Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Shun haphazard management, break the inertia of old habits and set up the dynamics for success.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

A CEO who can't turn off that business persona for the nonwork parts of life may encounter a bountiful set of serious problems.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

That feeling of being unfettered on the Internet is an illusion but some basic legal documents will make it virtually real.

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

Those college kids running errands, unburdened by your senior staff's decades of experience, can’t help but have a fresh perspective.

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

The impulse may be to rush to market, but taking the time to understand your potential customers will go a long way.

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

Zero hour contracts, already common in UK and Europe, are likely to catch on in the US.

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

It's a vulgar, panicky and needy habit.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:19:00 -0500

Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Here are five must-read books that show what entrepreneurial success really takes, and how we can apply the principles of the best to our business.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Sharpen your game as customers are becoming more knowledgeable and higher-quality goods are being sold online.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Big Data offers tantalizing opportunities that can be seized with the right tools and culture.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

The stamina and values of veterans are major assets for every employer. Helping them make the transition from military life to civilian employment is the right thing to do.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:00 -0500

Your pooch may finally be able to contribute to household expenses if it snags this highly paw-veted position.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The unblinking vigilance required to protect data systems is creating opportunity for job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:00 -0500

A supplier to the fast-food chains in China has been accused of using expired meat and allowing unhygienic practices.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

The difference between success and failure often comes down to these actions.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:23:00 -0500

After taking a leap of faith 22 years ago, Susan and Dan Manwaring have opened 14 Batteries Plus Bulbs stores.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:19:00 -0500

Speaking at a business conference in Paraguay, Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim called for a 'radical overhaul' of the traditional workweek paradigm.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:11:00 -0500

Turns out, America's airline companies have the world's most uncomfortable seats. Yay.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

A worker group is filing charges against franchisees and McDonald's as a joint employer, setting a precedent that could have broad ripple effects.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

A strong equity position supports the notion that the owner is likely to protect the investment and repay borrowed funds.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:43:00 -0500

The NBA star has partnered with former NBC executive Stuart Goldfab to create M7 Tech Partners, a venture capital firm that will invest in early-stage startups.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:35:00 -0500

The Ritot team set out to raise $50,000 through crowdfunding and has earned it almost eight times over.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

It’s important not to overlook the power of small steps and single interactions that can solidify and share your brand with others.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Whether you run a small company or a large corporation, changing a culture should be done with care, or risk an implosion.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Get a thriving company off the ground with this plan.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

If you've launched and are running your own business, give yourself a pat on the back with this affirming list.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

It can be tough selling a whole new concept, so consider following the lead of another company and making improvements.

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

New tech solutions enable companies to launch campaigns on their own portal when raising money.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:15:00 -0500

Even the cryptocurrency's biggest boosters admit it is probably too early to be useful to the mainstream.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Target's recent decision to ban guns along with other brands, such as Starbucks, Chili's and Sonic, brings with it impassioned reactions from both sides of the issue.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

New Orleans-based meal-experience company Dinner Lab depends on participants giving their honest feedback on every course.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

There's only so much you can control, but it's how you act that usually determines your circumstances.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:22:00 -0500

There is nothing "fun" about fundraising. I am going through it now...

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Why are you feeling so sleep deprived? Here are some practical tips for mastering your sleep and having more energy.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Want to get advice from an industry leader? Here's how to do it the right way.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs are busy folks. Doing these workouts outside the gym can help keep you on a fitness track.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Lessons from the master of horror can apply to startups, too.

Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

A look at what you should do with your 401(k) if you are unemployed.

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Weedmaps is establishing itself as the go-to portal for a new market.

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Success in the gym, as with most things in life, comes down to mastering the basics.

Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Professors doing original research and entrepreneurs looking for the next great innovation have much in common.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Training can ensue in a variety of settings short of the college campus.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Millennials can be a fickle bunch. Here are three strategies you need to be using to market your content to this demographic.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

With the Internet full of websites, it is hard to get people to find your business and engage with it. Here are five tips on how to make your website copy come alive.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Whether you've yet to build an online presence or it is lacking, follow this guide and start gaining customers.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

With a Facebook business site, a little elbow grease and guts, it's possible to launch a business. Don't wait for perfection.

