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How to Fly Standby in Today’s Airline Industry

The airline industry has literally been reinvented with the ability to book reservations online, self-service kiosks and travel sites such as Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline. As a result, flying stand-by has changed significantly, but is still available for impromptu travel, rescheduling and upgrades if you work with the system, keep your patience, and leverage your personal spending power. Flying Standby…
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Deciding When To Call It Quits

Starting your own business is not for the faint of heart. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, half of all small businesses will fail before reaching their fifth anniversary. With a 50% chance of failure, individuals starting a small business have many challenges to overcome for long term success. For the 50% who succeed, owning a small business can…
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Why is Corporate Governance Important?

Corporate governance is the way a corporation polices itself. In short, it is a method of governing the company like a sovereign state, instating its own customs, policies and laws to its employees from the highest to the lowest levels. Corporate governance is intended to increase the accountability of your company and to avoid massive disasters before they occur. Failed…
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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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