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Selecting CEOs with the Right Character Traits
Jameson James D
3/1/2006
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When looking to recruit CEOs for his companies, the entrepreneur author argues it's critical to consider in candidates a range of character traits, such as broad experience, objectivity, and respect for others. He shares his experiences in making the right and sometimes wrong hires and reveals key lessons learned.

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Seeking Funding? Ditch Biz Plan, Buy a Lottery Ticket
Wadhwa Vivek
4/26/2010
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DURHAM, N.C. - Hardly a day goes by when I don’t have a rookie entrepreneur ask for advice on raising money from VCs.

They usually have a fancy-looking business plan with detailed spreadsheets showing how their company will be worth billions by capturing just 1 percent of a market. All they need is some financing, and they’ll take the world by storm.

My advice is always the same: ditch the business plan, and buy a lottery ticket. Your odds are better, and you’ll suffer less stress.

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Seeking Financing for a Service Business? Know Your Business Model
Babinec Martin
5/1/2002
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Service companies aiming to grow fast enough to attract financing need to address the weaknesses inherent in such business models, says the founder of a human-resources consultancy.

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Secondary Market Research Resources
Marchand Nikki
4/1/2007
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Understanding your industry, competitors, and customers is necessary for any entrepreneur. Primary research helps gather specific data, but secondary market research is also helpful. This article outlines fundamental, secondary research resources, which are either accessible online or at your local library.

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Sarbanes-Oxley and Public Markets
Botts William V
11/1/2006
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This finance expert explains the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) law and how it impacts public and private companies. This author shows the upside and downside of SOX compliance and asserts private companies aiming to grow (and go public) should take steps to become SOX-compliant early on.

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Safeguarding Your Trade Secrets II: Misappropriation
Sherman Andrew J
1/29/2001
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Taking reasonable steps to protect your trade secrets gives your company a stronger basis for legal action in the event of misuse. Read more to find out what safeguards and remedies are available.

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SWOT Analysis
FastTrac
8/10/2006
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SWOT analysis provides an excellent tool for entrepreneurs to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of their business.

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Role Model for Giving as a Habit of the Heart
Moody C David Jr
12/1/2005
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For David Moody, giving back should be a "habit from the heart," started even before success arrives.

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Risk in Entrepreneurship
Ashbrook Tom
1/1/2002
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Entrepreneurship means risk, writes the author, a veteran journalist turn dot-com entrepreneur who lived to tell the tale in a best-selling book. In an equally frank article, he speaks about teetering on the brink of financial and marital collapse before securing financing, and advises fledglings to assess their tolerance for risk and level with loved ones before taking the risk-laden entrepreneurial plunge.

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Recruiting and Hiring Capable, Self-Motivated People
11/11/2005
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As your business grows, plan a method for recruiting and hiring the very best people you can find. It will be important to hire the right top managers and let these managers recruit and hire the staff.

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