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How to put steel in your company's spine
How to Upsize
Chris Penwell <br>SIEGEL BRILL It may be tempting to selectively enforce non-compete covenants against some employees but not others. However, selective enforcement can be used as a defense by a former employee. Uniform and vigorous enforcement of non-compete agreements sends a message to existing employees that such agreements will be enforced if violated. That in turn deters future violations. Continue Reading →
Kari Yonke <br>EIDE BAILLY If you receive a resume that is too good to be true, it probably is. Recent surveys show that 30  percent of all job applicants lie on their resumes,  while 60 percent include misleading information. Deception on resumes commonly entails falsifying education (the most common deception), stretching dates to cover employment gaps, enhancing job titles, fabricating credentials or licenses and inventing employers. Properly conducted background checks have the potential to save companies both time and money, as costly hiring decisions may be prevented. Continue Reading →
E-Tools
LAW: Protecting trade secrets
Small businesses commonly overlook or follow poor procedures when it comes to their trade secrets, igniting a chain reaction that can culminate in the loss of valuable company assets. Trade secrets are the everyday tools of your business, ranging from formulae and source codes to strategic plans and business contacts. By establishing and following strict internal controls relating to protection and distribution of confidential information, your company can shield itself from the misuse, theft, or destruction of valuable intellectual assets.
SALES & MARKETING: Avoid costly price wars – with a strategy
To the degree that you can differentiate your product in the marketplace, you can price according to value provided to the customer. This also requires that you develop a clear and compelling communication strategy regarding the features and advantages of your product. Customers object to price when they are confused about what they are getting from you compared to the competition. The ability to closely convey how your product is different or better will pave the way for higher receptivity to price.

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