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March 2008

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March 2008

Entrepreneur | March 2008
March 2008
Entrepreneur Magazine

The Influencers

What forces will affect your business in the coming year? Here are the 25 people, trends and events you can't afford to ignore.

Tool Time

You may have a brilliant invention, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't get it off the ground. These companies can help.

Got Money?

Cash is the lifeblood of your business. Here's how to keep it flowing.

Making the Grade

Because an impressive fico score won't guarantee a loan, you'll have to balance out the equation.

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Stick With It

Tenacity is the key to building business relationships--just don't come on too strong.

What's Yours Is Yours

You don't have to be Coke, McDonald's or Nike to borrow against your company's patents, trademarks or copyrights.

Do Something!

Frazzled employees are no good for business. Stop their stress before it starts.

Start a Kidcentric Online Business

Building a kidcentric online startup? Here's what you should know.

Balancing Act

The kids may keep them busy, but these franchisees make sure they're hands-on owners.

Looking Back

Your most powerful business tool is the ability to learn from your mistakes.

Rest Easy

Lesley Hatfield got her idea for moisture-wicking sleep garments after talking to a client.

Oh So Simple

Alan Regala, 30, was tired of forgetting to bring his lunch to work.

Start Your Engines

Ricky Dennis was born into the sport of auto racing, and now he's making money doing what he loves.

Top This

Blending her passions for adventure and business, Alison Levine helps clients scale new heights.

Make a Wish List

American Express can get customers clamoring for your products.

'Billions' and 'Breakthrough'

This month's book selections take a look at business in the Far East and businesses that hit it big without venture capital.

That's the Spirit

When the going gets tough, the tough keep selling. Here's how to stay in the right frame of mind.

A Head Start

Venture capital firms are taking a new interest in student-owned businesses.

Escape the AMT Trap

The AMT is in limbo, but you don't have to be. Start planning now to avoid tax season surprises.

New Money

With traditional bank loans hard to come by, try these quick fixes to get your business the capital it needs.

On the Hunt

Finding investors for your business is all about targeting the right people.

Energizing Profits

When it comes to maximizing the savings in energy-saving, Steve Gossett is on top of the trend--and he's making bank, too.

Model Citizen

Here are 5 ways to be not just a better entrepreneur, but also a better person.

Lean on Me

Though tax liens won't get you rich quick, they can be a good investment option.

Keeping Tabs

Numbers that are tracked and reported are numbers that grow. How does your business measure up?

Truth Be Told

What's keeping you from moving to the web? This expert sets the record straight.

The Alpha Advantage

The latest buzz about alpha males has spawned workshops and books geared toward both women and men who want to become more "alpha" in business. How can being more alpha help female entrepreneurs?

Luxury Ride

Land Rover's latest focuses on power and performance.

It's a Hit

Get customers psyched about your business by using all the web has to offer.

Bed, Breakfast and Business

Bed-and-breakfasts are well-known among the romantically inclined. But now their charm is reaching road warriors as well.

An Apple a Day . . .

Take time to give your business's health plan a checkup.

More Than Able

Need new hires? Tap into the motivated, loyal pool of disabled workers.

Go for the Green

Check out these 4 essential tips for turning green marketing into gold.

Get Them Talking

Tired of trying to round up new customers on your own? Go online and start yelping for referrals.

Googly Eyed

Prepare to fall hard for a Google-based OS--and the computers that run on it.

The New Guard

High-tech heavyweights may reign supreme, but some newbies have their eyes on the throne.

Just Following Directions

The latest GPS devices take the guesswork out of getting anywhere.

Around the World

To expand your presence, get together--through a consortium.

Local Motion

Whether they're web hits or phone calls, leads are going local with Yodle.

New Wave

The top new franchises for 2008 are making a splash.

What's the Skinny?

A machine that's light but loaded with features.

Play Your Way

It's all just a game with this laptop designed for the player in you.

What It's Worth

There are two ways to look at cost of living: from your viewpoint as a business owner or from the perspective of your employees. If you are relocating or expanding your operation, you need to take both into consideration.

Stick Together

For Gen Yers, birds of a feather truly do flock together. As the group migrates into the work force and baby boomers retire, more companies are seeing the benefits of hiring groups of Gen Y friends.

Storage Smarts

Data retention can be a major gray area for growing businesses. Your data is your life-blood, whether it's employee information, customer payment numbers, internal files or the reams of e-mails you send and receive.

Say What?

Keep tabs on the competition--and track your own reputation--with these resources.

Get Sold on eBay

With hundreds of resources at your fingertips, starting a business on eBay is as easy as point and click.

Loyalty Pays

Show investors you care, and they'll show you the money.

Ready, Set, Charge!

Tips, tricks and green gadgets for juicing up your mobile technology.

You're Grounded

Landline phones are taking flight with a host of slick new features.

What's the Outlook?

Microsoft wants to help you reach out and touch someone.

Keep in Touch

Yes, prospective customers really do want to hear from you--so follow up.

The Big Show

L.A.'s the place to be this month for the latest in gifts and fashion.

Money Blogs

If you're looking for funding, try browsing the blogosphere. A small but growing number of VC managers have blogs, which can help entrepreneurs easily research and connect with funders.

Eco Tripping

Bruce Poon Tip has a basic motto for people interested in booking a vacation with his company: "If you want to travel and have all the comforts of home, I suggest you stay at home."

Read All About It

Circulation numbers are down at many large daily newspapers. But if Norb Garrett's experience is any indication, the community newspaper niche offers good news for creative entrepreneurs.

To the Extreme

Though extreme sports surfaced years ago with activities like skydiving and surfing, these nontraditional sports--typically involving high levels of speed, height and danger--have yet to reach NFL proportions.

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