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Quality Management and the Bottom Line
Marich Mark
1/8/2009
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There are lots of interesting theories and methodologies about effective business management practices, but, in many cases, there’s not a lot of on-the-ground evidence that these so-called “best practices” make a firm more profitable.  New research from Harvard Business School takes a hard look...

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Startups Critical for Job Creation in U.S.
Marich Mark
1/19/2009
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In the midst of record unemployment, a new Kauffman Foundation-funded U.S. Census Bureau study suggests that the answer to economic recovery lies within startup companies. The Business Dynamic Statistics (BDS) indicate that without job creation from new firms, the U.S. net employment growth rate is...

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The Outlook for Federal Contracting
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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If you want to succeed in getting Federal government business in 2009, you better embrace innovation. That’s a primary take-away from Washington Technology’s 2009 outlook for Federal government contracting. The massive economic stimulus package will dominate the contracting world in early 2009, but companies cannot...

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The Power of Educational Benchmarking
Marich Mark
1/9/2009
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If the US hopes to maintain an international leadership position in education and human capital, it needs to do a better job of learning from other countries, societies, and institutions that often do a better job of preparing young people to prosper in the...

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The Secrets of High Growth Economies
Marich Mark
1/2/2009
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What factors differentiate fast-growing national economies from the rest of the world? A new article in the World Bank’s Finance & Development magazine examines 13 national economies that have succeeded in growing at an average annual rate exceeding seven percent for at least 25...

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The State of American Business
Marich Mark
1/16/2009
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The US Chamber of Commerce has taken a look at “The State of American Business,” and they don’t like what they see. In a new report, the Chamber notes that tough times will likely persist far into 2009. Thus, major government investments are needed to...

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VC Fundraising in 2008: It Could Have Been Worse
Marich Mark
1/26/2009
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The final figures for venture capital investing in 2008 have been released, and the news is not good, but it could have been much worse. Faced with a major economic crisis and moribund market for exits, venture capitalists and their investors may be starting to...

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Which State Is the Most Conducive to Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
1/7/2009
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Which state is the most entrepreneurial? How about the most innovative? Business friendly? Just plain ready for the 'New Economy'? Obviously the answers depend on the methodology employed to find them -- and there are certainly differences from one study to the next. If...

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30 Top Innovations in 30 Years
Marich Mark
2/27/2009
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Way back in 1979, the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) began its regular broadcasts of The Nightly Business Report. Thirty years later, the show is still going strong. In honor of this anniversary, the show has compiled a list of the top thirty innovations of the...

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A “Competency Model” for Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
2/16/2009
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If you think entrepreneurship is as much an art as a science, you might have some second thoughts about a “competency model” for entrepreneurship. But, the model does offer a useful way to understand the various skills that entrepreneurs need to succeed. Developed by the...

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