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Bootstrappers Avoid Outside Money Ties
3/1/2007
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This article covers an emerging trend in how some tech companies finance their growth today. Rather than approach equity investors for early-stage funds, many entrepreneurs now prefer to bootstrap their growth by generally taking advantage of lower startup costs.

Go To Source (www.boston.com)
Five to Help You Thrive
2/16/2007
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This article suggests that there are five key relationships that entrepreneurs running growth companies should work on developing: relationships with customers, employees, vendors, bankers, and mentors.

Go To Source (www.rismedia.com)
Inside Entrepreneurship: Instant Success is an Illusion in Business
2/16/2007
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This article covers one of the key elements needed to take a startup to scale. And that's making sure you assemble a top team that understands business frugality (e.g., foregoing high salaries early on for equity).

Go To Source (seattlepi.nwsource.com)
Tech Titans Draw Fire on U.S. Expansions
2/16/2007
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This article covers how some entrepreneurial growth companies, including Dell and Google, make decisions on building new company facilities in the United States. One challenge is considering the array of regional economic development incentives and local politics when choosing location to expand.

Go To Source (www.usatoday.com)
Worm Poo in Plastic Bottles: Get Rich and Save the World
2/16/2007
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This article covers the story of TerraCycle, a company that has brought innovation to the fertilizer business. The company's story offers a case study in bootstrapping a business to success.

Go To Source (www.cnn.com)
True Believers
2/2/2007
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Transforming customers from passive buyers to active participants will likely require a shift in marketing strategy for most entrepreneurs. Yet building a community of passionate consumers can be an effective way to create long-term growth and competitive advantage.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
The Litigation Process
2/1/2007
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This Web site offers a primer on the litigation process, and includes easy-to-understand definitions of standard litigation-related terms.

Go To Source (www.upenn.edu)
Small is the New Big
1/25/2007
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In this podcast, entrepreneur and marketing expert, Seth Godin, shares thoughts on social media and influencing in the marketplace. His stance is that psychographics have displaced the importance of planning based on demographics. Remaining in close contact with the market, providing customers with choices that matter to them, and guiding them towards possibilities they haven't yet imagined are three suggestions elaborated upon.

Go To Source (www.podtech.net)
Are You Neglecting New Employees?
1/19/2007
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The on-boarding of staff members can be confusing to newcomers. Yet, this is a time when most employees build important relationships-- friendships, in fact, that can double the chances of those new employees being satisfied at work. In excerpts from his recent book "Vital Friends", author Tom Rath shares suggestions for both formal and informal orientation processes.

Go To Source (gmj.gallup.com)
How Companies "Find Themselves": A New Approach to Organizational Alignment
1/19/2007
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Having your company run like a well-oiled machine may not be enough. A company is not a machine, but a living entity. For true organizational alignment, a company needs to understand its sense of self, its values, and how it is perceived in the marketplace. Initiatives coming from a company's core values when matched to customer values have a better chance for success.

Go To Source (www.bpmmag.net)

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