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Projected Growth Industries for the 21st Century

As investors, business owners or entrepreneurs, it’s important to understand the shifting sands of the top industries for growth in today’s economy. Some discrepancies are obvious. For example, print media would be classified as a dying industry, while smartphones and tablets are regarded as a surging one. Others are less apparent but far more important – such as the decline…
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Top 10 Cities to Work and Live In

Several decades ago, the greatest cities to work in the United States were obvious, classic choices – New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or Detroit. Times, however, have changed rapidly and mercilessly. After the collapse of the banking system, the demise of print media, and the bankruptcy of Motor City, these places are vulnerable to the lure of more modern…
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Five Ways to Become a Multinational Company

Congratulations, your small business has grown out of its tiny office block and now has enough cash to go multinational! It’s time to expand into other countries and make your brand known worldwide. What are the basic options for a fledgling multinational corporation to spread its wings? If your company meets any of the following five criteria, then your company…
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Should a Small Business Practice Total Quality Management?

Total Quality Management is the dedicated effort to providing a continuously-increasing level of quality in an effort to retain the attention (and repeat business) of your customers. Widely practiced throughout the world, large corporations are continuously examining their products and services through the practice of TQM to optimize their competitiveness, paying particular attention to their core customer base. So why can’t…
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Tips for Starting a Successful Business Website

In this day and age, a business website is a prerequisite for even the most basic of services. It also serves as a valuable first impression to potential customers – sloppy website designs lead to negative assumptions about the professionalism of your business. Overly designed, memory-intensive flash websites filled with background music and tiny text frustrate visitors with haughty pompousness….
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Preparation Needed for Selling a Business

So you’ve decided it’s time to sell your business. You may want to retire, or you simply want to unload the company before the market turns against you. How do you go about finding someone to actually buy your business? Determine Your Business’ Valuation Before you can sell anything, you have to determine its market price. If your business is…
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Business Lessons I Learned from Steve Jobs

One of the best techniques for success in business and in life is intelligent selection of role models. They can serve as sources of wisdom and inspiration, as bright lights illuminating the path to the person you want to become. In Steve Jobs I found much that was worthy of emulation, so I decided to put together a list of…
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How to Start a Business – On Your Mark, Get Ready, Go!

On your mark, get ready, go! In the simplest of terms, that is how you start a business and then run like crazy to not only cross the finish line, but win the race. Starting your own business could be a life-long dream, a family endeavor, or even a short term experiment.  There are many resources such as SBA.gov to…
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