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The initial adopters of your product play a pivotal role for your company. They bring in revenue and can open doors to other purchasers.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:00:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:45:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:45:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:37:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:05:00 -0500

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Ways to sidestep the serious shipping challenges in ecommerce subscription businesses.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:00 -0500

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

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:30:00 -0500

The last thing an entrepreneur ever wants to say is 'I'm sorry we can't take that order for 10,000 units, because we can't make it all in time.'

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:05:00 -0500

Alexis Ohanian says that technology means more creators can pursue their craft and get paid for it. The Internet means that people all over the world are becoming patrons of artists all over the world.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Experts reveal the untapped opportunities beyond Facebook and Twitter.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:45:00 -0500

Leaders can avoid stagnation in three key ways.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:30:00 -0500

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:08:00 -0500

The hand-sized device incorporates radio frequency sensors to measure sleep patterns and report back to users with analytic graphs.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500

The New York City store is now a full-fledged tourist attraction, and the rest of the world is in the company's sights.

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Is Microsoft's productivity empire vulnerable? The founder of CloudOn thinks so.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:37:00 -0500

It's not just bad etiquette -- it's now officially banned by the Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theatre Owners.

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With Halloween upon us, it's time to take a step back and remove the horror of being afraid.

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Go ahead, let your mind wander. When it's appropriate, of course.

Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:28:00 -0500

As you go trick or treating this year, there is a new colored pumpkin that might catch your eye on porches—and it’s not orange. It’s a blue teal pumpkin—a symbol of a new nationwide campaign by FARE, Food Allergy Research and Education, a national advocacy group for food allergy awareness, research [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:08:00 -0500

Taylor Swift has unveiled quite a few surprises of late—moving from Nashville to New York, ditching the country format that elevated her to superstar status, and, yes, trying her hand at rapping in new album 1989. But perhaps more surprising than all of these developments is the fact that Swift is on pace to sell more than 1 million copies of 1989 in its opening week alone—a feat no solo artist has achieved since Swift herself did it two years ago with Red.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:36:00 -0500

Virtually every large and medium-sized organization has a people problem. HR people call our office and say "It's so hard to find people, and harder to keep them!" It's true. The problem isn't that employees are fickle. The problem is that the relationship between employers and their team members has eroded. [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:05:00 -0500

60 frames per second video is now supported on Youtube and the first examples look incredible.

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:19:00 -0500

On October 17 of this year, investigative journalist Mubasher Lucman was banned for life from television in Pakistan. The case was taken up suo motu by the judiciary and found that Mr. Lucman maligned the judiciary egregiously enough to merit a lifetime ban from appearing in any capacity on television. As he says, [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:22:00 -0500

The critical reckoning over forced quarantines is still to come. Consider this scenario. Sometime in January or February – as the Ebola epidemic explodes out of West Africa – we’ll start experiencing larger, more frequent outbreaks in American cities. With the flu as a background to confound suspected cases of Ebola, public [...]

Thu, 30 Oct 2014 03:18:00 -0500

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Hewlett-Packard is entering the 3D printing business with inkjet technology that -- it asserts -- is 10 times faster than anything on the market today.

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The biggest selling, highest profile phablets of 2014 go head-to-head in this detailed review.

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Using stimulant medications at work is neither a cognitive enhancement nor a benign practice that should simply be accepted. It is a sign of someone trying to solve significant problems. This post describes the problems people try to solve by self-medicating with stimulants.

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 13090 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.”