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The Just-Right Business Plan
Lawton Jennifer
3/1/1999
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Entrepreneurs need a "just-right" business plan, one that provides a measuring stick for fast growth without overtaking performance, writes this computer-consulting entrepreneur.

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The Importance of Periodic Intellectual Property Audits
Sherman Andrew J
11/1/2001
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As an entrepreneur, it is important to take periodic inventory of your assets so that they can be leveraged. Conducting an intellectual property audit can help create both incremental revenue streams and new opportunities.

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The Entrepreneurial Time System T
Sullivan Dan
12/1/2003
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A strategic overview of time management for entrepreneurs is delineated in this article by the co-founder of a consultancy that advises on the matter.

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The Entrepreneur's Rosetta Stone: How to Read a Business Plan
Smilor Ray
12/25/2000
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Financiers decode business plans, looking for the secrets of probable success. If yours shows a customer-driven opportunity that your company's talent, passion and skin in the game can actually pull off, they're more likely to be impressed.

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The Elevator Pitch
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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When asked about your business, you need to have a quick and compelling answer ready--you need an elevator pitch. This article discusses the important aspects of developing and delivering your elevator pitch.

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The Corporate Petri Dish
7/23/2010
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Corporate culture" doesn't just happen, it must be nurtured, just like a "culture" in a petri dish, writes the author.

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The Billionaires Who Made Themselves and Their Nations
4/7/2010
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Some people are born rich, but it is the self-made billionaires who inspire people more than anybody else. While most entrepreneurs won’t end up in the 10-digit club, there are lessons to be taken from these elites.

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The 10 Ingredients of a Great Business Plan
Zwilling Martin
3/18/2010
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If you think you only need a business plan to go fishing for capital, you are sorely mistaken.

A business plan--thoughtfully assembled and diligently updated--is the very blueprint for any company. It sets direction, facilitates communication and establishes performance metrics. Better yet, well-articulated business plans force business owners to constantly weigh the strengths and weaknesses of their operations.

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Terms and Conditions of Selling Your Business
Payne William H Bill
7/1/2006
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Selling your company involves an entire set of specific business and legal terms and conditions that relate solely to this transaction and are often new to first-time entrepreneurs. This document contains a helpful list of pertinent terms as well as some issues that the selling entrepreneur might consider before closing the sale.

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TechTown's New $5M Fund Only a Baby Step for FastTrac Entrepreneurs
Lovy Howard
4/23/2010
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Don’t get Randal Charlton wrong. The executive director at the TechTown business incubator in Detroit is thankful for a recent announcement of $5 million coming his way to help graduates of his FastTrac business training program launch their companies. But, he says, look at it this way: The money, granted by the New Economy Initiative, a Detroit-area philanthropic partnership, is not being thrown at comfortable entrepreneurs. This is, essentially, aid to the unemployed. And, as such, $5 million barely scratches the surface.

Many of the entrepreneurs to be helped by the First Step Fund, the entity created by NEI’s $5 million investment, are not launching startups because it seems like a promising thing to do. They have nowhere else to go, Charlton says. Their former jobs in the auto industry are gone, never to return. Their choices are to leave the state or try to create their own jobs in Michigan.

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