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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:54:00 -0500

More than 20,000 businesses have borrowed more than $150 million in PayPal Working Capital loans since the pilot program launched in September.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Connecting customers with each other to discuss common challenges builds tight bonds with you.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:21:00 -0500

Can you guess which chain took the cake for the most calorie-rich food offering? Hint: It has a 2,780 calorie French toast dish.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:18:00 -0500

The beloved shapewear company expands with a collection of skinny jeans.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:15:00 -0500

Stave off white-collar crime in your workplace with these precautionary measures.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:10:00 -0500

The San Francisco-based peer-to-peer ridesharing app has suffered a few setbacks in its launch into the New York City market. Here’s what other entrepreneurs can learn from Lyft’s Big Apple rollout.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Meetings with big decision-makers can be hard to come by, so get your software in the hands of employees and hope they spread the word.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Even today new inventions don't always involve harnessing high technology. The smallest idea can inspire a transformative product.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Struggling to make your digital strategy work? Try these tactics.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Investors seek companies that run smoothly and have solid prospects, which is just the company you're trying to build.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:10:00 -0500

Get the most out of your time and money on the microblogging network with these important pieces of advice.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Employees are on strike at New England's Market Basket to win back their old CEO. Here's why they care so much and what entrepreneurs can learn from this grocery chain.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Despite the recent rise in the number of small business loans, small business lending still has not returned to their highs.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:26:00 -0500

Instagram unveiled a one-click, self-destructing messaging app of its own, irking some competitors and peers in the market.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Give your company the time it needs to make important business changes pay off.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Certain questions during interviews with prospective employees can land you in trouble. Here's what you should be doing.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

With the landscape rapidly changing for regulation of pot in various states, employers must be sure their guidelines keep pace.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Short answer: Yes. Here's why.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:54:00 -0500

Should search engines be accountable for the data some people might want removed from the Internet? Members of a European subcommittee don't think so.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:42:00 -0500

The country is following in the footsteps of Japan, Sweden and the United States, which have all sanctioned public tests for the burgeoning tech.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

The high failure rate that occurs in the startup world can be attributed to many different factors, but often, it comes down to these four recurring problems.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500

In a creativity rut? These approaches to thinking and problem solving can help you put the brain back into brainstorming.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:14:00 -0500

Marco Arment, Tumblr's founding lead developer, says the business of app development has become something different, and more difficult, than it was not too long ago.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Here are four traits of highly intelligent people that everyone can adopt in business and in life.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Hiring your own children can have a ton of advantages, provided you do it right.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Want your content to stand out in the sea of blogs? Here are 26 ideas to get you started.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Set the standard for your line of work

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Flipboard lets you catch up on what's hot in your line of business in a few quick swipes.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

As software gets smarter and Apple enters the race, smartwatches may finally hit the mainstream later this year.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Some words can detract from your message. Avoid them if you want to achieve more powerful and pointed communication.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

These College Hunks Hauling Junk franchisors tried to open up a pilot location for a new franchise concept, before converting the location into a Two Maids & A Mop franchised unit.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Understanding how to build new habits is essential for making progress in your health, your happiness, and your life in general. Let's get started.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Through dual branding and an in-store ecommerce business, the two sweet sister brands are hoping to cash in on a new type of franchise.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Candidates can shine not just by presenting descriptive data like a resume of accomplishments but predictive data such as plan to solve problems for a prospective employer.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If you're feeling lonely while you toil out there on the web, take some lessons from these vibrant websites. What they did, you can do.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Steer the company in new directions without alienating the traditional customer base or losing sight of the core mission.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Being open and honest with employees can solve issues such as low morale, poor engagement and turnover.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

The ability to keep making progress may just be the greatest skill an entrepreneur can learn.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Neil Patel shares some of his top SEO and content-marketing secrets.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Business incubators present an amazing opportunity for startup companies, as long as you have the right expectations.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:27:00 -0500

The social-media company saw a 24 percent jump in monthly average users in the second quarter.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Great CEOs will critically assess their managers to detect those not performing at the highest level.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

