Need to Teach Employees How to Break Out of Jail?

Management and Operations“Enlightened” Profit. A Better Way To Build A Business.Values are the key to building value. More and more of today’s CEO’s now see a three tiered metric of profit as essential to building a strong and sustainable company. TheWisdomGuy.comManagement and OperationsWhen Bad Things Happen to Good Business Owners and EntrepreneursStuff happens. As a business owner and entrepreneur, the more successful you become, the more you open yourself up to criticism, negative feedback or just plain being attacked. BusinessKnowHow.com Management and Operations [Read Full Article]


Small Business Jobs Continue to Decline

Government, Politics and the Economy Small Business Job Losses Continue The mass-layoffs in the economy may have slowed, but small companies are still dropping employees to stay afloat. CNNMoney.com SBA's Mills Has the Answers for Small Business SBA chief Karen Mills discusses the challenges facing small business as well as her role in getting struggling companies the help they need. WSJ.com US Unemployment Slows Unemployment slowed last month and the overall un... [Read Full Article]


Obama's New Financial Oversight Plan Offers New Bailouts

  Government, Politics and the Economy Republicans: Obama's Financial Oversight Plan Would Continue Bailouts Leading Republicans on a House panel considering the Obama administration’s overhaul of financial regulations said the president’s plan would continue taxpayer-funded bailouts. Bloomberg.com Ownership, Management and Operations Make Sure Your New Hires are “Onboard” Once they've finished their HR paperwork, it's time to really bring your new hires “onboard.” They will be more engaged, more productive, and they will want to stay and be committe... [Read Full Article]


Lawsuits and Liability—Be Prepared!

Sometimes, when you make a business decision that directly affects someone, like terminating someone, there is fallout. Consider the following from The Detroit News, March 19, 2009:  A sacked salesman is suing his former boss for more than $25,000, claiming he was fired for lacking a "flat belly." But his ex-boss says the only thing flat was his sales.Patrick J. Ronayne, 61, of Bloomfield Hills is suing Winston Golf and Winston Manufacturing for weight and age discrimination, claiming he lost his $75,000-a-year job in April 2007 because of his waistline. His lawsuit in Oakland County Circuit Court claims he was an "excellent performer" and received an unscheduled bonus in his three years with the firm.  Ronayne refused comment, but a spokesman for the Auburn Hills firm was incredulous Wednesday when he heard about the suit.  "He said what?" asked Garrett Morelock, a spokesman for the com... [Read Full Article]


Small Business Brief for 11/26

Politics and Government Obama Adds Econ Advisers, Says 'Help is on The Way'CHICAGO (AP) - President-elect Barack Obama pledged on Wednesday to have an economic plan ready for action to deal with the nation's financial crisis on his first day in office. "Help is on the way," he declared. Obama to Name Volcker Head of New Economic PanelThe president-elect will announce a new economic advisory committee, which will be steered by the former Federal Reserve chairman. US Details $800 Billion Loan PlansThe Fed and the Treasury are willing to print as much money as needed to... [Read Full Article]


Small Business Brief for 11/10

Politics and Government Post-Election Hope on Health and Fear on Unions The election of Barack Obama as president presents small businesses with an opportunity for health care reform but an imminent threat on labor issues. That was the assessment of small business groups that congratulated Obama on his election victory and pledged to work with him to restore the economy. Obama Team Debates Initial Priorities President-elect Barack Obama and his advisers are debating whether to press forward with economic-recovery initiatives individually or to attempt change on several fronts at the same time. [Read Full Article]