Saturday, May 23, 2015
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Fri, 22 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Jim Kelly battled two bouts of cancer, but with his teammates by his side, he was able to stand tall.

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

You may think your company is too small to get noticed. Think again.

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

Four questions to ask to ensure you're going after the right type of loan.

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

A short list of some of my favorite business leaders and where to read their insights.

Fri, 22 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

When you invent with the market in mind, you set yourself up for success.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

With so much to contend with nowadays, be sure to follow these four tips to make sure eyeballs are directed your way.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:15:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs to bring the most value to their company, they need to focus on putting the organization and its best team first -- ahead of their own ego.

Fri, 22 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Time is money. Ask yourself what you're looking for before you commit to networking events.

Fri, 22 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

The success of new Americans confirms our faith in what can be achieved with a clear vision and hard work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

As travelers turn to Twitter to complain about airline snafus and hotel hiccups, businesses are staffing up their social media teams.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Planning ahead and following up make business travel more beneficial and much less frustrating.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:15:00 -0500

Learn what type of monetary outlay comes with owning and operating a mobile food business.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:15:00 -0500

When your company has grown and technology is beyond your means, it's time to get help. Here are three signs.

Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Days off are different for harried entrepreneurs but making the most of Saturday and Sunday doesn't mean constant work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:30:00 -0500

If the people closest to you won't support you, why should investors?

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:25:00 -0500

Transportation researchers analyzed how long it takes workers in the biggest cities to get to and from work.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:15:00 -0500

To grow as an organization you need to develop not only the systems and processes that support product demand but also the right people that contribute to its growth.

Fri, 22 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From closing the loop to setting your intention, behavioral-science expert and author James Clear explains at an 'Entrepreneur 'event how creating habits can help you get where you want to go.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:46:00 -0500

There was an overwhelming call to keep them in the classroom.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:34:00 -0500

Judging by their autographs, Bill Gates is unpretentious, Tim Cook is whip-smart and Mark Zuckerberg is super private, that is if you buy into graphology.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

The most successful franchises have a few strengths and strategies in common. Here's how they play to win.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:15:00 -0500

The growth of the sharing economy shows no signs of slacking, largely because entrepreneurs continue to innovate.

Fri, 22 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

As CEO, you have the power to make a difference in how staffers view your workplace. So, exercise that power.

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:30:35 -0500

The additions serve to honor popular requests as well as fill existing gaps.

Fri, 22 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

What does your audience really want? That's what you need to find out.

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

These men and women's strong personal brands act as positive beacons for their companies.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:32:00 -0500

The New Jersey cook spat on an overly demanding customer's roll.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Companies have personality traits just like people. What's your company's personality?

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

Your clients might not expect to hear these phrases but they can help your bottom line.

Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Why you should stop chasing the perfect job and start creating it.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Business-card swapping isn't about networking. It's about power. Here's how to assert yourself.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:15:00 -0500

A raft of other promising technology compatriots could quickly join them in a revival of public capital-raising.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

Google enters the e-commerce game while Los Angeles may lift its minimum wage.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

For any of your decisions to have a chance at being successful, the actions that follow those decisions must be founded on confidence.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:51:28 -0500

About six to seven banks are expected to be part of the facility, according to a report.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

Whether you're just starting out or have been around a while, these counterintuitive career lessons will help you get to the top.

Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

In order for companies and brands to excel at responding to their audience in a genuine way, they must first excel at social listening.

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:30:00 -0500

Being your own boss requires the discipline to start and finish work, even when nobody else cares if you don't.

Fri, 22 May 2015 11:00:00 -0500

Gratitude, a generous spirit and goals to work toward are the foundation of lifelong happiness. It's all within reach.

Thu, 21 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Tutor Doctor has the structure and strong support team that appealed to a 22-year Navy duty officer.

Thu, 21 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Have you had a close encounter with the people buying your product?

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

The number of startups and investors are exploding due to generous government support and a "cultural renaissance."

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

Tech companies, notorious for their lack of female diversity, have the most to gain from encouraging women to pursue tech careers.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:30:00 -0500

If you ignore these concepts, you risk finding yourself plagued with penalties and poor rankings.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:29:00 -0500

Josh Newman is known for his work in venture capital, film and fitness – and now, allegedly, for defrauding investors.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:24:00 -0500

From puppy mills to beauty standards, the themes of these commercials provoked polarizing reactions.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:15:00 -0500

Those office devices you don't give much thought to may actually be a drain on your resources.

