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In the race to make money, some American businesses have been lying their pants off--but is success at any cost really worth the price?
For Better or . . .
How women entrepreneurs strike a balance between business and marriage
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The Father of Spam
Half of all e-mail sent today is spam. What does the man who started it all think of it now?
It Figures 10/03
The number of small businesses receiving SBA loans, who's simplifying their life and more
Weighed down by your portable PC? These featherweights might be just what you're looking for.
Price Is Right
350-plus franchises you can buy for less than $50,000
If you want to start your own business, you'd better make sure you're in shape for it--emotionally, mentally and financially. Our three entrepreneurial fitness tests will help you see if you've got what it takes to get through the start-up phase.
Giving new meaning to the term "mobile phone"
Up in the Air
Dotcom stocks could be poised for a comeback.
Many e-tailers are lining up to target the growing Hispanic market. It's a good idea, <I>verdad</I>?
Additional network storage; the small, quieter desktop
If you want to save some money and improve your productivity, maybe it's time to get an affordable copy machine of your own.
Tech Buzz 10/03
How the Value-Added Tax affects your tech purchases; a new OS for Macs
Show those numbers who's boss with a new accounting software program.
Hot Disks 10/03
Diagramming made easy, turn your tablet PC into a time-saving tool and more
A Fair Trade
Find out how to barter the right way--and avoid the practices that will land you in hot water.
Money Buzz 10/03
Simple tactics for avoiding bad credit; wooing top-notch talent to your board
Jump-start your problem-solving skills for a better business.
Where's the Love?
You've lost that lovin' feeling for your business-but don't let it slip away. It's time to rekindle your passion and renew your commitment as an entrepreneur.
Made in America?
More and more U.S. businesses are trekking overseas to explore cheaper ways to make their products. But what does that mean for small manufacturers left behind on the home front?
Learning to live with the competitors you love to hate
Congress is set to increase the lending ceilings on SBA programs.
. . . and other threats from the politically offended
James L. McNeil
50, founder and CEO of McNeil Technologies Inc. in Springfield, Virginia
Business credit scores are on the horizon. Could your personal credit history hurt you?
Manufacturers' inspection programs make it worth your while to buy used.
Signs of Life?
You'll need plenty of patience to profit from m-commerce.
The latest in robotic watchdogs
You can make renting a car easier on the company budget.
The Winner Is . . .
Find out which cities topped our 10th annual list of best cities for entrepreneurs.
Luck of the Draw
A windfall helps one man's small-business dream come true.
Words to the Wise
Has your marketing copy lost its punch? Kick it up a notch with these words that work.
Online seminars show 'em what you've got.
In Your Face
Cross your fingers, hold your breath . . . and put out ads with no holds barred.
Are you thinking about getting into the wine business? Here's a taste of what awaits you.
The Bold and the Profitable
Think you've got the guts to strike out and do something completely different?
Lessons from sports superstars help you score business success.
Becoming Your Own Boss
So you want to start a secretarial service. Where do you go from there?
All in the Delivery
It was perfect timing for this couple to take on a dry cleaning delivery franchise.
To the Letter
Testimonials lead to a world of opportunity.
What's New 10/03
A one-stop marketing shop
Our franchisees can't be wallflowers if they expect to get the help they're entitled to from their franchisor.
Good as Gold
One woman unearths a gem of a business by letting her customers create (and re-create) their own jewelry.
A Wild Ride
The twists and turns of running your own business can throw you for a loop. Try these four tips to get back on track.
When it comes to inventing a successful product, experience may be your best asset.
Tee for Two
Entrepreneurs find a swingingly successful venture in arcade-style video games, such as 3-D golf.
Letters from our readers
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Get Over It!
Never mind what those negative voices inside your head say--you can make the sale.
Appealing to the over-65 crowd
Marketing Buzz 10/03
Can adopting a highway give your company positive exposure?
Along for the Ride
Losing touch with your reps? Regular ride-alongs can help keep the connection alive.
Winning at negotiation means learning what to bring to the table--and what to leave at home.
Asking Too Much?
Not a chance. Questions are one of the best tools for unlocking creativity.
Employee Disputes: Avoiding Court
Are you within your rights to require employees to sign a binding arbitration agreement?
Fly by Night?
Don't fall for a scam--use these tips before you buy health insurance.
Close the Loop
If you're outsourcing projects right and left, make sure the information you need is rolling back to you.
Management Buzz 10/03
Rid your company of its jargon; why closing the last week of the year might be a smart idea
At Your Service
Is your service center living up to its potential? Find out how to get all you can from yours.
If You Build It . . .
Are you overlooking significant deductions on new construction or major remodeling projects?
House of Cards?
Home-equity borrowing could be risky business as interest rates rise.
No Guts, Some Glory
Thinking short term and safety first? Here's a fund that's got both.
A Perfect Match?
If you think an intermediary service has the quick fix you need for finding investors, take a second look.
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