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- Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Start Co. will offer small-business mentoring sessions Tuesday, April 19, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. This free program offers one-on-one counseling about starting or managing a small business. Visit memphislibrary.org for details.
- Monday, April 18, 2016
Memphis Area Business and Professional Women will meet Monday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at Ervin Hypnosis Center, 2865 Summer Oaks Drive, suite 100. The group will map out its fundraising plans for Grace House of Memphis and share 2016-17 convention details. Email email@example.com or call 901-489-5481.
3. New Privacy Rules Expected For Internet Providers
- Friday, March 11, 2016
NEW YORK (AP) – The federal government is proposing new privacy rules that would make Internet service providers such as cable and phone companies ask your permission in some instances before using and sharing your data.
4. Double-Spacers, You’re Dating Yourself
- Friday, September 25, 2015
There’s something you may be doing every day that’s making you look old. And you probably have no idea what it is. It’s not your clothes, your hairstyle or the AOL email address you’re using (although those aren’t helping either).
- Friday, August 14, 2015
Playhouse on the Square will present the regional premiere of “Billy Elliot: The Musical” Friday, Aug. 14, through Sept. 6 at Playhouse, 66 S. Cooper St. Buy tickets at playhouseonthesquare.org.
6. As It Closes AOL Deal, Verizon Teases New Video Services
- Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon is launching a mobile video service this summer that would show sports, concerts and other types of content.
The country's largest wireless provider teased a few details of its upcoming offerings Tuesday while announcing it had completed its $4.4 billion purchase of AOL Inc. The deal is designed to help Verizon Communications Inc. expand in mobile video and advertising as more hours are spent watching video, reading and shopping on phones and tablets.
7. Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T Evolves Beyond Phones
- Wednesday, May 20, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone.
AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.
8. As Consumers Turn Online for Video, AT&T Strikes Hulu Deal
- Thursday, May 14, 2015
DALLAS (AP) – In a sign of the increasing importance of online video, AT&T said Wednesday it will offer Hulu's streaming TV service to its customers.
AT&T is the country's No. 2 wireless provider. It also sells TV, Internet and home phone service and is in the process of buying DirecTV, which would make it the country's largest traditional TV provider.
9. Verizon Buys AOL for $4.4 Billion in Mobile Video Bet
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
NEW YORK (AP) – After selling millions of Americans their mobile phones, Verizon now wants to capture their eyeballs, too.
As its phone business slows down, the nation's largest wireless carrier is making a $4.4 billion bet that it can find growth in mobile video and advertising by buying AOL, one of the Internet's oldest brands, which has been through its own share of transformations since introducing much of America to the online world nearly a generation ago.
- Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Leadership Memphis will host its 2015 Leadership Awards Luncheon Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Awardees Pat Halloran, Brian Stephens and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare will be honored for empowering the community and making a positive impact in the Mid-South. Tickets are $50. Visit leadershipmemphis.org.
- Monday, March 02, 2015
The University of Memphis Career Services Office and Academic Internship Office will hold the spring Career and Internship Expo Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Uni-versity Center ballroom, 499 University St. Attendees should dress professionally and bring cop-ies of their resume. Cost is free and open to U of M students and alumni. Visit mem-phis.edu/careerservices or call 901-678-2239.
12. ‘Lion King’ Actor Gives Back to Memphis
- Tuesday, February 24, 2015
You’re trying to raise money. You know who could provide funding. You set personal appointments, talk with people in person. You know you have a good project that will make an impact. Yet all you hear is “no.” When do you give up? Russell Joel Brown heard “no” 75 times before he got to “yes.”
13. Are You Sharing Too Much?
- Friday, September 19, 2014
When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.
14. Lessons Learned From Millennials
- Friday, August 08, 2014
Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.
- Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, June 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Randy Richardson of the International Port of Memphis will speak. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.
16. Negatives Aside, AOL CEO Posts Positive Results
- Thursday, February 13, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – You've got gaffes.
AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong isn't one to mince words. Over the weekend, he apologized for insensitive comments and backtracked from an unpopular plan to pay matching 401(k) retirement contributions in a lump sum at the end of the year. Armstrong had previously defended the proposal by citing the high cost care for two "distressed babies" born to employee families.
17. Your Calling Card
- Friday, January 24, 2014
These days, the way in which you present yourself has become more complicated. It’s no longer just about being well groomed with a firm handshake. Your Facebook page, LinkedIn account, email address, business cards and phone number all say something about you. They are all pieces of your personal brand.
18. How to Get Ahead in Business With a Short Resume
- Thursday, January 09, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) – Hey twentysomethings, dreaming of trading in the safety of a regular paycheck to start your own business? There's no secret sauce. Instead, founders of three companies have obvious tips: Work hard, network and ask for help.
19. Big Tech Companies Lash Out at Government Snooping
- Tuesday, December 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) – Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.
- Thursday, November 07, 2013
The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW board room, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.
21. Builders of Obama's Health Website Saw Red Flags
- Wednesday, October 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Crammed into conference rooms with pizza for dinner, some programmers building the Obama administration's showcase health insurance website were growing increasingly stressed. Some worked past 10 p.m., energy drinks in hand. Others rewrote computer code over and over to meet what they considered last-minute requests for changes from the government or other contractors.
- Thursday, September 26, 2013
Farmington Presbyterian Church will host a human-trafficking workshop with human rights advocate Rev. Noelle Damico Thursday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Balmoral Presbyterian Church, 6413 Quince Road. Damico will cover the forms of human trafficking, how it happens and how to take action against it. Cost is free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Healthy Memphis Common Table, Healthy Shelby and Qsource will host Care About Your Care on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The University of Memphis Fogelman Executive Center, 330 Innovation Drive. The event focuses on how health care professionals can work together to improve care transitions to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. Cost is free. Register at healthymemphis.org.
24. African-American Philanthropy and Museums, Part 2
- Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Part two of a three-part series “While our museums face many challenges, there are as many opportunities. Collectively we need to determine what steps we’re prepared to take and how aggressive we’re prepared to be to ensure the current and future relevancy and sustainability of our museums.”
25. African-American Philanthropy and Museums, Part 1
- Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Part one of a three part series “Self-empowerment is one among many strategies people of African descent have employed to ensure our survival in the New World. This includes the creation of museums and cultural centers that document, recognize and celebrate the art, culture, history and contributions of African-Americans. These institutions, many of which were established as a result of public/private partnerships, bear testimony to the hard battles fought to bring dreams to fruition.”
- Monday, September 02, 2013
The Daily News’ offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, in observance of Labor Day. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 a.m. and remain open during regular business hours.
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at DeVry University, 6401 Poplar Ave., sixth floor. Credit expert Craig Cline will present “How to Improve Your Credit Score.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call 482-0354.
- Saturday, August 31, 2013
The Center for Southern Folklore will present the Memphis Music & Heritage Festival Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street between Peabody Place and Union Avenue. The event will include music, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Cost is free. Visit southernfolklore.org for a list of performers.
28. Google Asks to Publish More US Government Information
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for emails and other information that people transmit online.
29. Is Big Data Turning Government Into 'Big Brother'?
- Monday, June 10, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.
- Thursday, November 01, 2012
The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the MLGW administration building, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com for an agenda.
- Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The fifth annual Leadership Memphis Multicultural Breakfast will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. The event will include a roundtable focusing on how the performing, visual and literary arts define cultures, bring communities together and promote skills to be successful in the 21st century. Call 278-0016.
- Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board of commissioners will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the MLGW administration building, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com for an agenda.
- Thursday, September 06, 2012
Rock for Love 6, the sixth annual Church Health Center benefit concert festival, will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Sept. 9. Visit churchhealthcenter.org/rockforlove for a list of venues and performers.
34. Source: Yahoo, Facebook Have Settled Patent Fight
- Monday, July 09, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a dispute over patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The deal would end lawsuits the companies filed against each other without any money exchanged, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
35. Apple's Next Hot Release: The Dividend Check
- Wednesday, March 21, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Apple made computers sexy. Can it do the same for the musty old dividend?
