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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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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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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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Evaluating Your Business's Legal Structure
FastTrac
11/11/2005
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The more you can use legal protections to safeguard your business, such as choosing the right legal structure at start-up, the easier it becomes to ensure nothing enters that could harm your business.

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Drug Testing in the Workplace
Sherman Andrew J
3/15/2002
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An effective drug-testing program can make your workplace safer. Base your policy on legitimate business considerations and apply it fairly. Here's how to comply with the law, avoid litigation and encourage employees to seek treatment.

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Dilbert is Right, Says Gallup Study
7/22/2010
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Only 31 percent of employees are engaged at work, and 17 percent are actively disengaged.

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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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Complying with Government Regulations
FastTrac
11/11/2005
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All businesses, regardless of type, must comply with statutes and regulations, which come from all levels of government. These include regulations covering occupational safety and health as well as persons with disabilities.

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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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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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