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Memorandum of Understanding for a Strategic Partnership
12/1/2006
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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of people in a collaboration. These documents are important because they list the critical points of a relationship between entrepreneurs and strategic partners.

This sample legal agreement covers terms and conditions relevant to strategic partnering, including language on transaction structure, due diligence, and financing. It uses a real estate transaction as its example, but the agreement's structure and terminology can be broadly applied.

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Networking - Targeting Organizations and Groups
4/27/2007
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This tool will help you identify current networking activity, assess its effectiveness, and identify groups that can expand and build your business network.

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Partnering Propositions
4/27/2007
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This tool will help you and your attorney outline the key elements of a mutual value proposition as well as anticipate and address questions that will likely be posed by prospective partners.

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Premier Partner Distribution Agreement
12/1/2006
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This sample distribution agreement template includes terms for strategic partner responsibilities and obligations, such as shipment and delivery of product, as well as language covering confidentiality and termination.

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Presenting Your Business Plan
3/9/2007
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The tips in this article will help your presentation be a bridge between what you have and what your audience wants.

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Revisiting a School of Military Government: How Reanimating a World War II-Era Institution Could Professionalize Military Nation Building
Patterson Rebecca
6/29/2011
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In the last decade, the United States has found itself fully immersed in nation building, despite its alleged distaste for such endeavors. U.S. military forces in particular have been at the center of these efforts, building schools in Iraq, staffing Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) throughout Afghanistan and training soldiers in Mozambique. U.S. Army platoon leaders hand out micro grants to small business owners and help stand up city councils. Civil servants who once trained for peacetime development work now find themselves mediating tribal disputes in remote mountain provinces. Regardless of the efficacy of such efforts, public statements by both President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggest that nation building and related activities are preferred solutions in the war against terrorism. Yet despite the enormous complexity and ambition of such efforts, there remains a gap in the training and education for nation building.

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Screen Growth Opportunities
9/20/2006
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Using the four basic growth strategies--Market Penetration, Market Expansion, Line Expansion, and New Business Development--this tool helps identify potential growth opportunities for a business.

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Start-Up Business Plan Checklist
4/27/2007
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This tool will help you identify areas in your start up business plan that need additional atttention before it is complete.

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Supporting Growth Checklist
3/12/2007
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This tool will help you understand what systems you will need to invest in and replenish on a regular basis.

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The 2010 State New Economy Index
The Kauffman Foundation
11/17/2010
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While every state continues to experience the impacts of the economic downturn and resulting recession, it will be many years before we understand the full nature and causes of theĀ financial crisis. But it appears that one of the contributing factors to both the crisis and the anemic nature of the recovery has been the weakened position of the U.S. economy in global markets. This relatively untold story of the recession and recovery is, in fact, perhaps one of the major developments in the U.S. economy, one that will have significant impacts on state economies for decades into the futureā€”particularly if the nation continues to ignore the issue.

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