Friday, April 24, 2015
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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0500

With mobile apps, online platforms, content management systems and a myriad of wireless communications taking over events, the millennial way of thinking is how producers should create these events.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:30:00 -0500

In this environment of incessant interaction, brands might benefit by talking less and listening more.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0500

The business world is in a constant state of flux, and companies today need to be ready to weather unpredictable markets. Here's how.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:45:00 -0500

In some countries, credit cards aren't the payment method of choice. Here's what to know.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:30:00 -0500

Just a few years ago many observors speculated social media would displace publishing but the resilience of the industry shows content is king.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:15:00 -0500

Is your company ready for the future in credit card processing?

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Give women equal pay for equal work. No rocket science, no magic tricks -- it's just simply doing what's fair.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:30:00 -0500

During a recent event, four highly successful entrepreneurs talked about proving others wrong, hiring great people and being in it for the long haul.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0500

An ex-quarterback for the Steelers describes how getting knocked down isn't what counts; it's how you get up again.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:30:00 -0500

Three things you need to know before you hit reply.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:15:00 -0500

With videos becoming a bigger part of a company's marketing strategy, it is imperative you always look your best.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:00:00 -0500

In any given pitch scenario, there are things you can do to aid in your quest for the elusive partnership, as well as things you can do that will get in the way of success.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Numbers are vitally important to knowing how well you're doing, but only if they're pertinent to your goals.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:28:51 -0500

The feisty billionaire investor and 'Shark Tank' star sounded off about the failed mega merger on Twitter and -- no surprise -- he's pointing the finger at the FCC.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:25:00 -0500

Hacked emails show that product placement in a Bond film isn't easy.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:15:00 -0500

From Eileen Fisher to Zady, fashion brands big and small are rallying around a global campaign that asks retailers: 'Who made my clothes?'

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:00:00 -0500

These oft-dreaded sessions can be fun, informative and purposeful, if you set some rules.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:30:00 -0500

Starting a new and innovative business is not a highly structured process, and finding time for structured learning is unlikely.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:15:00 -0500

If you think you knew Amazon, things are about to change.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Startups dream of instant success but an inability to meet demand for a wildly popular product can bring a young company to crisis.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:30:00 -0500

Check out the best of the best in business travel this year.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0500

The coffee chain reported 7 percent sales growth thanks in part to the unlikely source.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0500

The chain is pushing into mobile tech with a delivery partnership and a new Apple Watch app.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0500

Decisions you make on the front end will heavily impact the long-term health of your business.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:47:00 -0500

The nascent monthly subscription service fitness market just consolidated.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:45:00 -0500

You pay only for the data you use. How nice does that sound?

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:40:13 -0500

Microsoft is looking to inject a bit of nostalgia back into its latest version of Windows in the form of a much-beloved time waster.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Green tea is one. Shorter meetings are another.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:15:00 -0500

You can't federally trademark your brand associated with the sale of the controversial weed. But you do have options.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0500

Measuring something as seemingly unwieldy as the effects of bloggers and social media users talking about your brand can be daunting, but it's achievable.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:45:00 -0500

This time, Samsung's Gear smartwatch could be round, according to a blog post.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0500

A former toy maker turned inventor shares the story of one of his first big victories in entrepreneurship.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Hurt feelings and burnt bridges may result, so tread carefully.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:45:00 -0500

When analysis hits a deadend, walk away from the problem to free your creative mind.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Whatever your business, keeping your customers happy is your real job.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:00 -0500

We round up what to know as the much-hyped device arrives in stores.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:30:00 -0500

Here are three simple, yet important tips on how to handle phone calls properly and help you increase your business immediately.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Some of these services are well known, while others are a bit obscure.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0500

We don't consider how our food choices are actually making us much less effective.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0500

By systematically outlining your expertise and what you have to say, you can generate publicity that drives sales.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:30:00 -0500

The short-term financing is sensible for investments that will generate more revenue but a serious burden if cash flow remains flat.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:00 -0500

On the heels of last week's splashy stock-market debuts of Etsy, Party City and Virtu, here's who could be next.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:30:00 -0500

This oft-overlooked option might be the key to getting your company the funding it needs.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Understand when a yes is actually a no.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:30:00 -0500

Luckily, these issues are all factors business owners can control.

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

The traits most likely to cause problems are often easily confused for strong influence.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:30:00 -0500

These business must learn to make changes quickly and adapt in order to stay relevant and be successful.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs who want to make it big should be ready to plan, sustain and reinvent their path to success. Here's how.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:30:00 -0500

It's high time you got acquainted with the terms CRM and BI.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:15:00 -0500

Package design is a powerful factor in consumer buying decisions but food safety and materials cost are big considerations.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Change your story, change your life. Follow the great motivator's three steps to achieving a breakthrough

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Although these cities aren't renowned for their clusters of hopeful tech entrepreneurs, they hold new opportunities for those looking to get in the startup game.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Whether you want to sell products or gain subscribers, they've got to know who you are in the first place.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:15:00 -0500

The search for talent is an integral part of a well-developed social media branding strategy.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Let your dream grow alongside your journey.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:52:15 -0500

The character, which represents the American women who entered the workforce in droves during World War II, has become a symbol of female empowerment.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:45:00 -0500

Techstars just held its Winter 2015 NYC Demo Day, and the companies presenting were all amazing.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:30:00 -0500

Meerkat and Periscope both offer business owners a new way to market with their Twitter audiences.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:15:00 -0500

While it is impossible to know how you might react to a situation that threatens your business, tap these strategies so you're not caught with a "stupid face."

