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The secrets behind creating compelling and successful business plans sure to attract financial backers are revealed step-by-step in this invaluable guide. Containing detailed information on Risk Management Association (RMA) data and clear explanations of the guidelines that banks, venture capital firms, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) use to grant loans and other financial support to businesses, the resource equips potential business owners with a wealth of knowledge on lending procedures. Hundreds of useful ideas for developing, operating, marketing, and building a profitable business are included as are copious examples and resources for further study. By demonstrating how to make each business plan uniquely suited to a particular endeavor--such as home-based businesses, sole proprietorships, and franchise operations--this comprehensive handbook ensures that anyone can embark on a new business venture with confidence.
Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize describes how he founded Grameen Bank that is devoted to providing poor people with miniscule loans. The bank has provided 3.8 billion dollars to 2.4 million families in rural Bangladesh, enabling them to lift themselves out of poverty forever.
Most studies of the political economy of money focus on the laws protecting central banks from government interference; this book turns to the overlooked people who actually make monetary policy decisions. Using formal theory and statistical evidence from dozens of central banks across the developed and developing worlds, this book shows that monetary policy agents are not all the same. Molded by specific professional and sectoral backgrounds and driven by career concerns, central bankers with different career trajectories choose predictably different monetary policies. These differences undermine the widespread belief that central bank independence is a neutral solution for macroeconomic management. Instead, through careful selection and retention of central bankers, partisan governments can and do influence monetary policy - preserving a political trade-off between inflation and real economic performance even in an age of legally independent central banks.
He can't remember why he wed her--but he'll still bed her! Italian-Swiss banker Roel Sabatino has suffered partial memory loss after a car crash. It seems he has a wife. . . but he can't remember getting married! Hilary is pretty, sweet. . . and ordinary. When Roel tries to take her to bed--as any husband would--he discovers she's a virgin! All this is shocking to Roel, though he still recognizes a great deal when he sees one. So why not enjoy all the pleasures that this marriage has to offer, whatever his reasons were for tying the knot?
Ever since the explosive scandal that ended his high-flying NASCAR career, Brent Sanford wants only to clear his name. Then he meets Hope Hunt, Sanford Racing's new team-building consultant. The Dallas psychologist is gorgeous, smart and asks too many questions--the last thing he needs in his life right now.Hope wants to believe Brent--wants to believe in his innocence. The racing-star-turned-charter-pilot insists he was set up by someone out to destroy his family. But is she ready to put her heart on the line? Is Brent the man she thinks he is--someone she can trust...and love?
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
A report from the International Monetary Fund.
From the Book Jacket: "Banner, Forward!" relates the dramatic development of a Golden Retriever from birth to maturity as a competent guide dog for the blind. Self-realization, the satisfaction one gets from doing the best one can, is a theme which threads through the three major relationships in Banner's life with human beings: her relationship with Jesse, the boy who raises her; with Scott, the man who trains her; and with June, the woman who loves and cares for her and who depends on her for sight. Each is a story in itself and could stand alone. But all contribute to tell Banner's story-the true story of a dog whose every phase of development was influenced toward the goal of doing an important job well, and doing it happily-fulfilling her potential capacities to work and to love. Mrs. Rappaport's description of train ing methods and programs is careful and accurate, based on the work of Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California. But because of her special ability to understand and appreciate the quality of man-dog relationships, "Banner, Forward!" is also a fascinating and moving documentary. EVA RAPPAPORT is a professional photographer and an animal breeder and trainer. She is also every animal's friend. Her household has included opossums, otters, a cashmere rat, and a Bantam hen-not to mention dogs. Needless to say, her husband and three children share her great interest in animals. Mrs. Rappaport was born in Vienna, Austria, and graduated from Cooper Union Art School in New York. She and her family now live in Los Angeles.
