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And what's their price, you ask? How about . . . free?

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It's easier than ever before to get your ideas licensed by bigger companies.

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RECESS is aimed at college students and bridges today's big musicians with the superstars of business.

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Most of these concepts will seem fairly straightforward, but the reality is, many entrepreneurs -- particularly first timers -- overlook them.

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Have you read 'To Kill a Mockingbird'? You should, for its central message.

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Does your 'to-do' list resemble 'War and Peace'? Here's how to scale it down.

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With marketing there are no guarantees what worked for somebody else will work for you, but it's a good place to start.

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Amid service disruptions, Google says it's on the case.

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The measure of a man is not demonstrated by speed in which he runs his race, but rather by how well he can rise up when he trips and falls.

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A serial entrepreneur launches his third pizza startup and gives franchisees the freedom of choice.

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'The Second City' is fast becoming the Silicon Valley of B2B startups.

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The most successful brands can routinely charge more for comparable products because they never disappoint their customers.

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Social-media marketing is a tough discipline to master, because it makes two demands of marketers that seem to contradict each other.

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Loon Labs's Looncup, crushing it on Kickstarter now, takes the fear of accidents out of your monthly cycle.

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Wine Spectator's charity event in New York is the perfect client experience, or just an opportunity for fun.

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After less than a week as Twitter's new permanent CEO, Jack Dorsey already has plans for company-wide layoffs, according to a report in the tech blog Re/code. Citing unnamed sources, Re/code said layoffs at the microblogging site are set for next week. Re/code did not say how many employees would lose their jobs but said the downsizing is expected to affect most, if not all, departments. Twitter most recently reported that it has 4,200 employees.

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Michael was desperately unhappy at work, but then the recruiter Lauren showed up with an opportunity that raised Michael's hopes.

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The new Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer map looks a lot like the moon of Endor. The home of the lovable, fuzzy Ewoks was one of my favorite parts of Return of the Jedi, and it's a location in Star Wars: Battlefront as well. Maybe it's just that I have Star Wars on the [...]

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 21:46:00 -0500

What Makes Someone A Great Product Manager At Google? This question was originally answered on Quora by Rob Ennals.

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'Star Wars: Battlefront' is incredibly fun, but it's missing one major component.

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iOS 9.1 is now needed more than ever...

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Update: A few tips for anyone trying to survive on Hoth The Star Wars: Battlefront Beta is live on Xbox One, Ps4 and PC, and by now thousands of people have had the chance to enact their small part in the grand struggle of Alliance and Empire -- perhaps larger if [...]

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Wide majorities back reforming civil forfeiture laws, even across race, gender, income levels and political ideology.

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VideoThe last few years have seen an explosion of innovation in advertising formats. From real-world goods that reward you for accomplishments in mobile apps to far deeper engagement with original content, marketers and their startup technology partners have been looking for ways to spread brand messages that people don’t simply [...]

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:49:00 -0500

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) It may have taken nearly twenty years, but a heralded hip-hop classic has finally caught up saleswise to its platinum reputation. Yesterday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that Liquid Swords, the sophomore album from the New York City rapper and Wu-Tang Clan member GZA, had officially [...]

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 18:20:00 -0500

This article is by Saj-nicole Joni, chief executive of Cambridge International Group. Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, by Saj-nicole Joni and Erica Dhawan, is available in book, ebook, and audio formats. The shock waves of the Volkswagen emissions scandal are reverberating around the globe, and in the [...]

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 19390 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.”