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Business & Technology
Global Hot Spots Entrepreneur

From mastering new customs to getting a grasp on an unfamiliar economy, doing business in another country can be tricky--but the risk can be worth the reward. Here's your primer on 5 hot international markets: Brazil, Russia, India, China, Mexico.  

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Off-sites: I'm Stuck

Inc.

When Michael Sachs, founder of the health care consulting firm Sg2, wants to hold a quick everyday meeting, he heads to the bland boardroom in his Evanston, Ill., headquarters. But when big ideas and greater collaboration are needed, Sachs takes a portion of his 80 employees to a whimsical space in downtown Chicago called Catalyst Ranch.

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The Right Time to Sell
Robb Report Worth

More family business owners are leaping into the hyperactive mergers-and-acquisitions fray, liquidating their companies at what they hope is the top of the market.

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VOA Maps a World of Tricky Pronunciations

The Washington Post

When dark-horse candidate Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran's presidency in June, it raised many questions. But preceding any discussion of the foreign policy implications of the election, the first question on many lips was more basic: how to say the new leader's name. The answer often comes from the Voice of America's online pronunciation guide. Although originally intended solely as an internal tool for VOA's broadcasters, the publicly accessible Web site has found a broader audience.

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Pricing: The Magic Number
BusinessWeek-SmallBiz
If you don't have a carefully considered pricing strategy, chances are you're leaving money on the table. Here's how to figure out what your prices should be.
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Email by Snail Mail
Fast Company
India's ePost system allows anyone with Internet access to send email to those without it and vice-versa. The logistically ambitious project is emblematic of modern India.

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Pulling in Profits
Inc.

New RSS software makes it easier to gather intelligence on clients and competitors ... From a sales perspective, the technology has two main applications. First, it allows websites to "broadcast" content to a self-selected group of people. Visitors to an online store, for example, can sign up for an RSS feed and receive notifications about special promotions and new products every time the site is updated. On the flip side, businesses can also use RSS to gather up-to-the-minute intelligence on everyone from clients to competitors.
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It's All Fun and Gaming
Go (inflight)
Known for the rat-tails in his hair, and referred to as simply "Lord British" in the gaming community, Garriott has become a star in the $25-billion industry. He largely invented the "massively multiplayer online" (MMO) games that join hundreds of thousands of people around the world in collaborative quests. The New York Times compared his personal involvement with his Ultima series to that of George Lucas with Star Wars.
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An Equity Fund of Their Own
Entrepreneur
As private equity heats up, a new breed of smaller funds is taking center stage in today's market.
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ESOPs: A Graceful Exit

Robb Report Worth

Today there are some 11,500 companies with ESOPs in the United States, including giants such as Procter & Gamble. While these tools are effective defenses against hostile takeovers, this is the motivation for ESOPs in only a handful of cases. The vast majority are set up as exit strategies for owners of privately held businesses.

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Prescription for Success

Mobile Enterprise

In an industry where it's illegal for mobile "sales" reps to actually sell anything, companies are turning to untethered solutions to cut through complexity and boost profits.

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Virginia Metalcrafters

Virginia Living

Two former shirt-and-tie investment bankers from Richmond, find themselves presiding over a 164,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in the company's original home of Waynesboro. Innes describes the lifestyle change as one motivated by seeing if they could "muster the courage" to be entrepreneurs.

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The Century Club: How to survive 100 years in business
MyBusiness

Starting a business and seeing it endure is hardly a sure thing. The statistics of businesses fading away can be discouraging: Fewer than one-third survive the transition from the first to the second generation, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Of those that hang on, half won't survive the hand off from the second to the third generation. Yet there are inspiring stories of businesses that have survived not just a generation or two--but in excess of 100 years. It is the century mark.