16-year-old Rudi wants to place a banner on the top of the mountain that killed his father years ago. (Newbery Honor)
A classic romance from beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller. In 1886, lovely Banner O'Brien overcame every obstacle and won her coveted medical diploma. Still she longed to escape from Oregon...and the nightmares that left her shaking, screaming one man's name. Banner fled to the Washington Territory to accept position with Dr. Adam Corbin...arrogant, handsome, and rumor said, violent. Although Banner respected his skills, she was unnerved by the very nearness of this moody, powerful man. His past was a mystery, that would challenge her to the utmost...for Banner was determined to win Adam Corbin's heart!
A team of once-deadly government assassins led by Paul Bannerman has "retired" in the quiet, affluent town of Westport, Connecticut. All Bannerman and his people want is a normal life--but there are those who refuse to live and let live. The Bannerman Effect Former assassin Paul Bannerman knows that keeping a low profile is essential, but when he fell in love with the daughter of a legendary New York City cop, he broke his own unspoken rule. When Susan Lesko's life is threatened, the last of Bannerman's objectivity is shattered. Worst of all, his rage could blind Bannerman to an even graver threat that is operating in the shadows. The same covert government agency that disowned Bannerman and his people now plans to use them to test an experimental computer program designed to destroy criminal networks through strategically selected assassinations. The spooks have chosen Paul Bannerman and his operatives to be the guinea pigs in a potentially catastrophic experiment.
Paul Bannerman was once his nation's deadliest weapon -- a top covert operative heading up the most lethal group of contract agents and network specialists in all of Europe. Now Bannerman is a liability -- an unpredictable loose cannon that could irreparably damage America's shaky intelligence structure, if he chose to. So the decision has come down from the top: Bannerman and his people must be eliminated. But Bannerman has other plans.
The development of unstoppable viral weapons is reassuring in at least one regard: It has threatened and angered Paul Bannerman.
Carla Benedict's sister has been murdered. Carla goes to L.A. to bury and, likely, revenge her sister. Bannerman and his fellow retired operatives soon follow to support and control Carla.
Paul Bannerman and his band of (not so retired) operatives go to Moscow and hit back hard. Sequel to Bannerman's Law.
Rescuing beautiful women in distress is all in a day's work for police captain Christopher Banning. Until the day the ruggedly handsome cop realizes it's Mary Brendan Lassiter, freshman congresswoman from Maryland, that he's saved from a mugger. Enchanted by her turquoise eyes and quick mind, Chris falls hard for the plucky redhead. But Mary Bren has made more than a few enemies as chairwoman of a committee investigating corruption in the D.C. police department. And when a stalker threatens her life, Chris is determined to keep Mary Bren safe, whatever it takes....
Never Let You DownRugged. Tall. Built to last. Linc Bannon has it all--and he's there every time Kenzie needs him. Their mission is to serve their country stateside, Linc in high-level intelligence, Kenzie training combat dogs. Independent and sexy, Kenzie is definitely one of a kind--and the only one he wants. But if you ask her, she doesn't need a hero in her life. Until two of her friends, thousands of miles apart, are suddenly struck down. One, a soldier, is dead; the other, a civilian, is barely alive. Linc goes into action and uncovers a lethal web connecting the tragic events. A killer is at large, unhinged and with unfinished business. Now Kenzie has no choice but to join forces with the one man who can get past her defenses. . . Praise for Janet Dailey and Bannon Brothers: Trust"Dailey launches her Bannon Brothers trilogy with this fast-paced, compelling romantic mystery. " --Library Journal"Romance and suspense blend seamlessly into the tightly crafted plot. " --Romantic Times