Thu, 21 May 2015 20:00:00 -0500

From establishing industry expertise to giving new life to existing content, long-form content can be extremely beneficial to your content marketing strategy.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:45:00 -0500

While private market valuations are going through the stratosphere, overall deal making tells a different story.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:30:00 -0500

The story of my not-so-subtle leap into entrepreneurship, and how you, too, can bust a gutsy move.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:15:00 -0500

The Small Business Administration is crisscrossing the nation to educate entrepreneurs about how to apply for grants focused on early stage companies.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:02:44 -0500

It's huge for public transportation users.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Running low on battery? Follow these tips to juice up quicker than usual.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:45:00 -0500

Companies are eager for cloud-based HR tech that allows for mobile devices and leverages social media.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:43:00 -0500

'We made a safety video starring the Internet,' the airline says.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:40:00 -0500

Like to complain about McDonald's? You'd fit right in at the company's shareholders' meeting.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Like a business, a relationship needs constant maintenance to be successful.

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Our phone screens have become the main pinboards for our 'favorites' as we mobilize our lives.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:45:00 -0500

Celebrities can add a lot of value to a burgeoning business, but the wrong partnership can lead to widespread embarrassment and actually devalue your brand.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:15:00 -0500

The tech entrepreneur and investor explain how he keeps anxiety at bay and his eye on the prize.

Thu, 21 May 2015 17:00:00 -0500

A look at what you should strive for as the leader of your business.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:45:00 -0500

This entrepreneur uses the 'Daily Gabe' method to stay on track.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:38:03 -0500

A majority of parents said that working part-time would be the ideal scenario, according to a new study courtesy of Care.com and Yahoo Parenting.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:35:00 -0500

During each walk, Wag provides owners with a photo of their dog, a map of the walk, and a 'pee-poop' status update.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:31:00 -0500

Global cosmetics giant L'Oréal is giving its product testing process a high-tech facelift, using 3-D printed human skin.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

The rapper and entrepreneur explains a surprising partnership for SMS Audio and why it helps set his headphone venture apart from rivals.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 -0500

There's only one industry positioned properly to penetrate event audiences and move to the next frontier of sponsorship activation.

Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:00 -0500

With over 302 million active users, Twitter is a platform you need to get in on.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Focusing on Big Data can be a big waste of time and money if you don't know how to mine it.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:15:00 -0500

Opportunity makers earn unbreakable trust by adding value, are adept at spotting patterns and constantly explore industries outside their own.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:00:00 -0500

Bitwage bills itself as the world's first payroll startup to incorporate the cost- and time-saving benefits of Bitcoin.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:00 -0500

Listening to unhappy customers is a hard but valuable way to learn how to improve your business and better than them disparaging you on social media.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Many entrepreneurs are finding the thrill of making their fortune can only be matched by the gratification of philanthropy that makes a lasting improvement.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:15:00 -0500

The near ubiquity of smartphones and the irresistible lure of social media are upending how retail is done, all over the world.

Thu, 21 May 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Don't let the memories and money you've invested in your home get taken away. Find out how to protect your home from business creditors.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:45:00 -0500

While gaming may make you more attentive visually, that might be outweighed by the negative effects on your brain.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

To be at ease with yourself is the greatest success.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:00 -0500

Values are an important part determining how great a company's culture can be.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:12:00 -0500

An increasing number of privately-held players are going from garage to grocery store in fewer than five years thanks to an erosion of barriers to entry within the food industry.

Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 -0500

The lowdown on helping with other people's problems.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:30:00 -0500

This entrepreneur uses the 'Daily Gabe' method to stay on track.

Thu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Shifting gears on the weekend to relaxing and rejuvenating activities is essential for any successful entrepreneur.

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:30:00 -0500

There is much more involved in running your own business, but there is also great potential for reward.

Thu, 21 May 2015 10:30:00 -0500

After eight years as an Air Force officer, Tammy Tubbs decided to open up a Papa Murphy's franchise.

Wed, 20 May 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Power poses? Relaxation breathing? They're not just for yogis anymore.

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Regular, expected work and payments are a fine thing -- until they're not.

Wed, 20 May 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Build up your legacy with this advice from the musician behind "God Bless the USA."

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:30:00 -0500

To achieve above average growth and sales this year, you will need to develop an intimate relationship with data. Here is how to do it.

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:15:00 -0500

If you use these strategies, you can inspire and equip attendees in a way that will have them coming back year after year.

Wed, 20 May 2015 21:00:00 -0500

One misplayed note spoils a symphony. Achieve that level of harmony in your startup and success is assured.

Sat, 23 May 2015 08:46:00 -0500

Babatunde Osotimehin isn't taking no for an answer.

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:25:00 -0500

This week’s Apple Loop looks at the launch dates for the iPhone 6S and the potential feature list, what elements the camera needs, updates to the Apple Watch and MacBook Pro 15-inch, the lightning connector enabled strap for the Apple Watch, the death of Apple TV, and comparing Nucleus compression to Apple Maps.

