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10.19.00    It's Gut-Check Time
The stumbling stock market and possible downturn ahead are forcing small businesses to take hard looks at their budgets

10.18.00   Friends of Ralph
How Nader, one of the fathers of OSHA, plans to protect small business

10.18.00    Weighing the Presidential Options
Will small biz go for Bush or Gore? While the GOP has a traditional edge in this bloc, the outcome is hardly certain

10.13.00    Now, Incubators Are Huddling with Multinationals
With IPO dollars hard to come by, startup hatcheries and big biz are teaming for "concepts, cash, and customers"

10.11.00    China's Young Visionaries
U.S. businessman Lu Hua Si talks about how the next generation of Chinese are preparing for the New Economy

10.6.00    "Entrepreneurs Are Both Born and Made"
The University of Maryland's Bob Baum talks about a new program that teaches undergraduates how to launch a startup

10.6.00    Small-Biz Spending Spree
Traditional lobbies are stuffing the coffers of sympathetic candidates, hoping to keep their agenda alive

9.28.000    No One Left to Hire
Slackers. Felons. Misfits and clueless beginners. Here's how to manage the workers you wouldn't hire if you didn't have to

9.27.00    For Latinas, Business Is a Family Affair
Most Hispanic women business owners say spouses, kids, or parents play a role in their companies

9.25.00    O.K., Back to Work
Susan Webb's staffing services carve out a unique niche by helping people with disabilities find jobs

9.15.00    Firestone Dealers: In the Middle of the Firestorm
They're working harder, awaiting reimbursements -- and trying to counter customer fears

9.5.00    The Making of a Business Coach
Stever Robbins' unusual background -- and dogged determination -- helps him help others

9.5.00    Vince Lombardis for Hire
Entrepreneurs are increasingly turning to coaches for inspiration and insight

9.1.00    To B2B or Not to B2B
Online exchanges for small businesses are hatching all over. But most of them aren't ready to spread their wings

9.1.00    Tech Labor Crunch? This Company Has a Do-It-Itself Solution
When Terasys couldn't find enough skilled help, it trained its own

8.22.00    Headed for an Ergonomics Showdown
OSHA's sweeping plan aimed at protecting workers from injury faces a knock-down battle in Congress

8.14.00    I've Asked You Here Because...
Online focus groups can be a great way to get some quick-and-dirty market research

8.14.00    Overseas Shipping Shapes Up for Small Business
New services help companies navigate the turbulent waters

8.11.00    I've Asked You Here Because...
Online focus groups can be a great way to get some quick-and-dirty market research

8.11.00    A Migraine from Health-Care Costs
It's getting difficult for small businesses to offer insurance

8.9.00    It's Show Time for CEOs
More small companies and their top execs are out strutting their stuff and looking for deals at trade shows

8.4.00    Franchising Info on the Web
Here's a sampling of online sources to help get your research started

8.4.00    Finding Slots for Senior Programmers in Silicon Valley
This 77-year-old entrepreneur matches older techies with short-term jobs

8.2.00    Prime Time for Political Dot-Coms in the Convention Halls
These newbies are getting unprecedented exposure in Philly and L.A. Here's what it's all about

7.20.00    Is Tax Relief Coming for Businesses That Get Sold?
A 1999 law that crippled many small-business sales may soon get amended

7.11.00    Soaring Fuel Prices Put the Heat on Small Biz
Should owners pass along rising costs or ride out this summer's price spike?

7.6.00    Uncle Sam Wants YOU!
Only 3% of small businesses bid for federal jobs. The others? They're missing out on a lot of bucks

6.30.00    Give Them the Drudge Work
The Web makes it easier than ever to offload the tasks you hate. But who can you trust?

6.19.00    The Internet as a Small-Business Edge
It offers a universe of outsourcing opportunities and a chance to focus on your core business

6.16.00    Spies Like Us
You don't need to be James Bond or IBM to use competitive intelligence. Here's how it works

6.9.00    Worker Privacy: When to Butt Out
It may be legal to monitor employees, but that doesn't mean you should

6.6.00    Now Boarding: Small Businesss
Travel services are rolling out the red carpet once reserved for big customers

6.2.00    Getting the Government to Chip In for Your Invention
Agencies offer funds earmarked for small business innovation and research

5.19.00    The Anti-Organizer
Dallas lawyer Jim Karger says small companies can avoid unions by taking their issues to heart

5.17.00    A Friend at the Fed
Edward Boehne has looked out for small business. Now, he's leaving

5.16.00    How to Put Your Meal Budget on a Diet
Tips and Web sites for helping you find "great, simple food" places anywhere

5.16.00    Sites to See: The Best Online Travel Services
Where to compare prices, find last-minute bargains, and let off steam

