Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0500

To successfully raise funds for a project, follow the steps taken during these funded efforts.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Small things lead to bigger things. The little problems we neglect and the budding opportunities we nurture have enormous ramifications.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0500

Beyond running through the usual interview questions, pick up on these clues to find ideal candidates for the job.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500

If you treat your young fellows as valued members of the team, they will provide you with fresh perspectives.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Millennials mired inside a traditional corporate environment and people living life inside lean startups will find his thinking particularly spot on.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

These pitfalls will cost you money and not earn you sales, and worse, may make you look bad to potential customers.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Spruce up your professional marketing techniques -- for your career prospects and your company's sake.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The cardinal sin of marketing is to be easily ignored. This strange advertising campaign is funny and simply can't be overlooked or forgotten.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:20:00 -0500

Some of these lawsuits are hard to swallow, but justice can be sweet.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs, staying connected is no longer an advantage but an absolute necessity. Here are some tools to keep you plugged in at all times.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:35:00 -0500

Who hasn’t wanted to tell all of the doubters in their life to “stick it!”? These new ads capture moments of entrepreneurial triumph.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

You're a hard-driving entrepreneur. But what should you do now if your work life has turned into your whole life?

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

You probably aren't in a flashy industry but you, your team, the company you've belt and the customers you help are stories worth telling.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Doing a lot of things often results in not getting any one thing done. There is exhilarating clarity in concentrating, without distraction, on a single, major goal.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:25:00 -0500

A major Internet service provider and a leading advocate of Internet freedom have outlined middle routes in the polarized and politicized debate.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Mobile searches are increasing at fast pace but advertising to an audience on the move is different from the same audience at their desktop.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:45:00 -0500

Many people swear by this ritual. Find out how this practice could enhance your entrepreneurial success.

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The best examples allow a consumer to coexist with a product or service in a seamless fashion.

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Getting started on Google AdWords won't take you more than 10 to 15 minutes. Find out what you need to do to set up your first campaign now.

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Former Apple CEO John Sculley argues, however, that Samsung and others still have some time to come up with an alternative.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Steve Blank explains the importance of 'outward facing' founders.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Culture matters. Look for these qualities when taking on a new employee.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:00 -0500

…Including the ones that say 'Richard Branson doesn't really read this.'

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0500

This simple equation changed the way we think about habits and human behavior.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:52:00 -0500

Food porn no more? A new study shows that when people actually ate a snack after studying dozens of pictures of food they enjoyed it less.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If anyone knows inbound marketing, it's Brian Halligan of Hubspot, Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute and Brian Clark of Copyblogger.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:25:00 -0500

Ridesharing service Sidecar announced a $15 million Series B round from the Virgin co-founder and some top VC houses, including Avalon Ventures and Union Square Ventures.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Seven steps to get you through the ordeal.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:45:00 -0500

What if a road existed that never had a crack or a pothole? Science might have a solution.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

As we experience major demographic shifts in the workforce, it's important to adapt to the new generation of talent.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:07:00 -0500

Your right to write angry Yelp reviews may soon become law.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Want to make a huge difference in another person's life? Your own life? Here are things you should say to your employees, colleagues, family members, friends, and everyone you care about.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The star has partnered with her younger brother for sustainable fashion brand BARE.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Big Brother is watching you, but you don’t have to take it lying down. Don these stealthy countersurveillance frocks and styles to fool the all-seeing eye.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0500

How these 7 social networks can help you find clients and generate more sales

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The tech giant delivered the goods -- that is, exciting visuals without so many words -- when it unveiled its latest version of the popular smartphone.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

The greatest single factor determining how much money we make is how we view ourselves and our worth.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Have you ever been under the gun to create something new but the ideas just weren’t flowing? Here's how to get over the creativity block.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Adam Eskin took over a gym-rat focused food chain and has turned it into a farm-to-table restaurant with nine locations and counting.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Self-awareness is a very good thing in life, but it's all too easy to mistake what lies on the surface for the genuine feelings buried deep below.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Stop wasting time on content marketing tactics that don't deliver. This infographic reveals which types of content work best, and the metrics you should track.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Checking your office emails at midnight is bad for your health and relationships, and not really all that efficient.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500

