Inside the April 2006 Issue
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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.

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.

Can't Tech It Anymore

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

Model Behavior

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

The Extended Office

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

The Next Chapter

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


Almost Famous

Worn Well

Old friends build a sportswear empire on affordable prices and word-of-mouth.
Biz Travel

Straight From the Skies

Learn what's in store for frequent fliers.

Practical Help

Build a billion-dollar business by mastering the essentials.
Forward Features

The Tax Dance

What could proposed tax overhauls mean for your business?
Forward Features

Passing the Crown

An heir apparent to the poker craze emerges--video gaming.
Forward Features

Musical Chairs?

The trend in boardrooms is to nix a seat--COO.
Forward Features

Don't Kid

Would you consider banning little ones from your location?
Forward Features

Ruling the Net

The U.S. hold on internet policy just got a little looser.
Forward Features

Student Bodies

Energize your marketing by bringing students onboard.
Forward Features


Put up your dukes, and get your frustrations out.
Forward Features

Perking Up

Employee perks take on a whole new meaning in 2006.

Free to Wander

This author believes the key to creativity is being goal-free.

Lending a Hand?

Small-business contracting post-Katrina sparks debate.

Office To Go

Order up a side of road-warrior extras.
Hot Trend

All Work, No Play?

Google engineers spend some of their workweek doing anything but work. Could you profit from letting your employees do the same?
Innovation Snapshot

Sticky Business

A decorating dilemma inspired these entrepreneurs' bold and beautiful business concept.
Think Tank

Perfect Casting

To truly unlock your employees' talents, you need to understand who they are and what roles best suit them.
Global Village

Find China

Discover the hot markets in this land of opportunity.
Lead Snapshot

Off Broadway

Employees bring an artistic sensibility to a new york city cleaning company.

The Ex Games

Protect yourself against competition from ex-workers.
Smart Moves

Supply Chain

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

Check That Temp

What you don't know about a temp's shadowy past can hurt you.
Dollar Signs

All Aboard?

Is your company's concept so cutting edge that investors won't touch it? Here's how to get their attention--and their money.

Less Is More

Quality counts more than quantity with this fund.

Rich Blend

Integrated benefits help your employees--and your company.
Money Snapshot

Teacher's Aid

This education entrepreneur learned some valuable lessons about getting funding.
Personal Finance

New Horizons

More choices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans mean the sky's the limit on your retirement-planning options.
Raising Money

Work With Me

When it comes to lending, finance companies are often less demanding and more understanding than banks.
Rich Returns

The Sky's the Limit

Flying into the wind, entrepreneurs climb to great heights.
Tax Talk

Cash Out

You may be able to take money from your IRA, penalty-free.
Net Sales

Coming On Strong

Your efforts to get to know your customers could be driving them away.
Real Deal

Playing the Fool?

Wise up by avoiding these 5 negotiating mistakes.
Retail Register

Come Back Soon

Before they leave, give shoppers a reason to return.
Sales Force

Break It Up

How to deal when a customer doesn't like your rep
Sales Success

Hanging Tough

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

Built to Last

By making employees its best marketers, this construction company found solid ground.

Where's the Chief?

You control your business, but your marketing plan is another story. Take the reins by channeling your inner chief marketing officer.
Biz 101

A Festive Focus

Turn your passion for a specific holiday into a thriving seasonal business by getting your timing right.
Biz 101

Face Your Financials

Look your lender in the eye, and get what you need with this expert advice for funding your startup.
Biz 101

Put Your Best Foot Forward

The do's and don'ts of creating a professional-looking logo
Biz U

Post Graduate Work

Transitioning your college business into the world beyond graduation
eBay Entrepreneur

Good Things in Store

Use an eBay store to set up shop in your own little corner of the eBay universe, and watch sales take off.

Spreading the News

Innovative advertising is catching the eye of both consumers and franchisees.
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 04/06

Tee for Two, chair mats and more.
Startup Features

What's Your Type?

Anyone can start a business! The secret is picking a venture that fits your entrepreneurial personality. Here's how to determine yours.
Startup Features

Nothing But the Best

We present the leaders in 109 franchise categories.
Success Coach

Mental Briefcase

On the road to startup, file away each experience, and use it to help overcome challenges later.
Whats Your Problem

Should I Start a Coupon Biz?

How the web is affecting local coupon businesses.
Buyers Guide

Light Up a Room

The latest portable projectors will keep your audience's attention everywhere you go without weighing you down en route.

Go the Distance

One company offers VoIP long-distance rates with no router required.
Digital Edge

Double Duty

New core duo portables pack more processing punch per watt.
Net Profits

This Is Just a Test

Find out what works best by using A/B testing on your website.
Net Profits

Boom Town

With baby boomers flooding in, the Net is a very profitable place.
Tech Snapshot

New Attitude

After dishing the dirt on failing dotcoms, the internet's bad boy proves he can do better.

Turn Up the Juice

Tired of recharging on the go? Look for this new label.
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