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This book is written as a tutorial, leading you through examples to illuminate the main theory and get you working with the Entity Framework as quickly as possible. This book is for C# developers who want an easier way to create their data access layer. You will need to be comfortable with ADO.NET, but you don't need to know anything about the Entity Framework. Along the way we will create some ASP.NET applications, so being familiar with this will also help.
From New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes a chilling new Alexandra Cooper novel, Entombed, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself-Edgar Allan Poe... Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Edgar Allan Poe once lived discover a human skeleton entombed -- standing -- behind a brick wall. When sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic Poe scene...except that forensic evidence shows that this young woman died within the last twenty-five years. Meanwhile, Alex's old nemesis the Silk Stocking Rapist is once again terrorizing Manhattan's Upper East Side. The attacks soon escalate to murder, and the search leads Alex and detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman to the city's stunning Bronx Botanical Gardens. There, an enigmatic librarian presides over the Raven Society, a group devoted to the work of Poe. In exploring the fabled writer's tormented life for clues, Alex will cross paths with a cunning killer and face some of the greatest challenges of her career. Entombed is masterful, exhilarating crime fiction from one of crime writing's most dazzling stars.
From New York Times bestselling author and famed former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein comes a chilling new Alexandra Cooper novel, Entombed, in which Alex matches wits with the master of detective fiction himself--Edgar Allan Poe. Workers demolishing a nineteenth-century brownstone where Edgar Allan Poe once lived discover a human skeleton entombed -- standing -- behind a brick wall. When sex crimes prosecutor Alexandra Cooper hears about the case, it strikes her as a classic Poe scene... except that forensic evidence shows that this young woman died within the last twenty-five years. Meanwhile, Alex's old nemesis the Silk Stocking Rapist is once again terrorizing Manhattan's Upper East Side. The attacks soon escalate to murder, and the search leads Alex and detectives Mercer Wallace and Mike Chapman to the city's stunning Bronx Botanical Gardens. There, an enigmatic librarian presides over the Raven Society, a group devoted to the work of Poe. In exploring the fabled writer's tormented life for clues, Alex will cross paths with a cunning killer and face some of the greatest challenges of her career. Entombed is masterful, exhilarating crime fiction from one of crime writing's most dazzling stars.
A GIANTS novel by Hogan, virtual reality had led to alternate reality and alternate reality was taking over.
This classic novel from Roberts's enchanting Donovan Legacy series--featuring the mysterious Donovan cousins, who share a Celtic secret passed down through generations--tells the story of Sebastian. Reissue.
It2s like having a team of top business consultants on call 24 hours a day . . . but a whole lot cheaper. Each month for over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of enterprising individuals have turned to Entrepreneur Magazine for news on the latest business trends and expert tips on how to maximize the success of their ventures. Now from the experts at Entrepreneur, here is the ultimate guide to starting, managing, and growing a small business. Written to meet all the information needs of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and those thinking about going into business for themselves, this practical, user-friendly guide tells you everything you need to know about setting goals and objectives, assessing risk, finding the right location, financing, marketing, pricing, taxation, insurance, record keeping, personnel management, purchasing, inventory, time and stress management, legal matters, advertising, sales, obtaining expansion capital, and many other topics of vital importance to smart, enterprising businesspeople like you. Proven strategies, techniques, and expert tips on every aspect of starting, managing, and growing a small business. Defines all important terms and clearly explains difficult concepts in plain English. Packed with useful worksheets, checklists, sample forms, and other valuable business tools that you can put to work for you, today. Chapters include listings of trade associations, periodicals, on-line services, software, government agencies, and other valuable sources of business assistance and information. ENTREPRENEUR is the banner publication of the Entrepreneur Magazine Group. It has the largest newsstand circulation of any business monthly and has a total ABC audited circulation of 531,000. The Entrepreneur Magazine Group also publishes Business Start-Ups and Entrepreneur Mexico, and software that deals with business start-up management. Also available from the Entrepreneur Magazine library: Starting a Home-Based Business, Second Edition. Starting an Import/Export Business. Small Business Legal Guide. Making Money with Your Personal Computer.
