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The Marketing Plan: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
5/24/2007
Summary:

Need a marketing plan, but want it to be practical enough to get implemented? Here's a simple template billed as the "world's shortest marketing plan." It may be just what you are looking for.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
Why Smart Companies Do Dumb Things
5/24/2007
Summary:

Consensus, conviction, expertise, and an inspirational vision. "Smart" entrepreneurs may rely on the like, but they don't guarantee success. Guy Kawasaki shares ten ways of avoiding mistakes that happen in spite of the best intentions.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Guide to Planning an Exit Strategy
3/13/2007
Summary:

Business planning experts suggest that entrepreneurs plan for their exit from the company during the initial phases of the process. It is important to consider personal and financial goals, as well as how the value of the business will be determined at the point of transition. This article includes links to tools and templates to make a well-informed decision.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Guide to Turning Around a Troubled Business
3/9/2007
Summary:

There are three key processes involved in reviving a company on a downward path, including determining the root cause of the difficulties, rethinking strategy, and realigning the overall business process to meet new strategic directives. This guide provides specific advice and links to resources to analyze business processes and financial health, to assess the market, and how to identify the people necessary to make the change happen.

Go To Source (www.work.com)
Five to Help You Thrive
2/16/2007
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This article suggests that there are five key relationships that entrepreneurs running growth companies should work on developing: relationships with customers, employees, vendors, bankers, and mentors.

Go To Source (www.rismedia.com)
Boom Town
1/19/2007
Summary:

African-Americans are launching and growing businesses at higher rates than other entrepreneurs in the U.S. Whether attributed to corporate layoffs, diversity programs, or targeted business development initiatives, Chicago's Cook County is seeing the highest African-American entrepreneurial growth rates in the nation.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
The Four Drivers of Innovation
1/19/2007
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Innovation is commonly thought to be the same as creativity, but according to research from the Gallup organization, creativity is a precursor to innovation only when coupled with business action. This article highlights the ways in which entrepreneurs can foster an environment of innovation, including finding and nurturing talent and developing managers.

Go To Source (gmj.gallup.com)
G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide
1/17/2007
Summary:

As the world becomes flatter, we realize the role that culture and connectivity play in the development of our business models and social networks. Danah Boyd gives us an interesting look at how these elements play into the proliferation of online communities, and how the rules of engagement for these new businesses are also models of behavior and execution for other areas of the entrepreneur's life.

Go To Source (www.danah.org)
Get That Gazelle Out of My Space!
1/8/2007
Summary:

This article provides a helpful list of commonly used terms in the technology and entrepreneurship realm, including barriers to entry, discounted net present value, and the long tail.

Go To Source (www.innovation-america.org)
Bet on the Horse: Determining Success Factors of New Businesses
12/6/2006
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In making their investment decisions, venture capitalists should bet on the product or process in a company over the management team, according to research from the University of Chicago School of Business. The researchers studiedĀ 49 venture-backed companies and found surprising stability of the firms' business models compared to management teams.

Go To Source (www.chicagogsb.edu)

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