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Signaling the end of the VC drought, several industries have become fertile ground for investors. So what's the best way to find the right investor--even if you're not in one of those superstar sectors? Start with our 4th Annual VC 100.
Stepping On It
Will new measures really rev up U.S. manufacturers' engines?
A nearly overlooked opportunity is blooming into an ideal business.
A Fair Case
These pretty laptop cases are pretty functional, too.
Following the Leader
Learn these laws, and employees won't be far behind you.
Where the Action Is
A mobile photography business can go a long way if you know where you're going.
Worth the Drive?
Your company cars could be gulping more than just gas if you don't know what your ownership costs are.
Word to the Wise
A few things to consider before tackling franchising
Despite the headlines, mutual funds are still a good thing.
Breaking the Chain
A declaration of independents against chain restaurants
Oops! Forgot to include something crucial in your business plan? So did these entrepreneurs.
More Bang for Your Buck
Need to fill your store shelves? Then this trade show has your name written all over it.
The experts work their mojo on our "Biz 101" Tech Makeover winner's outdated Web site.
By Special Request
Upscale concierge businesses give new meaning to the phrase "service with a smile."
Smart Ideas 07/04
Scrubs for the pint-sized set, pop culture nesting dolls and more
This technology can help you comparison shop for low fares.
Beth Blake, 34, and Sophie Simmons, 32, founders of Thread in New York City
Before you let your people work at home, find out what you're liable for--and cover your bases.
Here to Stay
When you're looking for new hires, temps may not be as temporary as you might think.
It'll Cost Ya
Know how your lawyer tallies up your legal tab.
The New Kid
Another wireless technology is moving into the neighborhood.
Management Buzz 07/04
Protecting your office hardware, instituting a parental leave policy and more
Use It or Lose It
Is your business usable--or disposable? Figure it out before your competitors gain an edge.
What does the future hold for the once-hot metrosexual?
Work and watch TV at the same time with this new LCD
Down and Out
Many personal bankruptcies are really business failures in disguise.
Stake Your Claim
Contrary to popular belief, there's no need to ante up a fortune when you're playing the startup game. Here's how 3 entrepreneurs launched high-cost businesses the low-cost way.
Once tainted by get-rich-quick schemes, the direct-sales industry is changing its image. See what experts and business owners have to say about going direct.
The Other Colors of Money
If banks and VCs are out of your financial picture, don't despair. These 3 alternative sources of capital could provide the funding you're looking for.
Master Soft Selling and Hard Selling
Sometimes, closing the deal is just a matter of taking the right approach. Find out how you can master the art of the soft sell--and the hard sell.
In a Nutshell
Something as unexpected as a talking almond could be just what you need to catch the reader's eye.
Give a Good Interview
You've worked hard to land that media interview--so don't blow your opportunity. Here's how to make sure you get your message across.
Hot Disks 07/04
Portable e-mails, bare-bones compression and more
Why the recent anti-spam legislation isn't protecting you
As telecom companies race to integrate wireless capability, mobile calling could get even better.
ThinkPad slims down and no-computer-required photo printing
Make 'Em an Offer
Entrepreneurs can save big bucks by bidding for equipment on eBay. Learn which strategies work best.
Rave reviews could be all the advertising you need.
Tech Buzz 07/04
More to Office than meets the eyes, staying current with Web feeds and more
When using Wi-Fi hot spots, don't throw caution to the wind.
Not getting what you want out of your sales meetings? Here are 5 tips to point you in the right direction.
You <i>Can</i> Take It With You
Use your mobile phone even while abroad.
Release the Hounds
With search engine competition on the rise, entrepreneurs stand to benefit, as both users and advertisers.
The Inside Scoop
One expert's take on today's retail scene
Marketing Buzz 07/04
Creating a memorable atmosphere, a marketing treasure chest and more
Sick of your bulky PC? A desktop replacement notebook could be the answer.
Making Your Estate Plan Flexible
Build flexibility into your estate plan so heirs can avoid the pitfalls of changing tax laws.
Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business
Letters from our readers
A public insurance adjuster could help you get what you deserve.
Debt End Ahead?
Don't let debt put your business in a tight spot--learn how to use leverage to your advantage.
With an Academy Award and a hit TV show, the creators of <i>Queer Eye</i> are telling stories everyone wants to hear.
All Fired Up
With the right marketing plan, your product will blaze trails across the globe.
To the Rescue
Feel like the IRS is out to get you? A taxpayer advocate is on your side.
Money Buzz 07/04
Interest-bearing checking accounts, credit card debt and more
A Clean Sweep
Take your work environment from cluttered to clear with these steps.
Sometimes six heads are better than one.
It Figures 07/04
Benefits to small-business employees, where spam comes from and more
Money to Burn?
Before you go on a spending spree with your surplus cash, get your priorities straight.
Let's Have Some Funds!
Two women entrepreneurs sound off on the ups and downs of finding VC funding.