Featuring key topics within finance, small business management, and entrepreneurship to develop and maintain prosperous business venturesWith a comprehensive and organized approach to fundamental financial theories, tools, and management techniques, Entrepreneurial Finance: Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Management for Small Business equips readers with the necessary fundamental knowledge and advanced skills to succeed in small firm and business settings. With a unique combination of topics from finance, small business management, and entrepreneurship, the book prepares readers for the challenges of today's economy.Entrepreneurial Finance: Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Management for Small Business begins with key concepts of small business management and entrepreneurship, including management tools and techniques needed to establish, run, and lead business ventures. The book then delves into how small businesses are operated, managed, and controlled. General finance skills and methods are integrated throughout, and the book also features:Numerous practical examples and scenarios that provide a real-world perspective on entrepreneurship and small business managementA brief summary, list of key concepts, and ten discussion questions at the end of each chapter to prepare readers for the challenges of today's economyA practical guide to the complete life of a small business, from establishing a new venture to training and developing young entrepreneurs tasked with maintaining and developing a prosperous economyAn in-depth discussion of the entire process of writing a successful business plan, including the rationale, significance, and requirementsTechniques needed to solidify the free enterprise tradition, develop entrepreneurial strategies, and grow small businessesEntrepreneurial Finance: Fundamentals of Financial Planning and Management for Small Business is an ideal textbook for upper-undergraduate and first-year graduate courses in entrepreneurial finance within business, economics, management science, and public administration departments. The book is also useful for MBA-level courses as well as for business and management PhD majors as a resource in methodology. The book is also an idea reference for entrepreneurs, business managers, market analysts, and decision makers who require information about the theoretical and quantitative aspects of entrepreneurial finance.
For many, starting a business can be an overwhelming experience. Understanding the financial aspects of running a business can be even more daunting. Entrepreneurial Finance, 5th edition, was written to help a broad range of U.S. business owners understand the core financial aspects of business entrepreneurship. With plentiful case studies and illustrations, the text clearly explains key financial topics such as financial statements, break-even analysis, working capital management, and time value of money. This edition includes more information on small business administration programs, financing options, succession planning and retirement programs.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset offers a refreshingly practical blueprint for thinking and acting in environments that are fast-paced, rapidly changing, and highly uncertain. It provides both a guide to energizing the organization to find tomorrow's opportunities and a set of entrepreneurial principles you can use personally to transform the arenas in which you compete. The authors present simple but powerful ways to stop thinking and acting by the old rules and start thinking with the discipline of a habitual entrepreneur.They show how to: eliminate paralyzing uncertainty by creating an entrepreneurial frame that shapes a shared understanding of what is to be accomplished; create a richly stocked opportunity register to redesign existing products, find new sources of differentiation, resegment existing markets, reconfigure market spaces, and seize the huge upside potential of breakthroughs; build a dynamic portfolio of businesses and options that continuously move your organization toward the future while simultaneously leaving the past behind; execute dynamically your ideas so that you can move fast, with confidence and without undue risk; and develop your own way of leading with an entrepreneurial mindset to create a vibrant entrepreneurial climate within your organization.
Companies like Google and Apple heralded the information revolution, and opened the doors for Silicon Valley to grow into an engine of dazzling technological development, that today champions the free market that engendered it against the supposedly stifling encroachment of government regulation. But is that really the case? In this sharp and controversial expose, The Entrepreneurial State, Mariana Mazzucato debunks the pervasive myth that the state is a laggard, bureaucratic apparatus at odds with a dynamic private sector. Instead she reveals in case study after case study that, in fact, the opposite is true: the state is our boldest and most valuable innovator. The technology revolution would never have happened without support from the US Government. The breakthroughs--GPS, touch-screen displays, the Internet, and voice-activated AI--that enabled legendary Apple products to be smart successes were, in fact, all developed with support from the state. Mazzucato reveals that many successful entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs integrated state-funded technological developments into their products and then reaped the rewards themselves. The algorithm behind Google's search engine was initially sponsored by NASA. And 75% of NMEs--new, often-ground-breaking drugs not derivative of existing substances--trace their research to National Institutes of Health (NIH) labs. The American government, it turns out, has been enormously successfully at stimulating scientific and technological advancement. But by 2009, just some months following the Great Recession--the US government, constrained by austerity measures, started disinvesting from its holdings in research fields like health, energy, electronics. The trend is likely to continue, and the repercussions of these policies could wreak havoc on our technology and science sectors. But Mazzucato remains optimistic. If managed correctly, state-sponsored development of Green technology, for instance, could be as efficacious as suburbanization & post-war reconstruction in the mid-twentieth century, and unleash a wide-spread golden age in the global economy. The limitations of natural resources and the threat of global warming could become the most powerful driver of growth, employment, and innovation within just one generation--but to be successful, the Green Revolution will depend on the initiatives of proactive governments. By not admitting the State's role in economic and technological progress, we are socializing only the risks of investing in innovation, while privatizing the rewards in the hands of only a few businesses. This, Mazzucato argues, hurts both future of innovation and equity in modern-day capitalism. For policy-makers, Silicon Valley start-up founders, venture-capitalists, and economists alike, The Entrepreneurial State stirs up much needed debate and offers up a brilliant corrective to spurious beliefs: to thrive, American businesses have always and will need to depend on the support of our country's most audacious entrepreneur, the state.
Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder delves into the psychology of the entrepreneur. Gallup research shows that decisions and actions, influenced by the personality of the entrepreneur, impact the survival and growth of the venture.Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder is about understanding what drives entrepreneurs to start, sustain, and grow a successful company. What are the personality characteristics and behaviors that lead to venture creation and success? Can one learn to be an entrepreneur, or are you born with it? The book attempts to answer these questions with the hope that if you are planning to start a business or are managing one, you can discover your entrepreneurial talents and in the process, increase your potential to start or grow your venture.Written in an engaging, conversational style, Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder includes strategies and action items for building successful ventures. It also features an online test that measures readers' entrepreneurial potential.Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder is meant for several audiences - from those who are planning to start or grow a business to investors and coaches who can help identify talent and then foster and support that talent to start or grow a business.
Today, virtually all companies, artists, and innovators run the risk of losing their competititve edge-and big money-by not adequately safeguarding their intellectual property. Written by an expert in intellectual property law, this is the first book to address the full range of legal protections available-patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and licensing-with innovative information you won't find elsewhere, including: Legal landmines every successful entrepreneur must avoid Business practices that can be protected-but are often overlooked Protecting your intellectual property on the Internet What are your ideas and the rights to them really worth? Why trade secrets are a powerful and under-utilized protection Lessons learned from Amazon.com, Microsoft, and other elite entrepreneurs How even smart, savvy AOL lost exclusive trademarks, including "YOU'VE GOT MAIL!" The Entrepreneur's Guide to Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and Licensing is the definitive guide for the entrepreneur and innovator who is ready to protect what he or she has created-a
The New Manager's Guide and Mentor. The Harvard Business Essentials series provides comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience and will prove especially valuable for the new manager. To assure quality and accuracy, a specialized content adviser from a world-class business school closely reviews each volume. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.
A guide for small business owners looking for the edge that leads to success.
From the early days of traders and trappers to today's global online marketplace, business is the glue that holds our world together. In Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business, children learn what it takes to transform a great idea into their own new business. Through plenty of hands-on activities, art and history meet economics and math while young readers gain a solid understanding of how a business works. Kids use familiar resources to develop a business idea of their own, create a presentation for potential investors, and utilize basic cost and price analysis worksheets. The skills they learn by writing a business plan, creating a prototype of an item to sell, designing packaging, and finding ways to advertise their products translate into language, math, and problem-solving skills that are relevant across all subjects. Cartoon illustrations, fun facts, and interviews with successful entrepreneurs make Entrepreneurship entertaining and informative. Supplemental materials include a glossary, list of resources, and an index. Entrepreneurship meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.
Glencoe Entrepreneurship: Building a Business© 2011 teaches students the business and academic skills they need to build and manage a successful 21st century business. There is extensive coverage of successful young entrepreneurs and web-based businesses as well as traditional "brick and mortar" businesses. The development of a business plan is emphasized.
Entrepreneurship: From Creativity to Innovation is a unique guide for students, potential entrepreneurs and inventors, business managers, team leaders, or anyone seeking to become a more effective problem solver and innovator. It focuses on the creative thinking and problem solving skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing, high-tech world. This "entrepreneurial" thinking will empower you to cope with uncertainty and behave with greater flexibility in your professional and personal life--these skills are for everyone! Learning is reinforced through application to communication, teamwork and above all to entrepreneurship. You will gain a basic understanding of innovation--a valuable skill in demand by employers who recognize the ability to innovate as a key for remaining competitive in the global marketplace. At a time when traditional jobs are disappearing, you will be able to recognize and profit from new opportunities.
