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  • New York no longer worst state to do business

    04/16/2014 11:44:32 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    Crain Communications ^ | April 15, 2014 | Jeremy Smerd
    That honor now goes to New Jersey. Tax reforms passed in the latest budget represent big improvements for corporations, but not so much for individuals. ... Still, New York remains a burdensome place to earn a living. The reforms did not change the state's poor rankings for having high sales taxes (No. 38), individual income taxes (No. 49) and unemployment taxes (No. 45). Meanwhile, the governor announced Tuesday that the state tax department collected nearly $4 billion in evaded taxes in the past year, a 5% or $200 million increase compared to the year earlier.The state collects about $87 billion...
  • Businesses Say They're Having Trouble Finding People Who Will Show Up For Work

    04/16/2014 7:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/16/2014 | MATTHEW BOESLER
    Every month, the New York Fed conducts two surveys: the Empire State Manufacturing Survey and its services-sector counterpart, the Business Leaders Survey. And each April it asks respondents of both surveys questions related to the difficulty of finding potential hires with certain skills.This year's pair of April surveys confirmed that, as in previous years, employers are having trouble finding people with advanced computer and interpersonal skills, punctuality, and reliability.Further, businesses in both the manufacturing and services sectors report that it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain skilled workers.Below are the two key tables from the survey. The first shows that...
  • Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over owner’s support for true marriage

    04/08/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PORTLAND, OR, April 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A soon-to-be opened natural foods store in Oregon is in danger of never opening its doors after homosexual activists publicized remarks its Mormon owner made online supporting true marriage and organized a boycott targeting not just the store, but its suppliers. Chauncy Childs had planned to open Moreland Farmers Pantry, an organic, locally-sourced grocery store, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. But because of comments she made under a pseudonym during a discussion on Facebook last year in which she defended true marriage and said business owners should have the right to refuse...
  • Coldwater Creek Files for Bankruptcy

    04/11/2014 10:49:18 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 04-11-2014 | By Tom Corrigan And Michael Calia
    Coldwater Creek Inc., CWTR -27.68% a women's clothing and accessory retailer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware Friday with a plan to liquidate its inventory and close its stores after failing to attract a buyer. The retailer said it had considered several strategic alternatives over the past six months, including a sale, although it couldn't find a buyer or raise enough capital to fund its business. Coldwater, which operates a catalog business, retail and factory stores, as well as an e-commerce website, expects to start going-out-of-business sales to liquidate its inventory in early May. Like much of the...
  • The Expert...a short comedy sketch.

    04/05/2014 5:06:42 AM PDT · by Vanders9 · 20 replies
    You Tube ^ | Lauris Beinerts
    The Expert...Someone sent me this and I thought it was well worth sharing. Enjoy!
  • Pizza Vending Machines: The Next Big Thing?

    04/04/2014 3:55:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    LAWeekly ^ | Fri, Apr 4, 2014 | Besha Rodell
    It seems the non-packaged food vending machine trend is not slowing, not one bit. We've all heard of cupcake vending machines. And of course, there was the rise and fall and resurrection of Burritobox. And now we hear word of Let's Pizza, a pizza vending machine. Because, of course there would be a pizza vending machine. You don't want a dystopian future with no pizza, do you?? Alright then. For now, Let's Pizza is only operating in the UK and Italy, but there have been rumors for years that the machines will debut in the U.S. any minute. Invented by...
  • Owner's anti-gay views cause furor over soon-to-open Sellwood grocery store (OR)

    04/04/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 43 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/03/2014 | Harry Esteve
    Another controversy has erupted over a Sellwood-Moreland business, this one over the owner’s views on gays and same-sex marriage. Facebook and other social media sites have exploded over a soon-to-open fresh meat and vegetable store called Moreland Farmers Pantry. Neighbors and nearby business owners, once excited by the prospect of the new shop, are now backing away. “They’re choosing to open a business in a very open-minded neighborhood,” said Tom Brown, owner of Brown Properties and president of the Sellwood Moreland Business Alliance. “I think their personal views are going to hurt.”
  • Yellen: Economy Still Needs Extraordinary Support

