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Patent Filing Analysis Checklist
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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Before attempting to obtain a patent, entrepreneurs can use this ten-point checklist to determine if the benefits of protecting an invention outweigh the costs of prosecuting and protecting it under a patent.

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PR in Service to Building the Company
Ejabat Mory
1/4/2007
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If you're building a company for growth, don't ignore public relations but don't overdo it. The author says PR is much more than press releases-it's also about building relationships with investors, industry experts, and reporters to educate them about your product and industry.

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PR Under Pressure
Schildberger Michael
6/11/2001
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After coaching others in spin control for years, a cash-strapped entrepreneur had to face the music-and the media-himself. He drew on long-cultivated relationships to tell his story accurately and bring his business out of receivership. Being both proactive and honest, he says, is essential in a crisis situation.

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Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley
The New York Times
4/19/2010
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Candace Fleming’s résumé boasts a double major in industrial engineering and English from Stanford, an M.B.A. from Harvard, a management position at Hewlett-Packard and experience as president of a small software company.

But when she was raising money for Crimson Hexagon, a start-up company she co-founded in 2007, she recalls one venture capitalist telling her that it didn’t matter that she didn’t have business cards, because all they would say was “Mom.”

Another potential backer, reports Claire Cain Miller in The New York Times, invited her for a weekend yachting excursion by showing her a picture of himself on the boat — without clothes. When a third financier discovered that her husband was also a biking enthusiast, she says, he spent more time asking if riding affected her husband’s reproductive capabilities than he did focusing on her business plan. Ultimately, none of the 30 venture firms she pitched financed her company. She finally raised $1.8 million in March 2008 from angel investors including Golden Seeds, a fund that emphasizes investing in start-ups led by women.

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Opening a Portal to Big Winnings
Steinman Jonas
1/22/2001
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One plus one equals millions when you combine two business models that work into a wildly popular Web site. It also helps to have high-powered investors and a built-in formula for building customer loyalty. As these business-school buddies discovered, advertisers love an affluent audience, so you can actually make money by giving it away.

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Open House Hiring
Hesse Susan D
3/1/2006
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This entrepreneur shows how entrepreneurs can hire using the open house method. This process enables you and your top team to review a large pool of candidates that you may have not even considered if all you had seen were their resumes.

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Obama on Small Business: A Year Later
Bovarnick Robert
1/5/2010
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In the two years I have been writing a column for Forbes, no piece has received more responses than the one published just prior to the last presidential election. In it, I made nine predictions regarding the impact an Obama administration would have on the legal landscape, especially with regard to small businesses.

Now that we are at the beginning of a new decade, as well as the president's second year, I thought it would be interesting to see how I did. For those keeping score, I nailed all but one.

I'll admit I like being right. Too bad prescience often comes with a price.

In the introduction, I noted that the triumvirate of President Obama, Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi would be "potentially one of the most liberal governments the country has had in decades." I was wrong: This government may be the most liberal in the history of the United States.

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Obama Renews Push for $30 Billion Small Business Plan
Holland Steve
5/25/2010
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is to renew a push on Tuesday to persuade the U.S. Congress to approve a $30 billion plan to spur lending to small businesses and trigger job creation.

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Negotiating Both Sides of the Deal
LemmonsPoscente Michelle
6/1/2006
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The challenges of working for both the talent the company represents and the clients who buy that talent are discussed by this veteran negotiator. The most important factors in her success: knowing the product and understanding what clients really need.

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Need a Loan? Ask the Boss
Needleman Sarah E
6/4/2010
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Every year, business owner Jim Fab lends his 25 employees as much as $4,000 interest-free for personal expenses they can't afford up front, ranging from down payments on homes and cars to funeral and legal fees.  Most pay him back - eventually.

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