July 2006 Issue
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VC funding had another fruitful year, nurturing young and established companies alike.
From banks to VCs, there's plenty of cash out there for entrepreneurs. But that doesn't mean the road to finding financing has gotten any shorter or smoother.
Two entrepreneurs build a cosmetics empire based on flawless faces and celebrity clients.
A new class of airy, open and affordable hotels is springing up.
Free your mind to find new business models.
Brand pirates now fake SMB products. Are you getting hurt?
New payment technologies make spending safer and easier.
Death becomes creative for funeral entrepreneurs.
Make maps a part of your marketing plan.
Business borrowers and individual lenders come together on this new site.
Would you embed security chips in your employees?
Meet the new entrants to the action-sports retail market.
Position your company to get government contracts.
It's been a year of scandal, criticism and change at the SBA.
Consider a small truck for all your light-load needs.
Will high-end vending machines push the right buttons with consumers?
Can thinking like a child help your business?
These roofing specialists are growing their business by focusing on the environment.
Forget boring billboards--internet-connected signage is grabbing consumers' attention in a whole new way.
A free online filing system makes your mandatory paperwork a breeze.
Should you eliminate health coverage entirely or limit it to a few key employees?
It's not that you shouldn't dream big; you just need to know when to pull in the reins.
How far does your workers' compensation stretch?
Are more features what your customers really want? Try to make your product do too much, and it may end up doing nothing at all.
Is it possible to fire a family member without inciting a feud?
An employee stock ownership plan lets you take some cash out of your company while giving your workers a stake in the business.
Property isn't the only kind of real estate investment.
Insurance fraud is not only a crime-it's costly, too.
Tax rules, funding tuition bills and more.
A powerful ally is helping this software company grow into a force to be reckoned with.
Since expectations for mutual funds can be artificially sunny, consider using index funds to stay afloat.
The London stock exchange is courting American entrepreneurs for its small-cap market. Are you a perfect match?
How to profit in a fluctuating economy.
IRS rules limit the tax benefits of C corporations.
What you don't know can hurt you online, so keep a close eye on your brand to make sure your company appears in its best light.
Managing your stress makes you a better deal-maker.
Stop shoplifting gangs from hurting your shop.
Running low on motivation? It happens to the best of us. These 6 tips will help you get moving in the right direction.
Using technology to service clients and to keep in touch on the road.
Integrating a webcam into his site has helped this scuba retailer reel in extra sales.
If you're marketing to other business owners, you need to offer the 7 things they want most--and learn how you can deliver them.
Nervous about selling? Getting started is easier than you think.
Fund your startup with pieces of your finished product.
Hiring your friends can pay off for your business--if you do it right.
Today's college women are gearing up to be tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
Make your eBay business shine by offering stellar customer service.
Life is sweet for a vice president of sales by day and chocolate fountain franchisee by night.
Pesky critters crawling and the military calling put this franchisee in a bind.
Cell phone covers, bachelor party adventure trips and more.
Which food franchises will be flying off the shelves in the near future? Ones that offer fast, healthy and fresh options.
Despite some bumps in the road, these 5 entrepreneurs created thriving businesses. Learn from their challenges to help keep your company on the right track.
Chances are, not everything. Luckily, the unknown is full of opportunity.
Whats Your Problem
How to attract people to your seminars.
They may be little, but these smartphones pack plenty of features.
Feel the need for speed? Cellular broadband is ready for liftoff.
Input, output, expenses, taxes... what does it all mean? With Peachtree's latest editions, you can start making the numbers work for you.
Talking avatars are a friendly way to connect with site visitors.
Want strong sales all year? Use your site to tap into the gift market.
Power backup for your business.
The growing popularity of telework.
Giving power to the people has helped this pair build a thriving e-commerce site.
It's not official yet, but you can get faster Wi-Fi now.