    03/31/2014 4:40:22 PM PDT · by mykroar · 22 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/31/2014 | Dunstan Prial
    Janet Yellen REUTERS The monetary policies crafted and initiated by the Federal Reserve are intended to help Main Street rather than Wall Street, Fed Chair Janet Yellen told an audience of grassroots community organizers in Chicago on Monday. In an address that employed a handful of devices reminiscent of a political speech, Yellen made her case for a dovish approach toward raising interest rates. Yellen singled out the plights of several individuals – who she named and whose situations she described in detail – to illustrate labor markets are healing slowly and prolonged accommodative policy is needed to ensure labor...
  • Under My Thumb lyrics as sung by Mick Jagger

    03/29/2014 9:46:27 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 182 replies
    vanity | 3/30/14 | Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
    I was out earlier tonight and heard Mick Jagger over a store loudspeaker singing "Under My Thumb." Given the very tragic suicide of his lover of 13 years, fashion designer and stylist L'Wren Scott, who was buried earlier this week amid rumors that Mick's unfaithfulness was one contributory factor, I hope he never, ever performs that song again...
  • Get to Know the Global Superstars of Wine

    03/29/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 27, 2014 | Will Lyons
    What every wine drinker should know about Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Riesling"I KNOW NOTHING about wine—where do I start?" is perhaps the most frequent question I am asked. An obvious starting point is with grape varieties, which each have their own distinctive character and flavor. There are more than 5,000 varieties of wine grapes planted in the world. Luckily, for those new to the subject, only 100 or so have enough appeal to be deemed commercially viable. Luckier still, it's a relatively small number that have found international recognition. Jean-Manuel Duvivier These used...
  • Having Better Technology Does Not Make Us Smarter

    03/25/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 14 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 21, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    So how could we for days lose track of a 250-ton Malaysian jetliner that recently disappeared from radar screens as if it were some lost clipper ship of the 1840s? The answer is easy: The oceans are still big and the night remains dark. Jets, in comparison, are quite small. The seas are rough, the skies often stormy. For all our computerized sophistication, we really can lose a jet in a big and still wild world inhabited by millions who have not quite mastered technology, or who use technology to thwart technology. The problem is not just that high technology...
  • Mexican pizza

    03/20/2014 11:40:53 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 25 replies
    Two alternative links from their website. 1. Pa La Raza http://www.pizzapatron.com/chingona_3/ 2. Menu in english? I and my family live in San Antonio for decades. Will . . . unless offered free samples and apologies from this guy . . . will never buy some pizza not offered in french nor german . . . more close to San Antonio history prior to the Mexican revolution. Something new is okay. Just don't brand it as traditional San Antonio.
  • Gov. Rick Perry on KFI Los Angeles - luring businesses from California to Texas

    03/18/2014 3:16:23 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 7 replies
    KFI ^ | 3-18-14 | dfu
    After 330pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time, Gov. Rick Perry on with KFI's John and Ken. LISTEN LIVE TO JOHN AND KEN ONLINE
  • My business accepts Bitcoins

    03/17/2014 12:53:04 PM PDT · by Errant · 42 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 17 March 2014 | Parija Kavilanz
    Bitcoin is coming soon to a town near you. Or, more likely, it's already there. The five-year-old digital currency is increasingly being adopted by brick-and mortar businesses, including dentists, pet boutiques -- even a small honey business in Utah. In 2012, about 1,000 businesses used BitPay, the largest processor of Bitcoin payments. Today, more than 26,000 businesses worldwide use BitPay, said Tony Gallippi, its cofounder and CEO. The majority of those firms are small businesses -- about half are in the U.S. and the rest are international. And while a majority are online sellers, Gallippi said 20% are merchants with...
  • “I sold my business because of Obamacare.” ["I can't be responsible for every undercapitalized..."]

