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Measuring Human Performance
2/21/2007
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Above and beyond a job description, which describes the essential functions and the tasks to be done, the performance standard defines how well each function or task must be performed.

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Measuring Financial Performance
FastTrac
3/12/2007
Article Resource
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As the first indicator of profitability, a firm's gross margin will establish the goals that will drive the action plans of almost every department. The second indicator, Operating Expenses, should be assessed just as carefully.

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Managing Inventory to Improve Profits and Cash Flow
10/2/2006
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This sound advice will help entrepreneurs better manage inventory and improve profitability and cash flow.

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

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Life science entrepreneurs in NYC gain resource with new incubator in Harlem
6/17/2013
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Lessons from Failure :: Renting High-end Jewelry
Kander Diana
11/15/2012
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At age 25, Laura Sanko was a founding member of a startup that raised $3.5 Million from some world-famous investors and the Founder’s Fund.  The business model was simple: a website that rented high-end jewelry for special occasions for a fraction of the retail value of each piece.  Three years later, the investment money was all gone and while the site continued to operate, it had failed to meet the investors’ expectations.

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Lessons From Failure: Borrowing Tools From Your Neighbors
Diana Kander
8/12/2013
Blog Resource
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Adam Berk had a vision of creating an online library where neighbors could borrow tools and electronics from one another. Why buy a fancy camera you only needed to use once for a big trip? Why invest the money in physical tools for a home remodeling project if you are never going to need them again? Adam and his best friend Dave spent 5 years creating this utopian community, neighborrow, powered by a new form of currency. Their business model was to eventually white label the product and sell it to large apartment buildings and others who wanted to facilitate a borrowing community. But they never achieved their vision. 

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Legal Issues With Use of Leased Workers
Cross Dan S
2/8/2007
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If you are considering using leased workers for your company, this article provides a detailed overview of the legal issues relevant to the employer, including IRS regulations and litigation.

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Legal Issues With Use of Independent Contractors
Cross Dan S
2/1/2007
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If you are considering using independent contractors or leased workers for your company, this article provides a detailed overview of the legal issues relevant to the employer, including IRS regulations and litigation.

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Lean Entrepreneur: How I Built My Startup in 48 Hours
Jennifer Kearns
8/23/2013
Blog Resource
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As Kauffman Labs helps grow and educate the entrepreneurial community through programs, events and workshops, we came across an aspiring gentleman with an idea. Nodir Abdullayev (Bek) has just recently found out about the entrepreneurial community in Kansas City and has made strides to become engaged since finding his first event through Kauffman Labs. Learn how Bek's first experience made him go from an aspiring entrepreneur to lean entrepreneur.

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