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April 2006

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April 2006

Entrepreneur | April 2006
April 2006
Entrepreneur Magazine

Keeping the Good Ones Around

Are you afraid your key employees are ready to walk? Here's what you can do to keep your most valuable players around.

What a Trip!

Looking to minimize surprises and maximize perks while on the road? Our picks for the best deals in business travel can help you on your way.

Rich Blend

Integrated benefits help your employees--and your company.

Better Than a Bank?

When it comes to lending, finance companies are often less demanding and more understanding than banks.

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Less Is More

Quality counts more than quantity with this fund.

Financing Your Radical Concept

Is your company's concept so cutting edge that investors won't touch it? Here's how to get their attention--and their money.

Perfect Casting

To truly unlock your employees' talents, you need to understand who they are and what roles best suit them.

Teacher's Aid

This education entrepreneur learned some valuable lessons about getting funding.

All Work, No Play?

Google engineers spend some of their workweek doing anything but work. Could you profit from letting your employees do the same?

Sticky Business

A decorating dilemma inspired these entrepreneurs' bold and beautiful business concept.

Long-Distance VoIP

One company offers VoIP long-distance rates with no router required.

Review of Portable Projectors

The latest portable projectors will keep your audience's attention everywhere you go without weighing you down en route.

Attracting Boomers to Your Site

With baby boomers flooding in, the Net is a very profitable place.

Testing Your Site

Find out what works best by using A/B testing on your website.

Extra Juice for Road Warriors

Tired of recharging on the go? Look for this new label.

The Power of Core Duo Portables

New core duo portables pack more processing punch per watt.

New Attitude

After dishing the dirt on failing dotcoms, the internet's bad boy proves he can do better.

Getting Cash From Your IRA

You may be able to take money from your IRA, penalty-free.

Worn Well

Old friends build a sportswear empire on affordable prices and word-of-mouth.

Perking Up

Employee perks take on a whole new meaning in 2006.


Put up your dukes, and get your frustrations out.

Student Bodies

Energize your marketing by bringing students onboard.

Practical Help

Build a billion-dollar business by mastering the essentials.

Lending a Hand?

Small-business contracting post-Katrina sparks debate.

Ruling the Net

The U.S. hold on internet policy just got a little looser.

Don't Kid

Would you consider banning little ones from your location?

Musical Chairs?

The trend in boardrooms is to nix a seat--COO.

Free to Wander

This author believes the key to creativity is being goal-free.

Video Gaming Craze

An heir apparent to the poker craze emerges--video gaming.

The Tax Dance

What could proposed tax overhauls mean for your business?

A Festive Focus

Turn your passion for a specific holiday into a thriving seasonal business by getting your timing right.

Face Your Financials

Look your lender in the eye, and get what you need with this expert advice for funding your startup.

The Next Chapter

A brand makeover helps move a bookstore's story forward.

Nothing But the Best

We present the leaders in 109 franchise categories.

What's Your Entrepreneurial Personality Type?

Anyone can start a business! The secret is picking a venture that fits your entrepreneurial personality. Here's how to determine yours.

Extending Your Office

Your must-have guide to the latest technologies for the mobile and virtual office

Keeping Your Business Model Flexible

In today's fast-paced marketplace, your business model has to be flexible. Are you up to the challenge?

Having Trouble Finding Tech Employees?

Why are so many entrepreneurs struggling to find qualified tech employees?

Mental Briefcase

On the road to startup, file away each experience, and use it to help overcome challenges later.

Post Graduate Work

Transitioning your college business into the world beyond graduation

Start an eBay Store

Use an eBay store to set up shop in your own little corner of the eBay universe, and watch sales take off.

Spreading the News

Innovative advertising is catching the eye of both consumers and franchisees.

Should I Start a Coupon Biz?

How the web is affecting local coupon businesses.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

The do's and don'ts of creating a professional-looking logo

Doing Business in China

Discover the hot markets in this land of opportunity.

Do Non-Compete Agreements Work?

Protect yourself against competition from ex-workers.

Checking Into a Temp's Past

What you don't know about a temp's shadowy past can hurt you.

Buying a Suppliers's Company

Branching out into a new realm of business by buying the assets of a former supplier has its pros and cons. Just ask these entrepreneurs.

Off Broadway

Employees bring an artistic sensibility to a new york city cleaning company.

Break It Up

How to deal when a customer doesn't like your rep

Are You Scaring Away Customers?

Your efforts to get to know your customers could be driving them away.

Playing the Fool?

Wise up by avoiding these 5 negotiating mistakes.

Take Control of Your Marketing Plan

You control your business, but your marketing plan is another story. Take the reins by channeling your inner chief marketing officer.

3 Steps to Landing a Big Account

Want to land that big account, but not sure how to get to the top? Climb the ladder to success in 3 simple steps.

Come Back Soon

Before they leave, give shoppers a reason to return.

Built to Last

By making employees its best marketers, this construction company found solid ground.

The Sky's the Limit

Flying into the wind, entrepreneurs climb to great heights.

New Retirement Plans

More choices for 401(k) and 403(b) plans mean the sky's the limit on your retirement-planning options.

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