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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

Startups that thrive manage to eke out the first profits that convince investors to put in the money that grows the company.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

The wealthiest companies work hard to know where every dime goes. Startups literally cannot afford to do less.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Filling key roles in your company is both crucially important and a distraction. It's important to know what you can delegate and what you can't.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

The best venture investors may be the ones who can currently empathize with your status as a startup.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Don't just blame the Millennials. The struggle between the status quo and young up-and-comers is ageless, and important.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

A group of franchisees are accusing the convenience chain of trying to make a profit by systematically forcing South Asian immigrant franchisees out.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

The more information you can get on your competitor's website and online marketing efforts, the better.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

After 30 years in the corporate world, Skip Wyatt decided it was time to create jobs instead of finding ways to eliminate them.

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Analyzing customer data is just more proof of what we've always known. Actions really do speak louder than words

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:00:00 -0500

Chick-fil-A and Chipotle are two of the hottest brands in food right now. Here's how they're cashing in on travelers' tastes.

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

It turns out, products don't sell themselves, and customers enjoy interacting with people.

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

Meals and entertainment expenses can save on your taxes but you need to see it the way the IRS sees it.

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

Happy employees and great prices lead to devoted customers, or so the theory goes. A New England supermarket chain may sacrifice all this in a battle of cousins.

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

Make your client-support process a win for all involved, not excluding those answering the phones.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:47:00 -0500

Earlier this year, the toy company launched Lego Ideas, a strategy to crowdsource new designs.

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

How do competitors deliver top performance when so much is riding on a single movement?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0500

If you like to read for escape, read these books to escape to the next level.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:45:00 -0500

The location-based social networking platform continues its rebranding efforts with a new logo.

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

There’s one thing worse than watching an entrepreneur crumble under a fatal barrage of questions.

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

There are many moral and ethical questions business owners face on a regular basis. Is there a right way to do things?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:30:00 -0500

Facebook matters less as other social media platforms gain currency but it is still worth your effort, even if you need to pay for ads.

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

To generate revenue, you need customers to buy your products or utilize your services. Here's how to get started on the way to a cost-effective plan.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Turning business processes into games -- the idea behind the trendy buzzword “gamification” -- encourages frequent participation and makes mundane tasks entertaining.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:45:00 -0500

Technology execs gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities of this growing industry.

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

Reading the fine-print is important, but big picture items -- and a little humor -- go a long way.

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

Managing the risk properly is the challenge. Use the right intelligence to make your moves.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

Not all investors are created equal. Here are some tips on finding the best investor for your startup and its needs.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

Foster new relationships abroad by building trust and minding important social cues.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:10:00 -0500

Perhaps your greatest creative ideas will happen away from the keyboard, pen in hand.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

We're not talking about illegal practices, like email span, but rather strategies that fall under the gray areas of marketing etiquette.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Are you the total package? Work to create the best version of you.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

The steps you must take to turn a side hustle into a full-fledged business.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

Officials believe the American-owned food supplier in China purposefully sold expired chicken to chains including McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

These three tips can keep staff empowered and engaged – without micromanaging.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

You weren't afraid of risk when you launched your business, now take the risk of trusting your team to help you grow it.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

Consumers can choose from an endless list of good products. They are loyal to brands as open about their values as their ingredients.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:08:00 -0500

After 10 years in the Marines and a bout with leukemia, this franchisee decided she wanted to be an entrepreneur.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

Sure, mobile banking apps let you track your cash on the go, but they can also help you protect it, too. Here's how. It's easier than you might think.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

There’s no traffic on the extra mile.

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

With so much of our work now being done at computers, music has become an important way to 'optimize the boring.' Here's how to do it right.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

With many unsatisfied with the current setup for giving feedback, find out how software can step into the breach.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Why events focused on the creative arts may be a more effective way to meet other innovators, find inspiration and reconnect with your entrepreneurial soul.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Domino's ad for Specialty Chicken features a reference to a failed cookie pizza just as Pizza Hut rolled out a cookie pizza of its own.

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

Websites don't always require costly features, gimmicks or tricks to scale. Often it just comes down to good content.

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

Shared experiences and live interactions can build a bond that lasts, creating a customer for the long run.

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

After completing his challenge of taking 30 courses in 30 days, a businessman shares his insights.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

An author hawking his books in the park provides some examples for strategies that can easily be adapted for your business.

