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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.

Go To Source (www.inc.com)
Business Intelligence: Not Just for Bosses Anymore
7/12/2007
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Business intelligence has traditionally been a tool only for senior executives. But high-performing new technology enables BI to transform processes, even entire businesses. Chief Information Officers must realize that wider access is critical for managers at several levels.

Go To Source (www.cio.com)
eProcurement
7/12/2007
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The benefits of eProcurement can include significant cost savings, improved efficiency, and better forecasting. This article provides a comprehensive overview of how eProcurement works and guidelines to determine whether it is worth exploring for use in your company.

Go To Source (www.istart.co.nz)
Factors to Consider before Subleasing
7/12/2007
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Subleasing offers number of advantages for growing companies, but there are also pitfalls to avoid. This article provides an overview with key specifics listed and explained.

Go To Source (www.bizjournals.com)
Business Location and Leasing
7/19/2007
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Lesson seven in a thirteen-part course about starting a business, this module offers information, advice, checklists, and sample leases to determine the right location for your business--and the right deal.

Go To Source (www.myownbusiness.org)
5 Essential Steps to PC Security
7/26/2007
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Is your business data safe from outsiders? Fred Langa, Information Week, provides points to help prevent data theft, identity theft, and private information falling into the wrong hands. Included are links to the tools and resources outlined in the article.

Go To Source (www.informationweek.com)
An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
Fite Ronald
8/1/2007
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What does "Lean" mean? This article provides the basic background, terminology, and insight entrepreneurs need to understand how specific, proven processes lead to reduced costs, improved quality, and delighted customers. It also briefly considers the next logical extension of Lean Manufacturing (Lean Thinking), which allows service companies to benefit from the hard-won lessons of manufacturers.

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Buck Knives Goes Lean(er) for Growth
Buck Charles B CJ
8/1/2007
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As Buck Knives, Inc., celebrated a century in business, it also faced a cash crunch that was putting it out of business. CEO CJ Buck shares how his team took dramatic action (including moving the company from Southern California to northern Idaho) to fend off high-quality global competitors and to turn the historic and highly regarded company around with its own version of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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Getting "Lean"
Matthews Rod
8/1/2007
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After leaping into "Lean," Southern Vinyl Manufacturing gained efficiencies in nearly every area of its operations. Specifically, entrepreneur Rod Matthews explains the challenges and rewards of involving employees in finding and eliminating waste using the "Five Why" process. As a result of "getting lean," the company resolves manufacturing problems by digging deeply to identify root causes instead of just treating symptoms.

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Six DisciplinesT: A New Focus on Performance
Roth Brian D
8/1/2007
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Six Disciplines energized this manufacturing firm as its CEO and management team struggled to motivate and reward employees by measuring performance. Engaging employees in ongoing strategic planning, using Six Disciplines software to stay focused on the plan, and remaining accountable for performance resulted not only in increased enthusiasm and efficiency. An unexpected benefit was that it helped management and employees learn how to work much better together.

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