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The Next Crop: Grade-School Entrepreneurs
Coster Helen
4/12/2010
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Some world-beaters start young. And they're thinking about more than lemonade stands.

In 1996 Apple celebrated its 20th anniversary, Mark Zuckerberg was in junior high and Jacob Cook--who owns a computer support company--was born.

No, your math is right: Cook is all of 13 years old.

Cook, who lives in Sacramento, Calif., has been an entrepreneur for three years. At age 10 he started buying books and other "low-end stuff" at garage sales and re-selling it on eBay. As he learned more about computers, he started creating video tutorials about fixing tech problems and broadcasting them on YouTube. After he was profiled in a local newspaper, people started contacting him with their own troubleshooting requests. Today he charges up to $30 an hour to help clients erase computer viruses and fix other problems.

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Franchise Direct publishes the first list of the Top 100 Global Franchises
Cranford Donald
9/16/2009
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Franchise Direct has released the first ever list of the Top 100 Global Franchises, which was compiled after analyzing thousands of franchises.

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Bridging the Digital Divide
Dash Darien
2/19/2001
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Founding an Internet company was a logical step for this college-educated rap fan with cable-industry marketing experience. He's a man with a mission: equipping minority communities with computer technology and online access so they can participate fully in the new economy. Commercial and community partnerships enable him to grow the business and carry the message.

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Entrepreneur Dedicated to Poverty Alleviation through Microfinance
Davis Geoff
3/15/2007
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Geoff Davis figured out a way to dedicate his life to entrepreneurship and improving the lives of billions of people around the world-all in the same job. The strategy of his nonprofit is to accelerate the growth of high-potential emerging microfinance institutions through capital investments and capacity-building consulting.

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Secrets of Power Negotiating
Dawson Roger
6/1/2006
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"Learning to improve your negotiating skills is the highest and best use of your time," says Roger Dawson, a topic expert on negotiations. Dawson provides a series of strategies that entrepreneurs can use to improve their negotiating skills.

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Fast Growth Needs a Firm Foundation
DeCoux Jeff
7/1/2005
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Leveraging your advisors and directors is a lot like managing your customers: Accurate information and clear communication are key to a good relationship. Recruiting knowledgeable executives from established, prestigious companies is a good way to gain experience and credibility-but for this serial start-up founder, it's even more important to ask them the right questions and pay attention to their suggestions.

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First Create "WOW" -- Brand Strategy Comes Later
Delano Frank
10/22/2001
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Before you can create a winning brand strategy, you've got to have a winning product or service to promote.

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How to Nail the Five-Minute Pitch
Dietrich Chuck
5/24/2010
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Startup CEOs wear many hats.  None, perhaps, is more important than that of "company pitchman."

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LaunchMemphis Weekend Gives Wings to 8 Fledgling Companies
Dowd James
4/6/2010
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After the recent "48 Hour Launch" weekend that drew more than five dozen participants, eight new companies now dot the city's small-business landscape.

The third annual event, sponsored by LaunchMemphis, replaced the organization's former Startup Weekend program. Interest in the program easily surpassed previous incarnations, leaders said, and the number of viable companies was nearly triple that of last year.

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Mighty Mouse in the Market
Drakeman Donald L
7/24/2000
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A cutting-edge biotech company using transgenic mice to produce treatments for life-threatening diseases can spend years working hard toward a sensible business goal before seeing real profits. Still, when its stock soars 4000 percent in one year, investors sit up and take notice. Under the circumstances, a strategic plan and statistical models go a long way toward keeping the real value of the business in perspective.

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