Sat, 23 May 2015 00:11:00 -0500

This week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the low sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6 family, the early arrival of the Galaxy Note 5, early reviews of the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, Microsoft Office preview for Android, the new OnePlus 2 handset is benchmarked, Android Wear updates, MixRadio arrives on the platform, and the release of AdBlock's Android browser.

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:56:00 -0500

The world’s third-richest man weighed in on the national debate over rising levels of income disparity in the United States yesterday, saying that while the gaps between the country’s haves and have nots are definitely increasing, it is not the fault of those at the top. Nor will it be [...]

Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Apple hates leaks, but now the company has given away its own plans...

Fri, 22 May 2015 10:58:00 -0500

Studies have shown that no matter how many hours of daily exercise we receive, reversing the effects that sitting has on our bodies is not possible. However, there is a way we can get ahead of the power curve and prevent any of those effects from happening in the first place. Here’s how.

Thu, 21 May 2015 19:22:00 -0500

There’s a reason why a lot of startup founders tend to be relatively young and single. Creating a business from scratch is one of the most difficult tasks anyone can undertake, and nurturing that creation to maturity requires an obsessive level of time and attention. It takes a certain touch [...]

Thu, 21 May 2015 18:11:00 -0500

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz brews up a music deal with Spotify, laying the groundwork for streaming digital entertainment and messaging in a personalized environment. Starbucks savvy step engages the brand in three big trends driving the Internet of Everything.

Thu, 21 May 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Founding a technology company can be an exercise in excitement, adrenaline, stomach-flips and occasional nausea. When that starts to get old, some tech founders search for those same feelings in aerobatic flight. 33-year-old serial entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia is running his seventh business, contextual ads company Media.net. But when he's out of the office, he's often in [...]

Wed, 20 May 2015 11:07:00 -0500

What if you realized that being an effective mentor was as much about you as it was about your mentees? Believing that you have the time to mentor someone else starts off with a shift of your mindset, and here’s why. When you think of it as a time drain, [...]

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 14236 Views :: Article Rating :: Business & Finance

Michigan, USA – "They were buying a $10 bottle. Now they're buying a $6 bottle," said Mike Acho, owner of the Wine Cellar party store in Waterford. "People don't have the money. They're not working, but they still want the alcohol, so they buy the cheaper stuff."

Chaldean business leaders within the Merchants of Michigan association say the state is heading towards the cliff’s edge.  Michigan remains the worst state in country.  It has the highest unemployment rate in the country, a continually slumping economy and one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation; experts say much of the increased drinking may be related to people trying to drown their sorrows. 

State records agree with the opinion sharing that more customers are choosing to drink at home instead of bars and restaurants.    Alcohol purchases nationwide have risen about 2%, total sales in Michigan have nearly doubled that, 3.5%, with residents of the Great Lakes State spending $895 million in 2007. The increase is in spite of a loss in the state's population of more than 46,000 people last year.

The state's Liquor Control Commission spokesman Ken Wozniak tells reporters that, “The 2008 numbers have not been compiled, but we can expect the increase to continue based on the data we're seeing so far."

The greatest increase in alcohol consumption in Michigan was in hard liquor, particularly vodka and whiskey, with residents purchasing -- and presumably consuming -- 282,270 more gallons than the year before.

Wine, too, is on the rise with an increase of 857,415 gallons purchased over the previous year. And people drank more mixed spirits, such as prepackaged rum drinks and wine coolers.

In contrast, beer consumption declined in keeping with a nationwide dip over the last several years that saw more drinkers gravitate toward trendy martini bars.

While beer still is the most popular alcoholic beverage -- Michiganders drank a whopping 204,239,944 gallons in 2007 -- it was a 1.8-million gallon decline over the year before, state officials said.
Bargain booze

And people appear to be shopping for bargains when it comes to stocking their home bars, opting for American brands over more expensive imports.

Blended American whiskey sales, for instance, increased -- though only 1% -- for the first time in 30 years, according to the Beverage Information Group, a Connecticut firm that tracks the industry. And American scotch brand sales increased for the first time in 20 years.

Chaldean convenient store owners are creatively working to help customers cope at risk of losing sales.  “Times are very bad in our state.  The mismanagement of our economy is very bad, but times will get better and customers who are trying to crawl into a bottle may not be able to crawl out when new leaders in Michigan makes things better,” says Karem Nafsu of Drive-In Liquor.  “I know my customers and their family.  Sometimes it takes someone like me that enough is enough, you have to go home and be with your family.”