Inside the August 2006 Issue
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Sales Shape-Up

Ready to ramp up your sales--fast? Our 30-day action plan takes your business to new heights.

Hot Stuff

Make these top trends part of your marketing mix.


Almost Famous

Beachy Keen

Celebs, fashion editors and beach-goers give the stamp of approval to mix-and-match bathing suits with an international flair.
Biz Travel

Paying for Perks

Want the travel amenities you're used to? Be ready to pay up.

Exception to the Rules

A new book doesn't bend to old business adages.
Forward Features

Be My Neighbor

This philanthropic fund is encouraging business growth, but will it start a trend?
Forward Features

History Lesson

Social networking sites spark unofficial background checks.
Forward Features

Stuff It

Why some consumers just say no to new purchases
Forward Features

Feel Cheated?

The SBA's corruption scandals should fuel your fire.
Forward Features

Burning Bright

A Burning Man bohemian and business owner helps clean up after Katrina.
Forward Features

Feeling Puzzled?

An addictive brainteaser can beget entrepreneurial gold.
Forward Features

Bubble 2.0?

Investors are making a cautious return to online startups.

Odd Man In

Don't go on luck: Know the odds.

Bring the Bling

Look hot and feel even hotter in an exotic car.

Field of Dreams

This entrepreneur is making a difference for women in tech--and her SMB clients.
Big Ideas

Free Style

An entrepreneur takes his blues to the streets.
Brain Storm

Thinking Bigger

Seeking company innovation? Look to your staff for collaboration.
Hot Trend

Setting the Mood

Spur brilliant ideas by spicing up employees' surroundings.
Innovation Buzz

Organic Energy

Innovations in battery life.
Innovation Snapshot

Glow On

This entrepreneur found a business idea in a material that sparked his creativity.
Global Village

Looking Forward

Here's a cheaper way to ship international orders.
Lead Buzz

Forever Young?

If you think a retirement plan doesn't matter to recent college graduates, think again.
Lead Snapshot

Supermarket Sweep

When online grocers started closing shop, a family-owned store grabbed the market.

That's My Lawyer

Is it OK to share a lawyer with a close competitor?
Smart Moves

The Hot Zone

Prepare your business for the outbreak of bird flu or any other possible pandemic before you're really in trouble.
Staff Smarts

Objective Edge

Office ombuds help smooth conflicts--without litigation.
Dollar Signs

Dashing Looks

Want to see your company's latest data? A dashboard puts all the information you need in one clear display.

The Best of Both

Stocks or bonds? How about something in between?

A Step Ahead

Consider offering employees long-term care insurance.
Money Buzz

Trading Up

The basics on Section 1031 exchanges.
Money Buzz

Safe Bet?

An investment alternative for risky times
Money Snapshot

United They Stand

One man is improving fellow entrepreneurs' odds of winning government contracts.
Personal Finance

Best for Last

Retirement might be easy, but it's not free--it takes some serious saving. How much exactly? That's the million-dollar question.
Raising Money

Exit Visa

With export financing options limited, some states are helping U.S. businesses go global. Could your company do with a ticket abroad?
Rich Returns

Top of the Heap

However hard high oil prices hit the economy, you can be prepared.
Tax Talk

Paying Tribute

Go on--get some credit for your company's research.
Real Deal

Friendly Fire?

Don't let a deal destroy your friendship.
Retail Register

Teen Dream

Wake up to a market that could bring you big bucks.
Sales Success

Up and At 'Em

Rejection got you down? Pick yourself up, and turn that no into a yes.
Sell Buzz

Knock, Knock...

Door-to-door sales are back.
Sell Snapshot

David vs. Goliath

In the war against Starbucks, independent coffeehouses have a viral marketer on their side.

Brand Slam

When it comes to your image, are you hitting hard or striking out? Cover all your bases with these 4 critical elements of a winning brand.
Biz 101

Change of Scenery

Love to travel? Look abroad for new entrepreneurship opportunities.
Biz 101


Turn a secret family recipe into a not-so-secret success.
Biz U

Game Plans

Students are learning business strategy by playing entrepreneur.
eBay Entrepreneur

Site to See

New customers are out there, but they might not be on eBay--yet. Use a website to show them the way to your business.

From the Grapevine

Entrepreneurs tap into America's taste for fine wine with new wine bar and retail store opportunities.
Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas 08/06

Inflatable chairs, pest-repelling trash bags and internet marketing.
Startup Features

Friends With Money

Looking to raise capital for your new business? Start by approaching the people who know you best.
Startup Features

Family Dynamics

Love, money, relationships, contracts... learn to navigate the complexities of owning a family franchise.
Success Coach

The Main Draw

Want to improve business? The secret is in how you relate to customers.
Whats Your Problem

Insurance for Startups

Insure your business from the start.
Buyers Guide

Make the Switch

Pick up the pace with a gigabit ethernet switch for your network.

Saved by the Bells

Who wins the battle between the bells and cable companies? You do.
Digital Edge

Hold On Tight

It's a wild ride, but haggling with your cell carrier can pay off.
Net Profits

Branching Out

Looking for new markets? A microsite could help you reach them.
Net Profits

Public Domain

Don't risk losing your corner of the web by letting it expire.
Net Sales

Attention, Please!

Having trouble attracting readers to your blog? With the right voice, your popularity in cyberspace will soar.
Tech Buzz

Beam Me Up

Broadband internet access for rural regions.
Tech Buzz

Nice Mice

Time for a new mouse?
Tech Buzz

A Nod to Pods

Learn how podcasting can help your business.
Tech Snapshot

Close to Home

No need to look overseas--thanks to one entrepreneur, tech talent is just around the corner.

Fast Talk

VoIP is wasting no time in going wireless.
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