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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 04:20:00 -0500

After surging during the recession, college enrollment is down as high school graduates appear to be choosing work over school.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:33:00 -0500

Bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik is taking steps to set up a satellite system that would beam Bitcoin's block chain public ledger down to earth.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

How your startup uses language to shape the customer experience says a lot about what it believes in.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

Does the New York Knicks president's recent decision to fire the entire coaching staff show that leaders shouldn't be so obsessed with moment-to-moment results?

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500

At the launch of Tribeca Film Festival's Innovation Week, a panel of leaders in NYC talked about what excites them most right now. Answers ranged from a crowdfunded virtual reality headset to a new way to think about our own identities.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:30:00 -0500

A corporate consultant warns about the disastrous effects of overuse of a very common qualifier.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:23:00 -0500

Forget heavy night vision goggles. Scientists are developing a better, lighter way for soldiers to see in the dark.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

This setup grants tax advantages while enabling workers to receive valuable stock in the firm when they retire.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

For our Ask the Expert column, marketing guru Joanna Lord highlights the top tools she uses for social media.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:48:00 -0500

In 50 years' worth of innovation, much has changed. But in some ways, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:16:00 -0500

CrowdRise, a for-profit site founded by the 'Fight Club' star that fuses social networking with charitable activism, raised $23 million in its latest fundraising round.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:08:00 -0500

The New York Police Department got a little more than it bargained for on social media when Twitter users hijacked its #myNYPD campaign.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

If you wait till the last minute, the public offering will disrupt your business. And if that happens, what's the point?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:05:00 -0500

Analysts expect an unimpressive earnings report from Apple as consumers hold out for the new iPhone 6.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:57:00 -0500

While breakfast has been making headlines, there are other high-stakes areas where U.S. fast-food giants should be focused.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:35:00 -0500

Why? Bay Area rents are too damn high.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Before you can start the hard word of raising money for your mission, there are a few things you need to put in place to help guarantee your nonprofit's success.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:14:00 -0500

While many of us scramble to file on time and avoid penalties, an internal investigation has revealed that IRS workers who owed back taxes were actually given bonuses.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Our expert explains you must be compelling to be remembered.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Early-stage startups don't need a PR firm to get press. Instead, they need to roll up their sleeves, do the work and execute.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:30:00 -0500

If you're seeking employees with intense focus and attention to detail, consider a candidate with autism.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Providing incentives and learning to listen can help managers maximize a crowdsourced workforce.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0500

As a founder, you are going to see your fair share of twists and turns, with some making you want to throw in the towel. Here are seven books to read when you are feeling discouraged and need to feel inspired.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:15:00 -0500

The security feature on Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 was tricked. Here's how.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

When asked about the future of wearable technology, tech enthusiast Veronica Belmont says she is more excited about 'embeddable' tech. Here's why.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

In order to succeed in business you need to anticipate what your market will want or need before it’s completely obvious to all. Here's how.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:00:00 -0500

No matter how smart you are or how great you startup idea is, one big investor says the elevator-style pitch doesn't work. Here's why.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:30:00 -0500

This Scottish Razzamataz Theatre Schools franchisee used franchising to get into business young while learning from an organization's experience.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:37:00 -0500

Running your own business is stressful, tiring and risky. So, why bother? A new survey reveals some surprising insights.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:15:00 -0500

Did the mistake lie not with a faulty part but rather with how the entire company dealt with problems?

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:35:00 -0500

Cognitive, artificial intelligence is moving into e-commerce.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:32:00 -0500

Consumers must opt into the advertising initiative that adds weekly events to their electronic calendars via Apple, Microsoft, Google and Yahoo.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:28:00 -0500

A newly published paper says geo-tagged tweets can assist in the prediction of crime.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

Before you get too carried away with excitement, it’s important to slow down, take a deep breath and make sure that you’re actually ready to launch.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Explore these six ways to generate money from individuals and groups in order to make your non-profit organization a success.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:55:00 -0500

New York-based startup Casper is looking to bring some transparency -- as well as vertical integration -- to the $13 billion mattress industry.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

For those just jumping on the social-media bandwagon, here are a few tips on getting started.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500

When it comes to leadership, different employees take to different approaches. Having a cookie-cutter strategy can lead to disaster and in this case, losing top talent.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:41:00 -0500

The program, which could earn customers store credit, is part of a larger environmental stewardship campaign.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

In this video, tech expert Veronica Belmont shares some important business takeaways from the world of gaming.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:20:00 -0500

When Netflix raised its subscription prices two years ago, users rebelled. This time, the company is doing it differently.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:08:00 -0500

In a quarter that saw fast-food breakfast wars and the polar vortex, here's how McDonald's is measuring up to the competition.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

If entrepreneurs raise a round of capital the more than likely will face the angst-inducing conundrum of determining board structure. Here are a few pointers.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:18:00 -0500