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Data-driven decision making is fundamentally important. Startups make a mistake thinking it is a capacity they can wait to develop.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:45:00 -0500

Startup life can easily dominate one's schedule, but, as some entrepreneurs forget, they aren't the only ones with schedules, responsibilities, and needs.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:30:00 -0500

A look at when seller financing makes sense and how to vet the deal.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0500

Success can mean different things to different people but the key is to envision what it means and act on it.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0500

The merger of Omnicom and Publicis means more than just the creation of a mega-agency.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:45:00 -0500

To succeed at both, you have to have a will to win and follow these three P's.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:36:01 -0500

With a strong first quarter, the pizza chain believes it has found the balance to bring customers in the door.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:36:00 -0500

Sometimes you just have to let it all out.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0500

Emotionally attuned leaders have much to offer in a business world that increasingly values networking and collaboration.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0500

'Brain Games' host Jason Silva explains the importance of recognizing those moments when you're truly satisfied by whatever it is you're doing.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0500

Leaving behind a steady income and starting your business introduces a conundrum: When do you get a prize?

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:45:00 -0500

'I believe the food printer will be the first one that is going to be adopted in everybody's home,' 3D Systems chief entrepreneur officer said in a talk on Tuesday.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:39:00 -0500

'Angels sung on high,' 37-year-old Lucas Hinch said.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Careers, presuming a dollop of luck, are shaped by the relationships we build, skills we learn, our character and how hard we're willing to work.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:15:00 -0500

People who consider themselves to be happy are 36 percent more motivated, six times more energized and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:07:00 -0500

The donut and coffee chain grew same-store sales nearly 3 percent, as franchisees were forced to get flexible due to difficult conditions.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:00:00 -0500

A good credit score can help you land loans, financing and better interest rates for your business.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:45:00 -0500

The founders and co-founders of Techstars' graduating class share their favorite productivity hacks.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:30:00 -0500

By bugging you to pay estimated taxes and update your QuickBooks, that iPhone just might be your new best friend.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 -0500

When her son suffered a devastating spinal injury, this mom devoted her life to helping him and others like him achieve maximum rehabilitation.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:30:00 -0500

Childish behavior doesn't go over too well in the real world. The real business world expects results.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Whether they are romantic, professional, family, friends, staying in toxic relationships isn't worth it.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0500

Don't go into business scared of the unknown, says HealthSource franchisee David Mathias.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Ever hear of blood diamonds? They're one reason you should keep reading.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:30:00 -0500

Instagram is the modern equivalent of window shopping. It offers a peek into the world of a brand.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:15:00 -0500

Quality coaches are good listeners, and they don't prey on your emotions.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0500

As a huge section of the global market, understanding how to conduct business in China is a must.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:30:00 -0500

It's not easy, and it takes a lot of work -- but there are huge benefits that can come from doing it right.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Marketers have a unique opportunity to get closer to their customers through emerging technology, turning the tables on traditional advertising techniques.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:00:00 -0500

The world's largest social network also saw its operating expenses rise 83 percent in the first quarter.

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 20:45:00 -0500

Are drive, passion and smarts enough to impress investors?

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 01:58:00 -0500

Shares of Amazon.com and Microsoft soared Friday as investors digested surprisingly vibrant profits and prospects from their cloud operations. In fact, were it not for Amazon, up 14.1% to a record $445.10,  and Microsoft, up 10.5% to $47.87, the major averages probably would have turned in losses for the day. The  Nasdaq-100 [...]

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:21:00 -0500

  Anyone who has visited a Sears store recently will probably have noticed that the shop floor is well stocked with the right stuff– Covington shirts, Levi’s jeans, and Dockers footwear— and with inviting yellow clearance signs for the bargain hunters. But there is one thing notably missing from the store floor. Customers. Yes, [...]

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:20:00 -0500

The Apple Watch began arriving in homes and businesses across America on Friday. And in New Orleans, one doctor immediately strapped it to his patient's wrist.

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:35:00 -0500

VideoAs the Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its 25th anniversary, it's easy to take for granted all we've learned thanks to its incredible discoveries. But don't forget that when it was first launched, the spherical aberration in the primary mirror caused all the images it was returning to be blurry and [...]

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:33:00 -0500

Spoilers through Season 3 of 'Vikings' follow. Truth be told, Count Odo's "Fifty Shades of Paris" moment was much more surprising to me, in last night's Vikings finale, than Ragnar's coffin-trick. That's partly because Ragnar using a trick to fool his enemies is nothing new. It's what he did last season to the not-so-bright [...]

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:47:00 -0500

Valve and Bethesda's announcement of a jointly run paid Skyrim mods store has been met by nothing but fury from fans over the past 24 hours. Even modders, whom the idea is supposed to benefit, are coming out against the idea, which they deem detrimental to the entire community. It should [...]

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:44:00 -0500

A group of experts likens the food industry's PR “machinery” to big tobacco’s. Ouch.

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:06:00 -0500

For years anti-smoking activists and public health officials have tried to justify their irrational hatred of electronic cigarettes by arguing that vaping leads to smoking, especially among impressionable young people who otherwise would never touch tobacco. But that is not happening. To the contrary, vaping and smoking rates among teenagers [...]

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:47:00 -0500

Here are six changes I made in my body language that morphed my networking experience from frightening to fun. Maybe they will do the same for you . . .

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:53:00 -0500

The FDA bent over backwards to give homeopathic purveyors and advocates the bulk of a two-day hearing on the future of pseudomedicine regulation. But the FDA appears poised to act on decisions deferred for the last 25 years.

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 14032 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.”