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

Money is helpful when you launch your company but hustle and lots of work can get you rolling.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit are growing in popularity and should continue to rise. Now's the time to look at your business and see if you can follow those companies' paths.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

The buck shouldn't always stop with the CEO but, when it does, there are practical ways to come to the best decision.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:35:00 -0500

The crowdfunding platform got organized and made its lunchtime team-building routine into a few lines of computer code.

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

Hold fast when the naysayers unleash a barrage of discouragement. It makes it even better when you succeed.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:03:00 -0500

One of the world's largest couriers has been accused of conspiring to deliver prescription drugs on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Some of the companies that are expected to falter next year are headed by entrepreneurs you're very familiar with.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Hip startup employees have been known to enjoy digital entertainment at work, but does it actually have a positive effect on employees?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Follow these nine steps to get a fair deal that both parties are comfortable with.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Weary travelers should ward off the impulse to retreat to their hotel room. Instead descend on the lucrative business nexus.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Productivity expert Jason Womack explains why every startup should communicate its email protocol to employees.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Physical or emotional harassment persists when no one speaks up or sets boundaries.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0500

Businesses owned by women are booming in the South. Check out this infographic to see how your state matches up.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:52:00 -0500

This European country has reigned supreme as the most innovative in the world for the past four years, according to a new report.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:36:00 -0500

The line between social network and ecommerce platform is looking increasingly blurred.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Often, entrepreneurs and executives really don't disconnect when they take vacations – a habit that can make a so-called relaxing time stressful

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

While every leadership style is different, every boss should steer clear of these negative traits.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Customers are skeptical of the marketing they don't ignore entirely but people trust their own experience. Make if friendly and they love your brand.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

In today’s hyper-smart and sensitive culture, “brand” is bigger, and more valuable, than ever.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Why did Apple really acquire the Dr. Dre-led company, which audiophiles argue develops inferior products?

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Your venture doesn't have to take over your life. Follow this list and have the time to do the things you want.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

And you thought plain black was the darkest color known to man. Blink again.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Before setting out on your next business venture, do a personal inventory of yourself to see where you stand.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Never fall into the trap of believing this is easy way to avoid paying taxes or taking personal responsibility for your actions.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs' drive to be on the edge of innovation is leading to a new market for super-food slurries that aim to revolutionize eating as we know it.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Your business growth could be restricted by some familiar trains of thought.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

These apps can aid the tedious and onerous task of getting venture capitalists to budge and fund your company's budget.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Top-notch customer service doesn't need to be costly. Here are three ways new ventures can provide amazing service without breaking the bank.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Various definitions of the word needlessly complicates what should be a simple mandate and increases pressure in the workplace.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:07:00 -0500

The decision creates a new crime of 'being too highly ranked' on a search engine, the blogger says.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Develop a winning web strategy with these six suggestions that should pull in more customers.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:44:00 -0500

The $5 billion photo-pinning site just rolled out 'Interests,' a new way to find and follow pins you dig.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Don't spend so much time preparing for love, or launching a business, dive in and gain the experience.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Only one person will get the job but make sure every candidate has good things to say about how you treated them.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Be your company's ambassador by sharing posts that will encourage your followers' engagement.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

If everyone had fast, accurate access to the marketed lease rate and square footage information, would efficiency rise?

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

Here's how to avert communication breakdowns when tech folks must build a new app or gadget to the specs of those who don't code.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:18:00 -0500

If you are looking to build engagement with customers, email addresses are gold.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:15:00 -0500

Introductions are vital to good networking. Here are 7 ways to not screw it up.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:10:00 -0500

Amid some iffy publicity and legal issues, accommodation-rental start up startup Airbnb rolls out a rebrand and receives a less than stellar response.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Advice on developing a culture and strategy that breeds revenue from the chief revenue officer of Hubspot, which pulled in $77 million last year.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

For startups, patent trolls can be a major headache. Make sure you remain abreast of patent risk to avoid litigation with trolls.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:12:00 -0500

The service, which will offer 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks for a monthly fee of $9.99, takes aim at book subscription forerunners Oyster and Scribd.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

How to temper a co-worker who smashes everyone's ideas.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:42:00 -0500

