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This guide, a revision of The Entrepreneur's Reference Guide to Small Business Information 2nd edition, compiled by the staff of Business Reference Services. Science, Technology, and Business Division. Library of Congress, Washington 1996, was developed under the aegis of the Library of Congress Business Enrichment Advisory Team. (BEAT).
This article is to-the-point and practical with a couple of valuable tips. If you're on a budget, look into "provisional patents." Always seek out an attorney in the special intellectual property niche you're in, not just an IP generalist.
CBA can help answer your questions and provide information on important issues such as corruption and bribery in overseas markets, U.S. export controls on sensitive equipment and technologies, and business-related visas for employees, partners and clients of U.S. firms. CBA also coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf of American businesses and can provide assistance in opening markets, leveling the playing field, protecting intellectual property and resolving trade and investment disputes.
In a memorandum to Department employees, Secretary Rice expressed her support for the small business program: "Small businesses have maximum practicable access to our contracting opportunities." She views the socio-economic goals as a "floor not a ceiling" and that "all Department employees have a responsibility to support the Department's efforts to meet or exceed the goals."
An overview of pricing based on value to the customer instead of cost to the producer, this article provides both theory and examples of the theory at work. It's a quick, useful read.
Setting prices that yield profits means testing and monitoring. Test offers for responsiveness and for cost effectiveness. Monitor competitors to stay one step ahead (or keep up!) and suppliers to reduce costs as much as possible.
The author asserts that when people are doing work that they love (and when the work itself is valued and recognized) then creativity will flourish.
This article is worth reading as background for entrepreneurs developing new technology-related products or services. Clearly written without unnecessary legalese, it offers a glimpse of the challenges facing technology-development work.
Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc (the first spreadsheet program for personal computers) and an accomplished entrepreneur, conducts an in-depth discussion with himself on the complexities of patent law and patent litigation. If you're headed that way, it's an informative read for you . . . and probably your lawyer, too.
In today's world of "consumer generated media" (CGM) that are in effect "market conversations," aggressive listening becomes an essential skill of marketers. This blog-like article is not as succinct as it could be but the concept is worth understanding and putting into practice.
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