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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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Are You Born To Be a Billionaire
Coster Helen
3/11/2010
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Fifty-three billion smackers. That's how much telecom tycoon Carlos Slim Helu, the wealthiest human on the planet, is worth by Forbes' latest exhaustive count. (Actually, the tally was $53.5 billion--when you're dealing in 10 digits, every decimal place counts.)

Those kinds of numbers can't help but make you think: What exactly does it take to amass that kind of wealth? More important, do you have it?

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The World's Billionaires
Kroll Luis Miller Matthew
3/10/2010
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For the third time in three years, the world has a new richest man.

Riding surging prices of his various telecom holdings, including giant mobile outfit America Movil, Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim Helu has beaten out Americans Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to become the wealthiest person on earth and nab the top spot on the 2010 Forbes list of the World's Billionaires.

Slim's fortune has swelled to an estimated $53.5 billion, up $18.5 billion in 12 months. Shares of America Movil, of which Slim owns a $23 billion stake, were up 35% in a year.

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A Precious Source For Small Biz
Finneran Katy
1/6/2010
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Under the Immigration Act of 1990, the U.S. Congress set aside 10,000 annual visas for foreign investors looking for opportunities in America. Those carrots are coming in handy during what remains a debilitating credit crunch for U.S. entrepreneurs. Rather than wait a year or longer for other immigrant visas, foreign investors--through the so-called EB-5 program--can snag a slice of equity and a quick-and-dirty U.S. visa in just three-to-six months; plus, unlike other immigrant visas that might expire in a few years, the EB-5 flavor offers permanent residency. EB-5 minimum requirements: a $1 million investment from a lawful source in a new or existing commercial enterprise that directly creates at least 10 U.S. jobs. Investors can put up as little as $500,000 if the company is in a rural area or in a county sporting 150% of the average national unemployment rate. (Canada has a similar program, called the Canadian Business Immigrant Investment Program, though it doesn't impose any job-creation requirements.)

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Obama on Small Business: A Year Later
Bovarnick Robert
1/5/2010
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In the two years I have been writing a column for Forbes, no piece has received more responses than the one published just prior to the last presidential election. In it, I made nine predictions regarding the impact an Obama administration would have on the legal landscape, especially with regard to small businesses.

Now that we are at the beginning of a new decade, as well as the president's second year, I thought it would be interesting to see how I did. For those keeping score, I nailed all but one.

I'll admit I like being right. Too bad prescience often comes with a price.

In the introduction, I noted that the triumvirate of President Obama, Sen. Reid and Speaker Pelosi would be "potentially one of the most liberal governments the country has had in decades." I was wrong: This government may be the most liberal in the history of the United States.

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Lessons from Entrepreneurs Who Beat the Odds
Perman Stacey
10/30/2009
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The statistics surrounding the survival rate for small businesses have long been subject to fervid debate. Depending on who you're talking to, the predicted life span for a startup can elicit grim to cautiously optimistic responses.

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Qualities 4 Successful Entrepreneurs
Driessen Patrick W
9/25/2009
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Lessons learned, key qualities and insights that will help an entrepreneur to succeed.

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Choosing Your Exit Strategy
Payne William H Bill
6/30/2009
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Selling your business to another individual or company is one of four usual choices for liquidating your equity. Here's a review of the pros, cons and alternatives that may help you evaluate your plans.

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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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Giving Back
FastTrac
3/9/2007
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The power to make a difference comes when you look inside to find what you have to give.

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