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Recently, I was asked to address a group of executive MBA exchange students at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. These midcareer individuals from France and Germany were interested in American-style entrepreneurship and our vast network of business “incubators” and startup “accelerators” in particular. more
Got an “exit plan” for your business – a way to cash in on its value someday? Most entrepreneurs have such a plan when they start out, and it often involves selling the business to someone else, or to a larger company looking for a foothold into a product, service or marketplace you offer or serve. In a few rare cases, highly successful small firms can end up “going public” with an initial public offering. more
In our electronic age, an organization compiles voluminous data and communications across the spectrum of its management and operations. more
Even the smallest of businesses these days can face large needs when it comes to storing data, sharing files and other computer-related tasks. For one thing, trying to back up files when they are spread over many computers can be a headache. more
Ever wonder how your business stacks up against direct competitors as well as others in your industry across the country? This is where the process of “benchmarking” comes in handy. Benchmarking basically provides a means for sizing up key aspects of your business against others like it. more
In a digital-device-driven world, many business owners may in fact be hurting themselves with sloppy tech-enabled communications. Sure, smartphones, social media and other tech tools can be terrific productivity enhancers and lead generators. But they can also make you and your business look bad if improperly used or abused. more
You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn’t quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then a couple of days later, Fannie Mae announced its sixth straight quarterly profit and said it was sending $10.2 billion in dividends to the Treasury. Freddie Mac also reported a hefty profit – $5 billion over the previous three months – and said it is providing $4.4 billion in dividends to the government. more
Starting and growing a business takes great dedication and efficiency. There’s little room for wasting time. But even the best of us can struggle in the day-to-day world with all of the little things that can sabotage our efforts to spend time effectively on the things that matter most. more
"Before I built a wall I’d ask to know What I was walling in or walling out, And to whom I was like to give offence." more
Banks are making more loans to small businesses according to the latest U.S. Small Business Administration report. But that’s actually a little misleading, since small-business lending in overall dollar terms continues to decline – although that decline has slowed. more
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