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Inside the January 2008 Issue

Features

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Columns

Almost Famous
The active baby boomer market provides a swell of opportunity for one entrepreneur.
Business 411
Recover your data without a hitch using drivesavers.
Doing Good
You'll never catch Andy Keller answering "plastic" to the "Paper or plastic?" question at the grocery store. As a matter of fact, you won't hear him answering "paper," either.
Edge Features
If you made it through 2007, you'll make it through 2008--or so say economic forecasters asked to describe the near-term environment for entrepreneurs.
Edge Features
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what's an emoticon worth? Something as simple as a :-), :-( or ;-) can be complicated, especially when you're talking about business e-mails.
Edge Features
Virtual meetings are keeping quieter employees plugged in.
Edge Features
If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere. Never before has this popular saying rung more true. For ages, New York City's charm has been encapsulated in the efforts of enterprising entrepreneurs.
Edge Features
Robots are well on their way from the pages of science fiction to your front door. In fact, advanced humanoid robots could arrive on your doorstep as early as 10 years from now.
Edge Features
Giving your site a bit of sound? Royalty rates might change your tune.
Travel
Tips to getting yourself to the upper class.
Wheels
The 2008 BMW M5 is getting entrepreneurs where they need to go.
Women
Women entrepreneurs are creating a formula for success.
Women In Charge
With culturally inspired chocolates and a focus on going green, our Woman of the Year is taking taste to a whole new level.
Women In Charge
You've read about our winner; now discover some other top entrants' best success tips.
Women In Charge
Your business's finances are in good shape--but what about your own?
Women In Charge
Women business leaders have the power to change the world. Sharon Hadary is showing them how.
Women In Charge
Ready to push profits through the roof? All you need is a little help.
Franchise 500
Dig in to the 29th annual Franchise 500® to find the best business for you.
Franchise 500
A look inside on how the Franchise 500® list was compiled.
Franchise 500
As an additional research tool, we have broken out franchise data from the Franchise 500® listings into the following quick-reference sections.
Franchise 500®
As an additional research tool, we have broken out franchise data from the Franchise 500® listings into the following quick-reference sections.
Keys To Success
Are you ready for franchise ownership? Our expert gives you an inside look.
Keys To Success
Are you ready for franchise ownership? Our expert gives you an inside look.
Profile
It works in Phoenix, but will it fly in Toledo? Learn the here and there of expanding a regional concept.
Profile
It works in Phoenix, but will it fly in Toledo? Learn the here and there of expanding a regional concept.
Profile
There's no easy button for starting a franchise, but there are dozens of programs to lend a helping hand.
Profile
There's no easy button for starting a franchise, but there are dozens of programs to lend a helping hand.
Research
Our experts weigh in on the ups and downs of buying a franchise fresh out of college.
Research
Our experts weigh in on the ups and downs of buying a franchise fresh out of college.
Research
Doing your due diligence before buying a franchise involves some detective work. Here's how to uncover what you need to know.
Research
Doing your due diligence before buying a franchise involves some detective work. Here's how to uncover what you need to know.
Rich Returns
Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight--the 2008 economy is going to be a bumpy ride.
TheStreet.com
Get your shot at the silver screen without setting a foot in Hollywood.
View
Get your employees taking chances and learning from their experiences.
Wise Guy
Sure, you may have ventured for VC, but raising angel capital takes a different kind of skill.
Advisor
Our business consulting expert gives insight into business and tax dollars.
Currency
Late-paying customers can put your business in jeopardy. Get organized--and get paid on time.
Money Buzz
Looking for capital? a new study shows that small towns might just be a VC paradise.
Money Buzz
Businesses give hope to third world entrepreneurs.
Money Buzz
The IRS' small-business site just got a whole lot easier to use.
Portfolio
As the dollar declines, set your sights on diversification.
Raising Money
Need a cash infusion? Try Venture merchant bank financing to get your business back on track.
Snapshot
Organizing multimillion-dollar investments is all in a day's work for this software company.
Best Practices
Chinese manufacturers aren't just making your stuff--they're making their own, too.
Books
Usher in a new year and new ideas with these stimulating reads.
Clicks
Your company's arrived. Now let everyone know by getting on Wikipedia.
Global
Trade treaties give you an edge--so don't let their advantages pass you by.
Marketing
It's a new year--the perfect time to revive your marketing with fresh tactics.
Sell
Sales calls are simple when you know what to do before, during and after.
Snapshot
There's nothing like a little fantasy to get imaginations--and business--moving.
Strategy Buzz
Success stories from 3 entrepreneurs who rebranded.
Strategy Buzz
As an entrepreneur, you're bound to feel tense. Learn to relax for the sake of your business.
Work Force
Offering inventive incentives can have a big impact on your bottom line.
Buyers Guide
In the market for a new copier? Consider a multifunction printer.
Connections
Long distance for one flat fee? Call it a deal.
Digital Edge
For basic business applications, think outside the software box.
Editors Pick
Quick, secure login is at your fingertip.
Mobility
Don't let business cards and important documents get lost in the shuffle.
Snapshot
With so much traffic in cyberspace, it's about time someone blazed a direct trail to the internet.
Tech Buzz
Yes, you can pack light when hitting the road and still get it all done.
Tech Buzz
Want your website to reach more people? Make it ready to move.
Tech Buzz
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 cometh. Is it time for your business to give it a try?
Web Sight
Your online community can help fine-tune your products.
Wireless
Go online to keep your company under lock and key.
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