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                        CYBERSCHMOOZ
                        You aren't alone! Come find out why Idea Cafe's CyberSchmooz is THE most popular small business community online. Bring your questions, your mind, and your sense of humor.
                        Guidelines & Help
                        Choose your schmooz from these forums:
                        Comfort Food
                        Working at Home
                        Start-Up Stew
                        Biz Ideas
                        Biz Ingredients
                        Sources, suppliers and wholesalers buy or sell goods.
                        Financial Feasts
                        Request funding or tell your money tales.
                        eCommerce
                        Marketing Mix
                        GenX Biz
                        Biz Names
                        Ideas & feedback here.
                        The Daily Grind
                        Talk about the perks (and jerks) of running a small biz.
                        Tech Talk


                        Coffee Talk with Experts
                        Our experts answer questions from real entrepreneurs (like you).

                        Coffee Talk Answers
                        Beefy biz info on:
                        • Starting a Business
                        • Getting Money
                        • Running a Business
                        • Marketing Info
                        • Customer Relations
                        • Employee Issues
                        • Moral Support
                        • Getting Organized
                        • Desktop Publishing
                        • Work@Home


                        STARTING YOUR BIZ
                        Get step by step help as you plan your biz:
                        Before You Start
                        Get ready for the plunge into business.
                        Your Business Idea
                        Want to start a biz, but don't have an idea? Check out these examples... or
                        submit a biz idea

                        Name Your Business
                        Plan Your Business
                        Business plan tips, tools and examples.
                        Legal Set-up
                        Corp, LLC, prop or what? -- legal and government "must-do's".
                        Get Money
                        Sources of funding and information.
                        Do It!
                        Inspiration from other biz owners.

                        Ideas for a Business You Can Start


                        RUNNING YOUR BIZ
                        Expert advice, forms, and links to more resources.

                        Marketing
                        Build your identity, define your USP, learn to market your biz effectively.

                        Human Resources
                        How to hire and manage people.

                        Legal & Biz Forms
                        Ready-to-use tools plus explanations of how and when to use them: Agreements, billing, collections, inventory... and much more.

                        Managing Your Biz
                        Quick biz forms, tax tips, the big "to-do" list and other ideas to help you run your biz.

                        eCommerce
                        Idea Cafe's trademarked "Fun Approach" to doing business online.


                        Now Idea Cafe's Small Business Grant Center!
                        Info and links to business grants for small businesses.

                        FINANCING YOUR BIZ
                        40+ pages of tips to help you get the money your business needs:
                        GETTING READY FOR MONEY
                        How much money do you need? Instant All-in-One Budget Calculator
                        What kind of financing tastes right to you? + Self-Exam
                        Getting Ready Emotionally. Plus Self-Exam
                        How long will it take?
                        Women Getting Money
                        Minorities Getting Money
                        Before You Apply for a Loan
                        Loan Agreements
                        Basic Financial Package
                        Cleaning Up Your Credit
                        Financial Trouble
                        Ideas on handling collections, creditors, and guilt
                        SOURCES OF MONEY
                        Debt:

                        Borrowing Money
                        Credit Cards
                        Bank Loans
                        Line of Credit
                        SBA Government Loans
                        Personal Loans

                        Equity:
                        Getting Investors
                        Venture Capital
                        Angel Investors
                        SBIC Small Biz Investment Co's
                        Private Placement
                        IPO Public Offering

                        Creative Financing
                        Other Sources of $
                        Friends & Family
                        Customers & Suppliers
                        Factors
                        Inventory Financing
                        Strategic Partners
                        Convertible Debt
                        Equipment Leasing

                        Financing Resources
                        Online and offline.
                        Financing Glossary
                        Words you need to know so you can talk the money talk.


                        YOU AND YOUR BIZ

                        GenX Startup
                        Whatever your age, we urge you to stop by and check out the GenX biz buzz:
                        GenX Profiles
                        Spotlighting savvy young entrepreneurs.
                        Biz Nuts & Bolts
                        Develop your Biz plan, Choose your entity
                        Show Me the Money

                        Work@Home
                        The corner of Idea Cafe set up just for those of you who work-at-home.

                        The Fridge
                        Easy to print biz info on ice: forms, info about public speaking, customer relations, sending email, making a great impression, etc.

                        Biz Book Reviews


                        DESTRESS and have FUN!
                        (Isn't that why you started your business in the first place?)
                        Contest
                        It's free! Sign up and win something!
                        Send an Award
                        Make someone's day! It'll take just 30 seconds to send a personalized Biz eAward they can view onscreen then print out in color!
                        Send an eGreeting
                        Say Happy Birthday or thanks or congratulations to clients, employees, associates and friends.
                        Biz Horoscope
                        Yoga@Your Desk
                        Fun Guide
                        Your guide to fun sites on the web.


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                        People in Biz Profiles
                        Spotlight on entrepreneurs who've jumped into the biz mix with both feet and made their ideas work. Great inspiration and advice.

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