    03/16/2014 1:29:38 PM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Larry Schuler
    “I sold my business because of Obamacare.”I opened my restaurant, Schu’s Grill & Bar, in 1990. There’s no question that the new health law has impacted not only my current business but future projects, too, to the point where I sold my restaurant in January and I’m in the final stages of moving on. I won’t be working in a brick-and-mortar business and putting people to work. I’ve chosen to go into consulting for myself and the ACA was one of the reasons, though not the only reason. During our busy season, we are well over the 50 full-time employee...
  • Arizona says “Neigh” to Small Businesses

    03/14/2014 2:12:46 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    eleste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman discovered a profitable niche in the animal therapy market when they found they could turn their passions into successful small businesses. They spent hundred of hours learning animal massage techniques, earned private certification and began their respective animal therapy ventures. Today, they have successful businesses and loyal clients. However, according the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board, Celeste, Grace, and Stacey are criminals facing jail time. A recent Arizona regulation requires these hardworking entrepreneurs to give up their professions, or pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to become licensed veterinarians (an education that...
  • Big business takes on tea party over Common Core

    03/14/2014 1:15:51 PM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | March 14, 2014 | Stephanie Simon
    Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins. The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country. A coalition including the Business Roundtable and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will launch a national advertising blitz Sunday targeted at Republicans skeptical about the standards. Spots promoting the Common Core will air on Fox News and other conservative outlets.
  • Consumer Sentiment Dips in March

    03/14/2014 7:32:35 AM PDT · by mykroar · 3 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/14/2014 | Reuters
    <p>Consumer sentiment dipped modestly in early March, entirely due to reduced expectations for the future, a survey said on Friday.</p> <p>The preliminary Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan overall index of consumer sentiment fell to 79.9 in March, down from the 81.6 final reading in February. That was below analyst expectations for a reading of 82 and the lowest level for that index since November.</p>
  • Becoming the Party of Work

    03/14/2014 6:48:35 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 14, 2014 | Senator Jeff Sessions
    According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll, seven in ten voters believe that the Republican party is “out of touch with the concerns of most people in the United States today.” What follows is a plan for how the GOP can win back their trust — and a build a conservative majority in the process. But first, a little history.
  • Is higher ed a job killer?

    03/12/2014 12:55:50 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 11, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Those who argue that higher education is a major league time suck just got more ammunition in a report from the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). “The most new jobs projected for 2022 are expected to be in occupations requiring a high school diploma or equivalent,” BLS reports. “These occupations are projected to add 4.6 million new jobs. About a quarter of these new jobs will be in healthcare and social assistance. Another major area of projected growth for people with a high school diploma or equivalent is construction, which is expected to add almost 1 million jobs...
  • Obama to force businesses to pay more employees overtime

    03/12/2014 3:08:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    Unlike his various “fixes” for ObamaCare, there actually is some statutory basis for this move. In both cases, though, he’s following the same rule: Even if the policy isn’t good, the politics are, and that makes it worth doing.It’s a logical corollary to his push to raise the minimum wage. If, in the name of fairness and income equality, we can tell businesses how much to pay their lowest-ranking employees, we should also tell them how much to pay their middle managers, no? Under current federal regulations, workers who are deemed executive, administrative or professional employees can be denied overtime...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Stock Market

    03/08/2014 8:42:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Mark Skousen
    "The number of publicly traded U.S. stocks available to investors is plumbing new lows, even as their prices brave new highs." -- Barron's (February 24, 2014) The Wilshire 5000 Stock Index is supposed to be the ultimate measure of the U.S. stock market, but in reality there are now only 3,666 stocks in the index. Back in 1998, it contained 7,562 stocks. The employment participation rate isn't the only number in decline. There are a lot of reasons for this decline. The number was artificially high during the dot-com boom of the late 1990s. Since then, the dot-com boom collapsed...
  • Economist Warns of Collapse Risk: “Will Not Allow Life to Continue As We Know It”

