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Raising the Dead

Is that ear-piercing peal the sound of your company flatlining? Clear! We've got 1,700 volts of insight that could turn your business around.

Harry Potter And . . .

. . . the trials of growing a business . . . the rewards of independence and ownership. Behind the magic and the mystery hides an entrepreneurial tale. Join the initiated and learn what Harry has to say about doing business.

Sacrificial Rites

In the ceremony we call entrepreneurship, it's often family, friends and finances that end up on the altar.

Peep Peep

In a business climate where the line between laying the golden egg and becoming poultry is a fine one, can an incubator provide the help you need?

Bosses From Hell.And What You Can Learn From Them

You may hate your old bosses like Lucifer, but you can learn from them. Just don't join their minions.

7 Investor Presentation Pitfalls

Silicon Valley venture capitalists dish the dirt on the biggest blunders you could make during a presentation to investors.

What's Next? Online Banks.

This is not your father's checking account. Today's online business banking services do the work for you so you can get back to business as usual.


Advertising Workshop

Fine Print

The best ad phrases have already been written.
Biz 101

Pounce On Inspiration

And turn your hobby into a business.

Servers With a Smile

Home-brewing your Web site? Let's go server shopping.
Bright Ideas

Zzzzzz . . .

Worried your product will be a bore to consumers who think they've seen it all before? A good marketing strategy will let you rest easy.
Franchise Focus

For Richer, for Broker

This isn't selling vintage Cracker Jack boxes on eBay. VR Business Brokers brokers businesses. Get that? Whole businesses!

Takin' It to 'Em

Franchises help consumers too busy to cook, too tired to drive--and sick of pizza.

Kentucky Boon

One couple finds hands-on work and plenty of dough.

What's New

The latest happenings at, Aura Shop and WorkSafe by Regulatory Solutions

Wanted: Lendees

A lender ready for your loan application--and giving answers in 5 days or less
Smart Ideas

Real World

Field trips to local businesses score an A+ with kids.
Smart Ideas

Instant Internet

No PC? No problem.
Whats Your Problem

Set Your Sites

If you can't see the benefits of the Web, adjust your outlook.
Biz 101

To LLC Or Not To LLC?

If this is the question you're trying to answer, our Legal Expert can help you decide if this business form is right for you.

Mexican Net Dance

The true north of e-business success might point due south.

Rejecting The Fear Of Rejection

Take the first step toward getting things done by facing your fears.

All Kidding Aside

Is a generation of busy, booming entrepreneurs spawning the next generation of messed-up kids?

When I Grow Up . . .

What these entrepreneurs wanted to be when they were young

As Seen On TV

Couch potato kids make the best entrepreneurs.

. . . Of A Feather

Your community needs you, but what-and-where is it?


Well? How g' was it?

Leased Of All

The price is cheap when you're paying the rent by paying back to the community.

Become a Sales Expert Without Leaving Your Chair

Our picks for the best sales and marketing Web sites around

Frequent Liars

Will these airline booking strategies fly?

Road Notes

New services from and

Fleeting Thoughts

Consider fleet leasing before you purchase your next armada of cars.

Spotlight On: Lincoln Ls

A closer look at this midsize sporty sedan

Contract Sport

A few tips to improve your game--and help you win corporate contracts

Renaissance Entrepreneur

With a little reading, you could be wise as a prophet, innovative as a rebel and too clever for spies.
Bulletin Board

Delaware & Nevada

Easy ways to further your education
Bulletin Board

SBA Loans

Program makes borrowing money cheaper
Bulletin Board

New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Training for urban youth
Bulletin Board


Nurturing creativity in Los Angeles County
Hot Seat

The Vow Factor

How one dotcom survives--and thrives--in the ultracompetitive wedding market
Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Mark your calendar.
Buyer Zone

Pile It On

Your business has grown beyond a basic insurance policy. Now what?
Capitol Issues

Motion Commotion

Changes in OSHA's final ergonomics rule fail to satisfy small businesses.
Cutting Edge

Wag Your Tale

If the anecdotes you hear are better indicators of your success and ideals than the facts and figures, you have the makings of a storied business.
Family Business


Is it time for the family and the business to go their separate ways?

