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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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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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Identifying Excellent Suppliers
FastTrac
1/18/2007
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Excellent suppliers keep their promises, providing supplies and services when you need them.

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Providing Adequate Production Facilities
FastTrac
1/18/2007
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Production planning involves evaluating your current production facilities to determine how effectively it fits with your overall growth plan.

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An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Fite Ronald
8/1/2007
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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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A Cautionary Tale About Partnership
Fox Richard
7/22/2010
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This entrepreneur thought he had built in adequate legal protections to ensure his partner in a new venture would not get full control of the business. When the partner was ready to sell the company, however, the entrepreneur discovered he didn't have the leverage he needed to stop the company's sale.

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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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Toward a Virtual World
Gaut Norman PhD
5/1/2007
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From a lab at MIT to connecting 50,000 high school students live around the world, Norman Gaut's team at PictureTel were pioneers in connecting the world via real-world time, visual communications.

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

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