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Business management practices. Conduct research and obtain company profiles. Best practices & benchmarking. TQM. Customer Relations. Strategic planning. Business performance measurements. Self-assessments. Small business handbooks, business plans and resources. Business tools. Customer relations. Resources for nonprofits. Exports/Imports. Corporate governance. Leadership and public speaking materials. RFP guidance.

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Accounting

Full text of a property administration manual - policies regarding the acquisition, maintenance, reporting and disposition of capital assets. Accounting tutorials. American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' standard for detecting & reporting fraud. A 30-item questionnaire that can be used to analyze your current A/R module. Strategies to running an efficient and effective accounting department.

Best Practices

Best practices and key metrics to core functions within the finance function. Solutions for more than 2,000 best practices in manufacturing. Credit & accounts receivable benchmarks. Software on best practices in manufacturing. Articles, white papers and resources on benchmarking.

Business Plans

Business plan guidance on how to write an effective plan. Sample plans illustrate required content. Tutorial with outline for business plans.

Collections

Articles and papers related to collection agencies and collection laws. Developing a credit policy, basics of deduction, chargeback management and more information related to accounts receivables management.

Company Profiles

Conduct research on US companies by entering the company name or ticker symbol and receive company capsules, profiles, websites, financials, IPO's, research tools from resources such as Dun & Bradstreet Online Solutions, Hoover's, Wall Street Research Net and others. Fortune 500. Global 500. Corporate annual reports.

Company Research

Links and explanations of websites that provide online information on companies. The most common methods for acquiring information about competitors. Survey of US companies on the use of business intelligence. Patent search. NLRB decisions. FTC actions.

Corporate Governance

Full text of the OECD principles of corporate governance. Current corporate governance codes and standards from various countries.

Customer Relations

Full text of a customer service plan. Evaluating your company for its strengths and weaknesses in promoting customer satisfaction. How to handle persistent complainers. How to measure customer satisfaction. Reengineering for customer satisfaction in service industries.

ESOP

Articles, case studies, research, discussion on equity compensation, ESOPs, etc.

Ethics

Corporate code of ethics examples, voluntary business codes, business values and morals, guide to ethical decision making.

Exports/Imports

Schedule B Export Codes for Exports. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) Codes for Imports. US Staged Tariff Reductions by Product. U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) Tariff Database.

Funding

Financing sources and financing 'how to' programs. Locate capital in the form of debt, equity, or other types of financial transactions. Venture capital resources and guides.

Internal Audit

Self-assessment questionnaire. Full text of an internal audit guide used by a major university. Information on risk assessment and internal control design. Issues and answers to risk control. Outsourcing, chief auditing executive checklist, whistleblowing, etc.

ISO 9000

Answers to the most commonly asked questions on quality; quality systems; the content, application and revision of the ISO 9000 standards; quality system approval/registration, etc. Search a database for North American ISO 9000 and QS-9000 registered companies - nearly 27,000 entries. Example quality system documentation.

Issues

Business ethics. Abstracts of selected Gallup reports. Hot topics. Political news. Union positions. Database access to state policies versus US federal policies. Results of American Management Association surveys of American business. US employment policies. Privitization.

Leadership

Lessons on leadership, such as: Time management. Negotiating styles. Leadership development. People management. Quotes from famous leaders.

Management

Articles on strategic planning and business management tips. Guide and examples of using scenario planning to think strategically about the future. Project management.

News

Headline news, newsletters, etc. from business information news sources such as: Business Week. Business Journal. Yahoo! Business Headlines. Industry Week. Forbes. Fortune Magazine.

Nonprofits

Risk facts for nonprofits, EPLI coverage for nonprofits, answers to liability questions related to nonprofits, legal issues for nonprofits.

Pensions

Retirement plan basics. Q&A on pension, profit-sharing, ESOP and other kinds of tax-qualified retirement plans. Online access to the full text of IRS Publication 560, Retirement Plans for the Self-Employed and IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs). Handbook on private sector plans where a trustee invests the plan's assets.

Performance

How to get superior business performance and how to measure it. Analyzing gaps to prioritize plans for improvement. How CFOs determine which value based performance metric is best for their companies.

Presentations

Effective presentations manual. Tips for developing and delivering presentations. Advice on the use of visuals and overheads. Guidance on computer presentations.

Purchasing

Materials on purchasing for the supply management professional such as the text of a university's purchasing and business services manual.

Quality

Practices related to productivity and quality management. TQM principles.

RFP

Full text of sample Requests for Proposals for various industries. Guides and how-to's on writing and responding to RFP's.

Small Business

Model letters, contracts, policies, forms, templates. Small Business Handbook. Free software. Guidelines for business planning, marketing, management, etc. Information on employee benefits, employment laws, finance, workplace safety, etc. for small business.


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