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April 2005

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April 2005

Entrepreneur | April 2005
April 2005
Entrepreneur Magazine

Building a Fast-Growth Company

There are tried-and-true rules for growing a company. And then there are entrepreneurs who pay no attention to the speed limit, put their engines in overdrive and blaze their own paths to furiously fast growth.

Write Here, Write Now

This husband-and-wife publishing team is helping bloggers get their words out.

In Full Boom

Economy got you down? Change may be on the way.

For All Van Kind

With plenty of cargo space and luxury features, these minivans are one giant leap for your business.

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Get Wiki With It

Boost group productivity--and cut down on e-mails--with Wiki.

Bottom Dollar?

Weakening U.S. currency could change how you do business.

Thin is In

With new rules, the SBA hopes to cut big companies from its procurement numbers.

Present Sense

New IM programs tell you where everyone is.

Sharing the Love

What's it really like being married to an entrepreneur?

Lonely at the Top

Success can be isolating, so learn how to stay connected.

Space Cowboys

High-profile entrepreneurs pursue the final frontier.

Feel the Power

Faster than your current wireless network, able to send data leaping over cubicle walls in a single bound--it's Super-Duper G.

Gear 04/05

Tiny Macs, multi-function printers and flat-screen monitor reviewed

Happy Returns?

E-tailers are rethinking their policies to curb return fraud. Should you?

Reaching Out

Range-extending options for your Wi-Fi setup stretch your dollar to the max.

Tech Buzz 04/05

Improving online map services, expert web surfing and more

Out and About

This ultraportable, voice-enabled memory stick gives new meaning to the term "mobile phone."

All the Rage

Angry consumers are using the internet to get revenge. How can you keep them happy?

Honor Roll

By teaching everything from planning to perserverance, the schools in our 3rd Annual Top 100 Colleges and Universities give their students a competitive advantage in the real world.

Bon Voyage!

Wherever your business destination may be, and whatever your budget, the winners of our 12th Annual Business Travel Awards will help you travel in comfort and style.

Top Notch

Meet the industry leaders of our 2005 Franchise 500®.

31 Tips for Conquering Startup Fears

What's really holding you back from starting your own business? These 31 tips will help you face your fears and finally get the guts to become your own boss.

Resources 04/05

Websites, organizations, events and more to grow your business

School of Thought

No matter what you studied, your education can help guide you.

It's in the Cards

This day-spa owner uses gift card sales to give her cash flow a total makeover.

Lap of Luxury

This chair remembers just the way you like it.

Raising the Bar

The new affordable impulse buy is all about the Benjamins.

Snapshot 04/05

Dawn Barnes, 40s, founder of Dawn Barnes Karate Kids Inc. in Santa Monica, California

Out to Lunch

Midday meals and business deals are pairing up again.

Bright Ideas

Spark your marketing genius by reading what other innovative entrepreneurs are up to.

Work It

Take these disciplines, add lots of hard work, and master the art of running your company.

Fare Well

Before taking off, learn how to get the best deals on airfare.

Legal Issues

Make sure to answer these three legal questions when starting a homebased business.

Innovating With Fresh Ideas

R&D is being neglected in too many companies. Here's how to ensure your product pipeline is flowing with imaginative and innovative ideas.

Thumbs Up

Using biometrics to keep your employees honest and save you money

The Flinch

One technique every deal-maker should master

Fee-dom of Choice

Do you know your legal service billing alternatives?

Chew on This

Cater to customers with food allergies, and you'll be sure to get a good reaction.

Count Me In

Scared of numbers? With these accounting tips, you won't be.

Anger Management

How to deal with irate customers without losing your cool

View From the Top

See how a year's worth of changes helped our tech makeover winner take her business to new heights.

Lead Buzz 04/05

Sexual harassment training, biometric employee tracking and more

Baby Love

One couple's desire to welcome their new child inspires their small-business dreams.

Think Ink

This franchisee is making his mark with a printer cartridge shop.

What's New 04/05

If you can stand the heat, then get in the kitchen.

Smart Ideas 04/05

Getting kids cooking, non-violent computer games and more

My Hero

Let a mentor guide you on the path to success while sidestepping the potholes.

Monkey on Your Back

Do all bad habits hurt your business? Decide which ones to give the boot.

Top Honors

Winning a contest can catapult your invention into the mainstream.


From cutting hair to inspiring hispanic readership, Rueben Martinez's novel idea is a story for all ages.

Fast Forward

Take a peek at the high-tech future of retailing.

Working Assets

Looking long term with multi-cap growth funds

Strike a Match

Offering company stock in your 401(k) plan can be risky business--learn how to avoid getting burned when playing with matches.

Just Your Size

Don't make assumptions about a bank's lending methods based on size alone--here's how to find the bank that can help you cash in.

Taxing Speeds

Keep your taxes in check in spite of fast growth.

Money Buzz 04/05

Dotcom benefits for charity, VC investments and more

Should Your Heirs Work for Your Money?

Incentive trusts can get your heirs to jump through hoops for your money, but is one right for your family? Weigh the pros and cons.

It Figures 04/05

Distracted during conference calls, productivity at home and more

Show on the Road

How do you overcome a ban on your product? Take to the streets, and educate consumers.

Prep Work

Build your case to get major insurance claims.

Turning Customers Into Friends

No business is an island--solid connections are key to success. Make friends as well as customers with these time-tested tactics.

Dare to Be Different

Successful marketing means standing out from your competitors. Here are 4 steps to shedding your look-alike image.

Sell Buzz 04/05

Promotional booklets, telemarketing's alive and kicking, and more

Right as Rain

Want to get your business on the media's radar? Start rainmaking.

Sending Press Releases Online

You don't have to entrust your announcements to snail mail anymore--the internet makes sending press releases easy and effective.

Lay it on the Line

If you want your e-mail to get opened, craft a compelling subject line.

Return Engagement

Not your typical turn of events when Splitsville brings an ex-couple to begin a business

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