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The New Standard for Deferred Compensation
6/6/2007
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The U.S. Congress enacted IRC Section 409A in the midst of corporate scandals that saw highly-paid executives receive deferred compensation payments while other employees lost their retirement savings. Public and private companies must comply for deferred compensation to keep preferential tax treatment status. This article outlines the risks of not complying and what compensation is involved.

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Sample Proposed Employee Incentive Program
6/1/2007
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This tool was designed to assist an entrepreneur who set up a bonus system that keyed off the company's EBITDA. By having a bonus program tied to EBITDA, top team members were forced to think like an owner thinks about expenses, opportunities, and investment.

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Job Descriptions Worksheet
2/21/2007
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This tool will help entrepreneurs identify specific responsibilties and allocate the time to be spent on them for the entrepreneur and the management team.

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Inside Entrepreneurship: Instant Success is an Illusion in Business
2/16/2007
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This article covers one of the key elements needed to take a startup to scale. And that's making sure you assemble a top team that understands business frugality (e.g., foregoing high salaries early on for equity).

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terrygold.com: Hiring Salespeople
8/4/2007
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Terry Gold, a seasoned tech entrepreneur, tells you he is not an expert at hiring salespeople, but he has had some experience. Here's some advice on what to watch out for. First off? Hire people who will "sell stuff." Like Terry's advice? See the blog posts and articles Terry authored for the eVenturing site.

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Interviewing Prospective Employees
8/2/2007
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This basic article on provides a practical overview of the interviewing process and specific questions to ask. It also points toward additional resources to help you hire the right people.The site itself is a solid resource for handling issues facing growing companies.

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The Care and Feeding of the Creative Class
8/2/2007
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This article is specifically about managing creative people. But nearly any entrepreneur can benefit from a better understanding of the creative process and what motivates copywriters, designers, and programmers to perform at their very best. After all, the public face of your company might someday be in their hands.

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The Art of Recruiting
8/2/2007
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Recruiting the best people begins with the having the best attitude--hire better than yourself--and, truth be told, doesn't end even after they're on the job. Ten practical tips delivered in classic Kawasaki style can deepen your insights and improve your skills.

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The Art of Firing
8/16/2007
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Firing an employee isn't easy--at least, it shouldn't be. Well-known author and consultant Guy Kawasaki offers 11 considered guidelines to making the process productive for all concerned: the departing employee, fellow employees, and you, the entrepreneur.

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Alternatives to Hiring Employees
8/3/2007
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Is your business facing the need for additional man power? Does the workload or budget warrant hiring a full-time employee? If not, consider the alternatives covered in this article: temporary help services, employee leasing, professional employer organizations, and service contracting.

Go To Source (www.gaebler.com)

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