Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Top Entrepreneur News

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Success is never guaranteed in online marketing but avoiding these common errors makes it much likelier.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The tech giant has broken its silence regarding its probe into the mass leak of naked celebrity images by cyber criminals. Here are the latest developments.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Have productive discussions to create the most purposeful goals at work and the rest of your life.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0500

For HR, the promise of wearable technology offers huge possibilities, particularly for recruiting and hiring.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:45:00 -0500

Joint ventures always make sense on paper but not so much when we flawed humans are actually running things.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Follow these eight steps to prompt (older) employees, colleagues and business associates to respect and value your input and actions.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:15:00 -0500

Eating into your profits is an endless game that usually ends with you losing. Create value by framing your business as the superior option.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Singular titles can play a part in highlighting a unique corporate culture. This can help companies find the right people and vice versa.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:56:00 -0500

The unreleased OS was mistakenly mentioned in an online post by Microsoft’s Chinese division.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:42:00 -0500

The automobile company is reportedly installing monitoring devices in its cars to ensure drivers keep their eyes on the road.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Bad attitudes in the workplace can spread like wildfire. Here's how to stamp them out.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:17:00 -0500

Following the tragedies of Flight 370 and Flight 17, Malaysia Airlines rolled out -- and then promptly scrapped -- a contest asking consumers to describe their bucket lists.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:15:00 -0500

In the startup world, recruiting is a battlefield. Here is where startups have an advantage over brand-name competitors

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

People visit your website looking for what you offer. Making them feel welcome is step one to earning loyal new customers.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Mindfulness may sound like the latest buzzword, but the centuries-old notion of enjoying the present moment is more than trendy philosophy. In practice it can do wonders to enhance productivity and happiness in the workplace.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Hiring employees who understand and exemplify corporate values serves to reinforce the organization's mission and vision and create a tighter team.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500

No one knew daring people to dump cold water on each other would go viral, so don't be afraid to try your crazy marketing idea.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:15:00 -0500

Here’s the roadmap a data company uses when advising their customers how to utilize their numbers.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:12:00 -0500

How an unknown hacker reportedly broke into dozens of celebrities' iCloud accounts and snatched naked images of them, plus how you can protect your iCloud account.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0500

To be able to provide all the right services for your hair salon and day spa, here's who you'll need to bring on board to help.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Success isn’t dependent on some X-factor or trick, but on consistency, connection and a little creativity.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0500

Entrepreneurs are full of lessons and advice, making them ideal candidates to write a book.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:10:00 -0500

The San Francisco-based ride-hailing app will face fees of $328,000 each time it operates in the fast-growing European market.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Don’t repeat these common mistakes as you venture into e-commerce.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:56:00 -0500

Publicity stunt du jour, part II.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:45:00 -0500

How and what the leader communicates is the most significant factor shaping how a company is perceived.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:41:00 -0500

Fast-food workers are planning a strike this week that could be the largest yet as the responsibilities of franchisors and franchisees continue to be battled in court.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Great entrepreneurs understand that great ideas can often come from really bad ones.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:20:00 -0500

While minimally-appointed office spaces are typically thought to be the most productive, a new study suggests that ornamentation -- via greenery -- can enhance efficiency.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Pop-up meal company Dinner Lab owes its blockbuster success to its savvy analysis of information from its consumers.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Here’s how to use the scientific method to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:49:00 -0500

The feature, which was announced earlier this summer, has quietly launched.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:00 -0500

To be successful in today’s online marketplace, web stores need to focus on delivering the full customer experience.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0500

Examine the opportunities skeptically, but when you're convinced you've found a winner, get on board with any job you can.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Think of it as a way to connect with your audience's audience.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Ramona Streit became a home care franchisee eight years ago. Here's how she made her decision and what she has learned along the way.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:30:00 -0500

You only get one shot at a first impression. Here are some ways to sell yourself.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

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

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:45:00 -0500

Customer service comes down to answering two very simple questions.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Millennials? So yesterday. In the next year, companies will focus their attention on recruiting the next generation.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Starting a business with your significant other can make a lot of sense, until it doesn't. Consider these pros and cons before jumping in.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:45:00 -0500

Stop thinking 'close the deal' and start thinking 'begin the relationship.'

