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Through technology and outsourcing, companies can reduce costs, improve efficiencies, and increase profits to be in a better position to deal with the inevitable cyclical economic downturn.
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What is past performance and why should you care? In the world of procurement, it is one of the most critical evaluation factors for businesses.
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We ask 11 entrepreneurs: "If you had one additional hour to dedicate to your business tomorrow, what business task would you spend it on and why?
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Even the biggest mistakes can be valuable learning opportunities if you are open to the teachings.
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A prisoner of hope is a business leader unknowingly trapped in a deceptive world where reality is masked by that person's wishful desire to succeed.
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There are lots of excellent resources available to help you prepare your export marketing plan. We present an overview of what this plan should include.
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networking
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Did your last networking event not go exactly as planned? We asked eight successful entrepreneurs for creative ways to make your next business networking event one to remember.
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partnership
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When two companies that complement one another lack the funds to expand or to reach new markets, a strategic alliance may be a smart move.
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Point-a-to-b
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One of the trickiest pieces of the startup puzzle can be figuring out logistics. You've got great ideas but how will everything get from point A to point B?
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Many business leaders discount research and data and make business decisions based largely on gut instinct. Should we make big calls based on gut or data?
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Accounting
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Small business expert Denise O'Berry explains how to make sure you stay on top of cash flow, along with the steps you should take if you discover a gap.
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Strategic Plan
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Smart business leaders know that they need a solid strategic plan for their company. However, success only comes when you engage the culture to help.
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outsider
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Many mid-size businesses are run by a CEO alone. But an effective board that includes outside board members has saved many a company from ruin.
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Data
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Most businesses are not yet making adequate use of "small data," which comes without the big price tag. Here's how to use small data to your advantage.
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Happy and Sad
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Business failure is awful; but there is a pain that affects many businesses: business mediocrity. Here's how to turn a mediocre
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Negotiating a deal in a systematic, conscious way is both an art and a science. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid making in a negotiation.
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Business owners need to find a balance between creative innovation that spurs company growth and business systems that keep a company running smoothly.
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Many people are launching their own coaching, consulting, or service business. Duct Tape Marketing's John Jantsch shares seven important steps to building a winning practice.
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Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
How can you make the most from a conference event? You meet a lot of people, shake hands, and gather business cards, but you can only do so much during the event. These...
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As a venture capital and angel investor who has heard many pitches, I've compiled a list of mistakes and things to avoid if you're an entrepreneur seeking angel or venture financing.
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