The controversial streaming TV startup has battled broadcast goliaths before -- and won both times. Will it prevail again? Either way, Aereo's fate could forever change the way we watch TV.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

You might not have heard of this company before. But that might soon change. It’s using guerilla-style marketing to aggressively get the word out about its forthcoming Android-based smartphone.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:56:00 -0500

Looking to bolster your LinkedIn profile? You can now add photos from your phone.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:55:00 -0500

As the SEC works on final regulations for equity-based crowdfunding, one of the pervasive fears has been that non-professional investors will be swindled by fraudsters. But is there really reason to worry?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Fail. Hope. Repeat. How a few simple steps can help you spring back if your startup fails.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Make sure your business capitalizes as users start to check out on Fridays.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:54:00 -0500

Tony Lutfi started his career in franchising as a cook at Jack in the Box. Now he owns 21 restaurants – plus five other brands.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

A subtle but important trait of the most successful entrepreneurs is the ability to manage uncertainty and strategically problem solve.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

The root of behavior change and building better habits is your identity. If you change the type of person that you believe that you are, then it’s easier to change your actions.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

If you want to success in business, a daily workout should be considered a must.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:42:00 -0500

Shucks. 'Streetlamp of-the-sea' didn’t make the final cut. What did? We know you're dying to know the lucky newby's winning web name, so come find out.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:38:00 -0500

Tom Preston-Werner's departure comes a month after an employee publicly stated that she was harassed by members of GitHub's leadership team.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 04:12:00 -0500

Get ready to see more photos that are relevant to your interests.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:30:00 -0500

Competition for all-star sales reps has never been fiercer. Adopt a winning strategy to build your team.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:30:00 -0500

There's a reason why kids eat their vegetables, and you can apply it to business.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

Decide that you desire to achieve your goals (and build a startup) more than you're afraid of the obstacles.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:45:00 -0500

The sportswear company is shifting its focus from hardware to software.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

There is no magic equation between taking control and leaving it up to a higher presence.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

From 'You've Got Mail' to 'Office Space,' modern technology would have altered -- if not outright killed -- the plot of these films.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

Why reinvent the wheel when you can take what’s worked for others and apply those principles directly to your business?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:38:00 -0500

E-reader company Oyster has released a classic business best seller in a new pulsating format created by startup Spritz.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:30:00 -0500

Access to capital can pose a challenge ot many a new business. Make sure you obtain financing from legitimate sources.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:23:00 -0500

You've got to bring in the money if you want to achieve your mission. Here are five financial sources you should consider.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:59:00 -0500

Bowing to customer outrage, the food giant has done an about-face on its terms of service.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

In this video, tech expert Veronica Belmont discusses the one thing business owners need to do better when it comes to technology.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:07:00 -0500

Silicon Valley's biggest tech rivals are seriously upping their game in the mobile gaming battle. Here's how.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:30:00 -0500

The first hires for any startup are the most important. Here's what to look for.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:26:00 -0500

The billionaire has announced plans for a 240-room hotel in trendy Nashville, Tenn., following additional slated properties in Chicago and New York.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:07:00 -0500

You may be able to order pouches of powdered vodka, Cosmopolitans and 'Powderitas' as soon as this fall.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0500

The popular Entrepreneur.com contributor will talk about confidence, founding a startup around your passion and growing that business so that you can live the type of life you've always wanted.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:45:00 -0500

Hate writing? You're not alone. Here are top tips from writing professionals on how to break through the paralysis and start to put words on the page.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:27:00 -0500

The mobile-payments company founded by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has reportedly been talking to suitors about selling itself.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Becoming an entrepreneur is a process.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:30:00 -0500

For entrepreneurs, hiring is an essential function for their startup. A bad hire can lead to major headaches, while an amazing addition can help propel a company to the next level.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:00:00 -0500

As one company 'breaks up' with the social-media company, some tips for how your page can stay relevant and in front of your customers.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Twitter is a great way for your business to share news, engage with customers and attract new ones. While it takes a bit of work to gain a large following, the payoff is huge.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500

While business owners call in SEO experts, ask their friends for freelance referrals and even search through the latest content-dating sites, finding quality writers to produce content may just be right under their nose.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Even though a reported 80 percent of all U.S. enterprises are family run, doesn't mean it is easy. Here are a few pointers on how to get along (and be successful).

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:30:00 -0500

After nine years in the military, Tai Jeffries refuses to settle for anything less than her male counterparts as a cleaning franchisee.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:15:00 -0500

Procrastination may be hereditary, but that doesn't get you off the hook: It's still possible to develop better habits and change your behavior.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Seeking out top-notch young employees often leaves business owners feeling disillusioned.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

While both genders are hooked on social media and mobile devices, they prefer to use the technology differently. Here's what organizations need to know.

