Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Having options at work may equate to better health and a better life, according to recent research.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:30:00 -0500

This mega-publisher of consumer reviews says she herself doesn't run away from the bad ones.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:00:00 -0500

Because you're going to need some help building your professional network.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:30:00 -0500

It's time to get "mobile-friendly" to keep your franchisee recruitment efforts going strong.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Hiring the right people is your biggest hurdle. Prevent your top workers from becoming flight risks.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:54:00 -0500

The pay hike will not directly impact workers at franchised locations, which comprise 90 percent of the chain's U.S. restaurants.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:30:00 -0500

The right venue ensures all parties are comfortable. The wrong one can lead to stress and poor decision-making.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:15:20 -0500

No longer do you have to rely on maps or GPS systems, both of which require riders to take their eyes off the road.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:00:00 -0500

A romantic partner who actively supports your career is the most under-utilized tool of the modern entrepreneur.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:58:00 -0500

Faith Lennox's breakthrough prosthetic 'robohand,' molded in her favorite colors, was printed and assembled in less than 24 hours, but 3-D printing gave her much more than a hand.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:30:00 -0500

Couldn't make the conference? Didn't take great notes? Here's our roundup of some of the best tips from thought leaders you'd do well to remember.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:15:00 -0500

Google's decision to transform Google Maps into a playground for fans of the retro video game proves that the best ideas don't have to be new ideas.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Here are few that can be super helpful for tracking your blog analytics, creating attractive images and managing social media.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:30:00 -0500

Comfort is the enemy. If things are easy, it's time to shake up your career.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:15:00 -0500

Public speaking can help potential customers trust you and more important, what you're selling.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:05:00 -0500

This new startup connects boat owners with renters.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:00:00 -0500

More than a popular AMC program, the real "Walking Dead" may just be the service providers that lock people into bundled services.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:00:00 -0500

The tech giant rolled out its expansion of the Dash program, which includes brand-specific buttons that let you order supplies.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:46:00 -0500

Taylor Swift isn't just a singer and songwriter. She is one of the sharpest businesswomen in the business.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:45:00 -0500

ComScore's new white paper puts numbers behind the increasingly mobile habits of consumers.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:30:00 -0500

You didn't build your business alone, so write a business brief that lets your other players know what to do next for your marketing.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:15:00 -0500

While smartwatch sales are poised for serious growth this year, the 'key to success' hasn't been communicated to consumers yet, according to IDC.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:09:00 -0500

With no electrical skills needed, a simple solution to an annoying problem scores big with backers on the crowdfunding platform.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:07:00 -0500

'You might say we've packaged a sense of humor,' Dahl has said of his infamous brainchild.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 -0500

Make sure you protect yourself legally by understanding the recent Supreme Court decision.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:59:00 -0500

A new study shows that, on any given day, children are nearly 20 percent less likely to eat fast food than they were seven years prior.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:54:00 -0500

The offering enabled GoDaddy to raise $460 million.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:30:00 -0500

Aim for consistency and vary your social channels to get your brand out there.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:00 -0500

How savvy entrepreneurs can cash in on the trend for wearables.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:45:00 -0500

From baseball to football and swimming, these sports legends know a thing or two about drive, competition and going all the way.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:30:00 -0500

With these applications, entrepreneurs can be more productive and instead focusing on growing their businesses.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:25:00 -0500

Learn how to set prices that are high enough to keep your profitable but not high enough to scare away prospective customers.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:00:00 -0500

We need to switch our attention away from the future and focus on today.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Our expert this month is looking to take your questions on business messaging, marketing communications and branding.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:00 -0500

Put down the Post-it. I repeat: put down the Post-it.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Even with resource constraints, smaller companies do have major advantages in developing and rolling out innovative products: They move fast and are not constrained by the processes and bureaucracy that hinder larger companies.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:30:00 -0500

Brand managers can increase their success by finding and building relationships with passionate consumers, employees and other social-media rock stars.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:15:00 -0500

CEOs who score high on traits like integrity and compassion deliver better results for shareholders, says a new book.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:00:00 -0500

The serial entrepreneur and investor explains why he rejects the idea that success is dependent on luck and how to build a better, more definitive future for your company.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:30:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs and small business owners, every dollar counts – and investments need to pay off in real and immediate marketing ROI.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Think you need to quit your nine to five to start a business? Ridiculous!

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:30:00 -0500

Here are some crappy email headline techniques -- or lack thereof -- that you will definitely want to avoid.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0500

After her mother's sudden death, Brittany Nguyen knew she needed to take on the responsibility of running her Children's Orchard franchise.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:30:00 -0500

By talking the talk and walking the walk, you'll inspire those around you.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:00:00 -0500

Sometimes to get out of a rut, entrepreneurs must look beyond their internal voice of intuition to get motivated.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:30:00 -0500

When you are trying to grow your business, you want to focus on the business itself, not internal conflicts.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:15:00 -0500

Help your business launch an exciting, innovative and successful campaign.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:00:00 -0500

These game-changing lessons are your playbook for success.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:30:00 -0500

By buying from a company that's actively doing something praiseworthy, affluent consumers feel they're helping out as well-without having to do anything other than make a purchase they were going to make anyway. Find out how you can align your company with a cause they'd like to support.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:00:00 -0500

Want to see if your idea will work? Try this method before you truly invest.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:30:00 -0500

It's clear there's a real need for businesses to be open -- with both consumers and employees.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:26:00 -0500

A new study calls Facebook's privacy and data collection policies into legal question but the social giant says the authors of the research never reached out to them.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 20:00:00 -0500

