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In becoming a teacher, former CEO Jim Ellis says he gained much more than he lost.
Making a little girl's life better may rival extensive work with his alma mater as Stephen Cooper's most rewarding giving back.
Founding a business was so much fun for three Harvard juniors that they did it several times--until they found something that worked. They begged, bartered and borrowed resources, with a little help from their folks. And, because they knew their industry and added value as managers, they grew their temp agency for Web professionals into a permanent, international leader.
Does Six Sigma methodology have benefits small- to medium-sized entrepreneurial manufacturing firm? "Yes!" proclaims this author, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He provides an overview of, outlines four actions needed for a company to succeed with, and defines steps to deploying Six Sigma.
Investment in military veteran entrepreneurship, a public good
Entrepreneurial companies can and should take the ethical high road even as major corporations set appallingly low standards for ethical business behavior, writes the founder of a service concern. Included is a look at the company's own core values with respect to its customers, employees, community, and the company itself.
A system for measuring each executive's contributions must be instituted as a company matures to avoid issues that could impair agility: complacency, departmental infighting and staying too long on the job, says the founder of a human-resources consultancy.
Beyond just the time she spends helping low-income high school students learn about entrepreneurship, Patty Alper provides funding, which takes the students' experience to the next level.
Winning interscholastic new venture competitions and real-world financing entails focusing on markets rather than technology or planning, says a venture capitalist who judges such contests.
Swapping services between entrepreneurial ventures may not be new, but it is big -- with current reports showing 400,000 firms generating $9 billion of bartering activity in the U.S.
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