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Why Six Sigma?
Butler Tyrone
8/1/2007
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Does Six Sigma methodology have benefits small- to medium-sized entrepreneurial manufacturing firm? "Yes!" proclaims this author, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He provides an overview of, outlines four actions needed for a company to succeed with, and defines steps to deploying Six Sigma.

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Processes, Procedures, and Policies
FastTrac
4/13/2007
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Discover the importance of planning and documenting processes--what we do, procedures--how we do it, and policies--why or when we do it.

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Defining the Operational Goal
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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Whether you are looking at improving how you currently run your business or planning significant expansion, the operations of your business are critical to your success.

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Measuring Financial Performance
FastTrac
3/12/2007
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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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Measuring Performance
FastTrac
3/9/2007
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Performance standards will be of little value if the entrepreneur never measures actual performance against the standards. Ongoing measurement assures that a business stays on track.

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Communicating Your Workflow
FastTrac
2/21/2007
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Your workflow--processes, procedures, and policies--need to be communicated verbally and written. Written communication should include job descriptions, performance standards, performance reviews, and controls.

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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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Alternatives to Litigation
Sherman Andrew J
2/1/2007
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Business conflicts are inevitable, which means you need legal counsel to guide you through potential litigation. This article is a comprehensive review of alternative courses to litigation, including arbitration, mediation, and private judging.

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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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Keeping Your Business Safe
Botto Greg
2/1/2007
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While this entrepreneur was building his IT support company, employees who also were family members were creating a rival business behind the scenes, stealing trade secrets and clients. This entrepreneur offers safeguards to protect your company.

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