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Processes, Procedures, and Policies
FastTrac
4/13/2007
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Discover the importance of planning and documenting processes--what we do, procedures--how we do it, and policies--why or when we do it.

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Creative Research to Test Assumptions
Leibel Kevin
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur attributes his success to a philosophy built on persistence, creativity, and a penchant for asking, "Why not?" His path as an entrepreneur is rooted in creative, out-of-the-box market research capabilities.

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How to Conduct Fundamental Market Research
Warner Bill
4/1/2007
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Completely understanding your market allows you to confidently approach any customer, potential partner, or investor. This entrepreneur and angel investor outlines a five-step process for knowing breadth and depth of the market landscape.

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Market Research Informs a Business Idea
Smith Sally E
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur and former banking executive shows how she used market research to discover the opportunity for an unexpected new venture. She researched ways around obstacles, identified solutions, and stayed creative--until one day, she found herself at the helm of a very successful business.

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Successful Entrepreneurial Market Research Techniques
Heinemann Greg
4/1/2007
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While it is true that large companies always can afford full market research programs, entrepreneurs running growing companies should know there is a vast array of data and information that can be obtained at little cost and time.

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Ten Focus Group Tips
Ueng Grace W
4/1/2007
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Market research results can help an entrepreneur change company behavior. To that end, this author recommends a ten-step plan for tapping the power of focus groups to conduct research that is immediately actionable.

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Using the Internet for Market Research
Richter Sam
4/1/2007
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Much of the good business information is hidden in "the invisible Web," the 80 percent of the Internet not accessible to popular search engines. Good news: there are free and low-cost ways to access business information online. This article includes valuable Web sites to visit when you need information for your business or strategic planning.

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Methods for Conducting Early Market Research
Markham Stephen K
4/1/2007
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By understanding customers' needs, a product can be developed to meet these needs. This author outlines three quick and inexpensive methods to help: Be Your Own Customer, Critically Observe the Customer, and Listen to the Voice of the Customer.

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Questions to Answer When Analyzing Competition
Warner Bill
4/1/2007
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Your basic business strategy and product plan needs to be rooted in an understanding of what it takes beat the competition. To do so, this author says you must have a realistic understanding of what you are up against, and he lays out a method to do smart market research.

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Secondary Market Research Resources
Marchand Nikki
4/1/2007
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Understanding your industry, competitors, and customers is necessary for any entrepreneur. Primary research helps gather specific data, but secondary market research is also helpful. This article outlines fundamental, secondary research resources, which are either accessible online or at your local library.

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