The Princeton Review ranks the 50 best entrepreneurship programs

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:00:00 -0500

The Princeton Review ranks the 50 best entrepreneurship programs

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Finding a great mentor is hard. Here are a few tips on how to stand out from the crowd and gain access to amazing advisors.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:00:00 -0500

While allowing employees to work remotely can be a great recruiter tool, managing this type of team can be challenging. Here are a few pointers to make the process easier.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Outdoor billboard advertising is nothing new, today’s top marketers are innovating they way they use experiential marketing to tell their brand stories.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:07:00 -0500

Procrastinators, take note: As seductive as it often sounds, working under pressure probably isn't the best strategy for achieving stellar results.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:05:00 -0500

Riding high on record-breaking iPhone pre-orders, Tim Cook discussed television, competition and the art of simplicity in a brand new sit-down interview.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:02:00 -0500

The tech giant snagged Mojang, the maker of the popular game Minecraft, but its founders are out.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

A 'transfer of ideas' must be done with care so each individual understands and appreciates the firm's values.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Caution and a deep appreciation for all you don't know are, surprisingly, key elements of success in the go-go, big-ego world of investing.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Become a powerful workplace influence by effectively modeling top-notch behavior. Don't have all the skills yet? Fill in the gaps.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

You don't have to know how to build an app to get a good idea for one. Just add hiring developers to your launch check list.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0500

When the purchasing decision chain is full of doubters, these tips can help you woo more customers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

To get your mind flowing with ideas, consider the advice of these great thinkers throughout history.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Gain familiarity with the business landscape, then seek a wide market and put revenue-generating ideas on a fast track.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:46:00 -0500

Some suggest the electric car company's shares had risen for the wrong reasons.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:37:00 -0500

A look at what employees care about the most in the workplace, how millennials are being misunderstood around the office and how leaders are perceived by their workers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:30:00 -0500

The glitter of social media makes email seem a bit stodgy but the inbox is still the path to a customer's heart.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:15:00 -0500

Our employees deserve great leaders who can work together to help everybody succeed and do what's best for their customers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the early stages of launching a company. Try these steps to guide you along the way.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0500

The discreet methods of hackers make an incursion extremely hard to detect. Both large and small companies are at risk.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Big data, social media and self-publishing has changed the game forever, but what do you really need to know?

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:15:00 -0500

What’s the point in losing money on purpose? Here are some telltale clues that your business is not a sound proposition.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Knowing what exactly a business valuation is as well as its components isn't easy. Here's a straightforward rundown.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:58:00 -0500

A theme park in China has created a 164-foot lane for pedestrians to use as they tap away at their phones. The concept borrows heavily from an experiment conducted by National Geographic in Washington, D.C., last July.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

If you're in the green space, you have to remember that people don't buy sustainability, they buy good products.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

As entrepreneurs, we all know people who could benefit from our professional assistance. Here is how to begin the conversation without sounding too 'salesy.'

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Start your week with these top tricks and tips from Entrepreneur's online contributors.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Business owners should be prepared to face these forks in the road head on if they want to keep moving ahead.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

As leaders do unto employees, so employees do unto customers.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Starting and running your own business isn't for everybody. Run through these qualities to see if you're cut out for it.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

No, life and success don't end in your 20s and 30s. Here are some perfect examples.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

These little tips can make you a happier, healthier and more productive person.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Starting a business is always a risk, but the young founders behind these awesomely innovative companies are off to a great start.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:10:00 -0500

When Paul Danylik opened up an ice cream franchise, he knew he'd have to deal with regulation. He just didn't know how much.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Jessica Banks, the founder of RockPaperRobot, a kinetic furniture business, explains how she has transitioned from artist to entrepreneur.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Entrepreneurial success isn't reserved for one personality type, and you don't have to commit all your savings to an idea on blind faith.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Based on what I've learned, here's some insight if you happen to be getting started along this road to starting a company of your own.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500

With some tips and some practice, you can leave a lasting impression that you will want people to remember.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500

A far-reaching survey shows that workers who are paid fairly stay with a company that gives them opportunity and respect.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

If you want publicity, you have to make it as easy -- and enticing -- as possible for journalists to jump on your story.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:30:00 -0500