    03/07/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by Kartographer · 9 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 3/7/14 | Mac Slavo
    What you have to keep in mind is that back in 2008 we had one of the greatest financial crises the United States ever faced. The system was on the brink of collapse at that point in time. What the Fed and the federal government did was spend every penny they could, anything they could create or anything they could guarantee. They did everything they could possibly do to keep the system from crashing. They guaranteed all bank accounts. So, they saved the system, but now what they did has not borne fruit. We have not seen an economic recovery....
  • Staples to Shutter 225 North American Stores

    03/06/2014 6:03:40 AM PST · by mykroar · 3 replies
    FoxBusiness.com ^ | 3/6/2014 | Reuters
    Staples Inc , the largest U.S. office supplies retailer, forecast a fall in current-quarter sales as it loses customers to mass market chains and e-retailers, and the company said it would close up to 225 stores in North America by 2015. Staples' shares fell 9 percent before the bell, after the company also posted lower-than-expected fourth-quarter results and forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' estimates. The company operates 1,515 stores in the United States and 331 stores in Canada.
  • Obama's solution for Obamacare: ban business from reducing staff in response to employer mandate.

    03/03/2014 1:39:05 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 36 replies
    ALEC ^ | 3-3-14 | Ed Walton
    The Obama administration has a new solution to force compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA): simply ban businesses from reducing staff in response to the law’s burdensome employer mandate. The administration previously postponed the law’s requirement that all businesses with 50 or more employees provide health insurance until 2015, a year later than required by the ACA. In what is being referred to as “transition relief,” the administration’s latest delay of the employer mandate through 2015 exempts mid-size businesses with 50-99 employees from the requirement, and lowers the requirement for businesses of 100 or more employees from 95 percent...
  • 5 Reasons Christian Businesses Shouldn't Be Legally Forced To Support Gay Weddings

    03/01/2014 5:42:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2014 | John Hawkins
    For a free society to function, a wide range of speech and behavior has to be tolerated, but that doesn't mean everyone has to approve of it. So, for example, although I don't drink, I have many friends who do. While I think Justin Bieber's music is appalling, I don't think it should be illegal. While I would like to see abortion banned except in the case of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother, I have friends who've admitted to me that they've had abortions. Unfortunately, when it comes to gay marriage, we have people who...
  • How business went 'DEFCON 1' in Arizona

    02/28/2014 8:13:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | February 27, 2014 | Alexander Burns and MJ Lee
    As Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer prepared to make a career-defining decision — whether to veto a bill that would free business owners to discriminate on the basis of their religious preferences — a letter arrived at her office early this week with a stern warning from some of the biggest names in the local business community. Signed by the heads of four Arizona business consortiums, with board members including officers of Bank of America, Intel and the Arizona Cardinals football franchise, the letter urged Brewer to strike down the measure known as S.B. 1062. The letter raised the prospect that...
  • An Upside-Down World

    02/28/2014 4:18:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    In December of 1865, the several American states ratified the 13th amendment, constitutionally ending involuntary servitude in the United States. In the 21st century, Americans are coming full circle. In a number of states, a black man can again be forced by the government to work involuntarily for a white man. Not since the nation eliminated Jim Crow laws during the civil rights era have we seen such a bizarre conundrum. But if the black man is a Christian and the white man is gay, a court can forcibly order the black man to serve the white man or...
  • Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right

    02/27/2014 7:40:29 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 68 replies
    APNews.excite ^ | Feb 27, 2014 | BOB CHRISTIE
    Arizona governor's veto aimed at own party's right Feb 27, 2014 By BOB CHRISTIE PHOENIX (AP) - Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer slapped down the right wing of her own party, vetoing a bill pushed by social conservatives that would have allowed people with sincerely held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
  • Reforming Federal Corporate Tax and Individual Income Tax: A Step in the Right Direction

