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SBA, AARP team to help boomers in business

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By Dan Hannaher The U.S. Small Business Administration and AARP are launching a strategic alliance to provide counseling and training to entrepreneurs over age 50 who want to start or grow a small business. Through SBA’s online training courses and its nationwide network of business mentors and counselors, the two organizations have a goal to… Continue Reading SBA, AARP team to help boomers in business

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Belief in marketplace

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One of the hallmarks of American capitalism is its faith in the efficiency of the marketplace. This means the setting of prices, the allocation of resources and the distribution of labor across different industries. Inefficiencies are ruthlessly punished. But how efficient is it when two companies producing the same product compete for market share? Isn’t… Continue Reading Belief in marketplace

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Last month we discussed why you need systems and controls, and offered suggestions for types of controls you can build into your business. Now we want to discuss when you need them and how to make them “stick.” Obviously, if you created a checklist or step-by-step procedures policy for every single task performed in your… Continue Reading Systems and contrtols pt. 2, when, how to utilize them

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10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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As a part time college professor, I can’t let May pass me by without giving all employers a 2012 Top 10 reasons to hire a recent college Grad list: No. 10: Grads know what the point of social media is (and isn’t) Instead of trying to figure out what your company should be doing to… Continue Reading 10 technical reasons to hire recent grads

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First in a three-Part series on energy   Oil and politics mix like, well, oil and water. In his 2006 State of the Union address, for example, George W. Bush declared, “America is addicted to oil.” It was a striking and bewildering comment from a Republican president, not to mention a former oilman. As for… Continue Reading Are we addicted or spoiled when it comes to oil?

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Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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The latest J.P. Morgan debacle concerns the loss of $2 billion thanks to ill-conceived trades that were intended to hedge risk. It’s the tip of an iceberg of similar activity that many consider to be shrewd entrepreneurial dealing — but it is not. Any kind of arbitrage, despite however Wall Street might justify it, ends… Continue Reading Perry Sanders and shrewd dealing

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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move… Continue Reading Ubuntu Collaboration: Lessons from South Africa

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Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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When our son, Patrick, was in the Air Force, he worked on F-15 fighter jet avionics systems. Everyone who touched one of those airplanes was required to fill out a checklist and sign it. If something went wrong, the powers-that-be had a written record of who did what and when. After a crash occurred (thankfully,… Continue Reading Simple tools that can help avoid problems

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Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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I have to admit that I’m a late adopter of this technology. Skype and video calling software has been available to us for free for a few years now, but I’ve noticed the adoption rate really changing lately so I thought I’d bring it up. Maybe the addition of Face to Face on iPhone is… Continue Reading Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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When talking about doing business in China, two words tend to come up time and time again: opportunities and threats. That was the case at a Hofstra University (Long Island, New York) conference on May 8 titled “US-China: Opportunities for New Business Partnerships.” Speakers included executives doing business in China, academics, economists, media members, and… Continue Reading Business opportunities and threats in China

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