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Protect Your Business with Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks
6/4/2007
Summary:

This tool will help you recognize the significance of your business's intellectual property -- the patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets -- and understand what steps are necessary to ensure that those rights provide value for the company.

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Targeting Your Market
6/4/2007
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This tool will help you choose a customer base that is appropriate for your business by identifying customer characteristics, conducting market research, choosing a target market, and compiling a customer profile.

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TEC© Best Practices: CEO Skills
6/8/2007
Summary:

This article explains how CEOs can be more efficient in their personal organization of time, providing specific approaches to specific challenges. It also outlines the broader responsibilities CEOs have of effecting change and coaching employees through the change process. TEC is now known as Vistage.

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TEC© Best Practices: Customer Retention
6/8/2007
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This "best practices" article explains, from the entrepreneur's point of view, the finer points of retaining customers, a practice that costs one-fifth as much as acquiring new ones. The article provides specific, practical suggestions for retaining external customers and ensuring positive relationships with internal customers (your employees.)

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Management Development Overview
6/8/2007
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Companies that prioritize development of managers gain a real edge in the marketplace according to this overview. Underlying principles and practices for consistently building capable managers are provided and explained. Among the advantages are getting and keeping talent, more value from the CEO's time, more corporate flexibility, and a sustainable competitive edge.

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TEC© Best Practices: Marketing Strategy
6/8/2007
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This article presents a concise and informative overview of the marketing process based on the entrepreneur's perspective. Topics include strategy, planning, focusing on the customer, the CEO's role, and direct marketing.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
TEC© Best Practices: Sales Training
6/8/2007
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What constitutes productive sales training? Is it motivation, product knowledge, great presentation skills--yes, it's all of these and more. But it is not one or two at the expense of others, the authors warn. The right mix is the key, and the entrepreneur's commitment and support are vital.

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TEC© Best Practices: Strategic Alliances
6/14/2007
Summary:

A productive strategic alliance occurs when two enterprises come together with talents, skills, and resources neither posssesses on its own to create profit neither could have achieved on its own. Benefits can include more effective access to markets, better technology, faster and better new product development, and wider distribution. This article provides a practical overview of the process.

Go To Source (www.teconline.com)
Ten Questions with Polly LaBarre
6/14/2007
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Do you have edgy, independent leaders working inside your company? If not, you should--and you should understand why you do not at the moment. Management author Guy Kawasaki interviews former Fast Company editor Polly LaBarre to gain insights on how "Mavericks at Work" (the title of her book, coauthored with another Fast Company editor) can impact a company's growth.

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Before You Even Think of Relocating?
7/12/2007
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Relocating your business is a big step! Be sure you think through not only the obvious--markets and sales, for instance--but also the obscure--zoning laws or upcoming road or sewer work. Basic is to know your purpose and to keep it top-of-mind, always.

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