The redesign shows you how someone came across your profile, informing you of whether they searched for you or found you through a shared connection.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Follow these six steps for a killer performance that will leave a lasting impression.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

The National Labor Relations Board has deemed McDonald's a 'joint employer' – a decision that could redefine franchising as we know it.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Content marketing to other businesses is a lucrative play, but less so if you don't avoid these pitfalls.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:52:00 -0500

While the embattled company's CEO is unsure that BlackBerry will be the iconic brand it once was, he remains optimistic about the future.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:41:00 -0500

Calling all brains: The TSA is looking for someone to help them figure out this major airport headache -- and is willing to pay for the solution.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Investment marketplace CircleUp picks companies that are pioneering new categories and re-imagining new industries.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Employers have multiple reasons to really encourage their workers' fitness and grant a financial incentive for follow-through.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:57:00 -0500

The widespread outrage directed at Facebook for manipulating its users' emotions has the dating site, which has been routinely running experiments on its own users, perplexed.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

For new and established businesses alike, organic traffic is a precious resource, and building it can seem insurmountable.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Socialfly examines the Twitter fans of 10 major companies to judge which ones are real. See the results.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

The ability to tell a tale is a priceless skill, especially in your marketing. Here's how to create stories that give your business top-of-mind awareness.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:18:00 -0500

Actress Blake Lively was looking to follow in Stewart's footsteps in launching her own lifestyle company. Stewart's response? 'Let her try.'

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The easiest way to wrest back control over a roller-coaster sales cycle is by managing the pricing of your products or services.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

After realizing he wasn't really moving forward at his startup, founder Alex Lorton decided to make a big change in his approach to the entrepreneurial world.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500

No joke: A robot made of an old bucket, galoshes and a computer 'brain' is attempting to hitchhike across Canada.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500

Clarence Otis announced his departure from the parent company of Olive Garden on the same day the company completed the sale of Red Lobster.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The billionaire entrepreneur’s basic rules to get a business off to a strong start.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Sales veterans, don't endure a Willy Loman twilight. Get the knack for social media and you'll dream of what you might have done with it back-in-the-day.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:17:00 -0500

Spain passed a law last week that taxes any site linking to articles published by members of the country's newspaper association that contain descriptions of their work.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Follow these tips to ensure the recipients of your messages don't hit the delete key, or worse, unsubscribe.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:45:00 -0500

Social media is a powerful tool that is transforming culture, changing how we see things, interacting with each other and connecting with each other on a daily basis.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Choosing the right hires for your organization is crucial to building a thriving business. Here's how to get it right.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Experts discuss the key traits of successful franchisees and how to find the business model that's right for you.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:45:00 -0500

The inaugural class of the New York Fashion Tech Lab shows how big a business opportunity fashion can be.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

You may think people like and understand you, and want to help your business. You're dead wrong.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Leaders must start paying more attention to the words they use to make their messages more powerful, inspirational and motivational.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Sure, you're idea is unique but how businesses survive, or don't, is the same for everybody.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Brutal hours, low pay, stock option souvenirs, smart people with good ideas routinely going broke. You can fall in love, again, with your day job.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Here are four steps to quickly create a strong online reputation.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:34:00 -0500

If the rumors are true, the nation's largest online retailer could give Square and PayPal a run for their money.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Often ignored in an owner's rush to develop a new product or invention, the passion workers feel for a company can be critical for results.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

It helps to bring in others to fill any gaps in your skill or experience. Here are five variables that will help you determine how much a new partner is worth.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:00 -0500

The initiative is aimed at younger travelers who are increasingly placing hotel reservations on mobile phones.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:34:00 -0500

Now that Golden Gate Capital has acquired Red Lobster from Darden Restaurants, the seafood chain is trying to emphasize its quality.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The old ways of networking are dying. There are options to build organic relationships that every entrepreneur can utilize and enjoy at the same time.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Avoid these no-nos to inspire investor passion. Provide compelling evidence of a boost to their bottom line.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