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

More devices are expected to be connected at the end of the decade. Router-maker Belkin recently launched a new product line to get an early start.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:45:00 -0500

The consumer tech giant beat on profit and missed on revenue in the third quarter.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:30:00 -0500

Those "cult'' brands that sell without apparent effort share some basics, regardless of product or market.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:21:39 -0500

The retailer will launch a line of head-to-toe outfits "best suited for different professions," including 'The Corporate Guy,' 'The Creative Guy,' and yes, 'The Startup Guy.'

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

The founder of startup Fusio-io used a technique that is critical to every entrepreneur in the world but seldom mastered.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:50:00 -0500

The mobile ad and analytics company is one of Yahoo's most expensive acquisition to date under CEO Marissa Mayer.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:00 -0500

Two courts disagree on whether the Internal Revenue Service can provide subsidies to those purchasing health insurance on the federal health insurance exchange.

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

Entrepreneurs seeking to market to educators would benefit from understanding how new apps and tools align with schools’ day-to-day needs.

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

Learn how to make your message stand out in the crowd by being fresh, relevant and interesting, and sharing and engaging with fellow community members.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:33:00 -0500

There are several important factors to consider before you license your invention. Here's a handy overview to help you out.

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

Effective sales teams are the product of the culture within the team, across the company and including customers.

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

Using content is cheaper and more effective than traditional advertising. Here are three things your strategy should entail.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:32:21 -0500

In this drawing, Apple's image for a smartwatch looks similar to other devices that are already out.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:30:00 -0500

Tolerating interruptions is not the hallmark of a successful business leader.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:00 -0500

The venture signals that YouTube stars with palpable buzz and inbuilt fan bases have become increasingly enticing to the world’s biggest music corporations.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:00 -0500

These franchise founders are turning oddball menu offerings into serious business.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:55:00 -0500

Eighty-five investors can now say they own part of The Hard Rock Hotel in downtown Palm Springs, Calif.

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

In the world of startups, entrepreneurs have very little time. To help organize tasks and responsibilities, consider these tips.

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

Do the following traits, characteristics and quirks describe you?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:30:00 -0500

Setting an ambitious goal at your company can act as a magnet to the best employees, who will want to stick around to see it through.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:15:00 -0500

Legal battles with franchisees, expired meat and another disappointing quarterly report: it's already been a hard week for McDonald's.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

One of the top issues for business owners is finding time, so technology solutions are needed to ease the burden.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500

How asking ‘why’ can help you lock up the sale.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0500

You design your environment, and how you do so says as much about you, your passion, commitment and leadership style as it does about your company culture.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0500

Apoorva Mehta’s company, the grocery delivery service Instacart, just raised $44 million and is expanding rapidly.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:30:00 -0500

To win at poker, consistently make the right bets on the right cards. Winning in business -- and in life -- is exactly the same.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:00 -0500

You don't need a massive budget to create high-quality commercial-like videos. You just need an iPhone and a few tips.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:30:00 -0500

Twitter can be a great way to connect with new personal and business contacts. Here are the ways I use the social network to my benefit.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 -0500

When starting up, it's OK if you don't know what you're doing some of the time. Here's why you should always keep an open mind and keep learning.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Jim Koch has had the same title for the last three decades, but he's as excited as ever to go to work each day. Here's why.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:30:00 -0500

Devang and Chaitali Kothari didn't realize that the biggest challenge in franchising would be learning to be good managers.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

It's not always possible to bring a valued partner along to a presentation but it can better the odds at success.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0500

Costumers judge your site first by how it looks and performs, then content.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0500

Shun haphazard management, break the inertia of old habits and set up the dynamics for success.

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

A CEO who can't turn off that business persona for the nonwork parts of life may encounter a bountiful set of serious problems.

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

That feeling of being unfettered on the Internet is an illusion but some basic legal documents will make it virtually real.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:30:00 -0500

Those college kids running errands, unburdened by your senior staff's decades of experience, can’t help but have a fresh perspective.

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

The impulse may be to rush to market, but taking the time to understand your potential customers will go a long way.

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

Zero hour contracts, already common in UK and Europe, are likely to catch on in the US.

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

It's a vulgar, panicky and needy habit.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:19:00 -0500

Hasbro and the online marketplace Shapeways said their team-up marks the first time that a major global company has opened up its intellectual property for fan-made products.

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

Here are five must-read books that show what entrepreneurial success really takes, and how we can apply the principles of the best to our business.

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

Sharpen your game as customers are becoming more knowledgeable and higher-quality goods are being sold online.

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

Big Data offers tantalizing opportunities that can be seized with the right tools and culture.

