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The Operational Risk Management Rules of the Road
9/20/2007
Summary:

What's your quantifiable risk in conducting (or not conducting) specific business activities? Operational Risk Management (ORM) has stepped up as a practical tool for finding out, especially in technology-related arenas.

Go To Source (www.ecommercetimes.com)
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
10/29/2010
Summary:

In a memorandum to Department employees, Secretary Rice expressed her support for the small business program: "Small businesses have maximum practicable access to our contracting opportunities." She views the socio-economic goals as a "floor not a ceiling" and that "all Department employees have a responsibility to support the Department's efforts to meet or exceed the goals."

Go To Source (www.state.gov)
The Office of Business and Commercial Affairs (CBA)
10/29/2010
Summary:

CBA can help answer your questions and provide information on important issues such as corruption and bribery in overseas markets, U.S. export controls on sensitive equipment and technologies, and business-related visas for employees, partners and clients of U.S. firms. CBA also coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf of American businesses and can provide assistance in opening markets, leveling the playing field, protecting intellectual property and resolving trade and investment disputes.

Go To Source (www.state.gov)
The Nonstop, 24-7 CEO Salesman
8/23/2007
Summary:

An exhilarating ride with Pat Cavanaugh, sales rep supreme and CEO of the promotions company he founded in college, this lengthy article can't help but make you a better salesperson. It provides information, insight, and inspiration for entrepreneurs who need to sell. And who doesn't?

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
The New Science of Hiring
9/6/2007
Summary:

This article justifies and explains a three-step hiring process that almost guarantees improvement in the typically low correlation between traditional interviewing techniques and predicting success on the job. With turnover costing 1.5 times the salary of the departing employee, can you afford not to read this story?

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
The Narrowing GAAP
9/6/2007
Summary:

There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
The Marketing Plan: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
5/24/2007
Summary:

Need a marketing plan, but want it to be practical enough to get implemented? Here's a simple template billed as the "world's shortest marketing plan." It may be just what you are looking for.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
The Litigation Process
2/1/2007
Summary:

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)
The Importance of Patents: It Pays to Know the Patent Rules
9/6/2007
Summary:

This article is to-the-point and practical with a couple of valuable tips. If you're on a budget, look into "provisional patents." Always seek out an attorney in the special intellectual property niche you're in, not just an IP generalist.

Go To Source (web.mit.edu)
The Hidden Cost of Outsourcing
9/6/2007
Summary:

The hidden cost here is outsourcing customer service functions. This article cites major corporations that tried it and didn't like it because customer satisfaction decreased. If you're a service company, think twice about short-term cost savings versus long-term competitive advantage.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)

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