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Guide to Benchmarking Your Business Financials
3/9/2007
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Financial benchmarks for entrepreneurial ventures are a good way to measure performance by comparing your organization to industry standards. Whether determined by using online resources, information from relevant trade associations or governmental agencies, or in consultation with a private financial advisor, this practice can impact bottom-line profitability and shape corporate strategies for growth.

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Guide to Restructuring a Business
3/9/2007
Summary:

For organizations faced with a financial downturn, or the stresses of rapid growth, or even a need to refocus core business operations, creating a strategic turnaround plan can provide a roadmap for realigning the business. This article provides links to specific resources for dealing with turnaround business planning, top team management, debt restructuring, and the potential for new partnerships.

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Don't Ask Employees to be Passionate About the Company!
3/9/2007
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There is a difference between employees showing a passion for the employer (which is great to have) versus a passion for their work (which is a crucial part of productivity). The advice given here is to "let people do what they want and need to do" and to keep out of the way of success.

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Helping People Achieve Their Goals
3/9/2007
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Are you developing your top talent? Leaders that mentor other leaders become stronger leaders themselves. Avoid the distractions that can derail your leadership development process.

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Guide to Launching a Loyalty Program
3/9/2007
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Retaining customers by rewarding them may not only drive sales during slow seasons, but can also build targeted sales the rest of the year round. Marketing the program to the most committed shoppers can yield higher profitability, as well. This guide includes links to specific resources for analyzing purchase patterns, marketing the launch of a new program, and measuring the results.

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Talent Agents
3/9/2007
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Critical leadership development practices can differ from one organization to another. Yet, identifying those which are the most important within the growth-focused firm can determine the "best in class" solutions to be implemented for sustaining excellence. These 12 strategies provide an opportunity to benchmark organizational performance.

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Guide to Obtaining Proper Licenses and Permits
3/9/2007
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Local, state and federal governmental entities regulate the way in which all enterprises operate. This guide outlines many of the requirements of business startup and expansion, including licensure, taxation, business permits, and legal status.

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Guide to Cutting Expansion Costs
3/9/2007
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Running a growth enterprise may require expanding operations through the acquisition of additional space, new employees, and more equipment. Suggestions and links provided in this article focus on: commercial leases, "nearly new" furniture, payroll services, and much more.

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Guide to Establishing Internal Financial Controls
3/9/2007
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Many entrepreneurs do not adequately track financial operations in their own companies until they experience substantial growth. At that point, it can be difficult to put sufficient controls in place. This article identifies best practices, online resources, and software solutions for maintaining an accurate financial picture.

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Five Pillars for Leading the Client-Focused Organization
3/9/2007
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Five Pillars to Leadership and Success: surround yourself with good people. Invest in them. Listen to them. Align culture and mission. And keep your commitments. Sounds deceptively simple, but implementing may be more complex.

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