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Preparing a Loan Proposal
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2004
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An important area of financial literacy for entrepreneurs concerns the ability to establish an effective commercial banking relationship and to prepare a loan proposal. No small or growing company survives and prospers without some debt component on its balance sheet.

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Understanding the Various Types of Intellectual Property
Sherman Andrew J
8/1/2006
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This article is a primer for entrepreneurs who need to understand the basics of intellectual property law as a precursor to selecting how to protect their intangible assets, trade secrets and know-how, trademarks and trade names, patents and patent applications, and copyrights.

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Understanding Legal and Structural Issues In Establishing Sales and Distribution Channels
Sherman Andrew J
1/1/2004
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Distributors, sales representatives, and cooperatives are all different venues for enabling entrepreneurial companies to sell their products and services. Understand the similarities and differences, and chose the alternative that is right for your business.

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Business Planning: Building an Effective Business Model
Sherman Andrew J
5/1/2002
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Effective business planning is critical to an entrepreneurial company's long-term success and its ability to raise capital and grow successfully. A properly prepared Business Plan should tell a story, make an argument and conservatively predict the future. All companies have different stories to tell, different arguments to make and different futures to predict, so they must resist the temptation to copy from others or to follow a rigid outline.

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Evaluating IP: When Does It Make Sense?
Shah Darshan
8/1/2006
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Many entrepreneurs assume IP protection is part of the entrepreneurial process, and often don't ask the right questions to determine if it's the right path for them. In this story, the author shows how his team first identified a market need and a product solution, then considered patenting their product.

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Strategies for Carving Your Niche in a Specialty Business
Seyfert Valorie
4/15/2004
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Carving a niche in a specialty business entails listening to customers for specific needs and becoming known in the industry as an expert or insider, says the cofounder of a broker-dealer that serves credit unions.

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Nine Young Chinese Entrepreneurs To Watch
Seligson Hannah
2/28/2010
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By 2015 there will be 500 million people under age 30 in China--roughly the population of the entire European Union. And they aren't idolizing Lei Feng, a devoted follower of Mao. They are looking to figures such as Bill Gates and Michael Dell, says Ge Dingkun, a professor of entrepreneurship at China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.

Young people, barely a generation removed from Chairman Mao's strict communism, are embracing entrepreneurship. The incomes of twenty-somethings in China grew 34% in the past three years, the largest growth of any age group, according to a survey by Credit Suisse. While large industries in China--such as banking, steel, telecommunications and electricity generation--are still essentially state-owned, a growing chunk of new wealth being created comes from the hard work and vision of scrappy upstarts.

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Small Group Networking Among Entrepreneurial Peers
Scudamore Brian
3/8/2005
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The founder of a junk-removal franchiser advises seeking support and information from peers in small group networks sponsored by entrepreneurial peer organizations.

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Creative Negotiations for Buying and Selling
Schwartz Corey
6/1/2006
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A strong knowledge of markets and values and knowing up front what you want to achieve are keys to successful negotiations. This entrepreneur tells the story of how the creative structuring of a unique deal became a success for all parties involved.

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Outsourcing for Entrepreneurs: How to Get It Right
Schulweis Kathleen B
6/22/2005
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Entrepreneurs who outsource assignments must choose contractors who know their industry and specify what they expect from them, says the founder of a consultancy.

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