Saturday, May 30, 2015
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Sat, 30 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Home improvement franchisee Kory Arntson has been honored by Angie's List not once but three times.

Sat, 30 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Design experts say movement and having access to a range of seating options could help you focus and feel comfortable at work.

Sat, 30 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

Pho-dog-raphy is nothing to bark at, humans. It packs all the feels.

Fri, 29 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Here is how to empower every piece of content you create.

Fri, 29 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

You have no excuse not to get started.

Fri, 29 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

A culture of content -- not a culture of selling -- is the focus that will win you success.

Fri, 29 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Small changes to your website can make a major impact when it comes to your overall business performance

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:45:00 -0500

For the most part, it's not an outside factor, and it's something early stage investors always look for.

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:33:00 -0500

The mastermind behind the underground website is expected to appeal.

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

The owners of a small California trucking company are big players in their industry and service to their community.

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:22:15 -0500

Google's new Advanced Technology and Projects group efforts aim to make wearables that are kind of like touch screens.

Fri, 29 May 2015 20:15:00 -0500

Harried travellers are vulnerable to overpaying for bad food and overlooking perks available for the asking. You can do better.

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With these tools, the sky is the limit.

Fri, 29 May 2015 19:45:00 -0500

Unasked and unanswered questions can stop a deal before it even begins.

Fri, 29 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

For a television show that's all about entertaining, the program has a lot to offer entrepreneurs.

Fri, 29 May 2015 19:04:09 -0500

Looking to improve your company culture? Google, Pixar and Patagonia have found formulas that work.

Fri, 29 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

It's easy to take for granted the terms of speech we use every day, but language has meaning.

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Why do these younger workers want? One of their kind lets us know.

Fri, 29 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Unfocused messages can hurt your brand and career. Here are a few easy methods for crafting -- and delivering -- memorable messages in any medium.

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:30:00 -0500

Businesses do themselves a favor by supporting team members eager to acquire new skills.

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:15:00 -0500

Going from unknown to a player on social media requires daring and maybe the help of a hired influencer.

Fri, 29 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Advance homework and preparation is key to every good first impression.

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

This simple test may predict which way you are wired.

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:07:00 -0500

YouTube is capping off its tenth anniversary celebration with a video that seeks to capture the new wave of entertainment to which it has given birth.

Fri, 29 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

Luxury handbag maker Dagne Dover has seen more than $1 million in direct-to-consumer sales through its online store.

Fri, 29 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

To help recent college grads transition from the classroom to the office, here are a few pieces of advice on finding success.

Fri, 29 May 2015 15:22:00 -0500

Each one offers an entertaining storyline, as well as valuable insights into business success.

Fri, 29 May 2015 15:00:00 -0500

For Our Town America's first franchisee Sondra Conk, that warm feeling of home never gets old.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:45:00 -0500

All you need to build successful business relationships is sincerity and follow-up. You can do that.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:43:00 -0500

A preview of Hands Free payment will roll out in the San Francisco Bay area later this year.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:35:00 -0500

Our nation's advanced patent system is very different the one adopted in 1790.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Customer evangelism, helpful content and alignment of sales and marketing are just some of their ingredients for success.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

New startups run the errands you can't.

Fri, 29 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

From his sleep habits to his money plans, here are five fun facts about Apple's enigmatic chief executive.

Fri, 29 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Nurture relationships and practice equanimity while life is calm and you will be prepared to navigate a personal trauma that could upend your business.

Fri, 29 May 2015 13:07:31 -0500

Merger and acquisition activity has been boosted by a handful of mega-deals.

Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

Evan Spiegel reveals his interest to take his app company public, Yelp enters e-commerce and U.S. entrepreneurship makes a comeback.

Fri, 29 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

Success is the right combination of planning and improvisation.

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:50:00 -0500

The M operating system is focused on refining the entire Android experience.

