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Did you get some nanotechnology on your pants?

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So yes, technology is getting smaller and more powerful every day, but most of us don’t know just how small we can go. Researchers have developed machines the size of just a few atoms that do incredibly powerful things like detect cancer tumors in the liver, and strengthen metal at the atomic level. My most… Continue Reading Did you get some nanotechnology on your pants?

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Community and family at heart of civil society

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Having watched the first Republican panel of presidential contenders, it seemed that an evil villain is running our country. They might have been talking about Syria’s Assad who “must go,” as they chanted about our own President. What happened to civility in public discourse? Think about growing up in a so-called typical American family. As… Continue Reading Community and family at heart of civil society

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Build business value now for sale down the road

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Like many people, you may invest in the stock market. But the people in charge of Target or Ford or Chesapeake will probably never call you to ask your opinion on how to operate those companies. Go figure. Therefore, aside from deciding when to buy or sell, you have no control over the value of… Continue Reading Build business value now for sale down the road

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One of my favorite places to learn about technology is at the Flea Market. I find generations of typewriters, cameras, and hand-powered coffee mills displayed side by side on the tables, and I can instantly understand how they work just by looking at them. Then I think about the last technology purchase I made, and… Continue Reading Who’s in the driver’s seat — icons or instructions?

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By April Speake Executive Director, The Home Front Cares The war stories I’ve heard from military spouses are heart-wrenching — hardships and obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable, uncertain futures and a society that is sometimes oblivious to the struggle. And those challenges are magnified by fear for loved ones who are deployed thousands of miles… Continue Reading Help show military troops and families that you care

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Successful negotiation skills

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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the… Continue Reading Successful negotiation skills

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Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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“I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Dick Clark Because we work with business owners, we like to keep an eye on trends that might affect them. This is especially true in times of uncertain economy, when businesses might need to adjust their product or service offerings to… Continue Reading Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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Have you ever posted a Facebook status update only to instantly regret it? I’ve done it more than I care to admit, but was pleased to find that the Urban Dictionary has already addressed the sentiment. These statements are called “epiphanots.” Urban Dictionary defines epiphanot as: An idea that at first seems like an amazing… Continue Reading The ‘epiphanot’ killing social-media endeavors

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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If you think outsourcing will never impact your business, you’re essentially sticking your head in the sand. Outsourcing can potentially help your business, harm it, or both. You need to be informed so that you can benefit from using it, or protect yourself by creating strategies to compete against it. Outsourcing is a double-edged sword… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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It’s going to happen sooner or later. We’re hitting the wireless device critical mass where we need to be connected to the Internet all the time in order to function. And we need a lower price point for this pervasive connection. Sure, right now you can buy 100 percent connectivity via a whole bunch of… Continue Reading Free municipal Wi-Fi – the next big thing, again?

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