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Second-quarter earnings -- which will be launched by Alcoa's (NYSE AA) profit report next week -- are expected to beat analysts' estimates across the board, but they are unlikely to match the huge year-over-year gains witnessed in the first quarter.
Entrepreneurs often have only one opportunity to make a good impression on potential investors. Goff includes recommendations to ensure that pitches have a better chance of gaining interest from angel investors.
For Terry Gold, preparing for pitching angels is more about demonstrating how your good idea is going to result in a great business than it is about developing documents and presentations.
This accomplished entrepreneur matches practical tips from Peter Drucker's book, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, with innovative product moves developed by real-life growth companies. The entrepreneur author shows how these companies apply key tactics, such as tracking demographics and customer preferences, that are detailed as principles by Drucker.
If you think hiring is tough in today's tight labor market, you should figure that retaining people is even tougher. To keep employees, small-company owners must provide more than just competitive compensation packages, the author writes. What really makes the difference is a CEO's ability to communicate an organizational vision and to recognize the people who translate that vision into revenue and profit.
An entrepreneurial company just past the start up stage faces the issue of how to find customers for its product or service, price it right and get the word out, writes the founder of a software company and also a previous business. Meeting the challenges of phase two sets the stage for substantial growth, the author says.
The founder of a software company explains that turning to independent entrepreneurial talent to sell products enables faster growth at a more reasonable cost.
For aspiring and active entrepreneurs, financing growth isn't always a matter of taking readily available funding. In this article, Jeff Gordon, who founded two companies in the decade since graduating from college, says the entrepreneur really seeks the best "engine" for fueling growth, which isn't necessarily money. He offers tips for choosing from an array of monetary and nonmonetary options.
As the cost of new technologies plummets, even small manufacturers can turn.
eBay has become one of the leading marketing resources and distribution channels for individuals and businesses. Noting the fast and diversified growth of the eBay marketplace, this article describes eBay's utility for entrepreneurs interested in getting started as an eBay seller.
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