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Small Business 101: Channeling your Inner Business Tycoon

Finance Week June 7, 2013 at 9:03 am

Starting your own business takes a lot of skills and money. There are hundreds of things you need to take care of all in one go. Unless you have prior experience, you will find it difficult to juggle the demands of your new business venture. The good thing with doing it is it teaches you many things. It helps you become a better person while exposing you to the realities of the real world.

Engaging in any type of business requires focus, patience and perseverance. If you don’t possess any of these, you will find yourself buckling down as the pressure mounts. This is why you need to arm yourself with basic knowledge so the sheer responsibility of running your own business doesn’t overwhelm you.

The following tips should help you get started:

Know Your Strengths

You will have a better chance at succeeding if you start a business that play to your strengths. If you love working with people, a retail business is perfect for you. If you would rather give orders or silently draft new business ideas, a manufacturing or industrial business should do you well. Before you start, always assess your skills and determine your interest. This will help your focus on the business for as long as it takes to launch and take flight.

Determine the Business Setup

Would you rather start a business on your own or work with business partners? Answering this question allows you insights on whether you’d rather do sole proprietorship, a corporation, or a partnership or LLC company in Georgia. It is also best to think about the pros and cons of each one before making initial and final preparations. Starting a business will require you to pour in time, effort and money. The type of business setup you choose is something you will have to live with for a long time.

Learn the Rules

Starting a business is like playing in a real-life game. You need to know the rules if you want a fighting chance at beating the competition. Make a conscious effort to improve your skills and strengthen your knowledge about the business. You need to sharpen your wits so you can think straight and focus on what you wish for your business to achieve. In the end, the only person you can trust is yourself so make sure that when that time comes, you’re more than ready to rise up to the occasion.

There are thousands of online resources you can turn to help brush up your business savvy. Similarly, you can always tap the help of more established companies to help you on your feet. Whether it’s taking care of all the paperwork, collecting documentations to form LLC, or running other aspects of your business, the internet is your friend. Use the web, everything you can get your hands on wisely, and you just might become one of tomorrow’s biggest success stories.

Dog Retires, Gets His Photo Taken For The Yearbook

Tech Week June 7, 2013 at 5:33 am

dogAn unusual retirement was honored this week by Portage High School in Illinois. It seems like a furry fella got his photo taken for this batch’s yearbook.

The “therapy dog” named Prince, who was bred by Lutheran Church Charities, is a 9-year-old golden retriever who works at the guidance office. As a parting gift, his photo was published along with the graduating class of 2013.

Melissa Deavers-Lowie, Portage High School’s yearbook adviser, said, “We’ve never done anything like this but it was a nice way to say goodbye to Prince. Parents and students thought it was so cute and funny. And on Sunday, he’ll lead the graduating class of 2013 onto the football field for the ceremony.” In addition, Prince will wear a custom-made red cap and gown to fit in with the graduates.

“Prince comes to school and works with me in therapy groups. It’s pretty phenomenal how much the kids love him.” Tim Kunstek, Portage High School’s guidance counselor and Prince’s handler, added.

Prince has worked diligently for the past four and a half years. He rides to school, greet students as they arrive, and always make sure that they go to classes. He even sits down during counseling sessions. During lunchtime, he likes to hang out with the students as well.

Prince will still work part-time with kids upon retirement. In fact, his Facebook page is proud of having more than a thousand likes. It is updated constantly for his friends and fans.

Recently, Portage High School is training a new therapy dog. Isaiah, a 1-year-old golden retriever, is going to be Prince’s replacement. “There’s something really calming about golden retrievers; they have a big effect on people,” said Tim Kunstek.

Samsung’s Next Galaxy Tab To Run On Intel Chips

E-Paper Weekly June 5, 2013 at 1:18 am

galaxy tabFor the past few years, Samsung was considered Apple’s rival when it came to tablets and other innovative telecommunication gadgets. This competition even led to an infringement case that’s all about imitation. The winds have shifted, however. The Samsung tab now seems cooler than Apple’s iPad, as Intel, the supplier of its chips, can chalk up a major victory.

A Reuters report strengthened the rumored Samsung selection of Intel’s Clover Trail+ mobile system on a chip (SoC) for its unreleased Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. After floating for weeks, the tale about Samsung using a dual-core 1.6 GHz Clover Trail+ SoC seems to come to actualization very soon.