It's well known today that becoming a business owner is a career option. ENTREPRENEURSHIP: IDEAS IN ACTION 5E provides you with the knowledge needed to realistically evaluate your potential as a business owner. This text encourages you to examine all the major steps involved in starting a new business: Ownership, Strategy, Finance, and Marketing. As you complete the chapters, you develop a business plan and learn what it takes to get an entrepreneurial venture off to a good start. Market research, budgeting, selecting a business location, and financing the business are covered using real-life examples that you can easily relate to. Information on online research, including online business planning, is also included.
Entrepreneurship: Ideas in Action takes students through the entire process of running their own business. Creating a business plan is covered extensively and a business plan project is in every chapter. New Deca Prep features are added to help with competitive events preparation. Loaded with activities, computer applications, Internet activities, and an enhanced web site, this text will get users ready to launch their business ideas.
Written by an award-winning expertdemystifies the process of starting a business by presenting difficult economic, financial and business concepts in a manner easily understood by beginners. This book addresses the demands of integrating workplace relevant activities to meet academic standards. Placing an emphasis on developing business plans, it can be used as a professional resource for anyone looking to start their own business.
The U.S.S. EnterpriseTM is summoned to transport a dangerous criminal from Starbase prison to a rehabilitation center, the brilliant physicist Dr. Georges Mordreaux, accused of promising to send people back in time -- then killing them instead. But there's more at stake than just a few lives. For Mordreaux's experiments have somehow thrown the entire universe into a deadly time warp. All of existence is closing in on itself -- and only Spock can stop the Entropy Effect.
Entropy Guided Transformation Learning: Algorithms and Applications (ETL) presents a machine learning algorithm for classification tasks. ETL generalizes Transformation Based Learning (TBL) by solving the TBL bottleneck: the construction of good template sets. ETL automatically generates templates using Decision Tree decomposition. The authors describe ETL Committee, an ensemble method that uses ETL as the base learner. Experimental results show that ETL Committee improves the effectiveness of ETL classifiers. The application of ETL is presented to four Natural Language Processing (NLP) tasks: part-of-speech tagging, phrase chunking, named entity recognition and semantic role labeling. Extensive experimental results demonstrate that ETL is an effective way to learn accurate transformation rules, and shows better results than TBL with handcrafted templates for the four tasks. By avoiding the use of handcrafted templates, ETL enables the use of transformation rules to a greater range of tasks. Suitable for both advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, Entropy Guided Transformation Learning: Algorithms and Applications provides a comprehensive introduction to ETL and its NLP applications.
Azalea is trapped. Just when she should feel that everything is before her . . . beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing . . . it's taken away. All of it. The Keeper understands. He's trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. And so he extends an invitation. Every night, Azalea and her eleven sisters may step through the enchanted passage in their room to dance in his silver forest. But there is a cost. The Keeper likes to keep things. Azalea may not realize how tangled she is in his web until it is too late.
Only a few months after embracing her magical powers, defeating a dark witch at her high school, and banishing a faerie prince back to his realm, sixteen-year-old Madison Riley is back in book three of the Embrace series--and doing the bidding of a demon. She has no choice but to do so if she wants him to honor the deal they made at his crossroads territory to save the life of someone she loves. Twenty years of service to a creature of hell is a big price, but it sure beats the alternative: selling her soul. But life gets complicated when you're the beck-and-call witch of a crossroad demon. Caden, the demon she serves, wants to become master of Death Himself, and he has the means to do it as long as Madison helps him find all the pieces of an enchanted "binding" necklace. It's up to Madison and her coven to foil his plans, but Caden's intentions aren't entirely evil--and the kisses he seals his deals with aren't too bad either. As Caden's motives test Madison's trust, his shameful flirting tries her boyfriend Isaac's patience. But being caught in a love triangle with two supernatural hotties is perhaps the least of her concerns when the coven's interference in Caden's plot might just cost Madison her life and unleash hell on earth.
Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother's shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it's Eamon's help-and quick wit and romantic heart--that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady...a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man. Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author? 33,000 words