Issuing a regular payment to your stockholders after years of just amassing cash used to be an admission that your company has run out of creative ideas to grow profits.
36. Tech Companies Team Up to Combat Email Scams
- Tuesday, January 31, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) – Google, Facebook and other big tech companies are jointly designing a system for combating email scams known as phishing.
Such scams try to trick people into giving away passwords and other personal information by sending emails that look as if they come from a legitimate bank, retailer or other business. When Bank of America customers see emails that appear to come from the bank, they might click on a link that takes them to a fake site mimicking the real Bank of America's. There, they might enter personal details, which scam artists can capture and use for fraud.
- Friday, December 09, 2011
The Tennessee Minority Development Council will hold a membership luncheon meeting Friday, Dec. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, assembly room one, first floor, 6200 Poplar Ave. For more information or registration, contact Joyce Tabb at 830-8242 or email@example.com.
- Thursday, December 08, 2011
The Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Dec. 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Café, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. The female-focused lunch brings various business leaders and up-and-coming leaders together to discuss challenges and opportunities, as well as serve as a brain trust to cultivate programs focused on women in business. To R.S.V.P., email Jeremy Park at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Talk Shoppe will present the seminar “Talk Shoppe Marketing: Are You Getting the Most for Your Money?” Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call Jo Garner at 482-0354.
40. Obama, Advisory Council Urge Action to Create Jobs
- Wednesday, October 12, 2011
PITTSBURGH (AP) – President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment.
41. Yahoo, ABC Joining Forces in News Partnership
- Tuesday, October 04, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – ABC News and Yahoo Inc. are joining to deliver more online news to their audiences. With the deal, ABC News content will be prominently featured on Yahoo News, the most visited news website in the world. It will also show up on Yahoo's popular front page.
42. Why We Buy What We Do
- Monday, October 03, 2011
Do you know the No. 1 reason people buy what they do where they do? There is only one correct answer. It is well-known by most sales professionals. Even though most know this answer, they do not spend the time on it that is called for.
43. Beginning A Sales Position
- Monday, September 26, 2011
One of the better-paying positions in business, big or small, is outside salesperson. It is also one of the scariest. If you get past scary, which takes months, you set yourself on the way to business success and prepare well for ownership and CEO positions.
44. Netflix Separates its DVD, Streaming Businesses
- Tuesday, September 20, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Netflix Inc. is separating its DVD-by-mail business from the online movie streaming service it sees as the future of entertainment consumption.
45. Men Untied Over Ties
- Tuesday, September 06, 2011
Seems some businessmen are abandoning ties. I think it is a mistake. The look of no tie and open collar looks unprofessional and reduces confidence. It looks like something is missing – which may be your image.
- Thursday, September 01, 2011
State Systems will host a lunch and learn titled “High Definition Surveillance – Seeing is Believing” Thursday, Sept. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Embassy Suites Memphis, 1022 S. Shady Grove Road. The event is free, and lunch will be provided. To register, contact Debbie Jones at 531-6564 or email@example.com.
47. How to Improve Your Economy
- Monday, August 29, 2011
There are small businesses that could use boosting and unemployed talent on the sidelines. Seems like a natural match except nobody knows who can do what and: a) employers don’t have the working capital to experiment with new hires; b) job hunters do not know where the openings are to apply to; or c) both parties are looking but don’t like what they see. And not to mention folks are worn down from job hunting.
48. Litigators, Alligators and Lawyers
- Monday, August 22, 2011
There comes a time in business when you need a courtroom attorney. This may be either to defend yourself or sue. The fun factor ranks right in there with seeing a urologist.
Good attorneys cost $250 to $300 an hour. Using one with his name on the firm costs more. It is not clear why one would be $250 an hour and another even $400 an hour, but the inference is the $400-an-hour one never loses or is married to the judge. A day in court costs $10,000.
49. Victims To Victory
- Monday, August 15, 2011
Last week we spotlighted Hope House, which is improving the quality of life for HIV-impacted children and their families by addressing their educational, social, psychological and health needs. This week let us explore an organization helping victims of crime move from crisis to comfort through Christ: Victims to Victory.
