Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0500

The two companies are joining forces to build a battery megafactory somewhere in the U.S. The ambitious undertaking could lead to more affordable electric vehicles.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0500

A look at the realizations that inspired the founders of Apple, Ikea, WhatsApp and other massively successful businesses.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

An overseas trip provides some insights about how an entrepreneur can prevail in realizing his dreams.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

You know what they say, you only get one chance to make that great first impression. Don't screw it up with these behaviors.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:04:00 -0500

The game, in which players climb the Los Angeles social ladder, is on track to earn $200 million dollars annually, according to analysts.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Building your own brand can do wonders for your business. Here are three quick tips to get your started.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:44:00 -0500

As KFC and Pizza Hut's same-store sales slip in China, parent company Yum is worried about long-term consumer confidence in the brands.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Timeful, a mobile app, applies big data, machine learning and behavioral science to optimize your time and boost your productivity.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Getting website traffic isn't rocket science. You can see incredible gains by simply creating a curated blog.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Boston Beer Company, the maker of Samuel Adams, is the leader of the craft beer movement. But founder Jim Koch is also playing against beer titans such as MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:21:00 -0500

He arrives at a precarious time for the company, which is still recovering from last year's massive data breach.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Step one to making a winning investor pitch is talking a mental seat on the opposite side of the table to look at your company as they will.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:15:00 -0500

This founder uses apps to connect a team scattered across the globe.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

They don't have big followings, yet, but that is part of their allure. These promising platforms can help you develop an invaluable social media niche.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:51:00 -0500

This franchising couple see every moment as a chance to advertise their franchise.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

When you feel uncertain, put on your good clothes, stand straight and say something nice to somebody. Works like a charm.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Productivity expert Jason Womack explains why limiting your emails to one topic will result in faster responses.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Looking purely at the mechanics of how we communicate in the real world, it's easy to see why it doesn't work so well in the virtual one.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Google's social network has subtly creeped into your emailing, browsing and a variety of other activities across the web. Here's how to kick your profile up a notch or two.

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

Everybody begins as an outsider. The connections you need are just outside your comfort zone.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

To thrive professionally and personally, nourish your body, brain and spirit, every morning.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

The wreckage of the burst housing bubble has largely been cleared and mortgages are still historically low. America is ready to go home.

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

Competition for the money is fierce but the federal government allocates $2B a year in grants for early stage ideas few investors will touch.

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

Surely, both platforms offer benefits, but should one be prioritized over the other?

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:31:00 -0500

Look out, Airbnb, Dropbox and Uber: there's reportedly a new $10 billion business on the block.

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

With the change, social-media managers will see their roles evolve.

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

While your relationship with your co-founder may be peachy right now, there is a possibility it could turn sour down the road. To protect yourself (and the company), make sure these three areas are covered in your founders' agreement.

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.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:27:00 -0500

It looked, for a while, as if Argentina had confounded its doubters and avoided default. Argentina's stock market rocketed 7% yesterday as the market gained belief that a last-minute deal would be struck between Argentina and the holdout creditors who wanted their money back from the country's previous default in 2001. Well, when the market opens a few hours time, expect that 7% to evaporate, and maybe then some.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:13:00 -0500

Though Michael Jackson moved out of Neverland years before his untimely passing, the 2,700-acre property remains indelibly associated with the King of Pop to this day. Soon, however, the connection will be only in thought, not deed: Neverland is set to be sold.

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

Soon, Xbox One gamers will be able to pay $5 a month for a -like subscription to EA games. The EA Access program is coming exclusively to Xbox One because turned down the idea, stating that the company doesn't think "asking our fans to pay an additional $5 a month for this EA-specific program represents good value to the PlayStation gamer.”

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

What do tech giant Michael Dell, queen of pop Lady Gaga and $80 billion man Bill Gates all have in common? They left school without earning a college degree. Most people believe that the road to high achievement lies at the end of the commencement stage. And they would be right, for the most part. But, some of the most powerful and successful people in the world have found their path to success along a different route.

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 13:51:00 -0500

By: Christopher Denhart Ever wonder how to improve in the FORBES America’s Best Colleges list? The America’s Best Colleges list is output-oriented, not input, making it impossible to game. There are four schools in the top 200 that have been rising since we first started ranking schools in 2009. What is the secret to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, University of Vermont, Elon University, and St. Louis University’s success? For University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, which ranked 543rd in 2009 and now ranks 108th, it is the production of high-quality graduates who become leaders. Minnesota alumni include John Hammergren, CEO of McKesson Corporation, Mark Thierer, CEO of Catamaran, and Diana Murphy, the Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals’ Eighth Circuit. Minnesota also has a high retention rate, low debt burden, and high graduate salaries which sustain a strong environment for preparing students for their post-college lives.

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:43:00 -0500

Building a financial plan is a lot like building a house: Both need a strong foundation to support your needs and last you a lifetime. Whether you’re just starting out or revisiting your finances after a family or lifestyle change, 

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

By Janet Novack and Samantha Sharf

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.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:07:00 -0500

Many would tell you that if you show someone your heart, especially in business -- you are soft. Weak. Prey in a world of predators.

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Chaldean Loses Millions in Store Fire
By Rita Abro :: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 :: 15993 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Business & Finance

California, USA – “Everything I have worked so hard for over the past four years, I have lost in one night,” said owner Andy Kakoz.

A crowd of about 50 people gathered across the street to watch firefighters douse the flames of a million dollar discount store in Downtown El Cajon, California. At one point, water from three ladder trucks was being poured on the roof while firefighters on the ground busted windows to pour water on the flames. Firefighters from four agencies fought to bring the fire under control. Even two hours after it started, some flames were still coming of the roof.

The three-alarm fire consumed the entire store and sent firefighters to the hospital.  The blaze at Allen's Discount Store started shortly after 9 p.m., says Kakoz.  “all was normal when I closed the store at 9 p.m.”  Shortly afterward, Kakoz received a call from his alarm company that something was moving inside the store. As he was heading back to the shop, he got another call confirming the fire.

At one point, flames shot out of the roof and thick gray smoke poured out the doors of the store on Main Street, near Lincoln Avenue. Main Street was closed from Roanoke Avenue to Mollison Avenue as firefighters battled the blaze.

Mike Scott, El Cajon fire chief. expected firefighters would remain at the store all night. “There's a lot of merchandise in there,” Scott said. “It's going to take a while to put out all of the hot spots.”