By Chad Brooks
Published May 20, 2013
By Chad Brooks
Published May 20, 2013
Published May 14, 2013
Small business owners were a little more optimistic during April but are generally still cautious.
That’s the finding of a survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business.
The NFIB’s Index of Small Business Optimism rose 2.6 points to 92.1 last month, erasing a drop of 1.3 during March. The index was compiled from the survey of 1,873 NFIB members
Published: Monday, 13 May 2013 | 1:30 PM ET
Nearly half of all new businesses don’t make it past their fifth anniversary, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. That makes it crucial for mom and pops to get basic strategies right from the get-go.
Even though economists tell us the recession has been over for four years, banks remain as stingy with business loans as ever. There’s little room for error. So it’s important that small-business owners recognize the pitfalls that await them and learn how to avoid them.
There are five common mistakes that stand out as potentially crippling problems for small businesses:
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By David Mielach
Published February 28, 2013
Overall, 62 percent of men say electronic communication increased their productivity compared with just half of women. Additionally, 43 percent of say that virtual communication helps to improve workplace relationships, while just 8 percent say it hurts relationships.
Researchers also found there were differences among age groups when it comes to seeing the value of electronic communication. Sixty-five percent of respondents between the age of 25 and 34 say virtual communication increases productivity. However, that number shrinks to 52 percent when it comes to respondents ages 35 and older
As an entrepreneur, you make decisions every day that affect the success of your products, the loyalty of your employees, and the overall health of your business. To make the best decisions possible, you need to think critically and quickly to pick out any flaws in your processes that might harm your business.
When you think through a problem, your thought process is naturally colored by biases, such as your point of view and your assumptions about the situation. Each of those biases affects your reasoning. If you let your biases drive your thought process and overlook blind spots in your logic, you’ll unwittingly make decisions filled with holes.
“Critical thinking is a way to intervene in your thought process,” says Linda Elder, an educational psychologist and president of the Foundation for Critical Thinking based in Tomales, Calif. “It’s a way to routinely and consistently seek problems in your thinking.”
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says he is optimistic about America’s economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women.
Buffett’s views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine.
He says most of America’s prosperity was created using only about 50% of its talent — men. So he’s confident the country will prosper as more women excel in the workforce
By Elizabeth Palermo, BusinessNewsDaily contributor
Published April 26, 2013
Diversity has changed and the face of America has changed. As a nation, we have to come to grips with the reality that our melting pot has never had so many ingredients mixed in – and we are never going back to what it used to be.
In the 2010 U.S. census, the under-18 population was at parity between traditional minority and majority groups. By 2040, the projected percentage of non-Hispanic whites in the population will drop below 50 percent.
Florida is the fourth most diverse state in the nation and that diversity continues to grow rapidly. In Orange and Osceola counties, which are the two counties that our main UCF campus and College of Medicine are in, the minority populations are at 51.1 percent and 56.6 percent, respectively. There are more than 150 languages spoken in homes of students in the school districts.
These dramatic demographic shifts are unprecedented in our nation. And as with all change, it brings opportunities and challenges.
Published April 23, 2013
Just a year ago, the big banks were approving only slightly more than 10% of loan requests, while small banks gave less than 46% of applications the green light. We have seen a significant improvement. Certainly, the lending landscape has improved since the darkest days of the Great Recession in 2009