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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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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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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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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace II: How to Deal With It
Sherman Andrew J
12/18/2000
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Educating your employees about the consequences of violating company policy may prevent sexual harassment problems. Here's how to ensure compliance and avoid lawsuits.

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Shared spaces give startups room to grow
Dalton Alyssa
3/26/2010
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With the recent opening of Ottawa’s newest co-working space, the city might be seeing an emerging trend towards shared offices.

Currently, there are two co-working spaces: Freedom Café, which opened last month, and the Code Factory, which opened in May 2008.

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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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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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Technology Licensing II: Key Elements of an Agreement
Sherman Andrew J
7/30/2001
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Learn what a license really covers, what details to spell out and how to provide for accurate record-keeping, so as to prevent trouble later on. This article reviews the basic provisions, from boilerplate to bones of contention.

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The Entrepreneurial Case for ISO Standards
Glynn Leo T Stowe Ralph S
9/24/2003
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Entrepreneurial companies should consider complying with an internationally recognized set of quality standards known as ISO as a way to mitigate risk, benchmark progress, and attract customers to an untested enterprise, say the founders of a consultancy.

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