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Creative Research to Test Assumptions
Leibel Kevin
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur attributes his success to a philosophy built on persistence, creativity, and a penchant for asking, "Why not?" His path as an entrepreneur is rooted in creative, out-of-the-box market research capabilities.

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Aligning Compensation With Business Goals
Lieberman William
3/30/2006
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This veteran entrepreneur recommends a top-down approach to ensure a company's overall strategic goals drive the compensation plan. When clear objectives (including revenue targets) are defined for the business, entrepreneurs can better determine sales targets as well as how sales reps can help grow the company.

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Sweat, Spending and Serendipity: Practical Advice for Entrepreneurs Selling Professional Services
Lotane Phil
1/15/2004
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Tactics for selling services are offered by an entrepreneur whose consulting firm places temporary senior-level talent in finance, law, and other disciplines in early-stage and growth companies.

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Secondary Market Research Resources
Marchand Nikki
4/1/2007
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Understanding your industry, competitors, and customers is necessary for any entrepreneur. Primary research helps gather specific data, but secondary market research is also helpful. This article outlines fundamental, secondary research resources, which are either accessible online or at your local library.

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Methods for Conducting Early Market Research
Markham Stephen K
4/1/2007
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By understanding customers' needs, a product can be developed to meet these needs. This author outlines three quick and inexpensive methods to help: Be Your Own Customer, Critically Observe the Customer, and Listen to the Voice of the Customer.

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Great Compensation Plans Need Great Salespeople
Miller Joe
3/30/2006
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After many years studying sales organizations and working as a consultant, this entrepreneur offers practical tips for ensuring your sales force and compensation plans are highly effective. His premise: start with a great salesperson and pay them what they are worth. Otherwise, your sales compensation plan won't be worth anything.

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Netpreneurs: A New Breed of Entrepreneur
Morino Mario
5/1/1999
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Netpreneurs--entrepreneurs who are building Internet-related businesses--are a breed apart, argues the writer. In building a new economy with vastly different attributes, these business owners must react quickly, adapt deftly, and zero in on specialties, or "niches," conducive to online commerce, says the author, who founded a software company in the 1970s and, more recently, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping communities take advantage of the Internet.

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Moving the Checker Forward
Myers Jay
6/17/2002
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Bringing a technology-based product to market involves assessing customers' needs and convincing them that yours is the solution, rather than trumpeting its innovative features, writes the founder of a videoconferencing company. Included are various tactics for engaging in what the author calls "relationship selling" and likens to the venerable board game of Checkers.

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Emerging Markets: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Staying Sane, Safe and Profitable
Nelson R W
5/1/1998
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Doing business in the rough-and-tumble arena of underdeveloped countries involves adhering to global business basics, such as researching markets thoroughly, while coping with surprises, writes a veteran international entrepreneur who first took his company overseas three decades ago. In entering the "emerging markets," entrepreneurs need to keep close tabs on how (and if) they will be paid, as well as on local managers overly eager to make sales.

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Looking to expand overseas? Learn from a leading venture capitalist
OConnell Brian
10/4/2011
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Going global is on the wish list of many U.S. entrepreneurs, especially given the sour American economy. But how to go about it? One leading venture capitalist offers some clues.

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