5.11.00    Schmooze Tuesdays
Can the Networking sessions First Tuesday become a profit-driven business?

5.11.00    Can We Stop Having Fun Yet?
Workers—and their families—can do with less company-sponsored merriment

5.9.00    From Tragedy to Small-Biz Triumph
Georgia Berner learned about business on the job, when she inherited her husband's plant
Third in a series on women entrepreneurs and how they run companies


5.8.00    I-Way Bumps
Many e-tailers make glaringly similar mistakes

5.3.00    Yes, Women Do Run Businesses Differently
Contained growth and work-family balance are hallmarks of their style
Second in a series on women entrepreneurs and how they run companies


5.2.00    A High-Tech Honcho Who Says No to Hypergrowth
For Lurita Doan, life and business got a lot better after she constrained her company's expansion
First in a series on women entrepreneurs and how they run companies


5.1.00    How a Legal Eagle Landed at Findlaw.com
New CEO Steve Robinson talks about his rather radical job change

4.27.00    Containing Your Risk
And you thought insurance was dull? The New Economy has bred new threats and thus new forms of coverage. Do you need any of it?

4.21.00    Know Thy Customer
Many B2B sites fail because their developers don't understand the businesses they hope to serve

4.14.00    Insuring Yourself Against Online Mishaps
A look at some policies that will cover you on the Net

4.13.00    When a Big Competitor Enters Your Market
An interview with Debra Koontz Traverso, author of "Outsmarting Goliath"

4.11.00    I Enjoy Being a...Girl Entrepreneur?
The Seed Handbook: The Feminine Way to Create Business takes a wrongheaded school of thought to its extreme

4.4.00    Remote Control
As the virtual workforce grows, so does the challenge for managers. Here's how to keep it together

4.3.00    Elective Surgery
How to trim health-care costs? A "split funding" strategy may be just what the doctor ordered

3.20.00    The E-Commerce Race to Conquer "the Last Mile"
As more companies crowd into the store-to-door delivery market, a shakeout could be building

3.10.00    Extra! Extra!
Newsletters are a great way to grab customers' attention—and they don't cost a fortune to produce

3.9.00    Direct Mail: Hitting the Target
It doesn't matter how compelling your message is if it reaches the wrong audience—or no one at all

2.21.00    What Entrepreneurs Can't Learn in Business School
Words of wisdom from venture capitalist Ann Winblad: A Q&A

2.18.00    Ann Winblad on Women in the New Workplace
This veteran venture capitalist tells women who have hit the glass ceiling to head for high tech

2.18.00    Draw More Business With an Online Newsletter
Compared with a printed version, an e-letter saves money, hassle and trees

2.16.00    Heavy Traffic on the Road from Startup to MBA
Entrepreneurial experience can help you get into B-school, but some are wary of dot-com dropouts

1.11.00    Analyze This: The Impact of AOL's Merger on Small Business
Will the mega-marriage to Time Warner distract from efforts to upgrade services?

12.14.99    The Foie-Gras Model: Stuff Startups with Bucks and Hands-On Help for 120 Days
Cambridge Incubator's CEO tells how he launches Web businesses: A Q&A

12.6.99    Good News for Entrepreneur Moms: Babies and Companies Grow Up
Lessons from the life-and-business cycle: Don't start company and family at the same time, but eventually it may get easier

12.2.99    The New Mommy Track: Chief Executive, Cook, and Bottle Washer
Who says it's easier to balance work and family at your own company? First in a two-part series

11.24.99    The Biggest Little Company In America
Why did the Baldrige small biz award go to a wholly owned unit of Cargill?

11.17.99    Are You Small Enough for the SBA?
Classifying companies differently will make some ineligible for agency programs

11.16.99    Growing Danger
Relentless prosperity is forcing a choice on many small companies: expand or die

9.28.99    Ergonomics: The Comfort Zone
Smart planning can take the pain and stress out of work for employer and employee alike

9.17.99    Blow Me Down! Small Businesses in Hurricane Zones Still Lack Insurance
A Q&A with the SBA disaster-relief czar Bernard Kulik

9.3.99    Setting Up a Low-Cost Ergonomics Program: Q&A
You can protect your workers and your wallet at the same time

9.3.99    Preserve Your Body, Preserve Your Business
There's nothing self-indulgent about adopting ergonomic practices

6.7.99    Star Search
Think your company's too small to draw big-name talent to your board? Think again

5.14.99    How One Startup Snared a Big Fish for its Board
Robert Meers, retired Reebok CEO, talks about helping young companies

4.28.99    Insuring Against Not-So-Sweet Melissa and Other Cyber Age Perils
Few underwriters appreciate that you care more about the data than the server it's on

4.21.99    Power Partnerships
Don't have the skills you need in-house? Form an alliance to fill the gap

4.20.99    Winning Is Everything
Contests are good for your ego — and they're not bad for business, either

4.16.99    For an Entrepreneurial Edge, Go to B-School?
An MBA sure is expensive, but many grads say the skills, experience — and network — you get is worth it

