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Growth Indicators Worksheet
7/22/2010
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The growth indicators evaluated in this tool can help determine what level and type of growth a business is capable of supporting.

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Guide to Online Market Research
7/22/2010
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This research guide is filled with tools, including databases, trade publications, and more to assist entrepreneurs as they study a potential market--customers, demographics, competitors, trends, and more.

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Identifying Market Segments and Selecting a Target Market
7/22/2010
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This tool will help you evaluate your marketing research to identify potential market segments, identify characteristics of each market segment, and select a target market.

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Identifying Your Customers' Buying Motivators
7/22/2010
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Entrepreneurs can use this tool to consider their customers' needs and wants to identify potential improvements to products and services that could increase sales.

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Industry Potential Worksheet
7/22/2010
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This tool will guide the entrepreneur through the process of researching information to determine industry potential.

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Sample Cash Flow Report
1/1/2008
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Review this sample Cash Flow Report and Cash Flow Statement for this year old business to understand the primary differences in these two reports and the value in using them in reporting financial information.

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Sample Income Statement
1/1/2008
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Along with this sample Income Statement for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report profits.

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Selecting Consultants and Contractors Worksheet
9/1/2007
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Just as with hiring internal managers and staff, using external support requires careful planning and selection. Before you select a consultant or contractor, determine your budget, scope of work, timeline, measures for success, and other resources available to support the people who will do the work. Use this worksheet to help you think through important issues and to guide you in the selection process.

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Valuation Worksheet
7/1/2007
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Numerous factors affect how angels value a company. Primary are the strength of the management team and the size of the opportunity, or a company's potential to scale. Accompanying this article is a valuation worksheet that entrepreneurs can use to better understand what investors look for and to identify factors that can justify higher pre-money valuations. Investors will find it useful to compare companies and determine whether valuation should be higher or lower.

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The New Standard for Deferred Compensation
6/6/2007
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The U.S. Congress enacted IRC Section 409A in the midst of corporate scandals that saw highly-paid executives receive deferred compensation payments while other employees lost their retirement savings. Public and private companies must comply for deferred compensation to keep preferential tax treatment status. This article outlines the risks of not complying and what compensation is involved.

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