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Touch Screens Serve Up Faster Lunch

Business Solutions

The restaurant business, with its sky-high failure rate, is infamous for chewing up entrepreneurs and spitting them out. But, by installing a new touch screen POS (point of sale) system, VAR Texoma Cash Register (Denison, TX) is making day-to-day operations easier to swallow for Tamolly's restaurants.

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How Now? Virginia Dairy Farms
Virginia Living
Small dairies have largely disappeared from Virginia, casualties of the mass production realities that have revolutionized the agricultural industry. And yet, a few old-fashioned holdouts still sell milk in glass bottles and deliver it to customers’ doorsteps. Is it a niche market—or the front end of another shift in the industry?

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Georgia's Fastest Growing Private Companies

Catalyst

Meet the men and women behind Georgia's Inc. 500 companies. A collection of entrepreneurial profiles.

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Making the Brand
OverTime

Most people think that the most celebrated athletes take home all of the endorsement contracts. But that's not always the case. In fact, there are a plethora of opportunities for athletes not named Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods or David Beckham.
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Hire Education

Men's Edge

The actions you take on the first few days of your new job will set the tone for your entire tenure there. Here's how to get off -- and stay -- on the right foot.

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Note to Staff

MyBusiness

"My company can't function without me!" It's a common sentiment among business owners and the reason why so many feel they can never leave.

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Arts, Culture, History, Sports & Travel

NFL's Tony Richardson

OverTime

The average NFL career lasts less than four seasons. As he enters his 13th, All-Pro running back Tony Richardson credits his longevity to an unlikely source: community service. "Players who are involved in the community generally have longer careers," notes this year's winner of the OT Lifelong Service Award.

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Queen Mary 2

Millionaire

Whenever a cruise ship is christened, it makes waves. However, Cunard Line's newest addition to its imperially-named fleet, the Queen Mary 2, has created a tsunami of excitement. And with good reason.

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Catching the Drift

Men's Edge

Combining ballet's grace with the white-knuckle excitement of street racing, drifting is the Japanese equivalent of NASCAR. Will it take America by storm?

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Montpelier Reborn

American Spirit

Today, Montpelier, James Madison's estate outside of Charlottesville, Virginia is shrouded in scaffolding and tarpaulins. Behind the protective covering, one of the most ambitious restorations in America is taking place - two centuries of renovations will be stripped away, leaving a building almost identical to the one Madison would have known after retiring from the White House.

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Sweet Creams

Our State

There are the trips to the beach and the lazy afternoons in the shade, but nothing quite says summer like an eat-it-before-it-melts ice cream cone. And while any cone of the cool, creamy concoction will hit the spot on a hot day, there's ice cream - and then there's homemade ice cream.

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Star Attractions

Las Vegas

While Vegas is a shoe-in for productions that require shots of The Strip and The Fremont Street Experience, competing for other film work with more generic scenes is a much bigger challenge that pits Nevada against other places that may be just across the state line - or half a world away. Attracting this work starts with a thorough scouting of (often lesser known) local locations.

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Freemasons: Liberty & Fraternity

American Spirit

Freemasons have been credited as the architects of the American Revolution, devising the schism from mother England and shaping the new nation. It is a legend perpetuated not only by a resurgent tide of popular culture, from books to blockbuster movies, but also by the Masons themselves-after all, what modern-day organization would shy away from such a fantastic cachet as being the author of the world's greatest experiment in democracy? Yet, like much about the Masons, their place in the Revolution is surrounded by myth and exaggeration.

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Amateur Hour Poker

Razor

Once relegated to the backrooms of dark saloons, poker is back big time. A whole new generation of players has gone all in thanks to the game's newfound popularity and accessibility.

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Far Out (Meteorite Collecting)

Robb Report Worth

Some of the most well traveled rocks on the planet now reside in Jim Schwade's home in Kankakee, Ill. Schwade, a retired radiologist, began collecting meteorites in 1982 and has a collection of some 850 specimens that trumps the holdings of many museums. He is one of a small, passionate group of collectors with a penchant for the extraterrestrial.

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