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Preparing a Preliminary Forecast
9/25/2006
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Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.

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Product/Service Development Potential
9/25/2006
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This tool provides questions to help entrepreneurs consider the strategic and tactical pluses and minuses of investing in new product/service development.

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Sales and Distribution Strategies and Channels
9/28/2006
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Although the type of distribution channel you choose depends on your industry, type of products or services, and the business model, many entrepreneurs slightly adapt their distribution strategy to better meet the needs of customers.

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Screen Growth Opportunities
9/20/2006
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Using the four basic growth strategies--Market Penetration, Market Expansion, Line Expansion, and New Business Development--this tool helps identify potential growth opportunities for a business.

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Managing Inventory to Improve Profits and Cash Flow
10/2/2006
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This sound advice will help entrepreneurs better manage inventory and improve profitability and cash flow.

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Larta Federal Technology Funding Guide 2006
12/4/2006
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This comprehensive guide to federal research and development grants is designed for entrepreneurs, and includes information about the SBIR/STTR programs as well as general grant proposal information. This guide is made available for public use with support from the Kauffman Foundation.

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Leveraging Your Intellectual Property
12/1/2006
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This document provides an expert review of the myriad forms of intellectual property, and it illustrates how entrepreneurs can use IP protection to grow their business.

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Memorandum of Understanding for a Strategic Partnership
12/1/2006
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A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement outlining the roles and responsibilities of people in a collaboration. These documents are important because they list the critical points of a relationship between entrepreneurs and strategic partners.

This sample legal agreement covers terms and conditions relevant to strategic partnering, including language on transaction structure, due diligence, and financing. It uses a real estate transaction as its example, but the agreement's structure and terminology can be broadly applied.

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Premier Partner Distribution Agreement
12/1/2006
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This sample distribution agreement template includes terms for strategic partner responsibilities and obligations, such as shipment and delivery of product, as well as language covering confidentiality and termination.

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Features and Benefits Worksheet
1/22/2007
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This tool will help entrepreneurs describe their products or services in terms of their features and benefits.

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