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Inside the July 2006 Issue

Features

In Full Bloom

VC funding had another fruitful year, nurturing young and established companies alike.

The Money Market

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.

Columns

Almost Famous
Two entrepreneurs build a cosmetics empire based on flawless faces and celebrity clients.
Biz Travel
A new class of airy, open and affordable hotels is springing up.
Books
Free your mind to find new business models.
Forward Features
Meet the new entrants to the action-sports retail market.
Forward Features
Would you embed security chips in your employees?
Forward Features
Business borrowers and individual lenders come together on this new site.
Forward Features
Make maps a part of your marketing plan.
Forward Features
Death becomes creative for funeral entrepreneurs.
Forward Features
New payment technologies make spending safer and easier.
Forward Features
Brand pirates now fake SMB products. Are you getting hurt?
Insights
Position your company to get government contracts.
Point-Counterpoint
It's been a year of scandal, criticism and change at the SBA.
Wheels
Consider a small truck for all your light-load needs.
Hot Trend
Will high-end vending machines push the right buttons with consumers?
Innovation Buzz
Can thinking like a child help your business?
Innovation Snapshot
These roofing specialists are growing their business by focusing on the environment.
Whats Next
Forget boring billboards--internet-connected signage is grabbing consumers' attention in a whole new way.
Global Village
A free online filing system makes your mandatory paperwork a breeze.
Lead Buzz
Should you eliminate health coverage entirely or limit it to a few key employees?
Lead Snapshot
It's not that you shouldn't dream big; you just need to know when to pull in the reins.
Legal
How far does your workers' compensation stretch?
Smart Moves
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.
Staff Smarts
Is it possible to fire a family member without inciting a feud?
Dollar Signs
An employee stock ownership plan lets you take some cash out of your company while giving your workers a stake in the business.
Funds
Property isn't the only kind of real estate investment.
Insurance
Insurance fraud is not only a crime-it's costly, too.
Money Buzz
Tax rules, funding tuition bills and more.
Money Snapshot
A powerful ally is helping this software company grow into a force to be reckoned with.
Personal Finance
Since expectations for mutual funds can be artificially sunny, consider using index funds to stay afloat.
Raising Money
The London stock exchange is courting American entrepreneurs for its small-cap market. Are you a perfect match?
Rich Returns
How to profit in a fluctuating economy.
Tax Talk
IRS rules limit the tax benefits of C corporations.
Net Sales
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.
Real Deal
Managing your stress makes you a better deal-maker.
Retail Register
Stop shoplifting gangs from hurting your shop.
Sales Success
Running low on motivation? It happens to the best of us. These 6 tips will help you get moving in the right direction.
Sell Buzz
Using technology to service clients and to keep in touch on the road.
Sell Snapshot
Integrating a webcam into his site has helped this scuba retailer reel in extra sales.
Tactics
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.
Biz 101
Hiring your friends can pay off for your business--if you do it right.
Biz 101
Fund your startup with pieces of your finished product.
Biz 101
Nervous about selling? Getting started is easier than you think.
Biz U
Today's college women are gearing up to be tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
eBay Entrepreneur
Make your eBay business shine by offering stellar customer service.
Opportunities
Pesky critters crawling and the military calling put this franchisee in a bind.
Opportunities
Life is sweet for a vice president of sales by day and chocolate fountain franchisee by night.
Smart Ideas
Cell phone covers, bachelor party adventure trips and more.
Startup Features
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.
Startup Features
Which food franchises will be flying off the shelves in the near future? Ones that offer fast, healthy and fresh options.
Success Coach
Chances are, not everything. Luckily, the unknown is full of opportunity.
Whats Your Problem
How to attract people to your seminars.
Buyers Guide
They may be little, but these smartphones pack plenty of features.
Connections
Feel the need for speed? Cellular broadband is ready for liftoff.
Digital Edge
Input, output, expenses, taxes... what does it all mean? With Peachtree's latest editions, you can start making the numbers work for you.
Net Profits
Want strong sales all year? Use your site to tap into the gift market.
Net Profits
Talking avatars are a friendly way to connect with site visitors.
Tech Buzz
The growing popularity of telework.
Tech Buzz
Power backup for your business.
Tech Snapshot
Giving power to the people has helped this pair build a thriving e-commerce site.
Wireless
It's not official yet, but you can get faster Wi-Fi now.
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