Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Why being open will help your company grow.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Doing things your way and letting your personality shine can build up your courage, confidence and compassion.

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

You don't need to pack up and move to northern California to find inspiration. Take these cues to build a community in your location.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:06:00 -0500

The viral video, which features a talking ATM that dispenses incredible gifts for customers, is as emotionally poignant as it is commercially impactful.

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

Charitable organizations, large and small, need your time and expertise as much as your money.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The global nouveau riche aren't wedded to old money brands and that's creating big opportunities for niche status symbols.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:29:00 -0500

Have trouble seeing? No worries. A team of university researchers is developing displays that can adjust itself depending on your prescription.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

This hire marks the beginning of your becoming a manager of staff. Here's how to do things right.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Extra reading and training could help you get ahead this season.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:17:00 -0500

TechStars' latest mission is to help early-stage hardware and connected-device companies get off the ground.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Theater techniques can teach startups a thing or two about developing an openness to new ideas.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

A career change is enticing when we feel stuck in a job we don't love any more. Don't fear the big move but don't take it lightly, either.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:10:00 -0500

Brian Bordainick built a $16 million company in less than two years. At one point in his journey, Bordainick 'snapped' and he had to work to get his feet back on the ground.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Eliminate this destructive phrase every day to increase your focus and productivity.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:42:00 -0500

Airbnb and Uber both announced new services exclusively targeting businesses, but will travelers look beyond a host of security and regulatory issues plaguing the sharing economy?

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

The co-founder of a men's fashion site says it's possible for startups to deliver world-class service on a stringent budget.

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

Media coverage can greatly benefit your company. Use these four strategies to up your chances of being written about.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:24:00 -0500

We’re always looking for new contributors at Entrepreneur.

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.

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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.'

Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:45:00 -0500

At just 19 years of age, Trevor Zablocki wants to spend the rest of his life working in the porn industry. So does his 23-year-old older brother, Justin, and close friend Harry Manno, 22, who has yet to tell his parents about this plan.

Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:05:00 -0500

Who wants to pay serious money to see your biographical details on LinkedIn? Cynics might say: "Nobody." People familiar with LinkedIn's business model to date will say: "Recruiters." But the big answer going forward is like to be: "Sales people."

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

Okay, I intentionally avoided yesterday's Interstellar trailer, but this one I think I can safely watch. This first trailer, from iTunes Trailers, is obviously the very definition of a teaser trailer, offering not a hint of plot or even all-that-much character. We get a serious of somewhat random images and a cast roll-call of sorts, set to what I presume is an instrumental version of one of the main songs to the original play. To those unaware, Into the Woods is a Stephen Sondheim play first performed in 1986 that involves various classic fairy tale characters (the big bad wolf, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, etc.) in a somewhat older-skewing morality play that subverts and deconstructs some of the fairy tale tropes. You wouldn't get any of that from the teaser above, but that's somewhat the point. This teaser, like any number of teasers for film adaptations of famed musicals (think Rent or Phantom of the Opera), is meant to curry favor with those who presumably already know what is being sold. As such, we get the big cast (Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, MacKenzie Mauzy, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp. We get various visual bits of era-appropriate intrigue and basically a single line of relevant dialogue from Ms. Streep. Amusingly, is still somewhat hiding just what Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf will actually look like, but I'm always in favor of a little mystery in these early teases. On the other hand, despite the fact that this teaser is basically for those who are already anticipating the film, there is not a drop of actual singing in the teaser. Marketing campaigns for musicals are infamous for hiding the actual on-screen singing (think Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, which apparently caused outrage when ignorant Burton fans didn't realize that Johnny Depp was going to be singing for his meat pie supper), so it will be worth paying attention to see if the next theatrical trailer actually has Kendrick and company belting tunes from the original show. The film, which is set to drop on Christmas Day, underwent about a week of controversy when Sondheim claimed in an interview with The New Yorker that Disney had somewhat gutted the more adult-skewing portions of the original show before more-or-less retracting said statements. As I wrote back in June when the "scandal" broke, the success or failure of this film will rest not on the approval of the die-hard fans but on the mass audience interest in spending Christmas weekend taking the family to see a fairy tale adventure starring a host of would-be movie stars from various demographic groups. Like any big-budget comic book adventure, the key to success isn't pleasing the die-hards who have already mentally bought their Thursday night tickets but making a successful sell to those with at-best passing knowledge of the source material. The bad news is that the film is directed by Rob Marshall who, all due respect, has yet to make an honest-to-goodness good movie. If you liked Chicago, then you can alter that statement accordingly. But Memoirs of a Geisha and Nine didn't work out and he then spent $410 million (article from Forbes contributor Christian Sylt)  on the smallest-scale, most visually drab, and most inexplicably dull Pirates of the Caribbean movie imaginable. Still, the guy turned Alan Cummings into a star with his 1998 Cabaret revival, so my wife will always be thankful for that.  And as always, since I'm prejudging, if he pulls this off I will shout a thousand "mea culpa"s to the high heavens. I'll discuss this one more as the release date draws closer, but it is certainly the kind of ambitious, star-driven, and female-centric picture that we want to see from Disney as the year draws to a close. I don't think the would-be changes will hurt the box office. But I do think accusations of "watering-down" the original content, if said accusations prove to be remotely true, will seriously hurt any year-end awards consideration that Disney is presumably gunning for. And it is a little odd that the big-scale filmed musical, a borderline endangered species, will have two major entries within a week of each other, as  Annie drops December 17th. As someone who likes this stuff when it's done well (I still think Hairspray is an under-loved gem), I have no objection to this potential embarrassment of riches. Into the Woods opens from Walt Disney on December 25th. As always, we'll see. For those who know the original play better than I, did this teaser fill you with the same goosebumps that I got from the first Rent teaser?

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 10:00:00 -0500

Jake Reisch, then a junior at Cornell University, sketched out his idea for Audiarchy, a company that would rent headsets for trendy silent discos (DJ shows where people listen to music through wireless headphones instead of a normal speaker system). The panel of VCs and entrepreneurs in his Entrepreneurship & Private Equity class on hand that day in May 2012 thought he was onto something.

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

For the second time, Stanford University out-muscled its East Coast rivals to top the FORBES 2014 most entrepreneurial universities list. Silicon Valley's reach has extended across California, as the state's schools took over half of this year's top ten spots.

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

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Where Less Tax Burden Flow - Chaldean Businesses Go
By David Najor :: Monday, December 22, 2008 :: 18484 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.