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Inside the September 2006 Issue

Features

Next-Gen Innovators

Forward-thinking entrepreneurs are making strides in promising areas--from nanotech to biotech to semiconductors. Will any of them build the next Microsoft?

The Right Spot

Whether you're looking to expand, relocate or simply stay put, our 12th annual Hot Cities report will give you the lowdown on the nation's most dynamic cities for entrepreneurs.

Columns

Almost Famous
This filmmaker's bold documentaries don't shy away from big issues.
Biz Travel
Business-class-only airlines are trying to win your loyalty.
Books
Godin twists strange tales into thoughtful advice.
Forward Features
Mandatory health insurance may be bad for business.
Forward Features
Entrepreneurs revive hit products of the past.
Forward Features
Put on your shades to check out an inner-city entrepreneurship program and one of its stars.
Forward Features
Think two operating systems are better than one? You're in luck.
Forward Features
Ease of hiring improves, but SMB salaries are up.
Forward Features
The opportunities in Afghanistan are once-in-a-lifetime.
Forward Features
"Blank checks" make going public more palatable.
Forward Features
Japan's economy is picking up. Should your company explore the possibilities?
Forward Features
Your customers may soon use their cell phones to find out prices--and much more.
Insights
How to give Generations X and Y what they want.
Wheels
Packed with features, these cars stand out.
Women
Older, more affluent moms are inspiring a burgeoning business trend.
Big Ideas
Providing urban marketing know-how to corporate America, this entrepreneur moves to his own beat.
Brain Storm
Entrepreneurs are becoming the front-runners of innovation.
Buzz
Got a great food idea? Submit it directly to Kraft.
Hot Trend
Are you trying to develop the next big thing? Enlist help from bright minds outside your company by throwing in a prize.
Innovation Snapshot
Simplifying a complicated mass transit system was no easy task--but it's what put this entrepreneur on the fast track to success.
Global Village
5 global business books you need to read.
Lead Buzz
Think interns are free labor? That could be changing.
Lead Snapshot
A toy company breaks from the more-is-better mind-set and returns to vintage characters.
Legal
Patent trolls take a hit in a Supreme Court ruling.
Smart Moves
Corporate volunteering is becoming less about envelope stuffing and more about letting employees apply their specific skills.
Staff Smarts
Add value to your business with an employee retirement plan.
Dollar Signs
Big banks are competing for your business. How can you decide which one is best for you and your company?
Funds
Canadian fund lets investors tap natural resources.
Insurance
Ensure company longevity with life insurance policies.
Money Buzz
Small business credit card users now have more protection.
Money Buzz
Form a partnership to invest in property.
Money Buzz
Potential changes in IRS rules could leave you exposed.
Personal Finance
Hybrid securities are becoming increasingly common, but weigh your options before you decide to invest.
Raising Money
VC firms across the country are seeing green in the growing number of environmentally friendly products and companies.
Rich Returns
Are you in tune with your front line?
Snapshot
Donations keep this company alive, while it keeps the hospitalized in touch with loved ones.
Tax Talk
How you can avoid paying the AMT now and later.
Real Deal
Anger can help in negotiation, but be sure to use it wisely.
Retail Register
Are sales standing still? Get your merchandise moving.
Sales Success
Ever feel like your sales team is a zoo? Turns out that's not a bad thing.
Sell Buzz
Contact management software with a twist.
Sell Buzz
Marketing to high-powered women
Sell Snapshot
One entrepreneur is using a small sticker to build a big following for his company.
Tactics
You're all fired up about your company's products and services, so make sure your employees are, too--and that they let everyone know it.
Biz 101
Service providers find a niche offering convenience and class.
Biz 101
Is convertible debt the way to go?
Biz 101
Despite a few obstacles, our young entrepreneur is fit for launch.
Biz U
There's more than one type of family you can turn to for support.
eBay Entrepreneur
EBay's international shipping and payment options put the whole world in your hands.
Opportunities
For one couple, finding the right franchise match was as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Opportunities
A franchise with character is coming your way.
Opportunities
A tragic event helped a franchisee discover the sweet life.
Smart Ideas
Fashionable fanny packs, charter jets and music school.
Startup Features
In the time it takes you to drink your morning coffee, you can start a business.
Startup Features
Learn from the franchising legends who have built some of today's biggest brands.
Success Coach
Does it always feel like you've got a million things to do at once? Take a step back--sometimes procrastinating pays off.
Buyers Guide
We took today's draft-n hardware out for a spin. See how it performed.
Connections
For once, a cell tax is being lifted. But don't count on such future luck.
Digital Edge
The latest draft of Wi-Fi isn't final--but that doesn't mean it's no good.
Net Profits
Online reviews by your customers can turn browsers into buyers.
Net Profits
Outsmart the bad guys with these anti-fraud tactics for your site.
Net Sales
Your web forms could be scaring away potential customers.
Tech Buzz
Discover the benefits of local online advertising.
Tech Buzz
Internet Explorer 7 is finally here.
Tech Buzz
The road to link popularity.
Tech Snapshot
The outlook is good for a pair of software creators harnessing Microsoft's might.
Wireless
Wi-Fi network jammed? This tool exposes the culprits.
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