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An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Fite Ronald
8/1/2007
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What does "Lean" mean? This article provides the basic background, terminology, and insight entrepreneurs need to understand how specific, proven processes lead to reduced costs, improved quality, and delighted customers. It also briefly considers the next logical extension of Lean Manufacturing (Lean Thinking), which allows service companies to benefit from the hard-won lessons of manufacturers.

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Get Everything in Writing
Frank Carol E
6/1/2000
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Passionate about her business and experienced in number-crunching, entrepreneur Carol Frank nonetheless neglected to patent her product and to insist on a signed contract from her supplier. Next thing she knew, a competitor was copying her design. In the litigation that followed, the U.S. Customs and Frank's insurance company turned out to be surprisingly helpful.

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Award Ignites Hotel Company CEO's Passion for Giving to Entrepreneurship
Gallegos Michael
10/1/2005
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Michael Gallegos has always believed in giving back, but he only recently discovered the importance of giving back to entrepreneurship.

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Managing Innovation in Product Development: An Entrepreneur's Guide
Gordon Steven J
10/1/1997
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As the cost of new technologies plummets, even small manufacturers can turn.

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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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Viewpoint: Six-Sigma Success Requires Top Team Support
Grayson Kevin
8/1/2007
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Even with trained and certified internal quality-improvement leaders, or "belts," Six Sigma efforts can fail because management does not understand the support they need. Such ignorance can mean that Six Sigma quality projects don't match company strategy, receive the right resources or financial support, or benefit from regular reviews by managers who can resolve such issues. Entrepreneurs thinking about implementing a Lean Manufacturing-oriented process need to have a full appreciation not only for the returns but also for the investments required, especially their own time and energy and that of their top team".

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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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Entrepreneurs, Manage Your Global Growth
Herwick Rebecca
5/8/2004
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Global growth is essential for entrepreneurial companies but must be managed to overcome challenges such as language barriers and tax-related paperwork, says the founder of a Harley-Davidson licensee.

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Six DisciplinesT: Tools and Templates for Manufacturing Entrepreneurs
Landwehr Craig
8/1/2007
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This article outlines the purpose of the Six DisciplinesT approach, explains in brief the value of some of the tools used in this methodology, and provides useful links, especially to the Six Disciplines Web site. The site provides entrepreneurs with a way to see what implementation might be like and offers examples of companies that have put Six Disciplines to work in their companies. The process is designed specifically for small and mid-sized companies with more than twenty employees.

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Managing Up and Down the Generational Ladder
Lawton Jennifer
7/1/1999
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Entrepreneurs, in particular, are having troubles with today's widespread age-disconnect between managers and employees. The many twentysomethings who are launching companies these days hire workers who are both younger and older than they are, writes the author, a frequent EntreWorld contributor. She maintains that to manage this so-called "generation gap," you'll need to build a common understanding based on your company's values.

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