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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Give your startup some inspiration by modeling it after a successful enterprise. This will help you explain your business to outsiders and provide insights for future direction.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:30:00 -0500

While social networking sites have made the task of finding potential customers easier, be sure you're targeting the right people in the correct manner.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0500

To get a clear picture of what you're doing well and what you can do better, skip the big data and high-rent consultants. Your customers will tell you, if you just ask.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:45:00 -0500

Many sellers push hard to close the year and ultimately come up short. But there are a couple ways to minimize fire drills.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Female founders seeking funding for their firm should review these four tips. Otherwise they could lose out in the competition for financing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0500

With the devices becoming more accessible and affordable, businesses are being built on the rapid designing, prototyping and manufacturing of products.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:52:00 -0500

The most important thing you can do as a boss to keep talented staffers on board is to make sure they are enjoying their days and feel appreciated.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The Great Recession panicked many business leaders into rash moves that weakened their companies. Make adjustments but don't abandon what built your brand.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:00:00 -0500

There is a time when you must fall madly in love with the product you want to bring to market and a time to coolly determine if anybody else will.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:44:00 -0500

Thinking they were eating snacks from a new organic restaurant, these food experts couldn’t stop singing McNuggets' praises. And, it was all caught on tape.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:15:00 -0500

Find the diamonds in the rough, the talented folks who might not fit the classic mold. These individuals can have potential for tremendous growth, for themselves and their employer.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:12:00 -0500

Successful executives may have vastly different leadership styles, but they share very similar mindsets.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Hiring people you know and trust can be very beneficial to an entrepreneur and her venture. But if not done correctly, it can spell disaster.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:45:00 -0500

She built the Spanx brand starting out with just $5,000 in savings and no experience in retail or manufacturing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Just like entrepreneurs living in Silicon Valley, founders in developing countries need one important element to thrive.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:24:00 -0500

A full 43 percent of employees are distracted for a sizeable chunk of the workday. Here’s what’s getting in the way of getting work done.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:15:00 -0500

Deter your company from meeting the fate of those unfortunate enterprises that have vanished. Keep renewing product offerings.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:00 -0500

The new name and branding will be rolled out in the next coming weeks, beginning with France.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The intricacy and spontaneous organization of flash mobs epitomizes what modern workplaces strive for.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 -0500

From Taco Bell to Dunkin Donuts, fast-food giants are innovating heavily as they look to take a bigger bite of the market.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:57:00 -0500

Individual franchisees can decide whether to charge customers for putting a foam cup around a plastic cup of iced coffee.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:30:00 -0500

The young energy of recent grads can prove a good match for brand-new startups.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:02:00 -0500

Why you should add your company data to Apple Maps and how to get it done fast.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0500

If someone had a bad experience, chances are they are going to talk about it. Here are five tips to craft a strategy to respond.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Even if the temperature is getting colder outside, retailers are preparing for a hot quarter. Here are five tips to make sure your company will succeed during this holiday season.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:12:00 -0500

More secure than a two-step verification code, a physical key helps hacker-proof your Google account.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Send business-trip sleep issues packing.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:58:00 -0500

Silence speaks louder than words, and static sells more records than a song.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:30:00 -0500

There's no separating yourself from your business when you're an entrepreneur. Use that to your advantage.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:27:00 -0500

'Late night shopping may never be the same again,' the homeware retailer warns.

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:03:00 -0500

In the digital world, we often aim to go faster, reply instantly and digest more and more information from a never-ending flow. But as we try to keep up with the pace of the digital world, are we doing ourselves any favours? Should we in fact, rather than trying to go faster, be focusing on ways to slow down?

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:58:00 -0500

VideoMath is one of the hardest subjects in school, which is why owning a graphing calculator seems like a necessity for students. But what if you could use your smartphone to solve equations by pointing the camera at the problem in your textbook instead of using a graphing calculator? That [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:06:00 -0500

VideoIt took years, but Google's email is finally designed to be accessed on your phone. Sure, users were always able to use Gmail on their phones, and did -- often. That's what Inbox, an email app Google announced Wednesday, hopes to fix. Instead of email sucking away all your time and attention [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:39:00 -0500

When people ask me what my all-time favorite shows are, I can't say I'm a hipster with a particularly original list. I love The Wire, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, and a host of other programs universally regarded as excellent. But one sneaks on that list that might not appear on [...]

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:39:00 -0500

Adaptive learning technologies may pave the way to a "pedagogical renaissance." Although still in the early stages, these technologies have already shown some of their potential, as fewer students are failing or dropping out of classes that use these programs.

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The world of business as we know it is changing rapidly. So should your expectations for meaningful, impactful work.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:15:00 -0500

One of the most important and yet unstated premises of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is that our country will have enough primary care physicians and specialists to care for the 32 million newly insureds. But will we?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:26:00 -0500

Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create unnecessary complexity, strife, and worst of all stress. Studies have long shown that stress [...]

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:32:00 -0500

Is what you’re doing at work today really the best thing for both your company and for you? Spare a few moments to gain some work perspective. You might discover you’re making some fatal mistakes, or even fourteen of them.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:00:00 -0500

Three things have helped me succeed as a first-time entrepreneur. The first is luck and the second is my co-founder, Dan. The third? Soft skills. In this post, I’ll outline six soft skills that will help you succeed as an entrepreneur, why they matter and where you can learn more about each skill.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 11544 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.”
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