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    840 Million Reasons to Celebrate

    840 Million Reasons to Celebrate
    On the heels of Amazon's $840 million acquisition of Zappos.com, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh spoke with Collective-E, a worldwide collective of women entrepreneurs, and some of its members. If you had to explain why you believe Zappos.com has been so successful, what key reasons would you attribute it to? I think it's because of our focus on customer service and company ...
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    9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier

    Some of us are night owls. Others, early birds. Apparently, based on your chronotype, you will be more naturally alert earlier or later in the day. And your type may dictate when and for how long you sleep. But while a natural variance in sleep patterns is natural, it appears that the early bird is indeed the more coveted of ...
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    Meltdown 101: What is CIT, and what if it fails?

    Meltdown 101: What is CIT, and what if it fails?
    NEW YORK - You may not have heard of CIT Group Inc., but there's a good chance you've shopped in stores that it helps keep in business. The New York-based bank is one of the nation's largest lenders to small and mid-sized businesses. Despite the scope of its customer base, however, CIT emerged from meetings with federal regulators Wednesday failing ...
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    The America's Recovery Capital Loan Program Can Help Struggling Small Businesses Get Back on Their Feet

    The America's Recovery Capital Loan Program Can Help Struggling Small Businesses Get Back on Their Feet
    Jul. 19--The federal government has a new loan program designed to help struggling small businesses ride out the economic downturn. Called the America's Recovery Capital Loan Program, or ARC, it provides up to $35,000 in short-term relief for qualifying small-business owners. Funding is available until Sept. 30, 2010, or when funding runs out, whichever comes first. "The loans can be ...
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    Congress Considers Two Bills to End Contracting Abuses

    Congress Considers Two Bills to End Contracting Abuses
    The following is a statement by the American Small Business League: Congress is considering two separate bills written to halt the diversion of billions of dollars in federal small business contracts to many of the largest firms in the world. Since 2003, over a dozen federal investigations have been released which found thousands of firms such as British Aerospace (BAE), Rolls-Royce, ...
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    22 Affordable Ways to De-stress

    22 Affordable Ways to De-stress
    Whether you’re an EMT dealing with life-or-death situations, or a home health aide caring for difficult patients, any job in healthcare can be overwhelming and stressful. Learning how to manage stress and channel it through positive means is vital, not just for a successful career, but for your happiness and well-being too. If you don’t take time to unwind, constant ...
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    Small Utah Businesses Urge Health Reform

    Small Utah Businesses Urge Health Reform
    Rod Odekirk can't compete as a small business and offer health care. So in 2001, he dropped his employees' coverage. Holding onto it, the owner of General Ceiling said, would have meant "I would be consistently outbid." Odekirk isn't alone. Hammered by mounting health care costs, Utah's small businesses are ready to buy into bold reform -- including a public health ...
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    How to Create a Business Development Strategy

    How to Create a Business Development Strategy
    The Business Development Strategy is used to underpin your main Business Plan and essentially it sets out a standard approach for developing new opportunities, either from within existing accounts or by proactively targeting brand new potential accounts and then working to close them. This document highlights the key issues you should consider prior to compiling your own plan and will hopefully ...
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    Kroger 1Q Profit Jumps 12.7 Pct; More Eat at Home

    Kroger 1Q Profit Jumps 12.7 Pct; More Eat at Home
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Grocery operator Kroger Co.'s first-quarter profit shot up 12.7 percent, as recession-hit households continue to eat at home more and seek food bargains including buying more store brands. The nation's largest traditional grocery store chain reported Tuesday that profit jumped to $435.1 million, or 66 cents per share, compared with $386 million, or 58 cents last year. Sales ...
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    The Silver Lining: Entrepreneurialism and Innovation During a Recession

    These are tough days for entrepreneurs seeking new cash, and even for venture capital firms that may be forced to conduct triage on existing portfolios. Still, now may be just the moment to turn a great idea into a lasting enterprise. That was the take, anyway, of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs who gathered in Silicon Valley earlier this year to talk ...
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    The 20 Best Outdoor Adventures for Thrill-Seeking Business Professionals

    Need a break from florescent lights, desks and rolling chairs? Does your idea of a vacation involve taking in the great outdoors, and days of heart-pounding adventure? We thought so. Monster Small Business has compiled 20 adrenaline-inducing adventures for the tried and true outdoorsman (or woman). We’ve scoured the travel guides, combed the Internet and sought out word-of-mouth recommendations to ...
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    10 Ways to Work in Your Workout

    10 Ways to Work in Your Workout
    Oops. You missed your spin class again. It’s just as well – you still haven’t gotten through the day’s email, you’re hungry as hell and American Idol is on in an hour. You’ll try again tomorrow. “Try” being the operative word. Because despite your regular attempts, these days you never seem to get out of work in time to hit the ...
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    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive

    Secretary Files Suit Against Too-Snuggly Bear Executive
    A secretary has filed a $60 million sexual harassment suit that threatens to take the stuffing out of a famed teddy bear maker. Margarete Steiff GmbH, the German company credited with creating the teddy bear, and CEO Martin Frechen are being sued by a single mom who says there was nothing cuddly about the overheated antics of her former boss. Jane ...
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    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood

    7 Ideas to Recession Proof Your Mood
    With all the doom-and-gloom talk of our financial situation, staying upbeat can be tougher than ever. Simple strategies, however, can be used to take your mind off your budget and focused on the positive. We checked in with everyday Janes (and one Nathan) to get their tips and tactics on keeping your smile in the face of budgetary stress. “I’ve ...
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    Jobs: What a Rebound Will Look Like

    Jobs: What a Rebound Will Look Like
    Look for growth in business investment, temp hiring, and car and home sales. Here's what to watch for and why You know the economy is in trouble when 539,000 jobs lost in a month is cause for celebration. Muted optimism was in the air on May 8, as the U.S. Labor Dept. reported that job losses slowed for a third straight ...
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    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation
    We all have our little fears: The frayed wire on the coffee maker. That knocking noise from the left-rear tire. The zombies staggering around in the backyard. For investors, one of the biggest fears today is inflation — a period of rising prices. Inflation erodes the buying power of your money at home and abroad. In a worst-case scenario, it can ...
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    Economists Explain the Stimulus

    Economists Explain the Stimulus
    Two economists--one for and one against the stimulus--sound off on why small businesses are getting a bad deal. Often, economists can only agree to disagree, and on the subject of the economic stimulus, they are particularly divided. In fact, a few weeks before the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law, 200 leading economists lent their signatures ...
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    Resources for Working Dads

    Resources for Working Dads
    Dads, you're not alone. That's the message from scores of blogs, Web sites, support groups and other resources aimed at helping fathers cope with the stresses of balancing parenting and careers. Fathers often feel lonely, isolated and lacking in resources to help them sort through the many issues they face when trying to juggle a son's plea to hear Goodnight Moon ...
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    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks

    Debate: Tax Sugary Soft Drinks
    The federal government should help finance the expansion of U.S. health coverage by taxing products, such as sugary soft drinks, that contribute to obesity and other chronic health conditions. Pro or Con? Pro: Add the Tax. Delete the Pounds By Chuck Marr, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities A tax on high-sugar soft drinks would help pay for health-care reform that ...
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    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm

    BlackBerry's Imperfect Storm
    One small business owner shares his misadventures with the recently released smartphone from Research In Motion The beginning of the year brought about two very traumatic and similar events that affected my small business. I had my first colonoscopy. And I purchased a BlackBerry Storm. I lost a day's worth of work prepping and getting the colonoscopy done. And I wasted ...