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The initial adopters of your product play a pivotal role for your company. They bring in revenue and can open doors to other purchasers.

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

The tools for effective public relations are available to everybody but only work when you put them in hands of people who know how to use them.

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

Cricket, the precursor to baseball, was popular in early America. Immigration from South Asia is boosting the sport and displaying the skill required to lead a team.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:45:00 -0500

As the pace of business shifts quickens, forecasting can become even more vital.

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Working from home often solves the dilemma of balancing career and personal life while improving productivity and retention. That's what companies want, right?

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0500

By putting a cap on the amount of time a team can work on a project, you create an urgency that determines whether projects should be pursued further.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:30:00 -0500

There are few things in the world of business that are more valuable than connections with helpful people.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:45:00 -0500

Strip your pages of all the hurdles and turnoffs that drive customers away. Fill it instead with engaging, customer-friendly features.

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A new report reveals the 10 wealthiest cities in America.

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For help with one of the biggest challenges for a new startup, a branding expert provides some surprising insights.

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Don't fear workplace disagreements. Instead frankly discuss the differences. Let all be heard. Work it through. The company can grow from it.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:05:00 -0500

Want better sleep when traveling? A Finnish startup wants you to try strapping your head to your headrest.

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Despite the pervasiveness of social media, the majority of recruiters see their social recruiting skills as 'proficient or less.' Here is how to fix that.

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Emotional cues are hard to express via digital communication. What's a modern-day communicator to do?

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Retailers, whether online or brick-and-mortar, risk alienating customers if they don't make certain the products they sell are authentic.

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These ‘smart' canes use high-tech echolocation to help the visually impaired get around even better.

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Ways to sidestep the serious shipping challenges in ecommerce subscription businesses.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:00 -0500

The haunting, messy reality of running a business is at times painful -- yet it's also exhilarating.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:31:00 -0500

Here's where to find food other than candy corn at a fiendishly good price this Halloween.

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The last thing an entrepreneur ever wants to say is 'I'm sorry we can't take that order for 10,000 units, because we can't make it all in time.'

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:05:00 -0500

Alexis Ohanian says that technology means more creators can pursue their craft and get paid for it. The Internet means that people all over the world are becoming patrons of artists all over the world.

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Experts reveal the untapped opportunities beyond Facebook and Twitter.

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Leaders can avoid stagnation in three key ways.

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Even if you create great content on your site, it won't matter much if no one actually spends time with it.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:08:00 -0500

The hand-sized device incorporates radio frequency sensors to measure sleep patterns and report back to users with analytic graphs.

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The New York City store is now a full-fledged tourist attraction, and the rest of the world is in the company's sights.

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Is Microsoft's productivity empire vulnerable? The founder of CloudOn thinks so.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:37:00 -0500

It's not just bad etiquette -- it's now officially banned by the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

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With Halloween upon us, it's time to take a step back and remove the horror of being afraid.

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Go ahead, let your mind wander. When it's appropriate, of course.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:28:00 -0500

As you go trick or treating this year, there is a new colored pumpkin that might catch your eye on porches—and it’s not orange. It’s a blue teal pumpkin—a symbol of a new nationwide campaign by FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, a national advocacy group for food allergy awareness, research [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:08:00 -0500

Taylor Swift has unveiled quite a few surprises of late—moving from Nashville to New York, ditching the country format that elevated her to superstar status, and, yes, trying her hand at rapping in new album 1989. But perhaps more surprising than all of these developments is the fact that Swift is on pace to sell more than 1 million copies of 1989 in its opening week alone—a feat no solo artist has achieved since Swift herself did it two years ago with Red.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:05:00 -0500

60 frames per second video is now supported on Youtube and the first examples look incredible.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:15:00 -0500

A few ways even cash-strapped startups can attract and retain talented women.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:00 -0500

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:31:00 -0500

Whether your concerns are for your own health, human rights or the environment, there are plenty of reasons to be scared of shrimp.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:22:00 -0500

The critical reckoning over forced quarantines is still to come. Consider this scenario. Sometime in January or February – as the Ebola epidemic explodes out of West Africa – we’ll start experiencing larger, more frequent outbreaks in American cities. With the flu as a background to confound suspected cases of Ebola, public [...]

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:34:00 -0500

There are a lot of good reasons why someone might visit the Kingdom of Bhutan - but now there are more than ever.

Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:16:00 -0500

Games are being used much more widely in schools than they were when I first started writing about them 2 or 3 years ago. As of fall 2013, 74% of K-8 teachers were using digital games. 55% of these teachers have students playing digital games at least weekly, 9% daily. [...]

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 19:14:00 -0500

Using stimulant medications at work is neither a cognitive enhancement nor a benign practice that should simply be accepted. It is a sign of someone trying to solve significant problems. This post describes the problems people try to solve by self-medicating with stimulants.

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Small Business Wins in Supreme Court
By Crystal Dallo :: Monday, November 26, 2007 :: 11721 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.”