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May 2003

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Entrepreneur | May 2003
May 2003
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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.

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.

Girl Power

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

Family Matters

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

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Free Rein

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

It Figures 05/03

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

On the Record

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

Ray of Hope?

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

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

Where the Money Is

Looking for cash? This fund is a good bet.

Think Fast

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

Tell Me No Secrets

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

One-Stop Shop?

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

Your Loss Is Your Gain

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

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.

Management Buzz 05/03

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

Tough Choices

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

In Denial

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

Mental Images

Using metaphors can get a river of creative juices flowing.

Soldiers of Fortune

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

The Transformers

Entrepreneurs who changed the world and how they did it

Labor Pains

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

Kid Stuff

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

Full Vroom

Indulge your spring fever with a sporty new sedan.

The Mac Pack

Some entrepreneurs would rather switch than fight.

Move Over, Martha

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

Miles to Go

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

Malcolm Alexander

44, founder of Alexander Global Promotions in Bellevue, Washington

Balancing Act

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

In With the New

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

Tray Chic

A take-along table for all you travelers

Losing the Race

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

Mind Over Manners

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

In This Corner . . .

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

Gear 05/03

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

Tech Buzz 05/03

Survey results show what Web surfers are searching for

Cool Clicks 05/03

Comparing broadband prices; refurbished mobile phones for sale

Hot Disks 05/03

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

Bugged Out

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

Bluetooth Babble

Not all wireless gadgets speak the same language.

Wi-Fi Wherever

Pull in, fill up, log on and download.

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?

Join the Club

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

Finding a Market for Your Services

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

An Acquired Taste

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

No Ivory Tower

University venture lab provides real-life entrepreneurial lessons

A Dream Come True

The ins and outs of starting your own consulting service

Got Game?

Useful start-up moves from a popular board game

Flash 05/03

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

Flower Power

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

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.

What's New 05/03

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

High Time for Tea

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

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.

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.

Get In Tune

Keep your site visitors dialed in and buying.

Promoting an Event

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

Food Fair

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

People Who Need People

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

Marketing Buzz 05/03

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

Devil's Advocate

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

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.

Get With the Program!

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

Criminal Records

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

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