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

If you've got high hopes for a fulfilling career and financial security, solopreneurship is not the way to get there.

Fri, 29 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Sometimes when you get a good content idea, you can feel it. Other times, the idea isn't quite so clear. These tools can get you moving in the right direction.

Fri, 29 May 2015 11:32:00 -0500

Dave Morin, Path's founder and CEO, made the announcement via blog post.

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Those who are willing to take action, step out of their comfort zone and risk doing things a bit differently in pursuit of a goal are the ones who will make a difference.

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Adapt these two daily habits that can help overcome failures and setbacks.

Thu, 28 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

By the way, not one of those reasons is related to money.

Thu, 28 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

These companies make social giving and volunteering easy.

Thu, 28 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

What if that irritating person to be around is you? Here is how you can find out and what to do about it.

Thu, 28 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

Whether you agree with it or not, these increases are coming. Stop complaining and start preparing.

Thu, 28 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Statistics show that women are paid less than men but the problem resists one-size-fits-all solutions.

Thu, 28 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

Try this exercise out: Draw some circles, then fill them in with those vying for your customers' attention.

Thu, 28 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Social media offers worldwide marketing opportunities but there is a lot more channels out there than Facebook and Twitter.

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Follow these tips to create the type of company culture that encourages success and supports all employees.

Thu, 28 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

Brands need shift their focus from broadcasting static stories to delivering personalized material.

Thu, 28 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

If you're shipping to our northern neighbor, get ready for changes starting May 31.

Thu, 28 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

The basic human desire to get a deal, or better yet something for free, is key to getting people into your store in a mood to buy.

Thu, 28 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

The practice of public relations is not what it used to be, but history can teach us some important lessons.

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:37:00 -0500

In many ways, Android Pay is the evolution of Google Wallet.

Thu, 28 May 2015 17:30:00 -0500

Did somebody say "feedback"?

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:45:00 -0500

CEOs love to be in control of organizations that execute their vision flawlessly. Reality is more complicated than that.

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

The good, the bad and the bottom line of community involvement.

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:19:00 -0500

Game on, GoPro. The California startup built for adventure seems a perfect fit for two of tech's fastest-growing trends.

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

How do you find those individuals whose online likes can move your brand to the next level?

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

We're looking for companies that instill a high-performance culture in the workplace. Think you've got what it takes to make our list?

Thu, 28 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

For those companies that instill a high-performance culture in their workplace, we want to celebrate you.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, is the runner-up in a new ranking.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

With same-sex marriage legal in most states, some employers will no longer recognize domestic partnerships for granting family benefits.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:05:05 -0500

Earlier this year, according to the suit, Fitbit contacted one-third of Jawbone's workforce -- several of whom downloaded sensitive documents before being hired away.

Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:00 -0500

Over the past year, the Bitcoin narrative has already shifted significantly, according to the noted advocate and investor.

Thu, 28 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Your first step: Have you even defined what a "project" is?

Thu, 28 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

The cloud CRM giant adds Google, Cloudera, Hortonworks, New Relic, Informatica, and Trifacta as key partners for Wave.

Thu, 28 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Before you even start thinking about bringing another business partner on board, find out what this legal expert has to say about the pitfalls of partnerships.

Thu, 28 May 2015 13:45:00 -0500

Jayson Gaignard transformed himself into a super-connector who brings names like Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki and Marc Ecko together.

Thu, 28 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Here are proven techniques to help pull yourself out fast, because a long slump can turn into failure.

Thu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

An exclusive interview with the creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men.

Thu, 28 May 2015 12:40:08 -0500

The tech giants fight over more than just mobile users.

Thu, 28 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

The most accomplished people, in any field, share certain characteristics that each of us can cultivate for our own journey.

Thu, 28 May 2015 12:05:00 -0500

A new report from the Kauffman Foundation shows a rebound in entrepreneurship.

Thu, 28 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

You don't have to throw a chair through a window or quit in the middle of a presentation to cause irreparable damage to your career.

