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Business planning essentials -- including how to do a competitive analysis, define your target market, and adapt to changing market conditions.

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Businesses hire agencies to get things done quickly and well. Applying the agency model to your own business can help it become more creative and agile.
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Your small business may not need a 20-year-plan anymore, but you do need some kind of road map to success. Try these tips for creating a strategic plan.
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"Using" other people to promote commerce is nothing new and it's a great way to get found. Here are ways you can "use people" to further your brand.
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It's often said that two heads are better than one, and in the case of having a business partner to bounce ideas off of, it can be priceless.
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Haunted businesses are everywhere. Recognize your "ghosts" and don't ignore them. They can help or hurt your success if you don't deal properly with them.
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If you're not utilizing big data, it does not mean you can't participate in data-driven decisions. For most companies, existing data can be more important.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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