Numerous studies point to the physical, psychological and even spiritual effects of charity. And it could also help your business thrive.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:00 -0500

This primer will teach business owners and marketers how to take advantage of all Facebook has to offer.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:00:00 -0500

If harnessed correctly, ads on the video network can become one of the top growth channels for your business.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:00 -0500

Purchasing an existing venture can be very rewarding, or it can be a nightmare.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:30:00 -0500

There are, OMG, actual rules of etiquette you should observe.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:17:29 -0500

From striking shapes to magnetic fonts, to cunning hidden imagery and beyond, here are all of the juicy ingredients you need to cook up a high-impact logo.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:15:00 -0500

An ongoing fight between McDonald's and labor unions has entered a key phase this week.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:00:00 -0500

Learn two ways you can use this social site to connect with new employees, customers and vendors.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:45:00 -0500

A performance bonus here or a catered lunch there are sure to be welcome with open arms, but they aren't what employees value most in the workplace.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:39:00 -0500

Ipsy, which charges users $10 per month for a 'Glam Bag' full of five sample-sized beauty products, just crossed the 1 million subscriber milestone.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:31:00 -0500

After extensive criticism, Gov. Mike Pence says he now wants to pass legislation clarifying that a recent law does not permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:30:00 -0500

Social media is not a one-night stand; it takes time to build and continually nurture this relationship.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:15:00 -0500

There are many bright, motivated high school kids who can't afford four years of college who may very well make highly valuable tech workers.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:00:00 -0500

From Khan Academy to Udemy, entrepreneurs in education are making a difference in our schools.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:00 -0500

The two companies counted combined net revenues of $1.4 billion last year, and, moving forward, will complement one another's respective strengths.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:46:00 -0500

The pizza chain's transition to the 'Flavor of Now' hasn't been a smooth one.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:45:00 -0500

It may seem counterproductive, but the best way to grow your business may be to distance yourself from it for a little while.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:30:00 -0500

In an over-saturated app marketplace, a user likely won't think twice about deleting a free app with intrusive advertising and moving on to a competitor.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:29:00 -0500

Researchers have developed a real-time feedback app for 'smart glasses.'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:00:00 -0500

A brief explainer on how to calculate your profit margin and what it means for your business.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:45:00 -0500

With limited resources, your company doesn't have time for those tasks that can and should be automated or offloaded.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:30:00 -0500

A cool, dark bedroom and a commitment to turn off computers and ereaders before bedtime will help ensure a healthy snooze.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:23:09 -0500

They're just an April Fool's Day prank. And thank goodness for that.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500

These words and phrases to show customers how important they are to you and your business.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:00 -0500

'Make the adjustments and take what you learned from that and use that as a catalyst to catapult you to the top,' says wrestling great Nate Carr.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0500

The most successful people credit their success to the persisting energy bolts of action that we call 'habits.'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:40:00 -0500

Hungry for a win, the fast-food giant is making its breakfast menu an all-day affair.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:39:00 -0500

Years after the deal between HP and Autonomy soured, the fallout continues.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Did you know that your employees' physical and emotional health could suffer?

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:01:00 -0500

Tony Robbins' Money Blog answers some of the most important questions you may have about the impact of taxes on your financial future.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500

From blogging to distribution to simply staying organized, these tool are sure to set your marketing efforts in the right direction.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer and the results of the 'Copy Machine Study.'

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:55:00 -0500

Despite concerns of a tech bubble, at least one venture capitalist thinks most of today's heavily funded startups warrant their valuations.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:30:00 -0500

How New York-based Sari Miller is making a difference around the world.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:22:30 -0500

The goal is to sell its expertise in gathering and making sense of the surge in real-time data.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:06:00 -0500

The pace of crowdfunding growth has only been accelerating, according to a new report on the global industry.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:00:00 -0500

In this book excerpt, KIND Healthy Snacks founder Daniel Lubetzky reflects on what failure can teach you about your business.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:30:00 -0500

Don't let a crowdfunding calamity happen to you.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 03:27:00 -0500

“The sooner the better” is the perfect tag line for early childhood education. There is no magic bullet to ensure a lifetime of self-fulfillment in personal and career terms. But rigorous research shows that high-quality early childhood education is an extraordinarily powerful means to promote continued success in school, in the workplace, and also in social and civic realms.

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 01:08:00 -0500

Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own. When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper [...]

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:38:00 -0500

You can turn your ‘rejections’ into stepping-stones that take you closer to your goals.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:10:00 -0500

Samsung's great press hits a road bump...

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 14:00:00 -0500

Memphis, Tennessee leads this list of metro areas where temp jobs are most plentiful.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:11:00 -0500

No longer is it enough to rely upon the leadership and managerial principles instilled upon you after initially arriving at your position years ago. Technology has changed, which means how you go about communicating and inspiring others has changed, as well.

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 11:00:00 -0500

Demand for cannabis-infused candy and other products is growing so quickly, this Seattle-based company can barely keep up.

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:15:00 -0500

As Esri is being recognized for its contributions to environmental conservation four decades into its life, the digital mapping pioneer serves as an object lesson in corporate reinvention.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:59:00 -0500

From spending the first five years of her life living in rural China separated from her parents to being the 24-year-old cofounder and CEO of a successful technology company, Nanxi Liu figured out early in life that luck is a numbers game.

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 15:27:00 -0500

What makes a manager weak, or strong? Liz Ryan explains, with seven signs to identify a weak manager who can't help you grow your flame!

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 13911 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.”