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This story appears in the April 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The danger of working on a monthly magazine is that what you write in February (when I'm writing this) may be completely out of date in March or April (when you're reading it). But I'm going to take that chance. I've been on the road a lot lately, talking to both entrepreneurs and the folks who want to sell you stuff. And today, in late February, the talk all seems to be about war.

Business owners aren't spending these days. You're not hiring either. And, according to a recent (February 2003) survey I read, most of you are feeling pessimistic about the economy. It's hard to blame you, because most economic experts are predicting a true upturn won't be felt until late 2003 or early 2004.

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