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Inside the March 2008 Issue



Business 411
L.A.'s the place to be this month for the latest in gifts and fashion.
Business 411
Yes, prospective customers really do want to hear from you--so follow up.
Business 411
Uncle Sam wants you -- or at least your product.
Business 411
Keep tabs on the competition--and track your own reputation--with these resources.
Doing Good
Bruce Poon Tip has a basic motto for people interested in booking a vacation with his company: "If you want to travel and have all the comforts of home, I suggest you stay at home."
Doing Good
If you're looking for funding, try browsing the blogosphere. A small but growing number of VC managers have blogs, which can help entrepreneurs easily research and connect with funders.
Edge Features
Take time to give your business's health plan a checkup.
Edge Features
Though extreme sports surfaced years ago with activities like skydiving and surfing, these nontraditional sports--typically involving high levels of speed, height and danger--have yet to reach NFL proportions.
Edge Features
Circulation numbers are down at many large daily newspapers. But if Norb Garrett's experience is any indication, the community newspaper niche offers good news for creative entrepreneurs.
Edge Features
For Gen Yers, birds of a feather truly do flock together. As the group migrates into the work force and baby boomers retire, more companies are seeing the benefits of hiring groups of Gen Y friends.
Moving On
There are two ways to look at cost of living: from your viewpoint as a business owner or from the perspective of your employees. If you are relocating or expanding your operation, you need to take both into consideration.
Security Alert
Data retention can be a major gray area for growing businesses. Your data is your life-blood, whether it's employee information, customer payment numbers, internal files or the reams of e-mails you send and receive.
Bed-and-breakfasts are well-known among the romantically inclined. But now their charm is reaching road warriors as well.
Land Rover's latest focuses on power and performance.
The latest buzz about alpha males has spawned workshops and books geared toward both women and men who want to become more "alpha" in business. How can being more alpha help female entrepreneurs?
Rich Returns
Numbers that are tracked and reported are numbers that grow. How does your business measure up?
Though tax liens won't get you rich quick, they can be a good investment option.
What's keeping you from moving to the web? This expert sets the record straight.
Wise Guy
Here are 5 ways to be not just a better entrepreneur, but also a better person.
You don't have to be Coke, McDonald's or Nike to borrow against your company's patents, trademarks or copyrights.
With traditional bank loans hard to come by, try these quick fixes to get your business the capital it needs.
Money Buzz
Finding investors for your business is all about targeting the right people.
The AMT is in limbo, but you don't have to be. Start planning now to avoid tax season surprises.
Raising Money
Show investors you care, and they'll show you the money.
When it comes to maximizing the savings in energy-saving, Steve Gossett is on top of the trend--and he's making bank, too.
Biz U
Venture capital firms are taking a new interest in student-owned businesses.
Tenacity is the key to building business relationships--just don't come on too strong.
Cash is the lifeblood of your business. Here's how to keep it flowing.
You may have a brilliant invention, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't get it off the ground. These companies can help.
Get customers psyched about your business by using all the web has to offer.
Money Matters
Because an impressive fico score won't guarantee a loan, you'll have to balance out the equation.
Net Profits
Building a kidcentric online startup? Here's what you should know.
The kids may keep them busy, but these franchisees make sure they're hands-on owners.
Smart Ideas
Lesley Hatfield got her idea for moisture-wicking sleep garments after talking to a client.
Smart Ideas
Alan Regala, 30, was tired of forgetting to bring his lunch to work.
Smart Ideas
Ricky Dennis was born into the sport of auto racing, and now he's making money doing what he loves.
Startup Features
With hundreds of resources at your fingertips, starting a business on eBay is as easy as point and click.
Startup Features
The top new franchises for 2008 are making a splash.
Success Coach
Your most powerful business tool is the ability to learn from your mistakes.
Best Practices
Frazzled employees are no good for business. Stop their stress before it starts.
This month's book selections take a look at business in the Far East and businesses that hit it big without venture capital.
Whether they're web hits or phone calls, leads are going local with Yodle.
To expand your presence, get together--through a consortium.
Check out these 4 essential tips for turning green marketing into gold.
When the going gets tough, the tough keep selling. Here's how to stay in the right frame of mind.
Blending her passions for adventure and business, Alison Levine helps clients scale new heights.
Strategy Buzz
American Express can get customers clamoring for your products.
Work Force
Need new hires? Tap into the motivated, loyal pool of disabled workers.
Buyers Guide
The latest GPS devices take the guesswork out of getting anywhere.
Microsoft wants to help you reach out and touch someone.
Digital Edge
Prepare to fall hard for a Google-based OS--and the computers that run on it.
Editors Pick
A machine that's light but loaded with features.
It's all just a game with this laptop designed for the player in you.
Tips, tricks and green gadgets for juicing up your mobile technology.
Tech Buzz
High-tech heavyweights may reign supreme, but some newbies have their eyes on the throne.
Web Sight
Tired of trying to round up new customers on your own? Go online and start yelping for referrals.
Landline phones are taking flight with a host of slick new features.
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