If Reports are True

Enderle Group’s principal analyst, Rob Enderle, told the E-Commerce Times,“If the reports are true, the deal will be a huge win for Intel because Samsung is this decade’s Apple. What they do will be seen by other vendors and should open the market further for Intel.”

What’s with the Clover Trail+

Intel offers three versions of the Clover Trail+, all using hyperthreading technology and the 2009 Saltwell 32 nm second-generation Atom processor CPU architecture,part of its x86-based Atom line of low-power processors designed for mobile devices. Clover Trail+ can run both Windows 8 and Android. According to Enderle’s speculation, this, along with some financial incentives from Intel, might have urged Samsung to adopt the Clover Trail+ for the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

SNL Bids Farewell To “Stefon”

Service Week May 20, 2013 at 3:28 am

BillhwaveAs season finales go, Saturday Night Live’s was full of surprises and, well, farewells, as eight-season cast member Bill Hader—known and beloved for his character, “Weekend Update” city correspondent Stefon—bids goodbye to the show to get married.

Hosted by Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck, SNL’s final salvo for the season paid homage to Hader in true SNL style. Through a surprising wedding sequence, “Stefon” bids Seth Meyers goodbye, citing his wedding as the reason. Meyers gets some advice from former co-anchor Amy Poehler and comes to terms with his love for Stefon and chases him, wedding crashers fashion.

Hader wasn’t alone in bidding the show goodbye, though, as last week, cast members Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis also were reported to be leaving. In the season finale episode, the last sketch, “Top of the Pops,” featured Hader, Armisen, Sudeikis, and Taran Killam playing a British rock band on the final night of a tour. Armisen said, “It’s the last night here.” And Hader replied, “But we’re going to keep playing together.”

To cap the night off, host Affleck joined SNL’s “Five Timers Club,” congratulated by his wife, Jennifer Garner, who also joined him for a monologue clearing up some of their marital issues.

Hundreds of Colorado Schools Required to Serve Breakfast

Back2School May 17, 2013 at 12:58 am

breakfastHundreds of Colorado schools will be required to serve breakfast to students in 2014 after Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bill into law.

The bill “Breakfast After the Bell” was passed this legislative session to provide universal free breakfast at poverty schools aiming to ensure student hunger does not prevent learning.

Bill sponsor Rep. Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City) told fellow House members that he loves the bill. “The ‘Breakfast After The Bell’ model is proven to have an incredible success rate,” he added.

Schools with 80% or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are required to serve breakfast at the start of each school day, totaling more than 360 schools. According to Hunger Free Colorado, an advocacy group that pushed for the bill, that’s another 80,000 students who will have access to breakfast each school day.

“By enacting this legislation, we can ensure that more Colorado kids will have access to a healthy breakfast so they can start the school day ready to learn,” Moreno said in a statement.

North Korea Tourism ‘Booming’ Despite Nuclear Threats

Travel Weekly April 25, 2013 at 7:03 am

State-sanctioned travel operators in North Korea says that business is booming despite the nation’s threats of nuclear war against South Korea and the U.S. They have been accepting tourists who wish to visit the secretive country for several years now.

north korea tourismA 23-year old British tourist, Richie Fenner, who had visited North Korea 20 times, recalls how different this elusive country is to other nations he visited. It has a smaller population than most of its neighboring countries, it has less traffic, less pollution and no commercial advertisements are on sight.

He later on invested in a travel company called YPT(Young Pioneers Tours) and served as a tourist guide. YPT’s tagline is “Adventure travel to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from.”

Last year, the small firm made up of just seven personnel brought 500 curious travelers to North Korea. Fenner predicts that this number will increase to about 800 this year.

Aleksandra Sagan of CBS News has more on the story at this site.

Philips Reveals More Energy-Efficient Light

Tech Week April 15, 2013 at 1:04 am

Lighting company Philips has developed an LED light, described as the world’s most energy efficient.

Philips said the new prototype tube lighting LED is twice as efficient as those currently used in offices but gives the same amount of light. This means that this new lamp could bring huge cost and energy savings.

