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Checklists: Deciding Whether to Litigate
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2007
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When facing the prospect of litigation, entrepreneurs should be sure to explore all of the options beyond forging ahead to court. This tool is a series of checklists designed to help entrepreneurs conduct a litigation-focused cost-benefit analysis, such as deciding to explore settlement or alternative dispute resolution.

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Five Steps to Successful Outsourcing
Schulweis Kathleen B
9/1/2007
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The devils plaguing entrepreneurs who outsource are indeed in the details. Getting it right involves sidestepping five common pitfalls and following five commonsense practices. Basic to a successful outsourcing relationship: Does everyone agree on what the deliverables will be?

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Growing Revenue with Technology
Schroeder Jeff
10/1/2006
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The top team at The Supply Room Companies, Inc. discovered they could become more efficient and provide better service for customers by using an online proof-of-delivery system.

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Six DisciplinesT: A New Focus on Performance
Roth Brian D
8/1/2007
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Six Disciplines energized this manufacturing firm as its CEO and management team struggled to motivate and reward employees by measuring performance. Engaging employees in ongoing strategic planning, using Six Disciplines software to stay focused on the plan, and remaining accountable for performance resulted not only in increased enthusiasm and efficiency. An unexpected benefit was that it helped management and employees learn how to work much better together.

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Implementing Accounting and Support Systems
Rosen Dan
10/1/2006
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Implementing business operations must be done right at the outset of a company's launch. This article offers tips for selecting and implementing such systems, including payroll, accounting, document management, and data collection.

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Consider the Limited Liability Company for Corporate Formation
Roberts Barry S Mann Richard A
8/8/2006
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A business enterprise may be operated as a sole proprietorship, an unincorporated business association, or a corporation. In determining the form of business organization that an individual should enter into, consider alternative forms of business organizations, particularly LLCs.

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Strategies for Managing Litigation
Patel Jayesh
2/1/2007
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The litigation process is expensive and needs continuous involvement and monitoring. And having a plan is key. This article offers strategies and insights on these topics and more for entrepreneurs who encounter litigation.

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Getting "Lean"
Matthews Rod
8/1/2007
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After leaping into "Lean," Southern Vinyl Manufacturing gained efficiencies in nearly every area of its operations. Specifically, entrepreneur Rod Matthews explains the challenges and rewards of involving employees in finding and eliminating waste using the "Five Why" process. As a result of "getting lean," the company resolves manufacturing problems by digging deeply to identify root causes instead of just treating symptoms.

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What is Six DisciplinesT?
Landwehr Craig
8/1/2007
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Among the newest business-excellence methodologies now available, Six DisciplinesT is growing in popularity as a holistic tool to help manufacturing entrepreneurs remain competitive against all comers. It's designed specifically to help small and mid-sized businesses ensure they are doing the right things at the right times. Goals include simplifying the quality management approach, fostering practical planning, and delivering effective, sustainable execution management. Many practical tools to implement the program are available.

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Entrepreneurial Outsourcing: Operating Like the Big Guys
Kauffman Mason
6/1/2005
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The founder of three companies in the outsourced shipping business advises entrepreneurs to turn to outsiders for all services that aren't core to the business.

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