The accommodation-rental site relaunched its website and rolled out a new logo. The logo, in particular, has been met with some pretty vitriolic feedback.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

The founder of skincare line S.W. Basics discusses how she has to sacrifice clients in order to gain others and how to deal with it.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:00 -0500

Sales at KFC and Taco Bell boosted Yum Brands to a solid second quarter, while Pizza Hut struggled to keep up.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The Virgin Group founder attributes his success to being open to all possibilities.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:00 -0500

Graphic recording is a budding industry that helps companies foster creative thinking at meetings and events.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Even while we are still learning, leadership growth requires us to encourage, mentor and coach team members.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:15:00 -0500

This founder of a cell phone recycling company the tools that help him and his team run his business while on the road.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Valuing customers, trusting employees and staying focused on the vision are what we should be doing, or at least resume doing.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

There are many ways to get on journalists' radar. One of the easiest is to piggyback on severe weather.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:47:00 -0500

The worst kept secret in the technology industry right now is that the next iPhones will be delivered with bigger screens this September, coming in 4.7 and 5.5-inch sizes. But if reports out of the Far East are to be believed, the new iPhone won't just be bigger it will be huge -- for Apple that is. How so? The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is asking its suppliers to build 70-80 million new iPhones by year end. That represents an increase of up to 60% from last year's orders for the iPhone 5s and 5c, which totaled 50-60 million.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:40:00 -0500

On a job search you need all the power you can muster. It isn't easy out there pounding the pavement, or staying at home and filling out endless job application forms. It's hard to get through a job search without a moderate-to-severe mojo drop. You wonder why it's taking so long, and rage against whoever invented keyword-searching algorithms. A job search is isolating, and causes you to doubt yourself. You need all the resources you can gather!

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:46:00 -0500

California Senator Barbara Feinstein has demanded that Vladimir Putin “man up” and admit that pro-Russian separatists downed MH17, mistaking it for a Ukrainian transport plane. That this is true is obvious to all except Putin’s propaganda machine that is frantically churning out absurd conspiracy theories, while Putin lies low and limits himself to vague claims of Ukrainian guilt.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:07:00 -0500

It’s the rare person who doesn’t feel stressed and frazzled in the office these days. A moderate level of stress can motivate you, but too much will take a serious toll on your health and well-being. No matter what’s happening around you at work this summer, these tips can help you stay calm:

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:00 -0500

The business world is changing fast, and companies need guidance to help them thrive. “Managers are looking more widely for bright ideas – anything that will give them a competitive advantage,” says Stuart Crainer, co-founder (along with Des Dearlove), of Thinkers50, a biennial ranking of the world’s top business thinkers. In the past year, the two have released a series of six Thinkers50 books highlighting the best new ideas in strategy, innovation, leadership, management, as well as volumes on Indian thought leaders and future business thinkers.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:13:00 -0500

Top-dollar salaries are often associated with corner offices, operating rooms, and trading floors. As it turns out, those aren't the only arenas in which professionals can bring in six figure salaries--some of those whose offices are elevator shafts, roulette tables, and the open seas rake in serious earnings that many might find surprising.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:26:00 -0500

Tesla-watchers and first-adopters alike last week were agog with news that by 2017 the electric automaker will make a new electric sedan named the Model 3.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Last week Microsoft laid off 18,000 employees, representing about 14% of its workforce. has never had a layoff this big in its history. The move makes a big statement about the company’s future. And Salesforce.com should be worried.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:47:00 -0500

Hollywood is increasingly in the business of making movies with disposable actors -- performers who are almost interchangeable and easily replaced. The special effects and bombastic action sequences required for the modern blockbuster cost many millions of dollars. Any money studios can save by casting less-famous actors is money that can go to the bottom line. And if those actors can be easily swapped out in sequels, all the better. A disposable actor doesn't really have the leverage to demand a big pay hike.

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:50:00 -0500

Once you realize that all of your power to capture a reader's attention - and I'm talking about your hiring manager here, a/k/a Your Boss - is in the story that you tell, you're going to view your resume differently. Your resume has to tell a story. A human being has to come through the page and grab your hiring manager's attention.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 10352 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.”