Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

While executives and marketers rely on a whole lot of applications, software services and platforms to seal the deal, they may be underutilizing this secret weapon.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:03 -0500

Uber's recent hiring is a wakeup call to those idealistic enough to believe they don't need to fight City Hall.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:43:00 -0500

Up until now, your timeline was limited to tweets and retweets from people you follow. But that's all changing.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Recruiting top performers for your company can multiply its success.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:18:00 -0500

The ridesharing company has released a feature that allows third-party companies like Trip Advisor, Starbucks and United Airlines to embed the Uber service into their own mobile applications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

When entrepreneurs just need to bring on temporary employees for short-term projects, what is the best approach -- 1099 or W2?

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

"People don't get rich by tip-toeing in with $100 investments all over the place."

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:42:00 -0500

Lemonis Fischer's $6.5 million bid for the cupcake chain went unchallenged by the public, meaning the final sale of the company is less than a week away.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Collect as much information as you can on your target market so you can create a rich statement and experience.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup SwiftKey, Jon Reynolds is breathing new life into the act of typing on a keyboard.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Kiip, Jason Wong is connecting consumers with brands by rewarding engagement.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With his startup Everlane, Michael Preysman is cutting out the middleman markups from high quality fashion.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

With her startup Getaround, Jessica Scorpio is connecting individual car owners with renters.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

How they did it, and how you can, too.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:47:30 -0500

AlleyNYC and Rapp are connecting startups with big businesses.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your company culture hasn't yet embraced the power of social media, it is at risk of getting steamrolled by competitors. Here are four tips on staying in the game and building a more social business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

When things get tough, look to these three tips.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Chief financial officers increasingly are the executives charged with setting the stage for growth.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

It all comes back to communication.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

San Francisco-based Cruise Automation has created a new gadget that gives any car self-driving capabilities.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

What if you die? What if you want to take a year-long sabbatical to Africa? Training and succession planning can ensure your company’s long-term survival.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

No company can succeed in executing its bold strategies if the basics aren't being taken care of. Here's how to make sure you stay on track.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

The better your site structure, the better your chance of higher ranking in the search engines.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

In this issue, we celebrate our Young Millionaires. These are the faces and the inspiration of tomorrow.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Here's why Colleen McKenna became a Welcomemat Services franchisee after a 25 year career in PR and communications.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Business owners and employees can increase individual and organizational capacity and agility by focusing on these five key elements.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Some of the words of wisdom that guide my personal life have proved to be just as useful in the office.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Companies need to think deeply about their products and services to shape their profiles to enlist customer support

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Just ask Target, General Motors and the Veterans Affairs Department

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Considering launching a business? Remember this: You can phase in pursuing your entrepreneurship bid while still keeping that day job.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Complex purchases aren’t so much about a product or service as they are about an outcome, a trajectory, a solution or a promise. To gain the right offer from a vendor, ask the right questions and look in the right places.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

To take your operation to the next level, consider these powerful questions.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

An entrepreneur devoted to innovation and protection of intellectual property lets loose about patent trolls and the patent system that enables them.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:05:00 -0500

Kids already use Gmail and they're obsessed with YouTube. Now Google wants to make it legit, as in legal.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:04:00 -0500

David Plouffe, President Obama's former campaign manager and White House adviser, will now oversee global branding, communications and policy for

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Licensing is a potentially lucrative path for product development and marketing but also a complex, often fraught, partnership.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Thinking about quitting your job and going into business all by yourself? Read this first and reconsider.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

There is nothing like a few meetings with insincere, boastful investors to encourage your embrace of the lean startup strategy.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Ballmer said he plans to devote much of his attention to the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, which he recently bought for $2 billion.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Whether you see it or not, culture is a big deal for several reasons, including your employees' satisfaction.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:26:00 -0500

Google's YouTube appears set to take on Spotify and Pandora.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:05:00 -0500

The COO of Lyft is leaving the company, taking his entire operations staff with him.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Grow your first-time customers into loyal brand followers with these techniques.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

How you can cast aside your writer's block and write more prolifically.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:29:00 -0500

The Coolest -- a cooler that comes equipped with a rechargeable blender for mixed drinks, a smartphone charger and other goodies -- is currently the second most funded project in the crowdfunding site’s history.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:23:00 -0500

It's called Swing Copters, and it looks just as frustratingly difficult to play as Flappy Bird.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Gender bias holds back women in their careers but also keeps men at work instead of with their families. Each person must decide, how much more is there to life than making a living?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:48:00 -0500

As Google celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its IPO, here's a look at the challenges that lie ahead.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If you want to find the best keywords for your business, avoid these all-too-common missteps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0500

Do it right, and a trade show can lead to more funding, new customers and lots of buzz.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

While many people may jump on the stealth-mode bandwagon, often they are doing so for the wrong reason. Here are the two times when founders should consider stealth mode.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:35:00 -0500

Getting screwed is part of the game, but it doesn't have to happen as often as it does.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

If your employees don't feel recognized for their work, don't get proper feedback and are overworked, your office will soon turn toxic.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:15:00 -0500

True to his ways, the former Microsoft CEO knows how to get the crowd riled up.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Conferences can either be a complete waste of time or very productive. Make sure your time at these events is well spent with these three steps.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

No business can afford to ignore this trend. Consumers today are plugged into multiple channels and served with content at every turn.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A leader's personality can have a huge impact on company culture. Make sure your leadership style isn't contributing to a negative work environment.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Some things to consider before you jump to the other side -- you know, the one where the grass is always greener.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Online marketing and SEO expert Neil Patel explains how this listing format can help you rank better in search results.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

The list of people willing to receive your marketing messages is a fundamental business asset that you can grow with steady effort.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

How many times have you attended unproductive meetings or meetings you don’t even know why you are there for?