Thu, 28 May 2015 11:30:00 -0500

What you eat matters. Follow these tips from a certified nutritionist that will give you the power you need to tackle your business week.

Thu, 28 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500

Many of us are laboring to achieve goals we were told are important. It's time to question if they really are.

Thu, 28 May 2015 10:30:00 -0500

Brooke and Les Wilson went from employees at Two Men and a Truck to 'all-in' as franchisees.

Wed, 27 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Stop worrying about what you're supposed to do and focus on what you want to do.

Wed, 27 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Here are four strategies for how to turn things around.

Wed, 27 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

Whether you are considering starting an online business or thinking about selling your website, here are some eye-opening sales

Wed, 27 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

As students cap off their high school careers, they, and everyone else, should take this advice to heart.

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This is your chance to show off your business. Be sure to prepare and get it right.

Wed, 27 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Ever tried a Yellow Tail wine? The brand's makers actually created an uncontested market space.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:45:00 -0500

Huge numbers of people are active on these networks, but many businesses fail at capturing their attention.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

Gleaning content that is relevant to your business and tailored to your interests is effortless with the right tools.

Wed, 27 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

A look at the latest tools for your marketing kit.

Sat, 30 May 2015 16:14:00 -0500

The word markdown is one of the most dreaded words in a small business owner's language. After all, if you're marking down something it means it has not sold as you expected and even worse, at the original value in which you intended it to. As a result? Markdowns are [...]

Sat, 30 May 2015 14:26:00 -0500

San Andreas had a faultless start to its debut weekend, as the Dwayne Johnson earthquake adventure scored a whopping $18.2 million on Friday, including $3.1m in Thursday previews. The previous biggest opening day for a "by myself" movie star vehicle for The Rock is the $12.5m Friday and the $36m weekend [...]

Sat, 30 May 2015 11:53:00 -0500

Allen Walton, 27, lives a life many Americans can only dream of: He is on track for seven-figure revenue in a business that has been a one-man show until very recently, when fast-growth made it necessary to hire someone to answer the phones. Walton manages his year-old online store, SpyGuySecurity.com, [...]

Sat, 30 May 2015 10:38:00 -0500

It looks like the Fair Tax will be coming up for discussion again as a result of Mike Huckabee thinking that it's just a great idea in the upcoming fight for the Republican Presidential nomination. My job's not politics so we'll leave all of that to one side. The problem [...]

Sat, 30 May 2015 07:05:00 -0500

The drumbeat of war on distant horizons is reverberating through Southeast Asia with increasingly strong declarations of U.S. determination to stop the Chinese from expanding their writ over the South China Sea, notably islands claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei. While Defense Secretary Ashton Carter was in Singapore vowing [...]

Sat, 30 May 2015 02:11:00 -0500

Responding to posted job ads is the worst way to get a job, as Liz Ryan explains

Thu, 28 May 2015 13:07:00 -0500

Miki Agrawal is out to change how the world thinks about women's periods. In an age when women have made enormous strides in everything from workplace and academic equality, comfort in demanding what we want in bed and access to birth control and abortions - we still squirm when talking about [...]

Thu, 28 May 2015 03:09:00 -0500

Tired of being tired? Do these two things to re-balance your work and your life.

Wed, 27 May 2015 13:57:00 -0500

Actress Jessica Alba has quickly built a personal $200 million fortune, and she’s done it the hard way, in a field that has nothing to do with showbiz: selling natural, nontoxic household goods to helicopter parents.

Mon, 25 May 2015 15:42:00 -0500

WomenCrossDMZ organizer Christine Ahn could hardly suppress her tears as she wrapped up her crusade for a trek across the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.  True, the 30 women from 15 countries rode by bus most of the way, but they were sure they had advanced the cause [...]