    02/26/2014 1:38:30 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 9 replies
    ALEC ^ | 2-26-14 | Will Freeland
    Earlier today U.S. Representative Dave Camp, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, released a bill designed to fundamentally reform both the federal corporate and individual income tax (press conference video here and executive summary here). America is far overdue for such reform. As Camp points out in the Wall Street Journal: “According to Nina Olsen, the National Taxpayer Advocate at the IRS, Americans overall spend over six billion hours and $168 billion every year to file their returns. This is stark testimony to the complexity of the tax code. Meanwhile, owners of small businesses face tax rates as...
  • Read an excerpt from book Glenn Beck will be discussing with Google’s Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen

    02/25/2014 7:14:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 24, 2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    This evening, Google Executive Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas Founder and Director Jared Cohen will be guests on the Glenn Beck program, discussing the soon-to-be-released paperback version of “The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business.” In their book, Schmidt and Cohen grapple with the interaction between technology and privacy/security, war/intervention, diplomacy, revolution and terrorism, as well as providing some predictions for how technology will improve our lives and new disruptions that we can expect in the future. Read on for an excerpt from the book, due out on March...
  • Ariz. Bill Decried As License to Discriminate

    02/20/2014 9:16:54 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 26 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 20, 2014 | MSN
    PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
  • Business Buyers Beware: Gov. Cuomo's "Tax Free" New York TV Pitch is a Con Job

    02/19/2014 2:52:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 02/19/2014 | Donald Lambro
    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is airing TV ads around the country that offer tax-free status for 10 years to new business start-ups entering his state. The ads' claims are deceptive because they come with a lot of government strings attached. You only get a tax cut if you put your business where the state tells you to put it, plus meet other state requirements. Critics say Cuomo's sweeping claims are not what they're cracked up to be. Once again, not unlike President Obama's tax credit proposals, the Democrats think they can dictate the rules that produce successful businesses and...
  • Obama Rewrites ObamaCare (Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business)

    02/11/2014 3:54:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    **SNIP** Liberals insisted that such arguments were false if not beneath contempt, but then all of a sudden the White House implicitly endorsed the other side. Now the new delay arrives amid a furious debate about jobs after a damning Congressional Budget Office report last week, only this time with liberals celebrating ObamaCare's supposed benefits to the job market. Well, which is it? Either ObamaCare is ushering in a worker's paradise, in which case by the White House's own logic exempting businesses from its ministrations is harming employees. Or else the mandate really is leading business to cut back on...
  • Why employers say millennials can’t get a job

    02/11/2014 12:14:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    KCRA-TV ^ | February 10, 2014 | Claire Doan
    A class that teaches you how to eat or even the basic social skills to get a job – is it really necessary? Some companies think so, particularly for the generation of twenty-somethings and younger dubbed millennials. While they are undoubtedly social-media savvy, living their lives online in 140 characters or fewer, many of the younger potential workers lack very basic skills because of it, according to some employers. “Writing skills -- people don’t write as much as they used to. They’re texting, so they forget to write in complete sentences and articulate their written skills professionally,” said Jeff Dunn,...
  • Artworks Choked by Artichokes: Bureaucrats Condemn Creative Entrepreneurship

    02/10/2014 5:07:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Rebecca Furdek
    In 2005, James Dupree bought a dilapidated warehouse and garage. Today, after almost a decade of steady investment and physical labor, the once-blighted space is now a vibrant 8,600-square-foot studio showcasing over 5,000 pieces of art. In a Philadelphia neighborhood marked by vacant houses and parking lots, Dupree’s studio is a bright spot of entrepreneurship and esteemed cultural value. His paintings have won numerous awards, are displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and sell for upwards of $40,000 each. He has hosted and taught public art classes at his studio, and plans to launch a mentorship program for inner-city...
  • AOL cuts benefits, blames Obamacare