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

A corporate nomad explains her discovery of ways to absorb the amazing places in her travels while still accomplishing her business goals.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

A roundup of some of the Apple co-founder's thought-provoking words, collected from various interviews and speeches.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:30:00 -0500

Oakland A's second baseman Eric Sogard discusses how he manages his finances, so he can make smart future investments.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:00:00 -0500

Robin Chase says that to make positive change on a large scale, social entrepreneurs need to make sure they are first and foremost catering to the needs of their customer.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:30:00 -0500

A new generation of corporate buyers is seeking ways to evaluate enterprise technology in the same way that shoppers tap Yelp for insight about consumer products.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500

Trying to pick the best option as you move through the startup paces? Gain insights from someone who's been through both types of programs.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 03:00:00 -0500

Adoption of better safeguards in the physical world will drive criminals to electronic theft, argues payments validation entrepreneur.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:18:00 -0500

You’ve probably seen that viral video claiming moms have the toughest job in the world. Now, men are getting their time in the limelight with a parody video by Bud Light.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:00:00 -0500

With consumers' attention span shrinking by the second, companies need to think quickly. One solution is micro-content.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:30:00 -0500

Increases in staffing at a growing company can pose a challenge when juggling the wide swings in client workload.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:29:00 -0500

Olle Lundberg, founder of Lundberg Design and the man behind Twitter's birdhouse-themed San Francisco headquarters, shares tips for improving office productivity and morale.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:23:00 -0500

Fast-food chains have been trying to one-up each other with wacky offerings like the Waffle Taco and Chicken Corsage. Here are some of the weirdest items on the menu.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0500

If you hit it right, antique toys can be a highly valued part of your investment portfolio.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:49:00 -0500

Mothers are some of the most engaged people on Facebook, so make sure your business has a Mother’s Day campaign ready.

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:28:00 -0500

If you're not sure where to locate your business, these tips can help you decide whether to start at home or rent commercial space.

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:04:00 -0500

If you’re interviewing with a company that is in the least bit reputable, that hiring manager is going to Google your name.  Now, unless your name is Marie Smith, the good news is that you can indirectly communicate with them via the web and ace your interview before you even walk in the door.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:12:00 -0500

Talk about burying the lede.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:02:00 -0500

Adam Steinbaugh's full time time job is working as a law clerk for a solo practitioner in Los Angeles. What he's passionate about is his weird side hobby: revenge porn vigilantism. Over the last two years, he has spent hundreds of hours tracking down the identities of the people-- who inevitably turn out to be men -- running "revenge porn websites," where naked photos meant for just one loved one are put on public exhibition, often exposing the person's name, contact information and Facebook profile along with their private parts. On his blog, Steinbaugh has helped expose the "white-hat hacker"/porn actor behind Texxxan, the dubious dynamic duo running YouGotPosted, and the Oklahoman drummer operating WinByState; he is currently hunting down the owners of other such sites, many with names that I can't print here at Forbes.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:16:00 -0500

“It’s not what you know, but whom you know.”



Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:12:00 -0500

Many have been frustrated by the current economic recovery. While Washington continues to say the economy is moving forward, many see and feel differently in their day-to-day lives. Granted the unemployment rate has fallen over the last several quarters, but that has as much if not more to do with people dropping out of the labor force than the number of new jobs being created. One data point that I watch closely is the Gallup’s payroll to population ratio - it has been below 50% for some time and the March reading of 42.7% flies in the face of the “official” unemployment rate. Other data points to a growing use of social media by job seekers to find employment. The Society for Human Resource Management recently shared that more than 75% of companies use social networking sites to recruit job candidate, with recruiters often going beyond sites like to Twitter (TWTR), Facebook and others. The report goes on to show that 66% of recruiters use Facebook for discovering talent, and 54% of recruiters turn to Twitter when vetting candidates.

Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:20:00 -0500

If you work for Amazon, Jeff Bezos will pay you a bonus of up to $5,000.  Generous, right?  And what do you have to do to get the bonus?

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:06:00 -0500

“It is impossible to overlook the extent to which civilization is built upon a renunciation of instinct,” Sigmund Freud said.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:56:00 -0500

This article is by Katharine B. Nielson, the chief education officer at Voxy, a language-learning company based in New York City.

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:02:00 -0500

1. Don’t change the two most important people in the organisation at the same time

Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:24:00 -0500

Workplace uncertainty has created a survival of the fittest mentality where people are being forced to look after themselves, with the hopes of finding a leader who can be a mentor they can trust and that guides them rightly. Employees are inspired by leaders who provide them with their wisdom and access to resources; that open new doors of opportunity and connect them to meaningful relationships to help them achieve career success.  Employees want leaders who have their backs and best interests at heart.   Twenty-first century leadership requires new skills that tap into your natural characteristics and an elevated awareness of employee strengths and capabilities. Enabling their authentic engagement and earning their trust and loyalty keeps  people motivated, focused and productive.   , especially when you consider that leaders must adapt to behavioral nuances from a more diverse, multi-generational and cross-cultural talent pool that demands specific attention to boost their full potential.    Every leader must be a change agent or face extinction.

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 11784 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.”