They're just as bad as everyone says they are. Here's why.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

The other half of a leadership and marketing consulting firm describes the keys to running a business with the person you married.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Customers are doing their own research. So traditional methods of promotion don't suffice.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Everybody could use a little help from their friends but, sometimes, you need to make the friend who can help you that little bit.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:17:00 -0500

While ethically dubious, the Knee Defender is likely to appeal to business travelers all too familiar with the crammed quandary of flying coach.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:10:00 -0500

Apple is reportedly purchasing a podcast and radio streaming app called Swell.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs may start out acknowledging their vulnerabilities but then quickly fall into image management. Here are ways for business leaders to be authentic and cultivate the best from staff.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

If the HBO TV series is anything to go by, tech entrepreneurs have overtaken Hollywood actors in popular culture.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

It's one thing to author a smash hit, but it's quite another to pen a best-seller that stands the test of time on the business shelves.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:45:00 -0500

Customers can design and create their own products in a new online shop announced by the Seattle-based ecommerce giant today.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Workers are checking their phones a staggering amount each day, according to a recent survey.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:16:00 -0500

Following a six-week courtship, two mega real-estate listings websites are joining forces to create a colossal database of digital listings.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:15:00 -0500

The airline, which was founded in 2007 and is partly owned by serial entrepreneur Richard Branson, filed with the Securities Exchange Commission on Monday after announcing its first annual profit.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Those who excel worked hardest to overcome their doubt and fear.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Creating a successful and profitable business takes time.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

As you prepare to launch your company, keep these social-media rules in mind.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

A business ending shouldn't be seen as the end of the line. With each defeat, comes important lessons to get it right next time.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

We're more than half way through 2014: Where does your business stand in terms of taxes?

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Skeptical of allowing employees to work remotely? Don't be. Here are five steps to getting started and getting more productivity from employees.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

A social-media expert can’t give you the secret to their success in five minutes, so don’t ask.

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The popular Bitcoin wallet app is back after being pulled from the App Store in January.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:26:00 -0500

In an incident dismayingly similar to one involving American Airlines, a commuter, Shuttle America, refused to allow a passenger traveling with her 9-month old son to use an aircraft-approved infant car seat even though she had specifically purchased a seat so her child could fly safely.  In this case, Katie Kinnane bought a ticket for her infant on Delta Air Lines for a trip on July 11 from LaGuardia Airport to Indianapolis.  Unfortunately, the crew on that flight was not as educated on FAA rules for flying safely with children as Ms. Kinanne was.  The crew thwarted her attempts to use an aircraft-approved car seat in what appears to be another violation of federal rules by an airline.  Those rules require that an airline allow a parent to use an approved car seat if a seat has been purchased for the child and is weight-appropriate.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:00 -0500

Statistics for women in business are mostly bleak. For example, women still earn 77 cents to every dollar men make and just 7% of female-backed teams get venture funding. A recently released study however, offers a glimmer of positivity. When women have established businesses, they are actually happier than their entrepreneurial male counterparts, as well as rating their well-being more than twice as high as non-entrepreneurs and non-business owners, according to the 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) U.S. Report.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:58:00 -0500

By Maggie McGrath and Matt Schifrin

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:54:00 -0500

For the seventh year, FORBES has partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) for America's Top Colleges. The FORBES list of 650 schools distinguishes itself from competitors by our belief in “output” over “input.” We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college, like our peers who focus heavily on selectivity metrics such as high school class rank, SAT scores and the like. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:53:00 -0500

This year it comes down to small, student-centric, liberal arts colleges vs. large, brainy, research-oriented universities closely associated with science, technology, engineering and math. The FORBES 7th annual Top Colleges ranking reveals higher education in flux, ongoing debate between the value of liberal arts vs. STEM degrees and a winning formula of high student satisfaction and graduation rates, alumni career success and low student debt.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:21:00 -0500

There are two widely accepted ‘facts’ when talking about the upcoming iPhone 6. First it will be larger (4.7-inch and 5.5-inch variants, to be precise). Second that it will kick glass to the curb in favour of a super hard sapphire display. But new data suggests one of these may be completely wrong.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0500