    02/07/2014 9:17:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    CNN Money ^ | February 6, 2014 | Tami Luhby
    AOL became the latest company to blame Obamacare for cutting back on employee benefits. The tech firm will now pay its 401(k) company match only to employees who are active on Dec. 31 of that year, as opposed to in their paychecks throughout the year. So those who leave the company before the end of the year will forfeit the match.
  • How we ended up with a generation of no-discipline, no-talent job seekers

    02/06/2014 8:02:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 141 replies
    The Washington Post's Capital Business ^ | February 2, 2014 | Marina Ein
    Helicopter parents, professors who aim to please, the dumbing down of standards in courses and decreasing curriculum requirements have succeeded in reducing our young workforce to a no-discipline, no-talent pool of job seekers. Harsh words for sure — but a generation out there is desperately in need of a reality check. As a small-business employer, I have seen a disturbing downward talent drift in job candidates — most acutely in the past five years. When a job candidate’s first question is about vacation days or benefits, we know we have encountered collateral damage from the teachers and parents who believed...
  • Nightmare Scenarios: What If Batman And Superman Had Been Millennials?

    02/06/2014 6:44:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 5, 2014 | Rob Asghar
    Some of America’s greatest superheroes came of age in the gritty days of the Depression and World War II. But how different would things be if Superman and Batman been millennials? Just imagine: •The Bat-signal would regularly go undetected by its intended recipient, lost within a flood of social media streams. •Superman would avoid the DTR (define-the-relationship) talk with Wonder Woman, flee to grad school to wait out the soft economy and ponder his true purpose, and rack up serious student debt. •The embattled mayor of Gotham would feel torn between his productivity goals and his heroes’ demands for foosball...
  • Community Organizers Chase Trader Joe's Out of Portlandia

    02/05/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by inkling · 82 replies
    Ricochet ^ | Feb. 4, 2014 | Jon Gabriel
    Trader Joe’s wanted to build a new store in Portland, Oregon. Instead of heading to a tony neighborhood downtown or towards the suburbs, the popular West Coast grocer chose a struggling area of Northeast Portland.The company selected two acres along Martin Luther King Blvd. that had been vacant for decades. It seemed like the perfect place to create jobs, improve customer options and beautify the neighborhood. City officials, the business community, and residents all seemed thrilled with the plan. Then some community organizers caught wind of it.The fact that most members of the Portland African-American Leadership Forum didn’t live in...
  • RadioShack to close about 500 stores: WSJ

    02/04/2014 12:52:54 PM PST · by illiac · 77 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/4/14 | Wall Street Journal
    <p>I know our local RS is not doing well...never anyone in the store...</p>
  • Pareto Principle: How To Use It To Dramatically Grow Your Business (80/20 Rule)

    02/01/2014 11:51:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 20, 2014 | Dave Lavinsky
    The Pareto Principle is very simple, yet very important. It is named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who, in 1906, found that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. What was most important about Pareto’s finding was that this 80/20 distribution occurs extremely frequently. For example, in general, 20% of your customers represent 80% of your sales. And 20% of your time produces 80% of your results. And so on. The Pareto Principle, or “80/20 Rule” as it is frequently called today, is an incredible tool for growing your business. For instance, if you...
  • The Little Victims of the State

    01/31/2014 2:16:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | Mona Charen
    An administration as image-conscious as this one should have been more careful in its choice of antagonists. The Little Sisters of the Poor is a Catholic charity providing care to the poorest elderly in a hospice-like setting. They serve 13,000 people in 31 countries, and operate 30 homes in the United States. Their faith calls them to treat every person, no matter how old, disabled or poor as if he or she were "Jesus himself." There is no religious test for admission, only that you be poor and in need of care at the end of life. Think thousands of...
  • Second wave of health-insurance disruption affects small businesses (25 MILLION cancellations)

