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Trade Dress
Sherman Andrew J
10/29/2001
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Design elements that build brand awareness for your business constitute its "trade dress" and can be protected by federal and state trademark laws. Learn how to enhance trade-dress protection and defend against infringement by competitors.

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Things Have Changed
Graves Earl G
12/1/2001
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A leading African-American entrepreneur exposes that things have changed for entrepreneurship in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th. The tragedy is hurting large companies (on whose boards he sits), which in turn is having a ripple effect on the smallest entrepreneurial shop, he writes.

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Be Prepared
Manzi Barbara
12/13/2001
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Operating under a mandate to prepare for the worst in order to achieve the best, the author, an African-American woman entrepreneur in the male-dominated metals industry, writes that preparation has been critical to facing the challenges presented by the economic difficulties and post-terrorist environment of this difficult year 2001.

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Guidelines for Terminating Employees
Sherman Andrew J
4/1/2002
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The decision to terminate an employee can be both emotional and frustrating. If not handled properly, it can also result in expensive litigation. These days, wrongful termination lawsuits are not idle threats. According to a recent study conducted by Jury Verdict Research, recently fired executives who sued are winning often and winning big.

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Ethics and the Entrepreneur
Lawton Jennifer
12/1/2002
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With the nation's ethics deteriorating in the wake of widespread corporate scandal, entrepreneurs need to examine questionable practices in their own milieu, such as inflating expectations to attract funding, writes the author. Included is a look at the unlikely course this former high-tech company founder has taken in order to adhere to principles.

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Ethics Abroad: Business Fundamentals, Value Judgments
Rhodes Richard
12/16/2002
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Doing business ethically in third world countries involves providing instruction about U.S. business standards in cultures whose business fundamentals are vastly different, writes the author. Another imperative concerns the wisdom of respecting cultural differences without crossing the line to engage in practices considered inappropriate or immoral in the West.

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Compensating Contract Workers
Swartz Connie
10/15/2003
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Compensating contract workers involves negotiating a rate that reflects skills and experience, paying in a timely manner, and possibly offering perks such as professional development, says the founder of a company that develops training manuals. A key is not to treat 1099 workers as employees, the author advises.

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Ethical Manipulation: Entrepreneurial Non-Cash Compensation
Stewart Larry R
10/22/2003
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Accounting Basics for Business Owners
Cohen Steven
2/22/2004
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Small business owners must become literate about their company's books without becoming accountants in order to deal with CPAs, keep on top of operations, and prevent fraud, says the co-founder of an accounting services firm.

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Entrepreneurs, Hire the Disabled
Herwick Rebecca
3/15/2004
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Hiring the disabled allows entrepreneurs greater productivity, lower labor costs, and lucrative tax benefits, in addition to engendering goodwill, says a company founder who employs brain-injured workers.

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