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A Business Case for Formal Mentoring
Wayshak Corinne
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Entrepreneurs can benefit from seeking to be paired for a fee with a mentor who provides guidance and support, says the author, who pursued such a formal mentorship upon the founding of her second venture. With new skills to learn in an operating company as opposed to her previous professional-services concern, this entrepreneur reports developing company-building tactics as well as respect for mentoring itself.

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Networking for Minority Entrepreneurs
Watson Joe
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Entrepreneurs of color need to break through a culturally induced reluctance to trust to facilitate the relationships that spur business growth, says the founder of a minority search firm.

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The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs
Wadhwa Vivek Jain Sonali Saxenian AnnaLee Gereffi Gary Wang Huiyao
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The report, “The Grass is Indeed Greener in India and China for Returnee Entrepreneurs,” is based on a survey of U.S.-educated Indian and Chinese professionals who had returned to their home countries and started businesses. These respondents cited economic opportunities, favorable conditions for starting a business and the speed of professional growth as the leading motivations for returning home. Family ties also played a significant role in attracting the entrepreneurs back to their native countries.

Making Cakes to Hire People
Walls Julius
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Julius Walls has the priviledge of leading a company that exists to give back.

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5 Must-Haves of an Entrepreneurial Career
Waldorf Gregory
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Greg Waldorf, CEO of the online matchmaking service, describes the essential components of a successful entrepreneurial career. He believes that working with great people, taking risks, adaptability, passion and timely execution of plans can lead to success for entrepreneurs. He draws parallels between the satisfaction found through finding the right career path and a fulfilling relationship.

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It's Not Whether You Win or Lose. It's How You Sell the Game
Wachter Paul
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From behind home plate, Jason Klein and Casey White look proudly at the Reading Phillies' flamethrower Phillippe Aumont.  It's not his high-priced arm they're admiring, It's what he's wearing.  "They're the only team with pink on their uniforms," White says.

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Your Company Is Worth What You Can Get
Wachs Joshua D
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The founder of a software development business had already agreed to be acquired by one company and was ready to sign the documents. Then another company came calling with a better offer. Loyal employees and a working partnership with the buyer turned out to be the crucial assets constituting the value of the business. The author concludes that you need to shop around and negotiate to find out what your company is really worth.

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With a Mentor by Your Side
Voth Emily
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Entrepreneurs loath to seek mentoring should take at least one piece of advice: try it, you'll like it, writes the author who built a business by accepting help from smarter and more experienced founders. Included is a look at the workings of her relationship with her current mentor. (Originally Published October 2002)

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10 Things I Learned From Launching a Company in a Recession
Von Tobel Alexa
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Two years ago I had an idea for a website. I decided to leave a well paying job, invest all of the money I made post college, and began to start the terrifying journey of building a company. Today, I want to share the ten most powerful things I learned about turning that idea into a business at a time when the economy was at its worst, and capital was scarce. Many of the tips I'm sharing with you were passed down from others who were kind enough to share their experiences and insight with me.

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Branding: The Power of Personality
Vernon Lillian
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At a time when branding is more important than ever for entrepreneurs, Lillian Vernon, the doyenne of direct-mail retailing, talks about branding herself to reach her customers. In the past half century, the strategy has enabled her company to get valuable publicity, as well as more easily extend its product line and weather times of crisis, the author writes.

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