Success is tough enough in big, wealthy countries. This teen 'trep from a tiny island nation is studying the example of a local hero.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:00:00 -0500

With a unique ability to weave visual backstories and touch untold masses, QVC can serve as a transformative vehicle for entrepreneurs.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:01:00 -0500

These five schools give undergraduates cool opportunities for exploring tech and creating their own products.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:01:00 -0500

Having students engage in business plan competitions is an important component of any entrepreneurship program. These U.S. graduate level programs award the most cash.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:01:00 -0500

Entrepreneurship may be the buzzword du jour, but some colleges were way ahead of the trend, offering courses in entrepreneurship as far back as 1947.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 04:01:00 -0500

Connecting with established professionals is a critical step for any entrepreneur looking to get a business off the ground. Here are the schools that offer the largest number of mentorship programs.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

An entrepreneur explains how she assembled a group of friends to meet every two weeks and help her write her volume.

Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Look out for these five factors everyone should use for their personal fitness goals.

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

No big screens! Well, let's re-think that, shall we?

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

If it works for dates, it should work for matching students with tutors.

Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

A little-known member of the Bush family advises finding a business that can make money doing society some good, preferably in niche with little competition.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Staff training is key to keeping a workforce in the flow. Design a program to elicit productive coursework.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

We get great value from the painful process of letting go of what no longer works for us.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

We all love great ideas but to get a product to market on time, and on budget, somebody needs to draw a line at good enough.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Leaders need to take a stand for what’s right when bad behavior occurs.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:45:00 -0500

Companies are increasingly focusing on the kitchens as an office gathering places and providing meals or snacks to reward their staffs.

Fri, 12 Sep 2014 19:42:00 -0500

The year-old company is working to develop a portable gluten detecting sensor.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:11:00 -0500

Both of these cases suggest that the gray area, or the close line that some commentators believe exists in Texas between lawful punishment and unlawful abuse is simply not relevant to this case. The two on point Texas appellate opinions regarding injury to a child both have less egregious facts than those alleged in the Peterson case, and in both cases the defendant's convictions were upheld. If paddling a child six times or whipping a child with a nylon leash are criminal offenses, then beating a 4 year old in the legs, buttocks and scrotum with a stick, certainly qualifies. If Peterson's alleged conduct is proven true, it is not a close call, and it is not a borderline case --- it is criminal conduct, and he should go to jail.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:29:00 -0500

NASA has awarded Boeing and SpaceX contracts to deliver astronauts to the International Space Station

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:34:00 -0500

Ann Arbor, Michigan, tops this list of the Most And Least Educated Cities In America.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:27:00 -0500

We need only look at the crisis at Mars Hill Church to see the Enron-like dynamics that help toxic leaders and their followers to become media darlings on their way to crashing spectacularly.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:21:00 -0500

Census has just released the poverty rate numbers for 2013 and they're roughly static at 14.5% of the population. This is also roughly the rate that existed as Johnson's Great War on Poverty ramped up. But despite the fact that the rate, as we measure it, has stayed roughly the [...]

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:14:00 -0500

“What keeps you up at night?” That’s what I asked the women who shared their personal and professional trials and triumphs in my new Forbes eBook, Their Roaring Thirties. The top two things that they’re losing sleep over: work-life balance and finances, including balancing their finances. Some women are questioning the whole [...]

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

When Maryam Kouchaki, a professor at Kellogg School of Management, first moved to the US from Iran to study for her PhD at the University of Utah, she felt incredibly awkward whenever she tried to network with other academics. “The distance between cultures is so difficult,” she says. Even when [...]

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0500

Yesterday marked Prince Harry's 30th birthday. His mother, the iconic Lady Di, passed away just over 17 years ago, following the tragic crash as Diana and Dodi Fayed sped away from paparazzi in France.  What was so special about Harry's 30th birthday (other than the fact that he's still single, [...]

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:43:00 -0500

For several years now Iowa fans have been calling for head coach Kirk Ferentz's head. Fortunately for them, Iowa may finally be able to afford it.

Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

The U.S. Treasury announced last Thursday that the federal deficit was $128.7 billion in August. That’s 13 percent lower than it was during the same month last year. Washington typically records a budget surplus in September and $80 billion or so in black ink is in fact projected for next month. [...]

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 12866 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.”