Government, Politics and the Economy
Pitching in for Main Street: A Short-Term Fix or Long-Term Prosperity?
The economic downturn has prompted many consumers and neighborhood groups to actively support small businesses in their local communities, as residents pitch in to try to avoid boarded-up shops on Main Street. Still, it remains unclear whether buy-local campaigns provide just a short-term boost or a lasting impact on revenues. WSJ.com
Dumbest Moments in Business 2009
The first six months of 2009 has, so far, been filled with business and economic decisions that have left us all scratching our heads. From this embarassment of stupidities, here are the 17 dumbest so far. CNNMoney.com
Management and Operations
Forget The Creative Filters: Get Buy In!
For any leader, a great new idea is like striking gold. It can be mined, collected, examined, enriched and sold; but prospecting for that golden idea can be very difficult. BusinessKnowHow.com
12 Additions to Your Workplace Vocabulary
Here are some explanations for a dozen examples of some not-so-common workplace phrases to help you stay up to speed the next time you are at the water cooler or in a meeting. ManageSmarter.com
Supreme Court: Anti-Retaliation Rules Clarified
A recent Supreme Court ruling asserts that Title VII covers an employee’s report of discrimination, whether on his own accord or in response to the employer’s internal investigation of such matters. Workforce.com
New Federal Initiatives in Corporate Governance
If your business is a corporation, this is for you: Leading legislators and regulators have announced a series of initiatives that indicate a growing momentum for greater federal involvement in public company corporate governance matters, a realm historically left largely to state law. Mondaq.com
Taxes and Financial Issues
When an LLC Fails, Who Pays the Debts?
In theory, if a limited-liability company cannot pay up, then landlords and other creditors cannot come after the owners' personal assets. How do they get paid? BusinessWeek.com
Are Your Business Applications Letting You Down?
Due for formal release later this week, a study conducted by Dimensional Research reveals some remarkable—and troubling—statistics about business systems performance and the response times for problem resolution. ZDNet.com
Health, Benefits and Labor Issues
Save by Putting Your Benefits Plan up for Bid
Rather than simply renewing their benefits plans with existing providers, many companies find that by putting their plans up for bid, they are seeing big cost savings. Workforce.com
Branding, Sales and Marketing
CRM: The Impact of Search Click-Throughs on Your Business
If you are looking at the difference in how people convert or behave on your website, based on whether they come from organic or paid and from Google or Bing, then it's time to get a handle on your visitor data. ClickZ.com
Online Remarketing: Going After Consumers who Abandon Their Shopping Carts
There are three things that prove shopping cart abandonment e-mail campaigns are good for us as shop-owners and marketers, and good for the customer as well. MineThatData.com