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In the NewsU.S. to Help Banks in Distressed AreasThe Treasury Department will invest up to $1 billion from the federal bank bailout fund in small banks and credit unions that make loans to small businesses in some of the communities most ravaged by the economic downturn, officials announced on Wednesday. NYtimes.com Management & Operations How To Develop Your Global Leadership Pipeline To stay competitive in your industry and accomplish your goals, it is important to have strong leadership. This stems from executives, managers, and even entry-level employees, as they develop skills for improving the... [Read Full Article]


Main Street Frustration: 'Everything is Going to Banks'

Government and PoliticsWhat Obama Said About Small BusinessA short but prominent section of President Obama’s State of the Union focused on helping small businesses to create jobs. Here’s a look at what he said and what it means. BusinessWeek.comGovernment and PoliticsGlobal Workforce Report on Emerging Markets: The Backshoring MythDespite media hype about the recession driving jobs back to the U.S., the business case for outsourcing to the emerging markets remains overwhelming. Workforce.comGovernment and Politics [Read Full Article]


Banks Pull Another $1 Billion From Small Business Lending

Management and Operations 21st Century Career Development and Its Implications for Learning and Development There has been a significant change between what career development means in the 21st century and what it meant when our parents' generation, or even when my fellow Boomers, entered the workforce. ManageSmarter.com Management and OperationsFirst Lady Michelle Obama Promotes Work/Life BalanceDuring her visit with 400 employees, Obama touched on an issue that has been central to her professional life—simultaneously managing the demands of home and the workplace. Workfor... [Read Full Article]


Small Biz Tip: Managing Your Finances: Finding Funding

Tips from September 24, 2009 The Small Business tips today discuss managing your finances and finding funding. Research your area's development departments, including state, county, and local. They may offer a funding program. Community banks are a good source to contact for funding. They are usually willing to help small businesses, like themselves, out. Ask your bank if there are any revolving loan funds (RLF) you can qualify for. RLFs allot funding for periods when you cannot pay. Visit the US Small Business Administration. Research their funding programs & see if you can qualify for one. Daily Overview: Finding funding is no easy task. Do your research & don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. [Read Full Article]


Budget for Tax Enforcement to Double in 2010

  Government and Economy Obama Doubles Tax Law Enforcement Budget President Obama has proposed a near doubling of the funds to enforce U.S. tax laws next year, with an aim of more than quadrupling funding for tax compliance to $2.1 billion within five years. Reuters.com Stress Test: Banks Need More Money, Taxpayers May Not Have to Pay True, the stress tests show that the banks need more funds, but that does not necessarily mean they will get that money from the government as the Obama administration is suggesting that the rescue money that Congress has already approved will be enough to fill the gaps. NYTimes.com [Read Full Article]


The Real Corporate Tax Bill—How Much Do Companies Really Pay the IRS?

  Government and Economy The Real U.S. Corporate Tax Bill A new study commissioned by BusinessWeek shows that Corporate America pays the IRS anywhere from zero to 400% of income. Where does your business fall on that line? BusinessWeek.com Banking Industry Bracing for Stress Test Results In a slow-motion move designed to blunt market reactions, federal regulators will soon tell the banks—privately—the results of their stress tests and to release the test methodology, which could point to the banks that may be in trouble and alarm depositors and investors. The results will be r... [Read Full Article]


Small Business Goes to War Against the Banks

  Government and Economy After the Fed’s Money Flood, Will Democracy Need a Bailout? The bailouts may be the least popular government program in history, and if the Treasury needs more money to keep it going, who knows whether Congress would provide it? As a result, Treasury and the Fed have been running what Kevin Hassett, director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, sees as a scam. Bloomberg.com Small Business Fights Back Against the Banks As banks pull back on lending and work to purge bad loans from their balance sheets, some small business borrowers are on the attack, filing lawsuits, putting out news release... [Read Full Article]


Card-Check One Vote Short in Senate

  Government and Economy Key Republican Changes Position, Now Opposes Card-CheckSenator Arlen Specter's vote may determine the fate of the pro-union card check bill, which would make it easier for workers to form unions. He declared his new opposition to the bill in a March 24 th Senate floor speech. Workforce.com SBA Launches Online Community for Small Businesses SBA’s Business Gateway Program has launched the first government-sponsored online community built specifically for small businesses, Community.Business.gov. Small Business Administration [Read Full Article]