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Buck Knives Goes Lean(er) for Growth
Buck Charles B CJ
8/1/2007
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Summary:

As Buck Knives, Inc., celebrated a century in business, it also faced a cash crunch that was putting it out of business. CEO CJ Buck shares how his team took dramatic action (including moving the company from Southern California to northern Idaho) to fend off high-quality global competitors and to turn the historic and highly regarded company around with its own version of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Fite Ronald
8/1/2007
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Summary:

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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5 Essential Steps to PC Security
7/26/2007
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Is your business data safe from outsiders? Fred Langa, Information Week, provides points to help prevent data theft, identity theft, and private information falling into the wrong hands. Included are links to the tools and resources outlined in the article.

Go To Source (www.informationweek.com)
Business Location and Leasing
7/19/2007
Summary:

Lesson seven in a thirteen-part course about starting a business, this module offers information, advice, checklists, and sample leases to determine the right location for your business--and the right deal.

Go To Source (www.myownbusiness.org)
Awarding the Contract - RFP process
7/12/2007
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Responses to your RFPs have come in and now you have to decide who wins. This article provides specific guidelines on setting up an objective review system that increases the odds of choosing the best bid for your project and for your company.

Go To Source (www.interfom.com)
Factors to Consider before Subleasing
7/12/2007
Summary:

Subleasing offers number of advantages for growing companies, but there are also pitfalls to avoid. This article provides an overview with key specifics listed and explained.

Go To Source (www.bizjournals.com)
Business Intelligence: Not Just for Bosses Anymore
7/12/2007
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Business intelligence has traditionally been a tool only for senior executives. But high-performing new technology enables BI to transform processes, even entire businesses. Chief Information Officers must realize that wider access is critical for managers at several levels.

Go To Source (www.cio.com)
Before You Even Think of Relocating?
7/12/2007
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Relocating your business is a big step! Be sure you think through not only the obvious--markets and sales, for instance--but also the obscure--zoning laws or upcoming road or sewer work. Basic is to know your purpose and to keep it top-of-mind, always.

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
eProcurement
7/12/2007
Summary:

The benefits of eProcurement can include significant cost savings, improved efficiency, and better forecasting. This article provides a comprehensive overview of how eProcurement works and guidelines to determine whether it is worth exploring for use in your company.

Go To Source (www.istart.co.nz)
National Venture Capital Association: Venture Capital Financing Documents
6/8/2007
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The NVCA site provides eight legal-document templates as starting points to save significant amounts of time and money during VC deals. For example, it includes term sheet, stock purchase agreement, and management rights letter.

Go To Source (www.nvca.org)

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