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Developing Effective Board Procedures
Mathews Charles
5/1/2006
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While effectual boards of directors can strengthen a growing company, this author asserts ineffectual boards can just as easily cripple a company's growth. Entrepreneurs should follow proven and concrete procedures for developing and operating strong boards of directors.

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Building a Business Beyond Now
MacKinnon Rebecca
3/26/2001
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Adaptation to change is a top priority for the founder of a fast-growing company that provides information-management solutions for home-care agencies. Leadership sets the standards for performance. But the bottom line is the bottom line, especially in tighter capital markets. The best way to foster endurance is to build value by satisfying your paying customers.

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Creating an Entrepreneurial Culture
Lawton Jennifer
6/25/2001
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Developing an environment in your company that rewards hard work and wins employee loyalty always helps to foster success. That culture may be crucial when your business has to confront a crisis.

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iKC Event Raises Vital Startup Questions
Nathan Kurtz
10/9/2013
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Last Thursday, I joined 120 problem-solvers from around the Midwest at the iKC event at the H&R Block Headquarters. The event was an un-conference, meaning there were no pre-set rules or even an agenda. We came together to choose and vote on several topics of discussion we found interesting, and we then had four breakout sessions throughout the day to meet and discuss the 28 selected topics.

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Reverse Pitch Connects Corporations With Entrepreneurs
Nathan Kurtz
11/25/2013
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Something extraordinary happened in Kansas City last Thursday. For the second year in a row, some of Kansas City's largest organizations participated in a reverse pitch. KCNext, the host and organizer, brought in a capacity crowd of over 200 entrepreneurs and other Global Entrepreneurship Week event participants. There were 65 events in Kansas City spread across a week and a half. But this event was different. This one was special.

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Why Dissuading Students From Grad School Could Create More Jobs
Nathan Kurtz
11/18/2013
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What if we could take the top talent coming out of colleges and universities today, those that tend to feed into law school, med school, Wall Street and consulting, and put them in startups all over the country? Imagine the job growth possibilities we could create in the country just by giving recent graduates a taste of that entrepreneurial bug. Now, what if I told you there's an organization trying to do just that. Enter--Venture for America.

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Microsoft Ventures: The Original Startup Goes Back To Its Roots
Nathan Kurtz
2/14/2014
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Rahul Sood, General Manager of Microsoft Ventures, is changing how we help startups accelerate. Targeting markets across the globe, Microsoft Ventures is bringing entrepreneurial mentoring, backed by Microsoft's products and support, to give their accelerator companies an unfair advantage in the market.

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Startup Scene: Provo, Utah
Nathan Kurtz
2/18/2014
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1 Million Cups launched in Provo, Utah at the end of January, just the latest program added to a vibrant and well-connected community. Provo has a rich technology history, outstanding education and a bright and supportive entrepreneurial future. This mountain city of 120,000 residents in the Utah Valley lives its vision of creating jobs and building a culture of growth through four distinct areas.

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Words of Wisdom from an Experienced CEO
Kriens Scott
11/29/2006
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In a humble and anecdotal talk, Scott Kriens, CEO of Juniper Networks, walks through the founding and growth of the company.  He provides insight on a variety of issues ranging from the power of strong markets, to personal growth, to globalization and net neutrality.

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Human Capital Pays Dividends for Entrepreneurs
Koplovitz Kay
3/15/2005
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A media entrepreneur advises joining and utilizing peer-to-peer groups that are selective to build the human capital that enables the building of companies.

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