    01/30/2014 1:38:57 PM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/11/14 | Ariana Eunjung Cha
    When millions of health-insurance plans were canceled last fall, the Obama administration tried to be reassuring, saying the terminations affected only the small minority of Americans who bought individual policies. But according to industry analysts, insurers and state regulators, the disruption will be far greater, potentially affecting millions of people who receive insurance through small employers by the end of 2014. While some cancellation notices already have gone out, insurers say the bulk of the letters will be sent in October, shortly before the next open-enrollment period begins. The timing — right before the midterm elections — could be difficult...
  • A quick response to Obama's assertion government is supposed to "focus" on our lives...

    01/29/2014 4:16:50 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 1-29-14 | The Looking Spoon
    Here's the full quote from the State of the Union: In the coming months, let’s see where else we can make progress together. Let’s make this a year of action. That’s what most Americans want – for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. The response:
  • Illinois Health Officials Shut Down 11-Year-Old's Cupcake Business

    01/29/2014 11:55:18 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 29, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    Sixth-grader Chloe Stirling learned a tough lesson about government regulation of small businesses, no matter how delicious they are.The Belleville News-Democrat ran a story about an 11-year-old girl making about $200 a month selling cupcakes that apparently left a bad taste in the mouths of Illinois health officials. Middle-schooler Chloe Stirling of Troy, Ill., quickly learned a tough lesson about government regulation on small businesses after the story ran on Sunday. Madison County Health Department officials informed her family that the pastry party was over on Monday. “They called and said they were shutting us down,” said Chloe’s mother, Heather...
  • McCain Hangs Out With Soros In Switzerland

    01/26/2014 1:28:26 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 65 replies
    patdollard.com ^ | Jan 25, 2014 | Jake Hammer
    US Senator for Arizona John McCain (L) talks with Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. Some 40 world leaders gather in the Swiss ski resort Davos.
  • Obamacare Kills More Health Plans for Workers

    01/23/2014 2:46:27 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    Obamacare does not mandate healthcare coverage for part-time employees (defined as those working less than 30 hours a week). As a direct result, numerous retail stores including Trader Joe’s and Home Depot have already stopped offering healthcare plans to part-time workers. Today, Target, the second-largest U.S. discount retailer by sales with about 361,000 total employees last fiscal year, joined the list. Effective April 1, Target to Drop Health Insurance for Part-Time Workers. “You see a lot of retailers making adjustments in contemplation of the full effect of the employer mandate penalties in 2015,” Neil Trautwein, a lobbyist with the National...
  • Canada more business-friendly than the United States now

    01/23/2014 1:57:04 PM PST · by MarkBsnr · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/22/2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    Canada, best known for its maple syrup and hockey teams, has now become a serious player on the international business stage. According to a study conducted by Bloomberg, our neighbors up north have now surpassed the United States and claimed the number two spot for the most business-friendly country. Not bad, eh? Canada’s rise to economic-stardom comes after a two year slump brought on by weak exports. The jump to the number two spot is mainly a consequence of reforms that cut the corporate income tax and the decreasing value of the dollar. “Those are two big factors,” John Manley,...
  • Tacoma teen fired after wearing Broncos jersey to work

    01/22/2014 2:32:53 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 27 replies
    Fox Sports News ^ | January 22, 2014 | Any Nesbett
    Nathaniel Wentz is a 17-year-old kid who plays quarterback for his high school football team. He also works — well, he used to work — during his free time. Why did we say he used to work? Because he was fired from his gig at Odyssey 1 family entertainment center in Tacoma, Washington after he wore a Broncos jersey to work last Sunday. Why was he wearing a Broncos jersey? Because his boss told employees that they could wear jerseys of their favorite teams to work since it was the day of the AFC and NFC Championship Games. Wentz's manager...