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The 2009 Franchise 500
Marich Mark
12/31/2008
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Entrepreneur magazine’s 2009 Franchise 500 has just been released. Subway takes the top spot in 2009, topping 2008’s top franchise: 7-Eleven. Subway, which operates more than 30,000 restaurants in 87 countries, has long dominated the Franchise 500 list. It has held the top spot...

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Entrepreneurial Predictions for 2009
Marich Mark
1/1/2009
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The Wall Street Journal’s entrepreneurship blog, The Independent Street, has made its predictions for what might happen in the world of entrepreneurship in 2009. As with all economic sectors, the world of entrepreneurs will be dominated by how they respond to the economic downturn. As...

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Paying Taxes
Marich Mark
1/2/2009
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What regions of the world are the most business-friendly when it comes to corporate taxation policies? A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study, Paying Taxes 2009, benchmarks how 181 countries stack up on three key tax policy-related metrics: 1) The total tax rate, 2) The time taken to comply...

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The Secrets of High Growth Economies
Marich Mark
1/2/2009
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What factors differentiate fast-growing national economies from the rest of the world? A new article in the World Bank’s Finance & Development magazine examines 13 national economies that have succeeded in growing at an average annual rate exceeding seven percent for at least 25...

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Which State Is the Most Conducive to Entrepreneurship?
Marich Mark
1/7/2009
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Which state is the most entrepreneurial? How about the most innovative? Business friendly? Just plain ready for the 'New Economy'? Obviously the answers depend on the methodology employed to find them -- and there are certainly differences from one study to the next. If...

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Quality Management and the Bottom Line
Marich Mark
1/8/2009
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There are lots of interesting theories and methodologies about effective business management practices, but, in many cases, there’s not a lot of on-the-ground evidence that these so-called “best practices” make a firm more profitable.¬† New research from Harvard Business School takes a hard look...

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The Power of Educational Benchmarking
Marich Mark
1/9/2009
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If the US hopes to maintain an international leadership position in education and human capital, it needs to do a better job of learning from other countries, societies, and institutions that often do a better job of preparing young people to prosper in the...

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Hot New Student-Based Innovations
Marich Mark
1/10/2009
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The latest issue of The New York Times’ Education Life supplement contains an interesting look at the growth of entrepreneurship education on college campuses. As part of this article, Education Life also lists “23 Bright Ideas,” i.e., interesting inventions and innovations developed by current college...

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NIST Needs You!
Marich Mark
1/10/2009
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its Technology Innovation Program (TIP) are looking for some good ideas. They have recently announced a call for White Papers from all interested parties who have thoughts and suggestions for “critical national needs” that could be...

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Digital Transformation via Economic Stimulus
Marich Mark
1/12/2009
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Invest $30 billion in America’s information technology (IT) infrastructure, and you may create as many as 949,000 jobs. That’s the bottom line number for a new economic stimulus package proposed last week by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). ITIF researchers argue that the...

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