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Computer Engineer Builds Micro-Economies through Resource Matching
Smith Jeff
11/13/2006
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Jeff Smith's trip to Honduras has evolved into a model that encourages aspiring entrepreneurs and helps struggling communities in the process. Smith received the Kauffman Community Award in honor of his accomplishments at a special presentation at the 2006 EO Chicago University.

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Market Research Informs a Business Idea
Smith Sally E
4/1/2007
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This entrepreneur and former banking executive shows how she used market research to discover the opportunity for an unexpected new venture. She researched ways around obstacles, identified solutions, and stayed creative--until one day, she found herself at the helm of a very successful business.

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We Can't Manage As We Did Ten Years Ago
Smith James C
7/1/1999
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Entrepreneurs of a certain age need to accommodate the changes in attitude on the part of the younger generation or risk becoming dinosaurs, writes the author, who turned to entrepreneurship after a career in the U.S. Army and at a major corporation. Today's young people are technologically savvy, casual about dress and deportment, and forward about expecting to advance at a younger age, he says. He includes tips for adjusting one's management style to help -- rather than change -- the new generation.

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know When Selling a Private Company
Smith Alan J
2/15/2004
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An entrepreneur turned mergers and acquisitions specialist advises owners selling a privately held company to secure representation and educate themselves about the process.

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Building a Sales Compensation Plan That Works
Smith Jack P
3/30/2006
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This topic expert provides a step-by-step process for understanding a sales reps' potential for results, their motivation factors, and developing a comp plan that fits those characteristics. Strategy, combined with communication, can help sales reps meet their goals and their companies' profit goals.

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Listen for the Electricity
Smilor Ray
1/1/2005
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The toughest and most important job of an entrepreneur is to select the people to bring into his or her company. The author suggests a way to do this: listen for the electricity.

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What Makes Yoda So Good? How to be an Effective Mentor
Smilor Ray
10/7/2005
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Mentors help us confront adversity, seize opportunity, learn from mistakes, understand our strengths and grow as leaders. Learn how to be an effective mentor to other entrepreneurs. (Published Oct 2002)

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Getting Out of the Critical Path
Smilor Ray
7/1/2005
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In every company there are a series of critical paths-courses to a conclusion that employees have to run, under intense time pressure, to keep the company meeting goals and hitting objectives so that it keeps moving forward. If someone is blocking the critical path, then that person has to get out of the way. If he or she cannot find a way to get out of the critical path, then the CEO has to step in and clear the way so that the race can continue.

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The Blessing of Complaints: How Rantings and Ravings Can Help You Succeed
Smilor Ray
3/26/2001
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When customers complain, you're getting market intelligence for free. Treat every gripe as a chance to fix the problem and build your company's reputation for good service.

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Wild and Crazy Guys: How Entrepreneurs Build Culture
Smilor Ray
1/15/2001
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Entrepreneurs can create a company culture that reflects their values and motivates employees by experimenting with unusual events and activities in the workplace. Here are some ideas to jump-start your thinking.

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