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New World Orders
10/1/2005
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This article in "Minnesota Technology" magazine provides stories of several entrepreneurs who pursued global sales strategies when homeland sales were lagging.

Go To Source (www.minnesotatechnology.org)
How Small Is Too Small for an ESOP?
11/1/2005
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Basic guidelines that can help determine if and when an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is right for your company.

Go To Source (www.nceo.org)
Steps to Setting Up an ESOP
11/1/2005
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If you have decided an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is worth investigating, there are several steps to take to implement a plan. This article outlines the process including valuation, funding, finding a lawyer and trustee, and more.

Go To Source (www.nceo.org)
101 Questions Every Company Should Ask Before Going International
8/7/2006
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Going international requires careful thought and planning. This article poses a set of questions (by category) for entrepreneurs to answer to prepare them for going abroad for customers and sales. Questions include market and channel issues, product translation and localization, and IP protection.

Go To Source (theyorkgroup.com)
Companies, Going Public
11/1/2006
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Web site contains a comprehensive guide, QandA: Small Business and the SEC, that provides a basic understanding about the various ways companies can become public and what securities laws apply.

Go To Source (www.sec.gov)
Guide to Obtaining Proper Licenses and Permits
3/9/2007
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Local, state and federal governmental entities regulate the way in which all enterprises operate. This guide outlines many of the requirements of business startup and expansion, including licensure, taxation, business permits, and legal status.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Guide to SBA Loan Pre-Qualification
3/13/2007
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Getting certified in advance for a federally backed business loan can speed up the loan process, as well as allowing you to "shop" a number of lenders rather than just one. This article provides links to helpful resources to get the pre-qualification process under way.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Small Business Innovation Research Grants
3/9/2007
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For U.S.-based businesses with fewer than 500 employees, a grant from the Small Business Administration provides the funding to create innovations to meet the demands of the federal government. This multi-phase process is an alternative source of financial support that can spur entrepreneurial growth.

Go To Source (www.gaebler.com)
Doing Business in Other Countries
5/24/2007
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Thinking about hiring in Canada, registering property in Armenia, or enforcing a contract in Denmark? This tool provides comparisons across 175 different economies.

Go To Source (www.doingbusiness.org)
The New Standard for Deferred Compensation
6/6/2007
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The U.S. Congress enacted IRC Section 409A in the midst of corporate scandals that saw highly-paid executives receive deferred compensation payments while other employees lost their retirement savings. Public and private companies must comply for deferred compensation to keep preferential tax treatment status. This article outlines the risks of not complying and what compensation is involved.

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