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Inside the January 2009 Issue


The Best Things in Life are Free

We show how you can start, run and grow your business for, you guessed it, free.

Best and Worst Marketing Ideas . . . Ever

Take a cue from these 13 killer campaigns--and 5 flops.

Employee Benefits in Today's Economy

In tough times, company perks tend to take the hit first. But how do you axe them while keeping employees happy?


These brothers have set big goals, but that's the only way to make big change.
One employee explains what drove him to resign.
Which franchise categories hold the most promise for 2009? We break it down and give you the first look.
The economy has many businesses in a slump. We spoke with several franchisees to see how they're overcoming obstacles.
We break down your most tedious--and valuable--franchise research tool into digestible bites.
One of the most important parts of buying a franchise is doing your homework. So get out there and grill the people who know the franchise best.
The No. 1 franchise on our 30th Annual Franchise 500® marks some milestones of its own.
Here's how this year's biggest franchise players stack up.
Survive '09 by reducing expenses and watching cash flow.
When it's time to add fees, be clear about what and why.
As sustainability becomes more important, these cities are setting the standard.
When considering a business location, think about more than regulations.
Social networking sites take some of the work out of business travel.
New websites let employees share pay rates; employers should take heed.
Acura's latest luxury car combines gears and gadgets.
Without a solid system for networking, what good are good connections?
The news is bleak, but in the right market and industry you can sell your business.
If the money disappears, so does your business.
Make sure your risk tolerance and investment strategy align.
There comes a point when gadgets detract from meetings. Or does there?
Two business owners reveal why they like one system over the other.
Work together online with these new services.
OpenID reduces the number of passwords and user names you need.
The mobile content revolution started with Brian Levin.
If blogging is part of your marketing plan, get started on these ideas.
How this band of hipsters is taking photo sharing into the 21st century
If you want to secure venture capital, avoid these 8 mistakes.
A website should be an online extension of your business.
Microblogging is fast becoming the way to connect and keep up.
The honeymoon is easy. Once it's over, you have to meet problems head on.
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