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Inside the April 2006 Issue

Features

The Long Haul

Are you afraid your key employees are ready to walk? Here's what you can do to keep your most valuable players around.

The Next Chapter

A brand makeover helps move a bookstore's story forward.

The Extended Office

Your must-have guide to the latest technologies for the mobile and virtual office

Model Behavior

In today's fast-paced marketplace, your business model has to be flexible. Are you up to the challenge?

Can't Tech It Anymore

Why are so many entrepreneurs struggling to find qualified tech employees?

What a Trip!

Looking to minimize surprises and maximize perks while on the road? Our picks for the best deals in business travel can help you on your way.

Columns

Almost Famous
Old friends build a sportswear empire on affordable prices and word-of-mouth.
Biz Travel
Learn what's in store for frequent fliers.
Books
Build a billion-dollar business by mastering the essentials.
Forward Features
Employee perks take on a whole new meaning in 2006.
Forward Features
Put up your dukes, and get your frustrations out.
Forward Features
Energize your marketing by bringing students onboard.
Forward Features
The U.S. hold on internet policy just got a little looser.
Forward Features
Would you consider banning little ones from your location?
Forward Features
The trend in boardrooms is to nix a seat--COO.
Forward Features
An heir apparent to the poker craze emerges--video gaming.
Forward Features
What could proposed tax overhauls mean for your business?
Insights
This author believes the key to creativity is being goal-free.
Point-Counterpoint
Small-business contracting post-Katrina sparks debate.
Wheels
Order up a side of road-warrior extras.
Hot Trend
Google engineers spend some of their workweek doing anything but work. Could you profit from letting your employees do the same?
Innovation Snapshot
A decorating dilemma inspired these entrepreneurs' bold and beautiful business concept.
Think Tank
To truly unlock your employees' talents, you need to understand who they are and what roles best suit them.
Global Village
Discover the hot markets in this land of opportunity.
Lead Snapshot
Employees bring an artistic sensibility to a new york city cleaning company.
Legal
Protect yourself against competition from ex-workers.
Smart Moves
Branching out into a new realm of business by buying the assets of a former supplier has its pros and cons. Just ask these entrepreneurs.
Staff Smarts
What you don't know about a temp's shadowy past can hurt you.
Dollar Signs
Is your company's concept so cutting edge that investors won't touch it? Here's how to get their attention--and their money.
Funds
Quality counts more than quantity with this fund.
Insurance
Integrated benefits help your employees--and your company.
Money Snapshot
This education entrepreneur learned some valuable lessons about getting funding.
Personal Finance
More choices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans mean the sky's the limit on your retirement-planning options.
Raising Money
When it comes to lending, finance companies are often less demanding and more understanding than banks.
Rich Returns
Flying into the wind, entrepreneurs climb to great heights.
Tax Talk
You may be able to take money from your IRA, penalty-free.
Net Sales
Your efforts to get to know your customers could be driving them away.
Real Deal
Wise up by avoiding these 5 negotiating mistakes.
Retail Register
Before they leave, give shoppers a reason to return.
Sales Force
How to deal when a customer doesn't like your rep
Sales Success
Want to land that big account, but not sure how to get to the top? Climb the ladder to success in 3 simple steps.
Sell Snapshot
By making employees its best marketers, this construction company found solid ground.
Tactics
You control your business, but your marketing plan is another story. Take the reins by channeling your inner chief marketing officer.
Biz 101
The do's and don'ts of creating a professional-looking logo
Biz 101
Look your lender in the eye, and get what you need with this expert advice for funding your startup.
Biz 101
Turn your passion for a specific holiday into a thriving seasonal business by getting your timing right.
Biz U
Transitioning your college business into the world beyond graduation
eBay Entrepreneur
Use an eBay store to set up shop in your own little corner of the eBay universe, and watch sales take off.
Opportunities
Innovative advertising is catching the eye of both consumers and franchisees.
Smart Ideas
Tee for Two, chair mats and more.
Startup Features
We present the leaders in 109 franchise categories.
Startup Features
Anyone can start a business! The secret is picking a venture that fits your entrepreneurial personality. Here's how to determine yours.
Success Coach
On the road to startup, file away each experience, and use it to help overcome challenges later.
Whats Your Problem
How the web is affecting local coupon businesses.
Buyers Guide
The latest portable projectors will keep your audience's attention everywhere you go without weighing you down en route.
Connections
One company offers VoIP long-distance rates with no router required.
Digital Edge
New core duo portables pack more processing punch per watt.
Net Profits
With baby boomers flooding in, the Net is a very profitable place.
Net Profits
Find out what works best by using A/B testing on your website.
Tech Snapshot
After dishing the dirt on failing dotcoms, the internet's bad boy proves he can do better.
Wireless
Tired of recharging on the go? Look for this new label.
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