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July 2006

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July 2006

Entrepreneur | July 2006
July 2006
Entrepreneur Magazine

In Full Bloom

VC funding had another fruitful year, nurturing young and established companies alike.

In on the Action

Meet the new entrants to the action-sports retail market.

The Outsiders

How far does your workers' compensation stretch?

Want It All?

It's not that you shouldn't dream big; you just need to know when to pull in the reins.

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Running for Cover

Should you eliminate health coverage entirely or limit it to a few key employees?

Honesty Pays

Insurance fraud is not only a crime-it's costly, too.

Civil Service

Position your company to get government contracts.

Like a Kid Again

Can thinking like a child help your business?

Robotic Retail

Will high-end vending machines push the right buttons with consumers?

Export with Ease

A free online filing system makes your mandatory paperwork a breeze.

Away From Home

Property isn't the only kind of real estate investment.

Is Your Brand in Danger?

Brand pirates now fake SMB products. Are you getting hurt?

New Payment Technologies

New payment technologies make spending safer and easier.

Death Is Big Business

Death becomes creative for funeral entrepreneurs.

Bird's-Eye View

Make maps a part of your marketing plan.

Fund Do

Business borrowers and individual lenders come together on this new site.

Latest Trends in Biometrics

Would you embed security chips in your employees?

Study Plans

Tax rules, funding tuition bills and more.

Give Your eBay Customers Star Treatment

Make your eBay business shine by offering stellar customer service.

Mutual Benefits

An employee stock ownership plan lets you take some cash out of your company while giving your workers a stake in the business.

Review of Peachtree's Accounting Software

Input, output, expenses, taxes... what does it all mean? With Peachtree's latest editions, you can start making the numbers work for you.

New Options in Broadband Connectivity

Feel the need for speed? Cellular broadband is ready for liftoff.

Smartphone Review

They may be little, but these smartphones pack plenty of features.

It's All in Your Head

Free your mind to find new business models.

Girls Club

Today's college women are gearing up to be tomorrow's entrepreneurs.

Lofty Lodgings

A new class of airy, open and affordable hotels is springing up.

Sell Well

Nervous about selling? Getting started is easier than you think.

Bit by Bit

Fund your startup with pieces of your finished product.

Circle of Friends

Hiring your friends can pay off for your business--if you do it right.

The State of Small-Business Funding

From banks to VCs, there's plenty of cash out there for entrepreneurs. But that doesn't mean the road to finding financing has gotten any shorter or smoother.

Firm Foundation

Two entrepreneurs build a cosmetics empire based on flawless faces and celebrity clients.

Candid Camera

Integrating a webcam into his site has helped this scuba retailer reel in extra sales.

A Little Pick-Me-Up

Consider a small truck for all your light-load needs.

Billboards Go High-Tech

Forget boring billboards--internet-connected signage is grabbing consumers' attention in a whole new way.

Power of Community Service

Giving power to the people has helped this pair build a thriving e-commerce site.

Now C This

IRS rules limit the tax benefits of C corporations.

Marketing to Other Entrepreneurs

If you're marketing to other business owners, you need to offer the 7 things they want most--and learn how you can deliver them.

What Do You Know?

Chances are, not everything. Luckily, the unknown is full of opportunity.

Fast-Food Franchises Get Fresh

Which food franchises will be flying off the shelves in the near future? Ones that offer fast, healthy and fresh options.

You Can Do It!

Despite some bumps in the road, these 5 entrepreneurs created thriving businesses. Learn from their challenges to help keep your company on the right track.

Letting Family Members Go

Is it possible to fire a family member without inciting a feud?

Reaching New Heights

These roofing specialists are growing their business by focusing on the environment.

Create a Product Your Customers Will Want

Are more features what your customers really want? Try to make your product do too much, and it may end up doing nothing at all.

Smart Ideas 07/06

Cell phone covers, bachelor party adventure trips and more.

Wireless N is Here

It's not official yet, but you can get faster Wi-Fi now.

Stay Connected on the Road

Using technology to service clients and to keep in touch on the road.

Recapturing Your Selling Spirit

Running low on motivation? It happens to the best of us. These 6 tips will help you get moving in the right direction.

Organized Crime

Stop shoplifting gangs from hurting your shop.

Chill Out

Managing your stress makes you a better deal-maker.

London Calling

The London stock exchange is courting American entrepreneurs for its small-cap market. Are you a perfect match?

Troubled Waters

It's been a year of scandal, criticism and change at the SBA.

Pulled Under

Since expectations for mutual funds can be artificially sunny, consider using index funds to stay afloat.

Double Dipping

Life is sweet for a vice president of sales by day and chocolate fountain franchisee by night.

Of Mice and Men

Pesky critters crawling and the military calling put this franchisee in a bind.

What's in a Name?

What you don't know can hurt you online, so keep a close eye on your brand to make sure your company appears in its best light.

Are Talking Avatars Right For Your Site?

Talking avatars are a friendly way to connect with site visitors.

Tapping Into the Gift Market

Want strong sales all year? Use your site to tap into the gift market.

Military Might

A powerful ally is helping this software company grow into a force to be reckoned with.

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