Inside the May 2003 Issue
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The Innovation Toolkit

Even in a tough economy, there's one thing you can count on to keep your business afloat: Innovation. We asked these entrepreneurs and experts to reveal the secrets of their success-and how you can use their experiences to your advantage.

Get With the Program!

The cutting-edge applications in Entrepreneur's 2003 Complete Guide to Software give new meaning to working smarter, not harder.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Think Fast

Don't blink, or else the 100 fastest-growing franchises for 2003 might pass you by.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Sharing the Wealth

Never mind the dismal economy. Escape to a world of champagne wishes and caviar dreams, where you'll find rich opportunities to start a luxury business.
Biz 101

Mind Over Manners

What you need to know to make a great impression at your next business meal
Biz 101

Got Game?

Useful start-up moves from a popular board game
Biz 101

A Dream Come True

The ins and outs of starting your own consulting service
Biz 101

No Ivory Tower

University venture lab provides real-life entrepreneurial lessons
Biz 101

An Acquired Taste

Before you buy that business, don't just give it a once-over--put it under the microscope.

Join the Club

Launching your first product? Get by with a little help from your friends at an inventors' group.

Making the Grade

Think you have to be on personal terms with the likes of Elmo and Barney to run a preschool? Well, think again.

High Time for Tea

For one college student, brewing up international flavor is in the bag.

What's New 05/03

One-stop shopping takes all the running out of errands.
Real Life

Doing the Math

Jack and Diane learn that finding a location they like isn't enough. They also have to crunch the numbers and see if it's one they can afford.
Smart Ideas

Flower Power

How one former guitarist gave a much-needed woman's touch to the rock 'n' roll music scene
Whats Your Problem

Finding a Market for Your Services

Does anyone need what your business is offering? To find out, the best approach is the direct approach.
Almost Famous

On the Record

An independent entrepreneur is giving big-label music companies a run for their money.
Editors Note

Start Helping!

Creative Zone

Mental Images

Using metaphors can get a river of creative juices flowing.

In Denial

What do you do when your insurance company refuses to pay a claim?

Criminal Records

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 05/03

Taking advantage of child-care credits; show your gratitude and keep your employees
Real Deal

It's All Talk

You don't have to tear your hair out every time you read a contract that's chock-full of legalese.
Smart Moves

Take Your Pick

Want to keep health-care costs low and employees happy in today's economy? It's still a good idea to look into cafeteria-style flexible plans.
Staff Smarts

Tough Choices

If you want to hire fresh talent, you'll have to pay them more. But what will your existing staff say?
A+ Ads

The Cat's Meow

To really be noticed, you've got to break the advertising mold and come up with an idea that's unique in your industry.

Food Fair

How one caterer's soiree made her the talk of the town
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 05/03

When it pays to be hip; crack open these marketing books
Net Sales

Get In Tune

Keep your site visitors dialed in and buying.
Sales Force

Devil's Advocate

Do your sales reps know how far is too far when it comes to landing that sale?
Sales Success

People Who Need People

Find out how to break the ice with your prospects and make that all-important customer connection a reality.

Making a Scene

Your special event won't be so special if nobody hears about it. Here's how to power up your promotions.
Dollar Signs

Ray of Hope?

VCs are optimistic about the coming year but are still holding on to their purse strings.

Where the Money Is

Looking for cash? This fund is a good bet.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 05/03

Why single-use credit card numbers could stop credit card fraud, what the Dow and dogs have in common, and more
Personal Finance

One-Stop Shop?

Brokerage firms make a play for your bank business, too.
Raising Money

Tell Me No Secrets

You may be turning VCs off if you're asking them to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Tax Talk

Your Loss Is Your Gain

Taking a hit during hard times isn't necessarily a lose-lose situation if you're an S corporation.
Biz Travel

Miles to Go

When an airline goes bust, do your points take flight?

The Transformers

Entrepreneurs who changed the world and how they did it
Capitol Issues

Free Rein

The president's budget proposal would give the SBA's 504 loan program some kick.

Flash 05/03

Bye, bye floppies and analog, foods that are in--and out, and more
Hot Seat

Family Matters

Could giving employees paid family leave actually leave your company stronger?
It Figures

It Figures 05/03

The rise of direct navigation on the Web, what motivates entrepreneurs and more
Smarts Features

Losing the Race

Is the Patent Office's slowness putting U.S. innovation at risk?
Smarts Features

In With the New

Get your customers to get rid of your products--so they can buy more.
Smarts Features

Balancing Act

Will proposed pension plan changes help your company--or hurt your employees?
Smarts Features

Move Over, Martha

Find out which style maven has the best shot at claiming Martha Stewart's crown.
Smarts Features

The Mac Pack

Some entrepreneurs would rather switch than fight.
Smarts Features

Kid Stuff

Want to light your child's entrepreneurial fire? Try a stint at a business camp.
Smarts Features

Labor Pains

If immigration laws tighten, all entrepreneurs could feel the squeeze.
Smarts Features

Soldiers of Fortune

"Business is a battlefield" is more than just a cliche for this company.

Malcolm Alexander

44, founder of Alexander Global Promotions in Bellevue, Washington
Tech Toy

Tray Chic

A take-along table for all you travelers

Full Vroom

Indulge your spring fever with a sporty new sedan.

Girl Power

For these entrepreneurs, helping other women is more than just good business.
Buyers Guide

In This Corner . . .

Weighing in at less than 4 pounds, the latest notebooks are champions of mobility.
Cool Clicks

Cool Clicks 05/03

Comparing broadband prices; refurbished mobile phones for sale
Digital Edge

Portable Lite

Centrino is the new diet pill for that bulky device you've been schlepping through airports. Are you ready to lose some weight?

Gear 05/03

A network solution on the cheap; a color PDA that's just 5 ounces
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 05/03

An all-in-one accounting system, ease your e-mail burdens and more
Net Profits

Bugged Out

Worried that tracking your customers' shopping habits may come back to bite you? Not if you do it the right way.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 05/03

Survey results show what Web surfers are searching for

Wi-Fi Wherever

Pull in, fill up, log on and download.

Bluetooth Babble

Not all wireless gadgets speak the same language.
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