Inside the March 2006 Issue
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Learning From the Best

Good: Learning best business practices by working for a legendary company. Better: Applying that knowledge to a business of your own.

After the Storm

Gulf Coast entrepreneurs put the pieces back together after Hurricane Katrina.


Almost Famous

Keepers of the Night

With keen eyes for detail, these longtime friends have mastered the art of creating top-notch nightclubs and restaurants.
Biz Travel

Big City, Small Budget

Need a bed in the city that never sleeps? Here's where to go.

Do the Math

A simple equation can help boost your sales.
Forward Features

Healing Hands

How some states are easing the health-insurance burden
Forward Features

Angel in Waiting

Angel investing in early stage companies lags, but are investors latent or just late?
Forward Features

Hacker's Paradise

Watch out for the new wave of computer snooping.
Forward Features

House Always Wins?

What a housing bubble could mean for your business
Forward Features

Trash to Treasure

Products made of unexpected materials showcase creativity.
Forward Features

The Big Payoff

The trend in SMB hiring is pointing to long-term quality over short-term quantity.
Forward Features

You Be the Judge

Are tax incentives to attract businesses unconstitutional?
Forward Features

License To Serve

Buying software licenses just got a little less expensive.

Copy That

In business, imitation is more than a form of flattery.
Tip Sheet

All That Jazz

Be the star of your next presentation with these tips for wowing your audience.

Talk Isn't Cheap

What exactly is the price of chatting while on the road?
Hot Trend

Think Green

Entrepreneurs are turning environmental problems into opportunities.
Innovation Snapshot

Cutting Edge

A diamond manufacturer is crafting new uses for an age-old treasure.
Global Village

Snag Your Cash

Don't get swindled by overseas customers.
Lead Snapshot

Déjà Vu, All Over Again

An entrepreneur learns coming back as CEO requires thinking about business in a new way.

Behind the Mask

When the corporation doesn't protect its owner
Smart Moves

Out With It

When growing your business, you know you can't do it all on your own. But could you be outsourcing too much?
Staff Smarts

Two of a Kind

Is hiring an entrepreneurial-minded employee a big risk or a smart bet?
Dollar Signs

Clean Credit

It's time to give your credit report its annual checkup. If you find any bugs, kill 'em fast to help keep your business nice and healthy.

Some Like it Hot

Spice up your portfolio with a Latin American fund.

Request Denied?

Protect employees from a health insurance loophole.
Money Snapshot

Bubbling to the Top

One entrepreneur is making his IPO really pop by advertising directly to his customers.
Raising Money

Term Papers

Negotiating a VC investment can be tricky. So does it pay to spell out your terms to potential investors from the get-go?
Rich Returns

Asking For It

Collecting for a good cause may be the sales training your company needs.
Tax Talk

Change is Afoot

New tax laws for 2006 could benefit your business.
Net Sales

One Last Thing

Before they go, give your website visitors a reason to stay--or to come back later--with a well-timed exit pop-up.
Real Deal

Two's Company

Partnering up? Know what you're getting into first.
Retail Register

Sense of Place

Turn your store into a sensory experience.
Sales Force

Make It Snappy

Use an elevator speech to captivate customers.
Sales Success

Break On Through

Are you ready to open the doors to a new industry? Here are some strategies for getting up to speed and winning sales.
Sell Snapshot

Getting Personal

Want devoted customers? Don't just sell them a product--make an impact on their lives.

In Any Event...

Whether it's a parade or a 10K run, make your event sponsorship dollars count for everyone involved by following these tips.
Biz 101

Diary of a Startup: Part II

Showing great resilience, our young entrepreneur doesn't let unexpected obstacles derail her business plans.
Biz 101

Just for You

Your startup can make customers smile if you let them design their own retail experiences.
Biz 101

Weird Ways

What's the wildest thing you've ever done to grab a client?
Biz U

Leader of the Pack

Always the first to spot a trend on campus? Now be the first to profit from it, too.
eBay Entrepreneur

Law and Orders

Build your eBay business on a strong legal foundation to keep the bids coming.

Word to the Wireless

Franchising gives freedom and clarity to a lifetime technophile.

'Wich of the South

Two Texans ask, "what's easy to make but delicious to eat?" and find an answer in a sandwich shop.
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 03/06

Comfortable gaming, dishes that cool food and more
Startup Features

The Weekend Entrepreneur

These weekend warriors launched successful businesses in their spare time. Find out how you can put your free hours to work, too.
Startup Features

Bring It Home

Get moving with our ranking of the top 101 homebased franchises.
Success Coach

Your Changing Path

Though your route may curve, you can still make your way to your goal.
Whats Your Problem

Is Starting a Homebased Business For You?

How you can use existing skills to start your own homebased business.
Buyers Guide

Finding MIMO

If you need to rev up your wi-fi now, a pre-n router could do the trick.

Going Gnome

Take VoIP for a spin to find out if it's right for your company.
Digital Edge

Pocket Books

If you're a Microsoft office junkie, this accounting program might be the all-in-one tool you need to bring your business's books in line.
Net Profits

In Harm's Way?

A plan can help you keep your website running in a time of crisis.
Net Profits

Serve 'Em Right

When it comes to customer service on the web, think big.
Tech Snapshot

Can You See It Now?

Turning cell phone screens into tiny TVs has become big business for this pair.

The N is Near

A new wireless standard is on the way, but when?
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