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

There is nothing more powerful than goal clarity when it comes to the process of achievement.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

After 19 years as a professor at the University of Portland, Dr. Mind Hsu turned his hobby of tutoring into a second career.

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

The frustrating barriers to living legally in the U.S. are keeping out entrepreneurs eager to launch businesses and hire American workers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Successful entrepreneurs hire for the long run -- not just for today -- avoiding the temptation to settle for people who aren’t 'A' players.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Don't break the hearts of your clients by pretending to offer something better than what you really have.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Free trade agreements and millions of newly prosperous overseas consumers have opened large foreign markets to even the smallest companies.

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

The foundation for a strong personal brand is seeing yourself as others do and sincerely living your values.

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

The is no formula for posts that go viral but you can resonate with your audience consistently.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The last thing you want to do is cause your visitors to quickly leave your website, especially if it is due to something avoidable.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Writing a book is maddeningly difficult but selling it is an even harder job.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

If you want to move beyond others’ preconceived notions about you, ask yourself these questions.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

New companies are cropping up to meet the demand for software developers and programmers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Managing your boss is easy when you hear screaming as a cry for help and recognize egomania as insecurity.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:59:00 -0500

Oh, no! Favorites now appear in your Timeline like retweets. Here's why it doesn't matter.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Start your week with these top tricks and secrets from contributors.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Learning the language of computers is an incredibly useful skill for entrepreneurs to have.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

"Mobile device management'' technology for securing corporate data on personal devices severely comprises employee privacy.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

When a company decides to go beyond its home country's borders, the founder needs to determine which countries are best for business expansion.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Corporate social-responsibility programs have become more commonplace in today's corporate world. Here's why some executives are pursuing them.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:45:00 -0500

Marketers will now have access to more nuanced references, not just explicit mentions.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Ways others have found their own success, and how you can, too.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The fan favorite will be available at the end of August for some dedicated customers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

As a business owner, a large part of your strategy is to outshine competitors but savvy entrepreneurs know that it is also smart to create and maintain relationships with them.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Meetings and introductions don’t always go as planned. When things go wrong, here is how to survive a bad networking experience.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:18:00 -0500

On Monday, Taco Bell launched its first ever dollar menu, with advertising that looked as cheap as the tacos.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Bottom line: Using these words can help you convert readers into paying customers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that these five things are keys to going far in the business world.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Here is where you should be looking to learn new things about your industry, as well as different facets of running a business.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A startup raises nearly $5 million to match companies with the well-educated consultants they need.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

As a parent, letting go isn't about separation; it's about pushing your child towards a greater sense of freedom.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:15:00 -0500

The tech billionaire and outspoken investor shares the elements he thinks are vital for startup success.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Even if you're a great boss there are a lot of things you don’t know about your employees.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Lessons learned from cancer scientists about how to solve large, complex issues.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Starting a business is hard enough, and these common mistakes can make it even harder.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Legal complexities have resulted in a system where only a judge can determine what a patent covers.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

High profile data breaches reported in the media rarely point to the significant threats from employees, either disgruntled or negligent.

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0500

The ability to share across social platforms or within private networks has led to an age of collaboration. What are the best practices to encourage so more employees can execute tasks according to the ideal of the modern office?

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneur's enterprising community of contributors share their favorite ways to work efficiently.

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Here are some companies finding new ways to do business.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:05:00 -0500

How much is a share of stock worth? The answer is that nobody knows but there are plenty of people with differing opinions. Each time a person buys or sells a share, she is expressing an opinion about what that share is worth. Given the apparent inability of people to [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:59:00 -0500

The bigger a company gets, the harder it is to innovate and move quickly. But don't tell that to Marc Benioff and the team at, which continues its reign as Forbes' Most Innovative Company for the fourth straight year. By size, Salesforce barely resembles the company that went public a [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:45:00 -0500

DNA sequencing is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of everything from cancer to Down syndrome at breakneck speed, changing health care forever. Incredibly, only one company--Illumina--is making it all possible. It's just getting started.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:24:00 -0500

Never let it be said that you can’t reach deep within a seemingly endless stream of indistinguishable Facebook videos and extract a lesson on the tax law. Case in point: the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, that movement of philanthropy through peer pressure that has likely taken over your various social media feeds. It [...]

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:38:00 -0500

The best look yet at the new iPhone 6 comes courtesy of Feld & Volk, who assembled leaked parts into a finished looking mock up. The smooth-looking result echoes the iPad in many design elements. In addition, an examination of developer files suggest Apple will make modest increases in screen resolution over current models.

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:46:00 -0500

Video Everything I've seen so far of From Software's upcoming PS4 exclusive Bloodborne looks amazing. This applies to the latest gameplay demo the developer released today as well, with footage taken from the behind-closed-doors demo at Gamescom. As you can see, while certain things have very much changed between the Souls games and Bloodborne, many [...]

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

California's decisions today will hurt the national economy for decades

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Video The Internet is alight with the Ice Bucket Challenge, a silly joke that's being shared on social media by billionaires. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg dumped a bucket of ice on his head. He was followed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who, in a playful video, built a contraption to do [...]

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:35:00 -0500

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge—or as many social media users know it, the #ALSIceBucketChallenge—is everywhere. It's annoying. But it's working. Bill Gates dunked himself in ice water to raise awareness and donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis research; Mark Zuckerberg did too. LeBron James accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from the deck [...]

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:59:00 -0500

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have accounted for measurable quality improvements and a reported $380 million in health care savings. But despite some movement, progress remains slow and inconsistent.

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Chaldean Loses Millions in Store Fire
By Rita Abro :: Tuesday, March 11, 2008 :: 16083 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.”