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Compass-Driven Strategic Planning
7/19/2007
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This article from business consultant Stephen Shapiro's blog offers a useful matrix-based method to think strategically about your company and to allocate your time. It also guides the most valuable ways to spend your time, based on the matrix you create.

Go To Source (www.goalfree.com)
Competitive Analysis: Understanding the Market Context
7/19/2007
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Evaluating your Web site against your competitors' can be a daunting but invaluable undertaking. In this article, an expert provides practical advice, an in-depth process, and--a real bonus--complete examples of competitive analysis reports.

Go To Source (www.boxesandarrows.com)
The Art of Partnering
7/19/2007
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Straight talk on why partnerships work or fall apart, this entry offers nine reasons with solid explanations. Did you know, for instance, that partnerships originating with two CEOs having coffee in an airport don't necessarily work very well? It's better if the idea bubbles up naturally from lower-level employees who recognize synergies because they've worked together well on joint projects.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
9 Tips on Handling Complaints
7/12/2007
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How you and your people handle customer complaints can be the key to keeping current customers and getting new ones. These tips provide excellent guidance for front-line customer service representatives or others dealing directly with customers.

Go To Source (www.bizinformer.com)
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)
Better Beginnings
7/12/2007
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Getting ready to do your first presentation to a VC or angel? A good beginning leads to a happy ending. An experienced speaker and writer provides entertaining and useful advice on why your business presentations should open with a spark instead of a spreadsheet.

Go To Source (headrush.typepad.com)
Bizinformer: 5 Tips to Test an Underperforming Product or Service.
7/12/2007
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Very short but very sweet advice on testing a poorly selling product's appeal in the marketplace--and useful tips on what to do if it fails the test.

Go To Source (www.bizinformer.com)
Board of Directors: The Chairman
7/12/2007
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Feld shares some straightforward thoughts on why positions of CEO and board chairman should be separated. This idea has distinct benefits, especially for smaller companies, Feld writes. The piece is one in a series on boards of directors.

Go To Source (www.feld.com)
Brand Yourself
7/12/2007
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This article lists and explains five steps to building your personal brand. The basics are to develop expertise and then become known for that expertise. It takes more than networking to get noticed; it takes a good product. In this case, that product is you.

Go To Source (www.fastcompany.com)
Brian Berliner's Brain: Five Year Projections?
7/12/2007
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When going for round one financing, what should your five-year projections look like? This brief article provides excellent, practical advice. Key points: Know your numbers inside and out, show clearly how your projections were built, and be ruthlessly honest with your potential investors and yourself.

Go To Source (www.brianberliner.com)

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