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Knowing where your products or services are in their life cycle will help you make refinements or adjustments to align them with your business strategy.
Production planning involves evaluating your current production facilities to determine how effectively it fits with your overall growth plan.
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.
Shannon Henry, former writer of The Washington Post's "The Download" column, gives advice as a journalist to entrepreneurs about working with the media to generate publicity. This includes researching the publications you're interested in and making sure to give reporters a "news hook" about your firm.
Participating in trade shows is a significant way to earn press coverage and publicity for your company. This author provides a nine-step plan to execute a solid trade show presence, such as meet with media at the show and allow attendees to demo your product or service.
For effective strategic partner recruitment, the author recommends an eight-step plan, which includes identifying your target market, developing partner selection criteria, and developing an alliance plan with a selected partner.
When structured properly, a strategic partnership with a large company can catalyze a small firm's growth. In establishing a partnership, entrepreneurs should focus on how their product will be sold, who will sell it, and how the partner will facilitate sales growth.
When getting ready to engage with a strategic partner, entrepreneurs should enter into a written agreement when working with these partners to ensure, among other items, the proper assignment of invention terms and various representations and warranties.
Careful measurement and management of your partnerships can protect entrepreneurs from entering into agreements with the wrong strategic partners, and it can provide a sound basis for making the most of productive partnerships.
Richard Caruso considers success less a matter of financial accomplishment than of meaningful personal contribution. He's managed to do both.
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