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

The stamina and values of veterans are major assets for every employer. Helping them make the transition from military life to civilian employment is the right thing to do.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:28:00 -0500

Your pooch may finally be able to contribute to household expenses if it snags this highly paw-veted position.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:00:00 -0500

The unblinking vigilance required to protect data systems is creating opportunity for job seekers and entrepreneurs.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:36:00 -0500

A supplier to the fast-food chains in China has been accused of using expired meat and allowing unhygienic practices.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:30:00 -0500

The difference between success and failure often comes down to these actions.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:23:00 -0500

After taking a leap of faith 22 years ago, Susan and Dan Manwaring have opened 14 Batteries Plus Bulbs stores.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:19:00 -0500

Speaking at a business conference in Paraguay, Mexican telecommunications billionaire Carlos Slim called for a 'radical overhaul' of the traditional workweek paradigm.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:11:00 -0500

Turns out, America's airline companies have the world's most uncomfortable seats. Yay.

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:00:00 -0500

A worker group is filing charges against franchisees and McDonald's as a joint employer, setting a precedent that could have broad ripple effects.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:35:00 -0500

Would it surprise you to learn that some experts believe + is on its way out, that MySpace is making a last-ditch attempt to re-engage users, or that Foursquare is in the middle of a radical overhaul?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:04:00 -0500

It's a fairly standard condemnation of the business practices of WalMart that it pays low wages to its associates, what in other companies we tend to call employees. It's certainly true that WalMart pays low wages by the standards of, say, the computing industry, or the joys of government work. But that's not actually how we should be measuring whether WalMart's wages are high or low. The correct method would be, well, what would wages be in retail in the absence of WalMart? And there's an intriguing little paper that looks at this question. Not exactly, as it's not looking at WalMart as a specific company, rather it's looking at the effect of big retail on wages in the retail sector. Given that WalMart is very definitely big retail we can take this paper as being a useful proxy for the effect of the firm. And the result is most interesting: With malls, franchise strips and big-box retailers increasingly dotting the landscape, there is concern that middle-class jobs in manufacturing in the U.S. are being replaced by minimum wage jobs in retail. Retail jobs have spread, while manufacturing jobs have shrunk in number. In this paper, we characterize the wages that have accompanied the growth in retail. We show that wage rates in the retail sector rise markedly with firm size and with establishment size. These increases are halved when we control for worker fixed effects, suggesting that there is sorting of better workers into larger firms. Also, higher ability workers get promoted to the position of manager, which is associated with higher pay. We conclude that the growth in modern retail, characterized by larger chains of larger establishments with more levels of hierarchy, is raising wage rates relative to traditional mom-and-pop retail stores. Don't you think that's an interesting result? That pay at Big Box and chain retail is higher than it is in the Mom and Pop stores that they largely replace?

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:52:00 -0500

How long do recruiters look at resumes? I’ve heard anywhere from six seconds to 15—and whatever it is, it’s definitely less than a minute. In fact, recruiter Gary Nelson thinks to really catch a hiring manager’s eye, your resume needs to not just pass the six-second test, but the blink test. In other words, it needs to grab a recruiter’s attention nearly instantly.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:57:00 -0500

The U.S. economic recovery has been an uneven one. Overall, the recent numbers look great. The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs in June. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, the lowest it has been since the financial crisis peaked in the fall of 2008. A total of 1.4 million jobs were added in the past six months, which marks the best showing since 2006. The stock market has continued its meteoric rise, with the Dow Jones topping 17,000 for the first time on the news.

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:56:00 -0500

Florida’s economy experienced a tremendous surge during the first half of the 2000s when home prices jumped 120% between 2000 and 2006. The gains fueled more construction and speculative buying, while the unemployment rate for the state stood at a scant 3.3% throughout most of 2006. But when the financial crisis hit, Florida was smacked as hard as any state in the nation. Home prices plummeted, foreclosures soared and unemployment peaked at 11.4% for the state.

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

As we go through our day, we often need to give ourselves little pep talks in order to execute mentally taxing tasks at work, work up the gumption to make a request (such as for a raise), and encourage ourselves to stick with our budgets so we can afford that upcoming vacation to Buenos Aires.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:49:00 -0500

When the going gets tough, what keeps a true leader going?

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:57:00 -0500

In my last posting, I laid out three reasons for why large companies should out-innovate start-ups to capture the disruptive opportunities that are being enabled by a perfect storm of technological innovations. In this post, I offer eight rules for how they can do so.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:55:00 -0500

As we get older, our doctors seem to get younger. Doctors that used to seem like wise elder sages now look like kids you would hire to mow your lawn. Yet, we continue to place profound trust in even the youngest doctors. We know they studied hard and achieved academically, went through on-the-job apprenticeships, and earned the requisite certifications. These tough credentials are why we allow white-coated strangers to cut us open in the OR or prescribe a drug for our child.

