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Jian Tools for Sales Inc., 1975 W. El Camino Real, #301, Mountain View, CA 94040, (800) 346-5426

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MediaCom Corp., 4 Preston Ct., Bedford, MA 01730,

Palo Alto Software, 144 E. 14th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401, (800) 229-7526

Power Knowledge Software LLC, (888) 797-5669,

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This article was originally published in the January 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Planning Ahead.

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