Joshua Bannon, a crusty, individualistic old frontier doctor, is never too sparing with advice for his young friend, Sheriff Tom Cartland. "Any time an animal has a lot of brawn and a little brain," he tells Cartland, "it is going to be forceful, dim-witted, obnoxious and troublesome." The sheriff finds out just how applicable this law is to humans when a body of an unknown range rider is discovered just outside of town. The dead man's horse has run off, and there is nothing to identify the man with but his ivory-handled pistol and silver-mounted spurs, which look conspicuously out of place on the apparently ordinary cowboy. Examining the dead man further, the wily but unorthodox lawman discovers two more fascinating items: a moneybelt with six thousand dollars in cash, and a bullet hole in the cowboy's back. Cartland traces the runaway horse to the cabin of George Cannon, a tough but honest homesteader with three sons, each as burly and strong-willed as his father. Despite their initial frostiness and the sheriff's natural prejudice against squatters and settlers, the Cannons and Sheriff Cartland develop a relationship of mutual respect and admiration. The Cannons turn over to Tom a gold pocket watch that the dead cowboy had been carrying, but on the way back from their spread, Tom is ambushed and the watch is stolen. He is wounded in the attack, which the townspeople all assume to be the work of highwaymen, but which Tom and Doc Bannon correctly surmise to be that of men who are after the cash from the moneybelt. With help from the Cannons, the good doctor, and several of the more colorful townspeople, Sheriff Cartland manages to uncover the identity of the bushwackers, and sets a trap for them, using the six thousand dollars as bait. What follows is solid, fast-paced Old West action, interspersed with the constant wisecracking of old Doc Bannon, which makes this another irresistible Western yarn from Lauran Paine.
Presents an eight-course banquet of ghost stories centering around Chinese cooking and culture. Each story is followed by a recipe and historical notes.
After learning that an Iranian scientist is in the process of developing nuclear weapons on Iranian soil, all-but-forgotten Spymaster Stewart Banquo initiates a rogue special operation. With the assistance of his most trusted agent, Robert Wallets, Banquo recruits Peter Johnson, a dissolute, morally bankrupt liberal news journalist, to travel to Iran. Johnson poses as a sympathetic reporter writing a piece on the country's nuclear facilities. His mission: to kill the scientist. Like many elaborate plans, Johnson's assassination attempt fails. The journalist falls into Iranian hands and is tortured to confess-a staggering security crisis for the United States. Aided by Wallets and the battle-hardened Marjorie Morningstar-the CIA operatives who trained him-Johnson escapes from Iran. Now back in the United States, Johnson helps Banquo and his CIA cohorts lead a team of federal agents and New York City officials in tracking down a group of suspected Iranian terrorists in New York who are planning to commit nuclear terrorism by dispersing a highly radioactive material throughout the city streets and subways. When Johnson's only daughter is kidnapped by the Iranians, he and Banquo must race against time to save her. . . and the City of New York.
Bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn isn't exactly bellowing "Bravo!" over the news that obnoxious opera star Mario Pacetti and his entourage are coming to stay at the Hillside Manor. The world-class tenor is a renowned pain-in-the-neck-a bloated buffoon who could easily eat her out of house and home. So when the puffed-up, would-be Pavarotti inadvertently drinks poison and falls down dead on his tosca, accusing eyes turn to Judith and her amateur sleuthing partner, cousin Renie. Now it's curtains unless the cousins can unmask the real culprit-before a killer's final, fatal encore.
Covering the eighty-plus years of the life of Minnie O'Brien, The Banyan Tree is a rich saga of rural Ireland in the twentieth century. In prose as lushly layered as the land it describes, Nolan lovingly details the triumphs and tragedies of this spirited woman, who struggles to keep body and soul, as well as her modest hopes, alive. While her three grown children have long since moved away, she is determined to keep her family's farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that one day her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his. Weaving from the gentle world of Minnie's youth to the harder realities of the present, this sage and soulful story pays homage to a feisty individual spirit as well as a rich collective past.
When you turn twelve in Occoneechee Neck in Jackson, North Carolina, everything changes. You get to do stuff you couldn't do when you were eleven. And it means it's time to get baptized. Twin brothers Leon and Luke Curry turned twelve last month. Ma has given them one week in which to do right -- to cleanse themselves of their sinning ways and get themselves ready for the baptism. Next Sunday they will go down to the "mornin' bench" at church, sit in front of Reverend Webb, and be saved. It will be ...
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