For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley's reach has extended across California, as the state's schools took over half of this year's top ten spots.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:20:00 -0500

Let's talk, for a change, about the strongest link in your organization, the effect a single great employee can have on a company culture.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:49:00 -0500

Earlier this month Forbes took a look at the vast and varied array of careers--everything from data scientist to firefighter--that can provide great work-life balance.  While the particular characteristics of many of these occupations contribute to an employee’s ability to find a healthy relationship between the professional and personal, in each case the individual priorities and values of a worker, their manager, and the company overall will play a major role.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:45:00 -0500

Davidson College in Davidson, NC, climbed from the No. 4 spot to steal the crown from Duke University as the top school in the South this year. Davidson also came in as the No. 10 ranked liberal arts school this year. The Blue Devils slipped just one spot and still come out on top as No. 2 on the Southern schools list. Rounding out the top five colleges in the region are Rice University in Houston, TX, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA and University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 10450 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance


California, USA - Chaldeans are fast learning the importance of legislation and politics and how the two can impact their business bottom line.  The Chaldean Caucus has long banged the drums of needing business savvy politicians from local to federal positions.  In Michigan, the Caucus moved forward in promoting and supporting three Chaldean political hopefuls.  Two of which have extensive business backgrounds. 

The Chaldean Caucus also monitors the judicial bench and the rulings they make that impact business.  The Supreme Court's 2006–2007 term was particularly kind to the small business community. The Chaldean Caucus estimate that at least half of the docket included cases with a substantial business interest. Here's a review of some major decisions for Chaldean small-business owners:

Court Limits Pay Discrimination Claims
A landmark 5–4 decision by the Supreme Court enforced the 180-day time limit for filing a discrimination charge. The case that spurred the decision was Ledbetter v. Goodyear.  The basic question was how many salary reviews a plaintiff could contest within the 180 day window of a discrimination charge after the alleged unlawful employment practice may have occurred.

A number of small business groups and legal foundations filed an amicus (friend of the court) brief supporting Goodyear and warning the court that an employer's ability to tell their story dissipates sharply as time passes. Memories fade; managers quit, retire or die.

The court's determination that there is a limit as to how far back a plaintiff can reach for damages represented an important victory for small businesses.

Limits on Union Dues Are Upheld
Another key constitutional victory was upheld when the court ruled that a Washington state law that requires unions to obtain nonmembers' consent before using union fees for political purposes does not violate the First Amendment. Small business groups have long worked to defend limitations that protect nonunion employees from unwittingly or unwillingly financially supporting political causes with which they do not agree.  Examples include issues like abortion, same sex marriages, and one party support. 

Business groups argued that there's a long judicial history of prohibiting organizations from forcing nonmembers to support a union's political activities.

Tort Reform Prevails
Trial attorneys fought to have juries impose damages suffered by people who were not parties to a case.  Tort-reform advocates felt it unfair that defendants can be punished for harm to non-parties.  The Supreme Court agreed.   The case of Phillip Morris USA v. Williams sent a clear message that punitive damage litigation has gone astray. 

The precedent established by the court arises in a number of other types of cases, including product liability and environmental litigation.

"Punitive damages have unreasonably exploded in both frequency and size.  This is partially because of the celebrity tabloid attention to big awards, the broad brush stroke that all business is bad, and other unfair stereotypes and prejudices.  Unfortunately this has led to an out-of-control spiral of the legal system.  The backbone of America is business, innovation, and the ability to earn what you merit," says Karen Halibu, director of business and government affairs office for the Chaldean Caucus. "The Supreme Court made the right decision. Punishing defendants for harms that have not been tried in court is simply unfair and should be ruled unconstitutional."

Chaldean small businesses are likely to see more opportunities whereby the courts advocate for entrepreneurs says Halibu. “Given the Roberts' court propensity for defending the core of American freedom and innovation, we are likely to have a number of opportunities to advocate for small business in the upcoming term.”