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The horrible reality of the Web is that, as it's undergone exponential expansion, finding anything useful can now take hours, and even then, you still may come up empty. Face it: You don't have the time to build a business and do extensive Web searches.

How do you get the info you want without cutting into the time you need for your business? Hire pro researchers who can often find in minutes what the rest of us may never stumble upon because they know all the slick search strategies. Go to the Mecca Group (, where, for a fee of $120 per hour, you'll get the research you want. A typical report costs between $120 and $600. Sample reports, along with search tips for do-it-yourselfers, are also available at the site.

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