4.16.99    Awards: Small-Business Awards Contests


4.16.99    A Peek at the Judge's Clipboard
Advice and insight from a former Malcolm Baldrige Award examiner

4.16.99    Partners: Books on Strategic Partnerships


4.16.99    Getting the Most Out of a Partnership
Frequently asked questions about forming an alliance

4.8.99    Telecommuting Is a Long-Distance Relationship
It's all the rage — but it takes careful planning to make it work

3.29.99    Is Diversity in Management a Formula for Success?
A new study argues it is. But the results are hardly conclusive

3.25.99    Lessons from a Survivor
When his company went under, Jeff Randazzo didn't

3.22.99    Who Needs an MBA to Start a Company, Anyway?
Babson College's Thomas Moore defends academic entrepreneurship

3.15.99    Such a Deal: A Smorgasbord of Small-Business Bargains
You can get it wholesale, if you know where to look

3.12.99    I'm in Charge. I Can't Go on Vacation.
Wrong. Plan ahead, trust your staff, and go. Yes, you can do it

2.24.99    This Generation Is All Business
Young entrepreneurs ride waves of technology, cheap capital, and boundless optimism

2.19.99    A Road Map for Up-and-Coming Newcomers


2.8.99    Making All the Right Postmerger Moves
Now in its eighth acquisition, Razorfish provides a how-to guide

2.8.99    Contract Bundling: It Hurts the Small Fry
Proposed SBA rules would give entrepreneurs better odds of winning bids on government jobs

2.5.99    Melding Cultures: No Easy Task When Companies Marry
In a merger, you need shared values, the right vibes, and financial incentives to make it work

1.4.99    A Strong Economy Means Fewer Startups?
The NFIB/Wells Fargo survey shows a 4% drop in business starts in 1997

12.23.98    Beware Entrepreneurs Bearing Gifts!
Do your clients really want those holiday tokens of appreciation?

12.15.98    Headache No. 1? The Quality of Labor
The latest NFIB survey finds taxes are now the second-biggest concern

12.10.98    Business Games That Make Work Fun — and Hone Skills
You, too, can conquer foreign markets, make a movie, or run a plant

12.8.98    The Two Bottom Lines: Profits and People
Entrepreneurs are finding that their consciences can be a guide to growth

12.4.98    Talent Trawl: What's the Best Bait?
Customized compensation allows small outfits to recruit and hang on to top hires

12.2.98    PC Connection's CEO: A Principled Businesswoman
Patricia Gallup talks about her award-winning practices

11.26.98    A Guide to Resources for the Socially Conscious Entrepreneur
Magazines, nonprofit groups, and consultants abound

11.20.98    A Newly Minted — and Indebted — MBA Eschews Corporate Life for a Startup
Alexander Kleiner tells Business Week Online why entrepreneurship is hot at B-schools

11.19.98    With a Strike Looming, Are You Too Dependent on FedEx?
Line up your alternatives now in case of a walkout

10.22.98    Supplies Attack: Upstart Ambushes the Office Superstores
An executive secretary finances an online challenge from her own pocket

10.20.98    Surviving the Boston Market Massacre
Lone franchisee stands his ground as parent company flounders

10.5.98    Does Being Small Mean Never Having to Say You're Sorry?
An ethics expert says entrepreneurs deserve some slack

10.5.98    Office Music: How to Keep the Peace
Once you establish the etiquette, you can start to worry about the repertoire

10.2.98    Government: Is There Any Advantage for the Disadvantaged?
New SBA rules make more people eligible for help winning federal contracts

9.28.98    Back to School, with a Difference
A community college can be a small business' best friend

9.23.98    Why Paul Orfalea Didn't Franchise Kinko's
The company founder talks about how he restructured his copying powerhouse

9.18.98    A Nice Business Built on Being Nice
Generosity is the hallmark of thriving Boston Duck Tours

9.4.98    Insurance: Will Your Business Get Blown Away?
It might if you don't read the fine print on your catastrophe coverage 

9.3.98    Richard S. Braddock: From Citicorp to Cyberventure
What can an ex-global banker bring to an Internet start-up?

8.25.98    Beating the Rise in Business Air Fares
You don't need the clout of a big company to get a bargain

4.27.98    Benchmarking: Better Your Business

3.2.98    Consultants: When It's Time To Call a Turnaround Specialist

3.2.98    Government: Bullied by Big Brother? Now You've Got an Ally

10.13.97    Consultants: B-Schools Lend a Helping Hand
Businesses are turning to MBA programs for free advice

9.1.97    Government: When Bureaucrats Are a Boon
State and local governments offer help ranging from training to finance

4.28.97    Economy: How To Survive a Downturn

6.3.96    Office Space: Ordering Your Office à la Carte
For entrepreneurs, leasing a suite may be just the ticket

5.13.96    Government: Fewer Strings Attached
A new law lets little guys sue to end excess paperwork

11.20.95    Governance: Yes, You Should Have a Board — the Right One
Directors can lend clout and stimulate strategic thinking

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