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Despite challenges, wearables are starting to gain traction. But when will they have mainstream appeal?

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

There is no need to ask for a raise when you increase the value of what you have to offer.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:30:00 -0500

When she was 16, Dulce Luevano was making $5.15 working at CiCi's Pizza. Now, she owns her own shop.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Passion for her product drove Sanden Andrews to open up four Smoothie King shops.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Grill-cleaning can make for a grate opportunity for franchisees.

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

As a 21-year-old business novice, Lauren Morenz found meaning in her job as a Fetch! Pet Care franchisee.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

College doesn't cut it.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Andrew Wilson hasn't let the fact that he’s spent five of the last 10 years deployed slow him down as a franchisee.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500

For this franchisee, franchising allowed her to serve others – and find the love of her life.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Working hard? Find the ultimate in relaxation at your home away from home with the help of these luxe services.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Imagination Yoga uses storytelling to encourage kids to move through a series of yoga positions.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

More and more older Americans are heading back to school. Here's why.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

One family discovered surprising savings in money and stress when they shed their second car in favor of ridesharing services and public transportation.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

Google, Amazon and Uber are all testing delivery services.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Employees who use more vacation days end up with better performance reviews, according to a recent study.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Traffic lights for toilet stalls cuts down on bathroom wait times at concerts, stadiums and other venues.

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Gain credibility and give your business a boost by putting your experiences on paper.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Consumers have little patience when shopping online but no business is too small to afford a high performance site.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

If infographics blew up because they caught people’s attention where a boring report wouldn't, interactives are blowing up because they catch people’s attention -- and hold it.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

When employees believe in the brand, the company prospers.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

A coach shares his lessons from the basketball court, noting that the failure quotient is more important than IQ.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:00:00 -0500

Startups that hire well-known industry insiders sometimes find they create bigger problems with their egos than they solve with their expertise.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:30:00 -0500

Millennials who are new to management roles can follow these three tips to achieve better outcomes.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:03:00 -0500

The 120-year-old company unveiled a new logo today, much to the amusement (and disgust) of commenters on social media.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:00:00 -0500

Set up processes that build trust, accountability and communication to reap the benefits of having a remote operation.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:30:00 -0500

The first year of a startup can be a brutal time for an entrepreneur. Here are a few lessons on how to survive the first 12 months.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0500

Research shows that businesses of all sizes would be wise to include leadership from all walks of life.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:48:00 -0500

Here's a statistical breakdown of all of the completed campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter as of early August.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:41:00 -0500

From grill-scrubbing robots to flamethrower-like fire starters, these hot gadgets can fire up your grilling game.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:41:00 -0500

As the coffee market heats up, Dunkin' Donuts is finally serving up dark-roast brew.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Should you stay or should you go? Here's how to tell whether you should keep working with that client.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Treat every potential client as you would someone who you hope will give you a second date.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:00 -0500

This CEO explains the one quality that he believes entrepreneurs need to study and master for success.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:30:00 -0500

These seven practices can enhance the benefits of community in an informal office space.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:27:00 -0500

Days prior to taking office, Emmanuel Macron suggested that unions should vote on certain 'exceptions' to a long-running and controversial French law.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:09:00 -0500

If they succeed, the non-profit could use the registration to block other charities from capitalizing on the viral campaign.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0500

Where the gap between the digital and the real starts to blur.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:36:00 -0500

The California Supreme Court ruled that Domino's could not be held liable as an employer in an employee's sexual harassment case.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Starting a business requires a mentality that enjoys a mix of activities that include leadership, decision-making and problem solving.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

