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September 2004

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September 2004

Entrepreneur | September 2004
September 2004
Entrepreneur Magazine

Race to the Top

Ask not what the presidential candidates can do for you--ask what they can do for your business. We look at the issues shaping President Bush's and Senator Kerry's entrepreneurial agendas.

Work, Interrupted

Think work distractions are a pain? Top CEOs tend to disagree.

Money Buzz 09/04

Deducting business lunches, investing help from your computer and more

Way to Grow

A computer model picks this fund's winners.

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Relief Valve?

Done right, a private investment in public equity, or PIPE, could bring your business much-needed cash.

Hot Disks 09/04

Hard disk searches, voice-activated dialing and more

Three's Company

American carriers are finally bringing 3G cellular service to a phone near you.

Gear 09/04

The ultimate in slim notebooks and PDAs

Double Play

Could sending a paper catalog to customers boost your e-commerce business?

Tech Buzz 09/04

Caring for disks, renewing anti-virus software and more

BlackBerry Harvest

Mobile warriors will benefit from new products utilizing this wireless technology.

In the Book?

A "white pages" for mobile phone users is on its way.

Infectious Agents

A growing number of uninvited guests are pushing their way onto your PCs. Here are the latest antidotes.

It Figures 09/04

Eating out, looking to China and more

Novel Ideas

Two entrepreneurs write books about their experiences--and learn something in the process.

Domestic Dispute

The debate over benefits for same-sex couples heats up.

In the "No"

Pessimistic employees may not be so bad for your business after all.

Getting Their Slice

Save money, and keep employees happy with stock ownership plans.

Raise the Roof

These models give you good reasons to drive around with the top down.

On the Rise

What will expected interest-rate hikes mean to you?

Hunting Season

Feds try to protect the little guy from payroll tax predators.

Will Power

What would you do if you suddenly inherited a business?

It's a Chic Thing

Boutique hotel chains are going strong with cheap, stylish offerings.

What's in a Name?

A lot, if you're talking about the .mail domain--it could make sending legit e-mail ads easier.

Snapshot 09/04

Jeff Jonas, 40, founder of SRD in Las Vegas

Clutter Busters

From closets to cabinets to garages, Americans' clutter is piling up like never before. Find out how you can clean up in this growing industry.

The Right Stuff

Are you franchisee material? Take a look at yourself from a franchisor's point of view, and see how you measure up.

I'm Game

What hot, new pastime is inspiring entrepreneurs to launch businesses?

Small Wonder

A camera that fits nicely in your wallet

Lights, Camera, Action!

Do you dream of promoting your business on Oprah or the Today show, but don't know where to start? Here's the inside scoop on harnessing the power of TV--so get ready for your close-up.

Heart of Gold

Nonprofits are reaping the rewards of starting for-profit ventures.

Great Expectations

Think your business technology is all that and a bag of microchips? Well, it's not. Chances are, you need an upgrade. Here's a preview of the technologies that will change the way your company works.

Balancing Act

Your business' success depends on working to attract new customers--while still keeping existing clients happy.

Give It a Go

A "hands-on" approach to marketing your product could be just the thing to win customers.

Recipe for Success

Smart partnering can transform a lone inventor into a market force.

In Hot Water?

Take a closer look at your marketing materials, or you may get burned.

Survey Says . . .

Market research on the cheap is just a click away.

Kick Back and Relax

If you think free time is a luxury you can't afford, think again--relaxation is essential to your startup's success.

Green With Envy?

Don't let the green-eyed monster capsize your team. Use these techniques to bring a sales superstar onboard without rocking the boat.

Smart Ideas 09/04

Asian-inspired children's clothing, fine art marketing materials and more

What's New 09/04

Garage refurbishing and franchising 101

High on Life

Genuine enthusiasm translates to good business in any language.

Playing Cupid

These matchmaking sisters aim to give busy singles a fast--and fun--way to date.

Bull in a China Shop?

If that's how parents feel bringing kids into your store, they'll pass you by.

More Than a Sitter

What to know before starting a child-care business

Take Me to Your Leader

Do you have what it takes to run a company?

Projecting Your Startup Costs

Get real when it comes to accurately figuring out just what it'll cost you to get your business off the ground.

Tech Tools

The winner of our tech makeover from Interland, Sprint and IBM learns how upgrading can pay off.

Required Reading

Who says you can't judge a book by its cover? Book jackets can make or break sales--so why not use them to inspire your advertising efforts?

Marketing Buzz 09/04

Proposal writing tips, advertising in blogs and more

Resources 09/04

Web sites, organizations, events and more to grow your business

Making Waves

For the brothers who made the fish taco a million-dollar industry, it's all relative.

Illicit Affairs?

If you do business overseas, be certain your "administrative fees" aren't really illegal bribes.

Separation Anxiety

Don't worry if you have an employee who's not a team player--it <i>is</i> possible to deal with loners in a way that makes everyone happy.

Speak Up

Hate to negotiate? That's still no excuse to avoid learning this skill.

Management Buzz 09/04

Check your spelling, pay equity and more

Flaw and Order

Are you apt to make mistakes? You're not alone. Find out how to avoid these 8 common pitfalls.

5 Ways to Land a Big Account

Landing a large account doesn't have to be out of your reach. With these 5 strategies, your company will be on its way up.

Picture Perfect

In the market for a digital camera for your business? Keep your eyes peeled for these features.

On the Disabled List?

Save employees (and your business) a world of hurt with disability insurance.

Don't Go Long

For fixed-income investors, low interest rates make short-term CDs the best choice.

Paying Your Dues

If you're looking for investor money, brace yourself for a rigorous due-diligence process.

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