Avoiding Skewed Entrepreneurial Strategies

First Edition Design Pub.
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This short guide was designed to help small-business owners maintain a sound strategic perspective. Each chapter is, essentially, an introduction to a specific type of strategic thinking. Our goal is to help small-business owners avoid common pitfalls and take advantage of opportunities that are frequently missed. Our approach is based on the most important lesson we've learned as consultants: most entrepreneurs already know everything they need to know about their businesses. They simply need to apply their knowledge in the most productive way possible, which generally involves someone asking them the right questions. This book covers 6 core topics: Growth Budgeting Pricing Sales and Self-evaluation Compensation Transition Planning Author Bio: Ron Beilin and Paul Delfino are Opportunity Inc. With over 70 years of experience in service, technology, and manufacturing enterprises we have worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs to focus them on goal attainment. We understand that assisting ownership in establishing and achieving attainable goals is our mission.
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Ron Beilin and Paul Delfino are Opportunity Inc. With over 70 years of experience in service, technology, and manufacturing enterprises we have worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs to focus them on goal attainment. We understand that assisting ownership in establishing and achieving attainable goals is our mission.

Ron Beilin and Paul Delfino are Opportunity Inc. With over 70 years of experience in service, technology, and manufacturing enterprises we have worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs to focus them on goal attainment. We understand that assisting ownership in establishing and achieving attainable goals is our mission.

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First Edition Design Pub.
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Published on
Apr 8, 2013
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Pages
67
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ISBN
9781622872862
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English
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Business & Economics / General
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