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My golden rule - 49 Leaders, from Buffett to Spitzer, Share Their Secrets to Success
6/8/2007
Summary:

What is your philosophy business or life? See how it compares to 49 business visionaries and the single philosophy that they swear by in business, life, or both. These highly successful individuals give concise statements of how they think and nearly all provide insightful explanations in two or three conversational paragraphs.

Go To Source (money.cnn.com)
My "Top Ten" Great Salesperson Traits
6/8/2007
Summary:

This blog entry from Sandy Hamilton (citing Terry Gold) is a quick, conversational read from two highly experienced sales professionals on how to hire salespeople. The insights emphasize identifying relationship-building and process skills in potential salespeople.

Go To Source (sandyhamilton.blogs.com)
National Venture Capital Association: Venture Capital Financing Documents
6/8/2007
Summary:

The NVCA site provides eight legal-document templates as starting points to save significant amounts of time and money during VC deals. For example, it includes term sheet, stock purchase agreement, and management rights letter.

Go To Source (www.nvca.org)
NDE-news: October 3 - 10, 2005 - It Pays to be a Copycat?
6/8/2007
Summary:

This news note cites an article, and#34;The Power of Dumb Ideas,and#34; in which Randall Rothenberg argues that, when it comes to success in business, emphasis on strategy imitation outperforms emphasis on innovation. Source for the article is a Booz Allen Hamilton study of successful business strategies over 30 years.

Go To Source (www.publicforuminstitute.org)
Next-Gen Innovators
6/8/2007
Summary:

Have venture capitalists overlooked innovation in industries such as nanotech, biotech, medical devices, and semiconductors? A new generation of entrepreneur-innovators is succeeding in such arenas-with promises of more to come. VCs are beginning to take notice. The article offers an overview of industries and products with explanations by entrepreneurs.

Go To Source (www.entrepreneur.com)
Normal is a Commodity
6/8/2007
Summary:

Don't have the big marketing dollars to stand out the way your larger competitors do? Here's a marketing idea that might help: Make your message "a little weird." This small-business blog explains the concept in commonsense terms, acknowledging that it takes guts but emphasizing that the payoff may be well worth it.

Go To Source (www.ducttapemarketing.com)
Partners and Investors
6/4/2007
Summary:

The focus of this tool is to provide a general discussion concerning bringing in partners or outside investors to a company. The methods a business can use toward achieving this goal and the problems a business is likely to face in the process will also be addressed.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Personalization Strategies to Attract and Retain Customers
6/4/2007
Summary:

With recent changes in consumer shopping habits, many companies are adopting sales and marketing strategies that reflect a more personalized approach to servicing their customers. This tool focuses on personalization and on ways you can gear your business to provide products and services individualized to your customersand#39; tastes and needs.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Prepare a Cash Budget
6/4/2007
Summary:

All businesses, no matter what type or size, need to properly develop a plan for their expected cash intake and spending. This tool discusses the purposes of cash budgeting, developing budgets, checking the reasonableness of the budget, and specific aspects of the common cash budget.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)
Preparing A Balance Sheet
6/4/2007
Summary:

This tool will step you through the process of preparing and understanding your balance sheet and the many uses for it.

Go To Source (www.regions.com)

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