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Books by Lea Strickland

from Lea Strickland

10 Minute Success: Goals

10 Minute Success – Goals is the answer to the question I am asked on an almost daily basis: “How do you get so much done?!”

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from Lea Strickland

The ABC’s of Biblical Change


The ABC’s of Biblical Change: Lessons from the Pentateuch walks readers through the lives and lessons of various Bible characters and examines some key concepts that span the lives of these characters.

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from Lea Strickland

SBIR Basics: The Numbers


This book is for the SBIR recipient. It contains the building blocks of the concepts for accounting, financial and administrative requirements that are associated with federal funding.

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from Lea Strickland

Out of the Cubicle and Into Business


This isn’t “theory”, but practical insights, questions, and information on the realities of starting your own business and laying the foundation for success.

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from Lea Strickland

Marketing Strategies That Really Work!


No matter how good your product or how strong your promotional offer, if you fail to get that information into the marketplace where potential customers can see it , success will forever elude you.

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from Lea Strickland

One Great Idea Can Revolutionize Your Business


Eighteen Power-House ideas to make your life and business successful.

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