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Why Six Sigma?
Butler Tyrone
8/1/2007
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Does Six Sigma methodology have benefits small- to medium-sized entrepreneurial manufacturing firm? "Yes!" proclaims this author, a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He provides an overview of, outlines four actions needed for a company to succeed with, and defines steps to deploying Six Sigma.

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An Overview of Six Sigma
Waggener Donald G
8/1/2007
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The Six Sigma manufacturing process drives production to near-perfect levels, seeking less than 3.4 defects per million output units. Here, the basic purpose and process of the Six Sigma methodology, and its connection to "lean" manufacturing, are clearly explained for entrepreneurs. The article also provides tips on getting started and guidelines to successful implementation.

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Five Reasons to Outsource E-mail Send
Jennings Jeanne S
5/1/2007
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This marketing expert and author provides five reasons why outsourcing e-mail marketing to a reputable e-mail service provider can optimize your return on investment.

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Free Technology Training Coming Soon
Charuhas Chris
5/1/2007
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Entrepreneurs and their teams will benefit soon from free, high-quality computer tutorials. This author identifies several innovative, entrepreneur-led companies that are creating technology tutorials and providing just-in-time, online training--along with why more companies are developing free, Web-based, educational resources.

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Toward a Virtual World
Gaut Norman PhD
5/1/2007
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From a lab at MIT to connecting 50,000 high school students live around the world, Norman Gaut's team at PictureTel were pioneers in connecting the world via real-world time, visual communications.

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Processes, Procedures, and Policies
FastTrac
4/13/2007
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Discover the importance of planning and documenting processes--what we do, procedures--how we do it, and policies--why or when we do it.

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Defining the Operational Goal
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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Whether you are looking at improving how you currently run your business or planning significant expansion, the operations of your business are critical to your success.

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The Value of Documenting Processes
FastTrac
3/20/2007
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Why spend money, time, and effort documenting processes? Beyond the obvious direction it will provide in operating the business, numerous other benefits are discussed in this article.

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Measuring Financial Performance
FastTrac
3/12/2007
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As the first indicator of profitability, a firm's gross margin will establish the goals that will drive the action plans of almost every department. The second indicator, Operating Expenses, should be assessed just as carefully.

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Measuring Performance
FastTrac
3/9/2007
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Performance standards will be of little value if the entrepreneur never measures actual performance against the standards. Ongoing measurement assures that a business stays on track.

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