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:19:00 -0500

Breakdowns in customer service are unavoidable. An ice storm forces you to miss a customer’s shipping deadline. A waiter drops a tray in a customer’s lap. [I confess to this one personally, back in my brief and colorful career as a waiter.]  A computer system goes down. A key person walks out on you with no notice—on the only day you couldn’t possibly arrange coverage.

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Chaldean Catholic Bishop Asks the West, Are We Making Good Use of Our Freedom?
By Guest Reporter :: Sunday, April 22, 2012 :: 15556 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Chaldean Churches

The situation in Iran and the challenge issued by this courageous Chaldean Bishop should cause us to pause and think as we enter into these Holy Days. This Bishop is correct; a culture without God has no future. He also asks us the right question, what are we doing with our freedoms? Pope Benedict reminds us that "A missionary Church known for proclaiming her message to all peoples must necessarily work for the freedom of the faith. She desires to transmit the gift of the truth that exists for one and all."

 

 
Chaldean Catholic Bishop Ramzi Garmou
 Chaldean Catholic Bishop
Ramzi Garmou

CHESAPEAKE,VA  (Catholic Online) - I recently read a report from Aid to the Church in Need, a Catholic Charity under the guidance of the Holy Father  with a special mission to "help suffering and persecuted faithful worldwide. It was an  interview with the Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Tehran, Ramzi Garmou. He gave the charity a message for  Christians of the West, "Be aware of the value of the freedom that you enjoy."

Here is another excerpt from the report.It can be read in full here.

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"He then challenged Western Christians to "make good use of their freedom," asking, "How do you use it in your countries?" He emphasized that they must not become "the slaves of a culture that seeks to drive God out of people's hearts," but rather that they should use their freedom to "propagate respect for human life." A culture without God leads to "death" and has "no future," he said.

"Christians in Iran only represent a small minority, yet "their vitality does not depend on their numbers but on the quality of their faith and their living witness." In their "day-to-day dialogue" with the Muslims, the Christians in Iran "give authentic witness to the values of the Gospels," he continued.

"The substantial emigration of Christians from Iran for political, economic and religious reasons represents a challenge, but Bishop Garmou emphasized that the Christian community in Iran does not let itself become discouraged. "Although we are our mothers' children, in truth we were sent to this country by God."

"He continued by saying that it is often forgotten today that the suffering endured for the Church is the "source of the life of the Church." He went on to say that such trials lead to the renewal and strengthening of the Church. Up to 99 percent of the population of the Islamic Republic of Iran is Muslim. Conversions from Islam are forbidden and punishable by death."

"Christians represent a minority of some 80,000, three-quarters of whom are Armenian Orthodox. The 20,000 Catholics living in Iran belong to three different Rites. They are permitted to practice their religion within their congregations at their places of worship, but they are not allowed to profess their faith openly, and missionary activity is forbidden."

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Under the heroic leadership of the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, Timothy Dolan, we are standing against the growing encroachments against the fundamental right to Religious Liberty in our own country.

The most recent example is the HHS mandate which seeks to compel our institutions, through the use of the Police Power of the State, to offer contraception, abortion inducing drugs and pay for sterilization.

There is a silver lining in the cloud. This HHS Edict has given rise to a tide of resistance.We have found one another and we are standing together in a movement of solidarity and citizen action. Every single Catholic Bishop in the United States is in opposition to this egregious mandate.

We are also properly using the Courts.The Becket Fund and other good lawyers and law firms have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of numerous Catholic apostolates. On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the attorneys general from Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Florida and Texas filed lawsuits opposing the unconstitutional mandate and the numbers are increasing almost daily.

There is a legislative response underway. The Respect for Rights of Conscience Act was introduced in Congress (H.R. 1179, S. 1467).  It would ensure that all who participate in the health care system "retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions." It has not yet been passed - but the efforts continue.

The situation in Iran and the challenge issued by this courageous Chaldean Bishop should cause us to pause and think as we enter into these Holy Days. This Bishop is correct; a culture without God has no future. He also asks us the right question, what are we doing with our freedoms?

In May of 2011, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences gathered in Rome for its 17th annual plenary session. Its theme was "Universal Rights in a World of Diversity - The Case of Religious Freedom". The gathering reflected the deep concerns the Holy See has over growing threats to the fundamental human right to Religious Freedom. Pope Benedict XVI is a Champion of Religious Liberty.

Pope Benedict XVI told the Pontifical Academy, "Since man enjoys the capacity for a free personal ...

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