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By Jim Stauder
Up to 90% of the business owner's net worth is tied up in the business
For lack of planning approximately 75% of businesses never sell
There are 66 potential obstacles to the successful sale of a business.
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September 28, 2012
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Taggart also automatically collects your IP address or other unique identifier (“Device Identifier”) for the computer, mobile device, technology or other device (collectively, “Device”) you use to access the HPSB Website. A Device Identifier is a number that is automatically assigned to your Device when you access a website or its servers, and our computers identify your Device by its Device Identifier. We may use a Device Identifier to, among other things, administer the HPSB Website, help diagnose problems with our servers, analyze trends, track users’ web page movements, help identify you, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. The technologies used on the HPSB Website to collect Usage Information, including Device Identifiers, include but are not limited to:
Email Data. We may track the number of HPSB Newsletters delivered to your email inbox, as well as email that you open and links that you click within emails you receive from us.
Log Data. Our servers automatically record information ("Log Data") created by your use of the HPSB Website. Log Data may include information such as your IP address, browser type, the referring domain, pages visited, and search terms. Other actions, such as interactions with links on the HPSB Website, may also be included in Log Data.
When you access the HPSB Website, we may track your session data based on your log-in information, or we may place a small file called a “cookie” on your hard drive. If you become a subscriber to the HPSB Newsletter, Taggart may use your log in or cookies to authenticate your identity when you visit the HPSB Website, collect the data generated in connection with your activity on the HPSB Website (“Clickstream Data”) and to personalize your user experience on the HPSB Website, including display of the Content Sponsor's (as defined below) information. We may track the Clickstream Data of subscribers on the HPSB Website and may obtain non-personally identifiable information from users, such as the number of visits to the HPSB Website that a certain user has made, the movement of the user through the HPSB Website, and the searches that the user conducts on the HPSB Website. Please note that Taggart does not collect Clickstream Data on any websites other than the HPSB Website. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies, but you can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, some subscriber content, features and services may not be fully available to you if your cookies are disabled. We may use electronic images known as "clear GIFs" (sometimes called "transparent GIFs", "Web bugs", “pixel tags” or "beacons") that allow us to track general user traffic patterns. Taggart also automatically receives and records information from our servers and from your browser, including your IP address, the time, and information about the page you requested.
Third Party Clickstream Data.
Third Party Personal Information.
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Sharing of Information
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Content Sponsors. We may also make certain of your Personal Information (with the exception of your email address) and Usage Information available as part of periodic reports or summaries or as statistical data, to third parties who sponsor content on the HPSB Website and/or in the HPSB Newsletter (each a “Content Sponsor”). Taggart's agreements with its Content Sponsors do not preclude the Content Sponsor from using this information to contact you via common methods of communication, but do prohibit disclosure of the information to any third party other than employees or agents of the Content Sponsor for the permitted communications.
Disclosure of Aggregated Information. Taggart may provide summary reports to our Content Sponsors, based on our analysis of Clickstream Data, which may include a description of activity levels by aggregated sponsored subscribers on the HPSB Website or by HPSB Newsletter deliveries/activity. Taggart may also disclose aggregated subscriber statistics in order to describe our services to prospective Content Sponsors and other third parties, and for other lawful purposes.
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We may also supplement the information we collect about you through the HPSB Website with outside records from third parties in order to enhance our ability to serve you, to tailor our content to you and to offer you products or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We may combine the information we receive from these third parties with information we collect through the HPSB Website. In those cases, we will apply this Privacy Statement to any Personal Information received, unless we have disclosed otherwise.
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