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Entrepreneur | July 2007
July 2007
Entrepreneur Magazine

Perfect Match

Finding the right VC is a lot like dating-networking, friendly introductions and sheer luck all play a role. Discover how 3 entrepreneurs met their VCs and started lasting relationships that helped their businesses grow.

No Limits

Choosing a bank with fewer lending limitations will keep you from hitting a credit roadblock when you need financing most.

Ahead of the Curve

Next up? Finding out what'll be big before anyone else does.

Pickup Lines

Eyeing a new truck? Here are some to make you swoon.

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Now See This

Online video can breathe new life into your business.

Wonder Years

A child's imagination can make for a bright business idea.

Yoo-hoo! Over here.

If you want to get a VC's attention, you need to make a stronger statement than that. Here's how.

Peer Power

Look online for funding by the people, for the people.

Get Your Kicks

Mixed martial arts gyms are where the action is.

No EZ Answers

The empowerment zone program held lots of promise. So why didn't it deliver?

Terror Target?

Find out if you need coverage in case of a terrorist attack.

New Way to Pay

Pick up your phone to pick up the tab.

Eureka!

Precious natural resources make this fund a real find.

Keep It Real

Why you should steer clear of bogus corporate entities.

Home, Second Home

Purchasing another home has its perks. To make the most of them, get the facts before you buy.

Play It Safe

There's plenty of room in your portfolio for stocks--but to ride the wave of market volatility, diversify with bonds, too.

Postage Cramp

How entrepreneurs are coping with the new postal rates.

Balancing Act

Excess inventory can eat up your cash, so ditch the superfluous stock and use better management practices to keep your business booming.

Better Business

Here's how one insurance company takes corporate philanthropy to the next level.

Lead the Way

You may be passionate about your vision, but are your employees sold on it, too? Get them pumped about your company's mission.

Watch This

Before you dish out your dollars for an HDTV, consider its dual purpose.

Your Space

Harness the power of social networking sites.

Super computer

Is number crunching crashing your computer?

Phone It In

VoIP is stepping out of the office and hitting the road.

Time to Tango

Get cheek-to-cheek with low-cost, personal videoconferencing.

Let's Get Digital

Pick up one of these camcorders and join the digital video revolution.

Take It Outside

Free up your crucial resources by outsourcing fulfillment.

Poll Vaulting

Need a tool that will help you get a jump on market research and customer feedback? Look no further than online polls.

Do the Mash

Marrying maps to data is simple--and it can get your business moving.

On the Bandwagon

It's not just for computers anymore--these guys are bringing broadband to a TV near you.

On The Rise

The best part about starting small is that there's no limit to how far you can go. These entrepreneurs launched their businesses with less than $1,000, but now they're making millions--and so can you.

London 2.0

Is London the new Silicon Valley?

Temper, Temper!

That employee who came to work today in a bad mood could actually be a very good thing for your company.

Ace the System

Tighter security doesn't mean tougher trade.

Use Caution

Prevent liability hassles by eliminating hazards.

Pen to Paper

Writing skills are vital for today's employees, but few have them.

D'oh!

Sure, hindsight is 20/20, but foresight could be, too. Here's how you can catch more business blunders before they happen.

Keep It Simple

Doing things the old-fashioned way keeps business booming for these card crafters.

Flexible Hours

A staffing agency finds its niche pairing moms and others with jobs that match their schedules.

Ready to Sell

Opening his franchise on a tight schedule wasn't easy, but Jim Solis was up to the challenge.

Good Advice

Got questions? eBay's got answers. Here's where to find them.

Making It Big

Learn how to negotiate successfully with big companies--even if you're just starting out.

Guardian Angels

An angel group could be your startup's savior.

Pocket Full of Widgets

Widgets go mobile--with companies vying for a chunk of the change.

Overnight Success

You may be hoping for your big break--but can you actually handle it?

Yes, You Can!

Break down barriers and achieve even your loftiest goals by creating a positive mindset.

In the Groove

What began as a simple hip-hop site has grown into a million-dollar business.

More Than a Mirage

Where others saw nothing but desert, a couple looking to train divers saw an ocean of possibilities.

Free Marketing Tools

Looking for ideas? Check out these three great marketing resources--which also happen to be free.

Not Just a Test

Want better results from your e-mail marketing, but don't know where to start?

Play Nice

When making deals, it pays to mind your manners.

For a Good Cause

Promote a charity and your business.

That Time Again?

Loyalty programs remind customers to buy from you.

Site Unseen?

To attract customers near and far, optimize your blog for search engines.

What's Your Story?

Create emotionally invested customers by injecting your unique personality into every aspect of your business.

No Pain, No Gain

To make the sale, you need to do what's difficult.

Action Pact

Devotion to the culture and lifestyle of her core audience keeps this action sports marketer on top of her game.

Clean Up

How to offset travel's toxic toll on the environment.

Back to Basics

A company's simple yet refined T-shirts are a perfect fit for customers in more than 20 countries.

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