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The Office of Business and Commercial Affairs (CBA)
10/29/2010
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CBA can help answer your questions and provide information on important issues such as corruption and bribery in overseas markets, U.S. export controls on sensitive equipment and technologies, and business-related visas for employees, partners and clients of U.S. firms. CBA also coordinates State Department advocacy on behalf of American businesses and can provide assistance in opening markets, leveling the playing field, protecting intellectual property and resolving trade and investment disputes.

Go To Source (www.state.gov)
The Nonstop, 24-7 CEO Salesman
8/23/2007
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An exhilarating ride with Pat Cavanaugh, sales rep supreme and CEO of the promotions company he founded in college, this lengthy article can't help but make you a better salesperson. It provides information, insight, and inspiration for entrepreneurs who need to sell. And who doesn't?

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
The New Science of Hiring
9/6/2007
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This article justifies and explains a three-step hiring process that almost guarantees improvement in the typically low correlation between traditional interviewing techniques and predicting success on the job. With turnover costing 1.5 times the salary of the departing employee, can you afford not to read this story?

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
The Narrowing GAAP
9/6/2007
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There's a convergence in international accounting standards (GAAP vs. IFRS, mainly) that entrepreneurs with growing global interests might want to be aware of, as reported by this lengthy article. However, larger corporations seem to be the key players right now.

Go To Source (www.cfo.com)
The Marketing Plan: The Good the Bad and the Ugly
5/24/2007
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Need a marketing plan, but want it to be practical enough to get implemented? Here's a simple template billed as the "world's shortest marketing plan." It may be just what you are looking for.

Go To Source (kellyodell.blogspot.com)
The Litigation Process
2/1/2007
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This Web site offers a primer on the litigation process, and includes easy-to-understand definitions of standard litigation-related terms.

Go To Source (www.upenn.edu)
The Interview: How to Survive an Expert Grilling by a Banker or Prospective Investor
8/23/2007
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Brief and focused, this article offers a solid outline of the questions venture capitalists and other potential funders ask before they show you the money. Only a well-prepared entrepreneur can supply the answers.

Go To Source (www.angel-investor-news.com)
The Importance of Patents: It Pays to Know the Patent Rules
9/6/2007
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This article is to-the-point and practical with a couple of valuable tips. If you're on a budget, look into "provisional patents." Always seek out an attorney in the special intellectual property niche you're in, not just an IP generalist.

Go To Source (web.mit.edu)
The Hidden Cost of Outsourcing
9/6/2007
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The hidden cost here is outsourcing customer service functions. This article cites major corporations that tried it and didn't like it because customer satisfaction decreased. If you're a service company, think twice about short-term cost savings versus long-term competitive advantage.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)
The Hard Questions About Outsourcing
11/1/2005
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Outsourcing, the author notes, is not abdication and it is not always successful, but it may well be a viable part of your company's future.

Go To Source (www.inc.com)

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