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Inside the August 2006 Issue

Features

Sales Shape-Up

Ready to ramp up your sales--fast? Our 30-day action plan takes your business to new heights.

Hot Stuff

Make these top trends part of your marketing mix.

Columns

Almost Famous
Celebs, fashion editors and beach-goers give the stamp of approval to mix-and-match bathing suits with an international flair.
Biz Travel
Want the travel amenities you're used to? Be ready to pay up.
Books
A new book doesn't bend to old business adages.
Forward Features
Why some consumers just say no to new purchases
Forward Features
Social networking sites spark unofficial background checks.
Forward Features
Investors are making a cautious return to online startups.
Forward Features
An addictive brainteaser can beget entrepreneurial gold.
Forward Features
This philanthropic fund is encouraging business growth, but will it start a trend?
Forward Features
The SBA's corruption scandals should fuel your fire.
Forward Features
A Burning Man bohemian and business owner helps clean up after Katrina.
Insights
Don't go on luck: Know the odds.
Wheels
Look hot and feel even hotter in an exotic car.
Women
This entrepreneur is making a difference for women in tech--and her SMB clients.
Big Ideas
An entrepreneur takes his blues to the streets.
Brain Storm
Seeking company innovation? Look to your staff for collaboration.
Hot Trend
Spur brilliant ideas by spicing up employees' surroundings.
Innovation Buzz
Innovations in battery life.
Innovation Snapshot
This entrepreneur found a business idea in a material that sparked his creativity.
Global Village
Here's a cheaper way to ship international orders.
Lead Buzz
If you think a retirement plan doesn't matter to recent college graduates, think again.
Lead Snapshot
When online grocers started closing shop, a family-owned store grabbed the market.
Legal
Is it OK to share a lawyer with a close competitor?
Smart Moves
Prepare your business for the outbreak of bird flu or any other possible pandemic before you're really in trouble.
Staff Smarts
Office ombuds help smooth conflicts--without litigation.
Dollar Signs
Want to see your company's latest data? A dashboard puts all the information you need in one clear display.
Funds
Stocks or bonds? How about something in between?
Insurance
Consider offering employees long-term care insurance.
Money Buzz
An investment alternative for risky times
Money Buzz
The basics on Section 1031 exchanges.
Money Snapshot
One man is improving fellow entrepreneurs' odds of winning government contracts.
Personal Finance
Retirement might be easy, but it's not free--it takes some serious saving. How much exactly? That's the million-dollar question.
Raising Money
With export financing options limited, some states are helping U.S. businesses go global. Could your company do with a ticket abroad?
Rich Returns
However hard high oil prices hit the economy, you can be prepared.
Tax Talk
Go on--get some credit for your company's research.
Real Deal
Don't let a deal destroy your friendship.
Retail Register
Wake up to a market that could bring you big bucks.
Sales Success
Rejection got you down? Pick yourself up, and turn that no into a yes.
Sell Buzz
Door-to-door sales are back.
Sell Snapshot
In the war against Starbucks, independent coffeehouses have a viral marketer on their side.
Tactics
When it comes to your image, are you hitting hard or striking out? Cover all your bases with these 4 critical elements of a winning brand.
Biz 101
Turn a secret family recipe into a not-so-secret success.
Biz 101
Love to travel? Look abroad for new entrepreneurship opportunities.
Biz U
Students are learning business strategy by playing entrepreneur.
eBay Entrepreneur
New customers are out there, but they might not be on eBay--yet. Use a website to show them the way to your business.
Opportunities
Entrepreneurs tap into America's taste for fine wine with new wine bar and retail store opportunities.
Smart Ideas
Inflatable chairs, pest-repelling trash bags and internet marketing.
Startup Features
Looking to raise capital for your new business? Start by approaching the people who know you best.
Startup Features
Love, money, relationships, contracts... learn to navigate the complexities of owning a family franchise.
Success Coach
Want to improve business? The secret is in how you relate to customers.
Whats Your Problem
Insure your business from the start.
Buyers Guide
Pick up the pace with a gigabit ethernet switch for your network.
Connections
Who wins the battle between the bells and cable companies? You do.
Digital Edge
It's a wild ride, but haggling with your cell carrier can pay off.
Net Profits
Looking for new markets? A microsite could help you reach them.
Net Profits
Don't risk losing your corner of the web by letting it expire.
Net Sales
Having trouble attracting readers to your blog? With the right voice, your popularity in cyberspace will soar.
Tech Buzz
Time for a new mouse?
Tech Buzz
Learn how podcasting can help your business.
Tech Buzz
Broadband internet access for rural regions.
Tech Snapshot
No need to look overseas--thanks to one entrepreneur, tech talent is just around the corner.
Wireless
VoIP is wasting no time in going wireless.
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