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Toward a Leaner Finance Department
9/6/2007
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A leaner finance function will reduce costs, increase quality, and better align corporate responsibilities in finance and other departments. This article shows how CFOs can apply the waste-reduction principles of lean manufacturing to their challenges.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
The Art of Commercialization
9/6/2007
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Do you have great technology you want to get to the street? Author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki outlines just how to do it right--and how to do it wrong. Lesson number one: consumers don't buy technology. They buy products.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Time for Some Buzz-Kill
9/6/2007
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A Business Week columnist argues for putting a cork in the mouths of marketing gurus who spout jargon that only complicates an already complicated task. It's a fun piece filled with interesting facts that drive a very sharp point home: Always keep it simple.

Go To Source (www.businessweek.com)
Suing a Customer for Nonpayment
8/30/2007
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A straightforward article about the three options you have to collect a debt from a non-payer: write a final demand for payment letter, sue in small claims court, or sue in state civil trial court. In each case, you'll need documentation of your claim and your attempts to collect, not to mention the hardy persistence entrepreneurs are known for. Bonus: Links to several other resources.

Go To Source (www.allbusiness.com)
Sample Board Meeting Minutes
8/30/2007
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Effectively tracking the who, what, where, when, and why of board decision-making in a concise, informative way is imperative, especially for a newly funded venture. This brief blog discussion is followed by an easy-to-use template for recording board minutes in a formal, logical fashion.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Seven Steps to Effective Competitor Benchmarking
8/30/2007
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Benchmarking your firm's performance against the performance of others is essential to creating and following a strategic plan. The seven steps listed here from a professional competitive intelligence service will smooth the way to an improved ROI.

Go To Source (www.aurorawdc.com)
The World's Shortest Marketing Plan
8/23/2007
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Marketing plans don't have to be long to be effective; in fact just the opposite, says this international marketing VP. He's even provided a handy matrix-like template he invented when he realized the templates available were much too long.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
Offshore Outsourcing: How to Scratch The Three- or Four-Year Itch
8/23/2007
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An in-depth look at "offshore outsourcing" technology services, this excellent article reveals that relationships not continuously reviewed, maintained, and adjusted become "stale" within three years. Both quality and cost savings can drop to the point at which point a company needs to drop the practice itself.

Go To Source (www.cio.com)
Time For a New Model: Listening-Centered Marketing
8/23/2007
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In today's world of "consumer generated media" (CGM) that are in effect "market conversations," aggressive listening becomes an essential skill of marketers. This blog-like article is not as succinct as it could be but the concept is worth understanding and putting into practice.

Go To Source (www.clickz.com)
The Top 10 Most Common Intellectual Property Rights Mistakes During Venture Capital Due Diligence
8/23/2007
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This article is worth reading as background for entrepreneurs developing new technology-related products or services. Clearly written without unnecessary legalese, it offers a glimpse of the challenges facing technology-development work.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)

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