Surfing For Cover

Ready to buy anything and everything online? Even insurance?

Crime And A Half

Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law.
Management Smarts

"A" For Attitude

Does yours make the grade?
Management Smarts

On The Dol

Unemployment for newborns
Management Smarts

Found It!

Looking for a UPS package? Whip out your trusty PDA.
Staff Smarts

Game Over?

Weekend get-togethers, mandatory participation--boy, your workplace fun is starting to seem like . . . work.
Your Business

Bon Voyage!

Sending employees over there starts with a little work right here.
Your Business

People Power?

You develop property, you develop product, but do you develop your workers?
Your Business

When You Gotta Go

You don't want to leave your business, but will you be ready if you have to?
Fast Pitch

When Selling Gets Personal

Pushing the intangible benefits
Marketing Smarts

Now In Theaters

Creative marketers take to the silver screen.
Marketing Smarts

Magic Touch

High-tech kiosks let you interact with customers in real time.
Marketing Smarts

Web Site

A one-stop shopping spot for marketing e-services
Real Deal


In deal-making, the clock is mightier than even the pen.
Sales Success

Get Uncomfortable

Nobody ever became a success sitting still in the cushy confines of the same ol', same ol'.
Ask the Rainmaker


Wrestling capital from investors online doesn't have to be so hard.
Ask the Rainmaker

First Strike

Does the early bird get the loan?
Money Smarts


Dialing in to the Web for employee retirement plans
Money Smarts

Pearly Gates

New society aims to keep you out of moneyless purgatory.
Money Smarts

Fast Track

How one company's unique way of raising money is getting them the capital they need to grow their business
Tax Talk

Scheming Off the Top?

Congress takes steps to uncover businesses' secret stash.
Buyers Guide

Compact Confusion

Ultra-lights, handhelds, Pocket PCs: You want a portable, but what does it all mean?

DSL Fuel

Does DSL have enough gas to overtake cable in the broadband race?

Web Site

For landline, wireless and DSL options, check out this handy site.
Hot Disks

High Maintenance

Symantec's SystemWorks is a virtual handyman for your PC.
Hot Disks

Sync or Swim's latest file management tool makes online storage faster and easier.
Hot Disks

Broom Gloom

McAfee's UnInstaller 6.0 probably won't sweep you off your feet.
Hot Disks

New Releases

Product revews of Documents To Go from DataViz, PhotoGenetics 2.0 from Qbeo and iVista 3.0 personal webcasting software
Hot Disks

Web Site

To help you compare software programs, this site offers the info you need.
Net Profits

Weathering The Storm

Employees jumping ship for the stability of a brick-and-mortar? Try these tips for finding-and keeping-the good ones in these trying times.
Net Profits

Analyze This

Keep your dotcom alive-with competitive intelligence.
Net Profits

Wise Buys

Product reviews of of 3-D Web technology from Viewpoint and gift functionality from WishClick
Tech Smarts

A Quick Plug

The next generation of USB
Tech Smarts

Toy Or Tool?

Two not-so-necessary Net appliances
Tech Smarts

Name That Company

If you're trying to decide what to call your new e-business, take a hint from these creative folks.

A Rad Pad

IBM's ThinkPad i1300 (71U) notebook

Suitable For Framing

Brother's MFC-9200c multifunctional device

Mobile Mailbox

Research In Motion Limited's BlackBerry Wireless E-Mail Solution

Sick Of Spam?

Change your diet with nifty newsletters.

Bargain Hunter

Use this shopping bot to search for low-price tech gear.

Sell Mate

Need to polish your sales skills? Check out this information-packed site.

Digging For Data

Here's your source for random data delivered ASAP.

Federal Facts

This comprehensive site can tell you almost anything you want to know about Uncle Sam.

Fast Facts

Internet and technology statistics
Hot Biz

Business Idea: Salsa Dancing

Even if you have two left feet, this Latin rhythm can be big biz.
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