to get started.
With short-term interest rates going up, now's the time to trim financing costs by cutting back on adjustable-rate loans.
Think big, and muscle your way into success on a grand scale.
To avoid trouble, stay away from these tax shelters.
Want to make sure your marketing message doesn't end up in your customers' spam folders? Get the word out with an RSS feed.
How to contend with a more experienced opponent
Market to sweethearts, and see green this February.
To make the most of your sales team, read up.
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.
Focusing on the craft-beer niche helped this pub thrive while others dried up.
A radio tour can help you spread your message coast to coast without spending a fortune. So are you ready to take the mic?
Need some motivation? Someone to show you the ropes? A business coach can help you push your startup to its limits.
Should your product's price point be its major selling point, too?
Keep your cool and be heard in even the toughest conversations.
Get the skinny on how you can start an international business in college.
Why now could be the perfect time to jump on the eBay-business bandwagon.
An enterprising entrepreneur makes rest and relaxation her business.
Constructing a new life from the ground up
Online dating for the HIV/AIDS community, fashionable diaper bags and more
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.
These 100 franchises are experiencing runaway growth. Think you can keep up?
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.
Give this crucial piece of business equipment the attention it deserves.
The video iPod screen may be tiny, but it invites big productions.
Keep your business rolling by making your car an office on wheels.
Offer customers flexibility with a "Bill Me Later" payment option.
Tacking taxes onto internet sales could soon become mandatory.
Tracking data and providing feedback helps this software-maker solve problems.
Get the scoop on bluetooth headsets with this guide.