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Inside the March 2010 Issue

Features

From a Lean Year, a Rich Vintage

As the top of the wine market crashes, new entrepreneurs like James Stewart are bringing high-end grapes to the masses.

The New Advertising Age

Meet Omar Hamoui, the entrepreneur who channeled innovation and frustration to build a mobile advertising network Google couldn't live without.

How to Be a Billionaire

Jess Jackson bolted from a successful career as a lawyer because he was bored.That's when Kendall-Jackson, his billion-dollar wine empire, took root.

E-mail is Making You Stupid

The research is overwhelming. Constant e-mail interruptions make you less productive, less creative and--if you're e-mailing when you're doing something else--just plain dumb.

Creating a Culture of Excellence

It means something different for every company, but for all of them the key to success is the same: the person at the top.

Waiter, Bring Me a Fresh Idea

10 strategies that are working in the tough restaurant economy

Young and Growing

Kid-centric new franchises such as Guard-a-Kid are ready to play with the big boys.

Jargon

The new lingo you need to communicate in our ever-changing small-business world.

Columns

Doing Good
Microfranchising helps create a business model for distributing glasses in poor nations.
Editors Note
Building a great company starts with the leadership.
Employee X vs. Employer X
Candid talk from both sides about using cell phones and social media in the office
Franchise Ink
Meet Eric Casaburi, the 1980s-obsessed mind behind Retrofitness gyms.
Opportunities
Jeff Haas built Bubba's Breakway by following his instincts (and listening to customers).Now his son Jason is doing the same with Team Blue Hand Car Wash.
Personal Finance
Knowing what you're getting into with life insurance will prevent you from overpaying--and from being underinsured.
Sales Talk
For better or worse, the sales process is not much more than a popularity contest. Do you have what it takes to win?
VC Insider
For maximum impact and interest, give potential investors something to play with.
Why women in business have suffered fewer casualties than men
How savvy businesses are finding customers on Foursquare, Twitter and Meetup
Not all tweets are created equal. These are must-follows for anyone starting or running a business.
For some airlines, exit-row seating is being included in their a la carte offerings.
Ask a Pro
Should you outsource everything?
Business Unusual
Russ Allen brings shrimping to a landlocked region.
The lowdown on business credit cards--what's out there and what to watch for
How tapping into third-party logistics companies can help save you money
Exit Strategy
These 3 businesses made small but strategic investments that paid off big.
Who Is Getting VC Now
Battery maker lands a powerful $13.2 million in funding.
College Startups
For the founders of IdeaPaint, Babson College was incubator, investment source, tester and--finally--customer.
Finance for Startups
If you dismissed micro loans in the past, it's time to look again.
Strokes of Genius
Our monthly spotlight on tools to support and grow your business
Wacky Ideas That Just Might Fly
Nick Anglada found fame and fortune making look-at-me sport bikes. Now he's selling the look-at-me factor.
Toshiba offers up a unified messaging solution aimed at helping small businesses sort it all out.
Ford gives its popular Sync platform an upgrade.
Broadband bonding patches together a bigger pipe with a price tag sized for small business.
Cannot Live With-Cannot Live Without
Do you prefer actual keys or have you adapted to the virtual way? Two entrepreneurs square off.
Mobile Entrepreneur
An app that maps out quiet, comfortable workplaces for mobile workers
Mobile Entrepreneur
Imagine a world where using Wi-Fi doesn't mean sacrificing security. It could happen.
Shiny Object of the Month
The HP Envy laptop--fast and hot
Build a Website
Why social CRM may make more sense than Facebook
Website to Watch
Bargain hunting meets viral marketing via Groupon.
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