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Seven Steps to Effective Competitor Benchmarking
8/30/2007
Summary:

Benchmarking your firm's performance against the performance of others is essential to creating and following a strategic plan. The seven steps listed here from a professional competitive intelligence service will smooth the way to an improved ROI.

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Speaking as a Performing Art
11/8/2007
Summary:

Making a presentation that will engage an audience is the goal of most entrepreneurs who are pitching to investors, selling to customers, or motivating employees. If you put these fantastic fifteen tips to work, they will put you on the road to public speaking success.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Structuring Corporate Buy-Sell Agreements
9/13/2007
Summary:

The death of a shareholder in a closely held corporation raises serious questions for the surviving shareholders--tax, valuation, funding, and control, among others. This relatively brief but highly informative article advises: state your piece and make your peace before your company faces one of life's tragic inevitabilities.

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Structuring Your Business Plan
9/1/2005
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This article suggests you think of your business plan as a production line. You have to document what goes into the success of your production line - talent, capital, market position, and more.

Go To Source (www.businesstown.com)
TEC© Best Practices: CEO Skills
6/8/2007
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This article explains how CEOs can be more efficient in their personal organization of time, providing specific approaches to specific challenges. It also outlines the broader responsibilities CEOs have of effecting change and coaching employees through the change process. TEC is now known as Vistage.

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TEC© Best Practices: Customer Retention
6/8/2007
Summary:

This "best practices" article explains, from the entrepreneur's point of view, the finer points of retaining customers, a practice that costs one-fifth as much as acquiring new ones. The article provides specific, practical suggestions for retaining external customers and ensuring positive relationships with internal customers (your employees.)

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Negotiating Business Deals
6/8/2007
Summary:

A good overview of how to think about negotiating in a win-win framework, this article explodes four myths about the process and offers "six steps to a better deal." Practical advice, such as how to improve your negotiating skills and those of your people, is also included.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Strategic Alliances
6/14/2007
Summary:

A productive strategic alliance occurs when two enterprises come together with talents, skills, and resources neither posssesses on its own to create profit neither could have achieved on its own. Benefits can include more effective access to markets, better technology, faster and better new product development, and wider distribution. This article provides a practical overview of the process.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
Tax Aspects of Selling Out
7/1/2006
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A summary of major tax consequences related to selling a business is provided in this article. Issues covered include capital gains tax, tax treatment of individual company assets, and a discussion of state tax obligations.

Go To Source (www.toolkit.cch.com)
Ten Questions with Polly LaBarre
6/14/2007
Summary:

Do you have edgy, independent leaders working inside your company? If not, you should--and you should understand why you do not at the moment. Management author Guy Kawasaki interviews former Fast Company editor Polly LaBarre to gain insights on how "Mavericks at Work" (the title of her book, coauthored with another Fast Company editor) can impact a company's growth.

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