Inside the July 2003 Issue
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The Thrill of the Chase

Nowadays, it seems venture capitalists are an endangered species, but your chances of finding VC funding are better than you think. We'll help you track down investors with our 3rd Annual VC 100.

Prove Your Worth

Forget the stock market. The best way to build wealth is to invest in your own company. And now's the time to show the world what your business is made of.

A Mixed Blessing

That unexpected windfall may feel like winning the lottery, but if you aren't careful, it could wreak havoc on your business.


Be Your Own Boss Features

Secrets to Success

Yes, you can be a successful franchisee--our insiders and experts tell you how.
Be Your Own Boss Features

Wireless Wealth

The Wi-Fi revolution is coming. Find out how your business can get in on the ground floor and rope in profits.
Biz 101

Best of Both Worlds

Yes, it is possible to balance passionate creativity and no-nonsense business.
Biz 101

It's Who You Know

Talk about your firm at all times, and you might reach the ears (or head) of a famous client.
Biz 101

Make It Snappy

Learn the valuable art of the one-page pitch.
Biz 101

Know Thy Enemy

Ignorance isn't bliss when it comes to your competition.

Finning the Flames

With a flash of creativity, you can swim circles around the competition.

Standing on Their Own

After years of dreaming, this couple decides to go it alone with their own Woody's Hot Dogs kiosk.

Breaking Ground

One seasoned land developer puts his experience to good use.

What's New 07/03

Helping high school athletes get their big breaks
Real Life

Sending Out an SOS

Our franchisees just hit an iceberg in negotiating their land deal. Will they be able to keep it afloat?
Smart Ideas

Give 'Em the Sack

Two entrepreneurs pack in the profits with treat bags for the rich and famous.
Success Coach

Hey, Listen Up!

Plugging in to what others have to say can spark new ideas for your business.
Whats Your Problem

Mighty Mouse

Your store may not be a big, city-slicker business, but even a small-town shop can still get customers through its doors.
Almost Famous

Food for Thought

With a new twist on familiar snack foods, this entrepreneur has success in the bag.
Editors Note

Higher Learning


Resources 07/03

Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Creative Zone

Eyes Wide Shut?

The inspiration you need could be right under your nose.

Get With the Program!

Save money with a new approach to managing disability benefits.

Better Safe . . .

Does your product need a warning label? Don't get burned--consider all the potential dangers.
Management Buzz

Management Buzz 07/03

Protecting your telecommunications services from hijackers; trimming your expenses
Real Deal

Culture Shock

If you don't learn to bridge the gap, you may risk alienating potential business partners.
Smart Moves

A Head Start

Need some help thinking more clearly under pressure? "Hot-wire" your brain with meditation.
Staff Smarts

Can You Manage?

Should the office hotshot be your next manager? Only if he or she really has the right stuff.
A+ Ads

Head Long

Is it too much of a stretch to get your prospect to read a headline the length of your arm?

Sweet Reward

Reaching out to the media really does pay off.
Marketing Buzz

Marketing Buzz 07/03

Using music to enhance sales; public speaking is an expensive way to advertise your business
Net Sales

Talking Shop

Where should you focus your online marketing? Try the office.
Sales Force

Radical Rendezvous

Bye-bye boring. You can plan a lively sales conference without breaking the bank.
Sales Success

Trying Times

Every once in a while, you'll meet difficult customers. Question is, are you prepared to take them on?


Join the multichannel marketing revolution, and get ready to pump up your sales.
Dollar Signs

Makeover Magic

The SBA may give its underused 504 loan program a face lift. How will that help you?

Fit to Commit

This small-cap value fund wants investors for the long haul.
Money Buzz

Money Buzz 07/03

Joining the hedge fund fray; helping your employees become homeowners
Personal Finance

Can't Win for Losing

A mutual fund tax quirk limits your capital losses.
Raising Money

Bonus Round

Taking on some venture debt after a round of VC can give you more bang for your buck.
Tax Talk

An Unsure Thing

Can't pay your federal tax bill? Don't count on the IRS offer-in-compromise program to help.
Biz Travel

The Fast Track

How to jet through the airport and get on your way

Growth Guru

How to turn your business into a hot commodity
Capitol Issues

Clocking In

For low-wage workers, overtime may get more lucrative.
Hot Seat

Green Machines

Can you make a difference and make your business work, too? This entrepreneur says yes.
It Figures

It Figures 07/03

Americans' personal finance situation, which racial group produces the most college graduates and more
Smarts Features

Where's Big Brother?

Orwell's nightmare won't be coming to the Internet anytime soon.
Smarts Features

Slow Change

You'd better not hold your breath waiting for retirement plan reform.
Smarts Features

Second Time Around

These Internet pioneers hope to prove that lightning really does strike twice.
Smarts Features

Food Fight!

How should restaurateurs deal with the weighty problem of customers' obesity?
Smarts Features

Fee Bargain

Law firm mergers may give you more room to negotiate legal fees.
Smarts Features

Family Ties

Even if you don't run a family business, there's something to be learned from them.
Smarts Features

Seeing Is Believing

Camera-phones bring business into focus with instant and cost-effective images.

Lori & Ryan Pacchiano

32, 23, co-founders of High Maintenance Bitch in Seattle
Tech Toy

Soft Touch

A flexible keyboard you can roll up and put away
Whats the Point

In the Balance

Learn the factors banks really weigh when setting loan terms.

It's Optional

What do you really need, and what can you live without?

Required Reading

We've got your summer reading list--books to inspire you, from women entrepreneurs.
Buyers Guide

Do Your Network

Curious about how effective Wi-Fi adapters are? We've got you covered.
Digital Edge

Call Waiting?

The computer phone is still a thing of the future, but IP telephony will deliver better ways to beam up to your enterprise today.

Gear 07/03

A security device for your home Internet connection; a lightweight notebook that's heavy on battery power
Hot Disks

Hot Disks 07/03

The latest in data recovery software, contact management applications and more
Net Profits

At Their Service

Although money's tight, don't even think about skimping on good online-customer support.

The Replacements

If it's high time to get rid of your worn-out desktops, then try these wireless portables on for size.
Tech Buzz

Tech Buzz 07/03

The current status in PDA land; computer recycling services

Inking Up

Now coming to a printer near you-files from a cellphone or PDA

Wi-Fi Reloaded

Maybe all your 802.11b network needs is a boost.
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