This veteran explains the importance of creating a roadmap -- and delivering on it.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Don't lose hope when challenging projects seem to drag on. Use these tips to stay on track.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:51:00 -0500

The tech giant recently completed test flights in Australia with a drone that hovers like a helicopter and flies like a plane.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Don't let your guard down when planning a getaway. Consider these tips to stay safe from criminals and online threats.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0500

There is a massive problem of companies not pursuing customer inquiries right away, which is a huge opportunity for you.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:30:00 -0500

The hardest part about being an entrepreneur isn’t coming up with the next genius idea, it's getting it out there.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:13:00 -0500

After leading Rovio Entertainment for five years, Mikael Hed is stepping down as chief executive.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

While many young techies are spending their money on nightlife, others are taking it a step further, by buying their own stake in restaurants and bars.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Before your kick-off your holiday weekend, check out the news business owners need to know.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Blogging has become the world's most crowded and competitive non-profession. The vast majority make peanuts and have close to zero market share.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500

Photos apparently outperform all other types of content on Google's social network.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Follow these tips to introduce movement into your otherwise sedentary day at the desk.

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:00 -0500

A huge majority of employees report being disengaged, mostly because they are ignored. Motivating them is often as simple as listening.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:00:00 -0500

The power of mobile marketing to attract and retain customers turns against entrepreneurs who forget there is a person receiving that message.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:30:00 -0500

Add these business titles to your book bag to get your thinking off the beaten path.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:00:00 -0500

There are five interesting parallels between these two worlds that can help your staff close deals.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:30:00 -0500

They're young and already changing the status quo. Discover and follow these four young entrepreneurs as they rise up.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:00 -0500

Using software to develop leads can be effective, but keep four things in mind when forming a strategy.

Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:30:00 -0500

The influence of a single customer's opinion will continue to grow in sync with the pervasiveness of social media.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:11:00 -0500

From the inspired to the inappropriate, these job seekers made a lasting impression on their interviewer.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Nintendo has just unveiled a new schedule of sorts for the Wii U, one with twenty new games spanning 2014 and 2015, but only one solid release date between them. Hyrule Warriors, with its (hopefully) firm September 26th premiere kicks off the parade that ends 2014 with a holiday release of [...]

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:59:00 -0500

Genetic and epidemiological evidence from WHO officially confirms that the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo is unrelated to that ravaging west Africa.

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:02:00 -0500

This concept and the visual was taken from my new book which came out today called, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization. One of the things I have been writing about and have tried to make clear over the past few months is [...]

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:20:00 -0500

Journalists proclaiming the end of 'gamers' are wrong, but so are gamers. Everyone is wrong and here's why.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:05:00 -0500

As most of you probably know, someone somewhere dumped a deluge of purported nude photographs of a number of female celebrities online yesterday. The victims include the likes of Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Krysten Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, and Teresa Palmer. But the focal [...]

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:44:00 -0500

Within hours of the breach today, Twitter announced that it is suspending accounts that share the celebrity nude photos; do you really think that you will get the same treatment?

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:56:00 -0500

This post isn’t about a particular piece of technology, but in the technology publishing scene, this news is just as relevant as Intel releasing a new processor architecture or NVIDIA launching a brand new GPU. One of the titans of the technology press industry has announced his prompt retirement, at [...]

Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:28:00 -0500

There’s an interesting gender paradox in innovation.  When we think of product innovation, we tend to think of nerdy male engineers tinkering in a garage.  It’s a stereotype that goes all the way back to the early days of Hewlett and Packard. When we think of strong innovation ecosystems, however, we [...]

Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 -0500

Can a multi-level marketing or network marketing business be the solution to the retirement savings crisis and help people make a successful transition into their retirement year? The answer will surprise you

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Depressing Michigan Economy Driving Alcohol Sales
By David Najor :: Sunday, February 15, 2009 :: 12812 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.”