Pushcart or Engine Powered? Starting a business venture with a good Rolodex is like starting at the top of a hill with a good pushcart. Going down the hill, the pushcart will gain speed and move quickly. Once at the bottom of the hill, the pushcart will slow to a halt and you’ll have to…

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Introduction The Internet has become the medium to get one’s message out to the world. Many companies are successful in utilizing Web sites for business. To make an attractive Web site requires coordinated efforts from the company and a skilled Web site designer, among many others. The well designed Web site can attract an abundance…

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Itron has been on an acquisition spree but business research indicates that most mergers don’t add value. Why should Itron succeed where many have failed? In October of 1998, the Wall Street Journal B8 published research findings that strongly indicate most mergers and acquisitions fail to increase shareholder value. According to AT Kearney who examined…

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For entrepreneurs, the time lag between business concept formulation and the achievement of positive cash flows can be excruciatingly long. Even the challenge of writing the business plan and capturing sufficient venture capital can prove insurmountable for many good business ideas. To aid entrepreneurs in this interim state, dignitaries from various agencies shared how they…

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• What does security mean to you and your company today? • Where does security begin once you are inside of your building, plant or warehouse? • How useful is your current operational security program? • How does your management team perceive your corporate security environment? • Are your staff and other employees ready for…

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