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Where Less Tax Burden Flow - Chaldean Businesses Go
By David Najor :: Monday, December 22, 2008 :: 21523 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance, Government & Society

California, USA – Chaldeans in California grow worrisome as the state’s debt skyrockets.  “They will tax the people to death in this state,” says Abrahim Bajoka, owner of an Arco Gas Station.  “Tax! Tax! Tax!  The more money they take from us the less we can grow, hire new people, or buy new products to sell.  This is basic business.  What is wrong with this state?”

Bajoka’s aggravation is not rare.  Taxpayer groups in the “Fruit & Nut” state are also fuming and vowing to go to court to initiate a referendum to halt nearly $10 billion in recent tax increases Democrats passed in a secret special session last Thursday. 

Lawmakers across the nation are shocked at the extraordinary parliamentary maneuver.   California Democrats circumvented a constitutional provision requiring a two-thirds vote in the state legislature to raise taxes by using their simple majority. “What they are telling small business owners is that we don’t want you in our state,” says Bajoka.  “The hard workers get taxed and the lazy get fed.  This is all wrong.”

So which are the best low-tax states welcoming new business leaders and encouraging economic growth?  Just follow the trail of Chaldeans….

Chaldeans are wisely picking the low tax states to expand their franchises or establish new businesses.  Lower taxes gives businesses more cash to spend exploring new business ideas, product lines, marketing, and research.  Kicking less money up to Uncle Sam also helps business owners better cope with changing estimations of expenses due to regulatory fuel and energy costs. 

Bajoka says that whatever taxes a business is required to pay will simply be passed to the customers by increasing the cost of products.  However, higher prices means less buying, which means less production and manufacturing or a slowing of the economy.  “Customers will buy less.  They can’t afford as much because government forces the prices to go up.  This is not the time to raise taxes.” 

Tax Foundation President Scott Hodge reported a study that shows Americans will spend more on taxes in 2008 than on food, clothing, and housing combined. The report went on to say that in 2008, Americans worked 74 days to pay their federal taxes and 39 days more to cover state and local levies.

Outside of leaving the country, the most one can do about Federal taxes is vote the right people into office.  But the state and local tax burden varies considerably by location. The most expensive state and local taxes are typically sales and excise taxes (14 days' pay), property taxes (12 days' pay), and income tax (10 days' pay).

U.S. News cranked recently sifted through more than 2,000 U.S. places to find locales that have relatively low taxes but also offer amenities important to small business owners like a reasonable cost of living and fine recreational and cultural choices. Many of the low-tax havens have no state sales tax, like Billings, Mont., or no state income tax, like Sioux Falls, S.D.

There's nothing like zero tax to make your business dollar go further. 

Chaldeans are well aware of one low-tax retirement gem, Stafford, Texas, a suburb of Houston.  The place has been booming with new businesses because of the suburb’s move to entirely eliminate its property tax in 1995. Texas is also one of seven states with no income tax. (The others are Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming.) Stafford also has the lowest sales tax in the Houston area.

Chaldeans are also moving to Florida and Las Vegas.  The business-friendly tax structure of the states has kept the states doing amazingly well in comparison to states like Michigan, Illinois, and California are drowning.  Both Florida and Nevada have slashed government budgets instead of taking the short-term easy way out and tax residents and businesses. 

There is one state the our native desert dwellers have yet to invade.  The most tax-friendly state for businesses is Alaska. The geographically largest state in the union is the only one without any kind of income or sales tax and pays residents to live in their state.

Alaska residents with at least one year in the state receive annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. The state’s governor was able to secure an incredibly high payout for Alaskan residents of $3,269 in 2008, but even more typical dividends have been nothing to scoff at, ranging from $827 to $1,964 over the past two decades.

Who knows maybe Chaldeans will venture out into polar bear country?  Michigan Chaldeans won’t have much of a problem dealing with the frigid winds, snowy roads, and icy car doors - not as long as they keep the tea warm.