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Confidence Levels Rise

Date: 11/30/2006 | Category: Business | Author: developers

For many business owners, the holiday season is bring with it an increased level of confidence in the economy.  It appears to be in large part due to fuel prices and interest rates that have appeared to stabilize – at least for the time being. The National City’s Midwest Small Business Confidence Index jumped almost 2 points to 66.6 in…

Bank Loans as a Financing Option

Date: 11/29/2006 | Category: Business | Author: developers

It sometimes seems that getting a bank to provide a small business with a bank loan is like pulling teeth.  Many just don’t like to take a risk on small businesses, particularly new ones.  However, there are a few easy tips you can follow which may have them reviewing your loan request in a better light. Start small.  Borrowing small…

Entrepreneurship Strong, Education Weak

Date: 11/28/2006 | Category: Business | Author: developers

In terms of innovation and entrepreneurship, the U.S. remains a global leader. Yet, when it comes to education, we are lagging behind other countries. A fact that will eventually undermine our future living standards, according to the report, “The Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands.” The recently released report showed that the U.S, for the time being, leads the world in…

Show a Little Flexibility

Date: 11/27/2006 | Category: Business | Author: developers

The holidays can be a particularly stressful time for everyone as they try to work, attend holiday get togethers, school plays and events, shop, and deal with out-of-town guests. Business owners as well may feel the crunch of year-end inventories or holiday sales. Finding a solution that meets everyone’s needs can prove challenging, but ultimately well worth the effort. Flexibility…

Protecting Your Company Email

Date: 11/21/2006 | Category: Business | Author: developers

Do you worry about employees who send emails that may potentially open your company up to legal and/or regulatory problems?  If you do, you are definitely not alone.  However, a new software by Orchestria may assist in putting your mind at ease. The Active Policy Management platform by Orchestria comes with modules designed to find e-mail that contains obscene or…

How do you feel about federally-mandated sick days?

Date: | Category: Business | Author: developers

Currently, most states allow employers to control the number of sick days they choose to give employees. However, if the National Partnership for Women Families and several activist groups have their way, it would become a federal law, and they’ve vowed to pressure the incoming Congress to do just that. Recently, San Francisco became the first  city to pass mandated…