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Serial Entrepreneur, Charis Holdings CEO, Patriot Software President and CEO
Mike Kappel is the CEO and owner of the Canton, Ohio-based
group, which includes
Top Echelon Network
Top Echelon Contracting
Synergy Data Systems
. He also serves as president and CEO of Patriot Software, a developer of online payroll and accounting software for U.S. small-business owners. He writes the
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No man is an island -- not even you, fearless entrepreneur. And sometimes, you need a partner to help your business take off, but you need to be careful.
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The worker-employer relationship can involve a complicated give-and-take. A serial entrepreneur reveals some of his techniques to promote staff satisfaction.
The Biggest Mistake Is Ignoring the Law of Supply and Demand
An entrepreneur's passion must be tempered by one question. Will anybody buy the product?
4 Ways to Deal With Competitors
In business, you can't make the competition disappear completely, but that's alright. Accept the challenge -- you will have a stronger business because of it.
Crafting a Mission Statement That You'll Remember
The key is for you to set goals like it's really your business; then use them as a yardstick for to measure everything your startup does.
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The One Thing Your Company Needs Right Off the Bat
While traditional business plans may be going out of vogue, it is still important for companies to make sure they have one of these.
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