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Secure the bag & stop courting disaster

Secure the bag & stop courting disaster

Don’t wait until the process servers are at your front door to fend off a lawsuit. Protect yourself and your business by planning for the worst You never expect that one of your decisions will lead to your first lawsuit. Ellen Toplin thought she had made the right choice. A young public-relations practitioner in the Philadelphia area, Toplin decided to take on a partner – a writer who had come to her on the recommendation of
Two start-up ventures are at war

Two start-up ventures are at war

Their start-up ventures are not just duking it out for market share; they are fighting to change the very way America watches television. It’s the ultimate lesson in competitive battle practices One evening in 1991, Anthony Wood came home late from work. That he was a few hours late was not so significant; but that he1d failed to ask his wife to tape his favorite show, “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” set off a spark that
Business-to-business franchises are booming

Business-to-business franchises are booming

Companies outsource services they once performed in-house Long ago, U.S. corporations used to handle their own public relations, their own accounting, their own hiring. They had work crews to address equipment failure; some even did their own printing. Then downsizing swept through corporate America like an Old Testament plague. Companies grew lean and mean; outsourcing became the name of the game. And suddenly the hills were alive with the sound of pink-slipped middle managers typing their
Multilevel marketing is experiencing a rebirth

Multilevel marketing is experiencing a rebirth

Through a series of strategic alliances, multilevel marketing is experiencing a rebirth As anyone involved in network marketing and direct selling already knows, it’s not just about getting your product out there and building a successful business. You often have to overcome the stigma associated with the multilevel-marketing (MLM) industry. But because of a series of strategic alliances between big-brand companies and network marketers, the industry is currently poised to reach a new level of credibility
One of the steepest growth curves in franchising history

One of the steepest growth curves in franchising history

Piping-Hot Performance: How Papa John’s founder John Schnatter negotiated one of the steepest growth curves in franchising history Recently, patrons of the Papa John1s pizza franchise in downtown Louisville got a big surprise. The man serving them their pies wasn’t just any old chef. It was John Schnatter himself, the highly visible CEO and founder of Papa John’s. Seems he’d dropped by to say hello to the store1s owner – his wife, Annette – and discovered
New and unheard-of opportunities for the world’s citizens

New and unheard-of opportunities for the world’s citizens

Economic and political upheavals are creating previously unheard-of opportunities for the world’s citizens For the first time in the history of the modern world, a majority of people have been released from their economic shackles. No longer are daily activities regulated by harsh and restrictive rules. More important, no longer is every penny of income under the auspices of some central bureaucratic authority. In short, we are experiencing a revolution of the individual. Governments around the
The Match Game & how to play it

The Match Game & how to play it

Committing to an accounting software package is a major decision that will have a direct effect on your company’s bottom line. Here’s your chance to take a good look at the leading programs before you make the leap You need to get your hands on the information fast, because when you can obtain an accurate picture of your company’s financial position – the dollars and cents that constitute its ever-changing bottom line – you can make
Small Business Success for the New Year

Small Business Success for the New Year

Forge an Emotional Bond Embrace your customers, enrich yourself I walked into the elevator prepared for the strange silence that descends when people enter that enclosed box. But suddenly one of my fellow passengers began speaking to his colleague – loudly. “It was the first time we were exhibiting at the conference, and I really wanted to make a huge splash,” he seemed to boast. “I rented out a massive hall at the host hotel, ordered
How the ‘Law of Business’ still applies today

How the ‘Law of Business’ still applies today

Websites are part of a new era Written over 100 years ago, John Ruskin’s ‘Law of Business’ definitely applies to today with the design and development of Internet business systems such as websites and Intranets. With websites costing anything from a few hundred dollars to a few million dollars, it is easy for potential customers to get confused when trying to compare various website systems and solutions from different suppliers. These days a business website needs
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