Tag Archives: business

Factory Slowdown Shows U.S. Has Little Traction

Here’s an interesting article by Jeanna Smialek & Lorraine Woellert, originally published by Bloomberg, and reprinted on the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commere website. Factory output rose less than forecast in September and contract signings for U.S. home purchases fell the most in three years, showing the economy was having trouble gaining traction before the… Read More »

Why 70% Of All Employees Hate Their Jobs

This article from the Business Insider is sponsored by SAP. Look at any three people in your workplace. Statistically, only one of them feels good about being there. According a recent Gallup report, more than two-thirds of U.S. workers (70%) are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. That’s bad news for companies already struggling to… Read More »

Hiring in Small-Business Sector Remains Sub-par

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) publisjed its September report on its web site. Chief economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) William C. Dunkelberg, issued the following statement on the September job numbers, based on NFIB’s monthly economic survey that will be released on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. The survey was conducted in September and… Read More »

Why So Many Emails Go to Spam

Here’s an interesting article from infusion soft/big ideas blog, big ideas for small businesses Many business owners often wonder why email messages go to spam. In my previous entry, I shared seven sure-fire ways on how to get your email messages to the spam folder. Apparently, small business owners want their messages to go to the inbox. In this… Read More »

Regulatory Zeal Keeps Manufacturing Growth on Lockdown

This is the second post in a series  by Sheryll Poe, published in FreeEnterprise.com, about manufacturing’s challenges and potential.  The cumulative burden of layers and layers of regulations and a broken regulatory process are holding U.S. manufacturing back, according to policy experts and a former administration official. “We have to stop thinking about regulations individually and focus… Read More »

REPORT: The Factory of the Future is Here

Here’s an interesting article by Sheryll Poe that was published on the FreeEnterprise.com website. The manufacturing landscape is changing into one that increasingly embraces—and benefits from—advanced manufacturing techniques, according to a new report. The report released by the National Center for the Middle Market (NCMM) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) indicates that 47% of mid-market manufacturers have adopted advanced manufacturing… Read More »

Restore the 40-Hour-Per-Week Definition to Full-Time Work

An interesting article by Sean Hackbarth from FreeEnterprise.com It’s been one year since the Supreme Court upheld most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). As the law continues to be implemented, employers have been scratching (or even banging) their heads in frustration over the perverse consequences of the rules delivered from Washington. One of those is… Read More »

Unemployment Rate Rising to 7.6% Means We Need Faster Economic Growth

An interesting article from FreeEnterprise.com. The May jobs numbers look as gray as the rainy weather up and down the East Coast. It was better than many expected, but Sam Ro at Business Insider points out, “[I]t continues to reflect a labor market that remains incredibly weak almost four years into the economic recovery.” The Bureau of… Read More »

Surprise Factory Downturn Holds Back U.S. Growth

An interesting article from the Bloomberg News by Shobhana Chandra, published on the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce web site. Manufacturing (NAPMPMI) in the U.S. unexpectedly shrank in May at the fastest pace in four years, showing slowdowns in business and government spending are holding back the world’s largest economy. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory… Read More »

Position your company for growth

Having your own business is more than just doing what you know how to do; it’s also about the business of running your company. Do you have more debt than you should? Can you answer the following questions? What is your debt equity ratio? Is debt eating up a significant portion of the cash you… Read More »