Inside the December 2006 Issue
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The Hot List

Now that we've uncovered the most popular business trends for 2007, it's up to you to strike while they're hot.

Ready to Roll

The latest commercial vehicles are green, mean and loaded with extras.

Small-Business Answer Book

Get the answers to your crucial business questions in the last of our three-part series.


Almost Famous

The Lush Life

This trendy beverage boutique attracts the youth market in droves.
Biz Travel

Paper or Plastic?

Using a corporate credit card has some material advantages.

True Story

Ever wonder what makes successful people tick? One book works it out.

Spin Cycle

Is it time to spin off part of your company?
Forward Features

Tricks of the Trade

IPOs have gotten tougher, but entrepreneurs have some alternatives up their sleeves.
Forward Features

Driving Factor

Keep gas prices from pushing employees over the edge.
Forward Features

Best Practices

Your good habits can rub off on your business.
Forward Features

Missed Manners

Don't let technology get the better of your behavior.
Forward Features

Get the Message

Instant messaging is gaining favor as a business tool.
Forward Features

Penny Pinchers

The middle class is scaling back, but you need not pay the price.
Forward Features

Up for the Count

Hiring may be down, but paychecks are still growing.
Forward Features

All Packed...

With the mobile web changing, sites are getting ready to go.

From Scratch

How one entrepreneur built something out of nothing

Best of Both Worlds

The latest luxury cars combine comfort and fuel efficiency.

Creative Clientele

How customers can help you get creative.
Hot Trend

Idea Mining

You could uncover your next big product using tech transfer.

Good Genes

Banking on biotech, this innovator sees a cleaner future in enzymes.
Whats Next

On a Roll

Flexible display technologies will change the way you do business.
Global Village

Rest Insured

Protect against losses with trade credit insurance.
Lead Buzz

Just Checking

Should you conduct ongoing background checks on your employees?

Separated At Work

Can you keep spouses from working together?
Smart Moves

Me, Myself and I

Your employees are feeling more socially isolated. Should you help?

Head for the Hills

Don't let the peace and quiet of rural life fool you--it could make your business boom.
Staff Smarts

Well, Honestly!

Establishing ethics standards makes sense for your bottom line.
Dollar Signs

Taking Stock

Have stock options lost their sparkle? Maybe--but this compensation tool can still be useful if you know how to do it right.

It's All the Talk

A fund tunes in to growing media & telecom industries.

Assisted Giving

The right EAP is good for employees--and for you.
Money Buzz

Enrollment Fee

Pitfalls to avoid when setting up a college fund.
Money Buzz

Stash That Cash

Adding cash to your investment portfolio.
Money Buzz

Advise Advisory

Hiring fiduciary advisors for your employees.
Personal Finance

Site Testing

Finding credible investment advice in the endless supply online can be a daunting task. Here's how to get started.
Raising Money

Cutting Back

Even successful businesses have debt, but how much is too much? Learning how to manage debt is what can put you ahead.
Rich Returns

Back to Your Roots

Do your problems stem from a lost company mission?

Truth Be Told

A new virtual marketplace takes the subjectivity out of valuing a business.
Tax Talk

Holiday Trimming

Lower your tax bill with last-minute adjustments.
Real Deal

Don't Dwell On It

So you made a bad deal. Learn from it, and move on.
Retail Register

One By One

Grow your bottom line by pumping up individual sales.
Sales Success

Need a Light?

Everyone gets burned out at times, but you can take steps to recharge.
Sell Buzz

The Gift of Giving

Ideas for holiday gift-giving.

The Principle's Office

A marketing agency taps into the selling power of businesses on their best behavior.

Talk is Cheap...

And as a marketing method, it's downright unbeatable. Get customers to spread the word about your business with 3 simple strategies.
Biz 101

Diary of a Startup

Fundraising, marketing and location shopping are all in a day's work.
Biz 101

Good Connections

Take your business where you want it by networking.
Biz U

Real Smart

Your academic experience doesn't have to be all about the grade.
eBay Entrepreneur

Gone Phishing

Use eBay's security measures to avoid falling prey to online scams.
Money Matters

Extra Effort

Does your bank go above and beyond?

Soup Frenzy

A TV show built nationwide buzz. Now these franchisees are serving it up in their local community.

All Hooked Up

A franchisee finds her calling selling cell phones.
Smart Ideas

Cure Couture

To lessen the pain of a family tragedy, one woman dressed up her crutches and found a fashionable calling.
Smart Ideas

Rival Revival

Making money off university rivalries.
Smart Ideas

On Par

Keeping startup costs low put this golf aficionado in the green.
Startups Features

Making a Difference

If you have a passion for a cause, starting a nonprofit could be for you.
Startups Features

A New Chapter

Getting laid off may feel like an unhappy ending, but it could be where your franchise story begins.
Success Coach

Tap Your Talent

To help boost your business, focus on what you do best.
Buyers Guide

Make Your Way

No matter where your business travels take you, one of these GPS devices will help you find the best route to get there.

Juice It Up

Power solutions keep the gabbing going in out-of-the-way places.
Net Profits

Extreme Makeover

Upgrading your site is an investment, but it could pay off handsomely.
Net Profits

Let's Talk Shop

Other small businesses could be some of your site's best customers.
Net Sales

The Genuine Article

Draw in new business by writing a helpful, well-researched web article.

The Shipping News

Thinking inside the box led this entrepreneur to develop a novel shipping system.
Tech Buzz

What's the Word?

Keeping track of search engine marketing.
Tech Buzz

Check Your Pulse

Tools to keep you on top of your company's reputation

Push the Envelope

Push e-mail is coming to a mobile device near you.
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