The prototype tube lighting produces 200 lumens per watt (200lm/W) compared with 100lm/W for equivalent strip lighting and 15lm/W for traditional light bulbs.

According to Rene van Schooten, chief executive of light source and electronics at Philips, this is a major breakthrough in LED lighting and will further drive the transformation of the lighting industry.

Compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, LED bulbs are more efficient because less energy loss through heat.

Philips plans to sell the light by 2015, replace the traditional lighting.

Find out more about this new LED light in this article from BBC.

Amazon Is Still King

E-Paper Weekly April 8, 2013 at 3:58 am

Launched in a garage in Bellevue, Washington, Amazon rose to be the world’s top online retailer. Since its inception in 1994, it continuous to defy competitors and critics alike.

It is now the world’s largest online retailer with the Amazon Kindle controlling 45 % of all e-book sales. That data alone is proof of the continued reign of the retailer up to this day.

Amazon was founded by former hedge fund manager Jeff Bezos. It is now a global company with operations in 11 countries including France, Germany, China, and Japan.

It employs 88, 400 people and its stocks are valued at $120.6 billion. In 2012, it generated sales of $61 billion and share value rose by 30 % from last year.

From selling books, Amazon diversified to selling CDs, DVDs, and games among others. It continues to expand and offer new services such as online storage and web hosting.

Sarah Butler tells more about Amazon’s technological prowess.

Eye Infections Prompt Recall Of Avastin Injections

Health Week March 26, 2013 at 3:59 am

Forty lots of Avastin injection syringes, a drug used to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, are being recalled by a compounding pharmacy in Georgia after reports that at least five patients developed eye infections from using the drug.

The Augusta, Georgia-based compounding pharmacy Clinical Specialties, Inc. distributed the personalized injection drugs starting December 18 of last year to doctors’ offices in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, and Indiana.

Compounding is the science of creating pharmaceutical drugs to fit the certain requirements of a patient. It is basically making personalized medicines for patients.

The reported infections were from off-label use of the drug and appeared to be limited to a single clinic in the Georgia area, said pharmacist Austin Gore, who runs the pharmacy.

“We don’t know the cause,” said Gore.

The kind and the seriousness of the latest eye infections are still unknown. Officials from the United States Food and Drug Administration warned health professionals back in August 2011 regarding the dangers of using repackaged injections of Avastin. The medicine is actually for treating cancer and known by its generic name bevacizumab.

The warning from the FDA came after at least a dozen individuals who used the tainted drug developed eye infections, including some who went blind. Four other patients from Tennessee also developed eye infections at the time.

The Georgia pharmacy has sent notifications regarding the product recall to all doctors’ offices currently using the Avastin injections.

The Avastin solution for IV injections, manufactured by the biotechnology corporation Genentech, is FDA-approved to treat various cancers. Many individuals, though, have frequently used it off-label to treat macular degeneration since Avastin costs about $50 per injection while Lucentis, the Genentech drug approved to treat the eye disease, costs around $2,000 per injection.

Facts About Google You Might Not Know

Back2School March 26, 2013 at 3:44 am

Google is an exceptional company that plays a huge part in people’s lives. It is known as the source of fascination among many individuals. Here are some facts and stats about the world’s most famous search engine:

The First Google Doodle

Google is famous for its homepage “Doodles,” the logo graphics that change. Many people worldwide enjoy it during special events or anniversaries. The very first doodle was designed with an “out of office” message. Back in 1998, Brin and Page went to the Burning Man festival in Nevada during the weekend. The Burning Man doodle was created by Google staff who added this on the webpage to inform the users that they are on a break and will not be fixing any technical issues at the moment.

Google’s First Storage

The staff calls its storage the “BackRub,” back when it was a research project in 1996. It has a 40-gigabyte memory and is made of LEGO, the famous colored building bricks. It even has funny images on top. According to reports, the LEGO was said to be a way to build an expandable and cheap housing for ten 4-gigabyte hard drives.

The First Google Tweet

The very first tweet of Google is a tricky one for those who do not know binary codes. It says, “I’m 01100110 01100101 01100101 01101100 01101001 01101110 01100111 00100000 01101100 01110101 01100011 01101011 01111001 00001010,” which is also known as their famous homepage line, “I’m feeling lucky.”