Friday, April 29, 2011
Even women agree that men should have major input in decisions about buying big-ticket items. Six in ten women say that a recommendation from a spouse or partner is a deciding factor when making these purchases. So when you’re just buying women, you’re missing key influencers – men.
And six in ten men say it's their call or that they have a key role in big-ticket purchases in their households. Times have changed and men have stepped up and are more engaged than ever.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
In New York State:
Food Item is///Tax Exempt if///Taxable if
Cold cuts///sliced and sold by weight///arranged on food platter
Pizza///frozen, refrigerated, unheated///heated
Hot dog///refrigerated (packaged)///served on a bun or heated
Fish///sold unheated///heated or served in a sandwich
Bread///sold by the loaf (whole or sliced)///served with a bowl of soup
Bananas///sold whole, individually or by the bunch///peeled or sliced as part of a fruit platter
Bagel///sold by quantity (whole or sliced)///toasted, buttered, or with cream cheese
Salad mix///packaged in bag///from a self-serve salad bar or prepared and arranged on a plate
Ice cream///sold in a container by weight (including hand-packed pints, quarts, etc.)///made-to-order cone or sundae
Macaroni salad///packaged and sold by weight///served with a sandwich, served in a tray as a side dish or on a plate, or from a self-serve salad bar
Chicken wings///sold unheated///sold heated
More fun explanations of the New York State sales tax law re food sold by food stores.
for food retailers.
for specific products and services.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Groupon.com, one of the fastest growing companies on the Internet, emails its members daily offers to buy discounted deals in their residential areas. One recent deal, for example, offered members in New Jersey an opportunity to buy $40 worth of food at an Italian specialty store for $20. It's a great business concept, but it places unusual demands on Groupon.com's customer service.
Here's an example...of taking the long view.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
A Research Summary can be found at here (PDF).
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
As a librarian noted, "A multistate search is free and you can purchase individual or expanded records on a pay-as-you-go basis. Another option is a day pass. You could check for other KnowX pricing options. Also check coverage and updating information if those are key issues for you. Delaware is not included. Here is the blurb:
"'Research Corporate Records, and Search for Company Public Record Information. Search Corporate Record filings from the Secretary of State Offices across the United States. The types of information included in the Corporate Records search are records related to corporations, limited partnership, limited liability companies, trademarks, reserved names, and more.'"
Monday, April 18, 2011
"Here are words and phrases you should remove from your website — not just from your About Us page but from many other pages as well.
"They might sound impressive to you, but they're meaningless to everyone else."
Thursday, April 14, 2011
How Credit Works
Why Credit Scores Matter
Build a Better Credit Report
General Credit Tips
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
The research summary can be found HERE.
Should you need further information, please feel free to contact Brian Headd at (202) 205-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Sounds great! So I decided to check it out at pueblo.gpo.gov/FreePubs.php. I should note that one can order almost any of the physical items and receive them in one to three weeks, rather than writing to Pueblo, Colorado, like I used to.
First couple categories, Cars and Consumer Action Handbook, each had only one item, but one could click on the link and make a PDF.
But several areas had no such link. Under Small Business was Diversifying Your Workforce, with no link. What to do? Check out the FAQ!
"During this pilot program, we are limiting copies to one per person. However, you can download and print copies of government publications from Google Books (http://books.google.com) or order print copies of publications from the Federal Citizen Information Center (http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov) and the Government Printing Office Bookstore (http://bookstore.gpo.gov).
I tried Google Books first. The export citation choices were BiBTeX (.bibtex), EndNote (.enw), and RefMan (.ris); my computer recognized none of the extensions. At the FCIC/Pueblo site, not only did I find a PDF of the resource, but links to related items. I couldn't find the item at all at the GPO bookstore.
Next I looked for, under Money, the item Identity Theft and Your Social Security Number. Both Google books and FCIC/Pueblo led me to the Social Security page with a PDF link. Again, no luck at the GPO bookstore.
Your experiences may vary.
Monday, April 11, 2011
How does a business owner take positive steps ensure that his or her business remains resilient through a disaster situation that could destroy the company? Join Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, April 19, for a discussion on developing the capacity to become a more resilient leader during a free, online webinar led by former FEMA Administrator David Paulison.
During the hour-long webinar, Paulison – a nationally recognized leader in emergency and disaster preparedness, response and recovery, will talk about obstacles to clear-headed leadership, and will share tips based on his own experience on avoiding errors that lead to failure in the midst of trying to rebuild after a disaster.
SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery Solutions to offer business continuity strategies for entrepreneurs via their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit www.preparemybusiness.org to access previous webinars and for more preparedness tips.
Since 1953, the SBA has provided more than $48 billion in disaster recovery assistance to 1.9 million homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes in the form of low-interest loans. For more information about the disaster loan program, visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
WHO: SBA, Agility Recovery Solutions
WHAT: “Leading with Resiliency During a Disaster” will be presented by former FEMA Administrator David Paulison, followed by a question and answer session.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT
HOW: To register visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/244031664.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Thursday, April 07, 2011
Through the public-private partnership, a series of video modules has been developed to inspire and encourage American small businesses to actively pursue exporting and to educate them on how to do so.
“Winning the future means supporting small businesses that want to grow and create jobs through exporting,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “SBA is very pleased to have partnered with Inc. Magazine and AT&T in the production and distribution of this video series, which will help small firms that are new to exporting or looking for new markets to sell their goods and services.”
The video series, Take Your Business Global, features five main topics that guide small businesses through the process of exporting: Getting Started in Exporting; Planning for Export success; Connecting with Foreign Buyers; Financing; and five Case Studies of successful small business exporters.
The videos begin with answers to the frequently asked question, Why Export? They feature SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke; U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, and a variety of small business exporters. Other modules feature exporting experts discussing “how-to” take your business global. The videos are posted atwww.inc.com/exporting...
Funding for this project was jointly provided by Inc. Magazine and AT&T. Also, Inc. Magazine created the site to host the videos; both firms will distribute DVD copies of the videos and related materials approved by SBA and promote the series in online and print advertising...
The co-sponsorship agreements will remain in effect through August 31, 2012.
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Intellectual Property Rights: Protecting and Enforcing Your IPR in Foreign Markets
Where Will Your Next Customer Come From? Look Around the World
Competing in the Global Market: SBA’s International Trade Programs
Exporting to Russia
Exporting to Uganda
Exporting to Bahrain
Exporting to Cameroon
Monday, April 04, 2011
Business apps - there's a "great one" for scanning business cards and an app search engine.
There's also a recent PC Mag article about business apps for iPad.
And a pretty good YouTube video about Business Apps.