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Credit Scores and Hiring

Credit Scores and Hiring

Strange economic times can lead to strange…well, almost everything. Strange news stories. Strange public policy discussions. Strange moral arguments. Strange issues for your hiring managers or human resources people to wrestle with. Consider that Ohio, California, Colorado, New Jersey and at least 20 other states have implemented […]

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How’s Your Company’s Brand?

How’s Your Company’s Brand?

Apple Inc. is still on a roll. The computer and consumer electronics juggernaut is the most respected brand of any American company. That’s according to Harris Interactive’s annual public opinion poll on corporate brands and reputations. Apple beat out last year’s winner, search engine giant Google Inc., […]

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Repealing Okun’s Law

Repealing Okun’s Law

Whether or not your company has brought new employees on board recently, it’s worth noting that 2011 ended on a positive note on the jobs front, as U.S. payrolls added a net 200,000 positions in December alone. Even with seasonal adjustments and allowances made for holiday-related hirings, […]

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Pepperdine’s Crystal Ball: 2012 Small Business Insights

Pepperdine’s Crystal Ball: 2012 Small Business Insights

You’re more optimistic in the prospects of your own business than you are in the economy as a whole. Still, you likely won’t give your employees raises this year, and there’s a 50-50 chance you expect to pay more to yourself. At least that’s how it appears […]

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Small Business, the SBA and the Kids’ Table

Small Business, the SBA and the Kids’ Table

Remember the kids’ table at family holiday dinners? That’s where you were exiled until something – an illness, geography, the passing of an elderly family member, etc. – created an opening at the adult table. Heck, I didn’t make the adult table until I was 35. The […]

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Five Things about the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Five Things about the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Good grief. What a mess. Just hours before the Christmas holiday weekend, Congress reached agreement on a two month (that’s right!) extension of the temporary payroll tax cut enacted for the 2011 tax year. The deal keeps the rate at 4.2%, instead of reverting to the 6.2% […]

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Turtleneck Not Required

Turtleneck Not Required

How many presentations, sales pitches, or speeches did you sit through in the last year? Fifty? A hundred? And, although many were probably quite good, how many were truly exceptional or memorable? One or two? There’s no need to fall into the “mediocre” category when presenting your […]

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Project Management: A Quick Guide and Fair Warning

Project Management: A Quick Guide and Fair Warning

There are day-to-day operations in a business, and then there are projects. When your business decides to launch a new service, that’s a project. Everything that’s involved in “ramping-up” for the new service introduction, including testing the market, determining the exact nature of what will be offered, […]

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How’s Your Elevator Pitch?

How’s Your Elevator Pitch?

As Jerry Seinfeld might ask, “What did they call these pitches before there were elevators?” Sorry. Could not resist. It’s not clear who came up with the phrase “elevator pitch.” Some people like the term, some don’t. Certainly, it’s a bit clichéd, but the other side of […]

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Will the Euro Debt Crisis Impact Your Business?

Will the Euro Debt Crisis Impact Your Business?

The Euro Debt Crisis – which refers to the difficulties experienced by countries in the region trying to make payments on their bonds and other debt obligations – has become a sort of “go to” story for editors of newspaper business sections. That’s appropriate, of course. The […]

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