50. Startups vs. Stay-Ups
- Monday, August 15, 2011
There are 5,000-plus small businesses in Memphis and millions in the country, so the state of small-business ownership seems good. The problem is not starting up so much as staying up.
New businesses come on line all the time. Good thing – because many go off line, too. Some 50 percent do not last four years. The Small Business Administration says 69 percent are gone by seven years. Thus the more intense issue is staying in business, not starting one.
51. Business: It’s About Time
- Monday, August 01, 2011
Time is currency and never more so than in small business. How you and your employees use it may determine success or failure. It is instructive to note Bill Gates and Fred Smith had the same 24 hours in the day as us. They have global businesses. We have certain areas of Shelby County.
52. Mother Teresa as Business Jedi
- Monday, July 25, 2011
Two years before she died, Mother Teresa was in the U.S. for a meeting with lay members of her organization. It took place at a nice hotel. Presenters showed charts and noted donation increases but also expense increases. Mother finally got up and said that she was disbanding the hierarchy present, that they spent too much on unnecessary things.
53. Cook Proposals, Then Let Cool
- Monday, July 18, 2011
Getting up proposals for prospects is usually fun and positive. It somewhat resembles cooking. I am not a cook and I microwave everything, but I like the analogy. Brew up some inventory, bake the price, add in a discount, a dash of free stuff, make some weird hand and facial gestures over it, let cool and deliver in a nice-looking package. Cha-Ching!? One hopes.
54. Pandora Gains Point to Healthy Internet IPO Future
- Friday, June 17, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Internet radio station Pandora Media's IPO struck the right chord with investors Wednesday despite the static in the overall stock market.
Pandora's shares surged by as much 63 percent in their market debut before pulling back later in the session. The stock closed at $17.42, still a decent gain amid the market's broader decline. It marked a 9 percent increase from Pandora's initial public offering price of $16 and a nearly six-fold increase from what Pandora's own board thought the stock was worth just six months ago.
- Thursday, June 02, 2011
The Delta – Everything Southern! Conference will be held this weekend. It begins with a tour of the city Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday features eight speakers from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Michael D. Rose Theatre Lecture Hall on the University of Memphis campus. A two-day tour of the Mississippi Delta will be held Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5. For more information or to register, visit www.memphis.edu/deltaconference/register.php.
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011
The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence will hold a workshop Wednesday, June 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at its office, 5100 Poplar Ave., suite 502. Participants will become familiar with the basic principles of grant-writing and the tools needed for successful proposals. Cost is $60 for members, $110 for nonmembers and $55 for those in the Program for Nonprofit Excellence. For more information, call 684-6605 or visit www.npexcellence.org.
57. AOL Offers Video Chat with No Log-In, Download
- Monday, May 16, 2011
In a move to become more competitive in the fast-growing field of video chat, the team behind AOL Inc.’s AIM instant messenger rolled out the first version of a free video chat service on Thursday that doesn’t require users to log in or download any software.
58. First Lady: Military Members, Spouses Need Jobs
- Monday, April 18, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – First lady Michelle Obama called on companies Thursday to recruit and hire members of the military and their spouses, saying they offer unique skills and qualities.
- Friday, March 25, 2011
The Small Business Chamber Breakfast Club will meet Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Office Suites Plus, 6000 Poplar Ave., suite 250. For more information, call Melody Douglas at 261-5400.
60. Biz of Memphis Music Topic of Chamber Forum
- Tuesday, March 22, 2011
In light of a busy week for the music industry in Austin, Texas, at the 25th annual South By Southwest music festival, Memphians will hear the importance of that industry to the city this week.
Dean Deyo, president of the Memphis Music Foundation, will hit the ground running after a busy week in Texas when he addresses the Greater Memphis Chamber Thursday morning during its Breakfast Forum series.
- Thursday, March 17, 2011
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will present a breakfast seminar titled “Covenants Not To Compete: Managing Restrictions and Expectations,” Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at its office at 165 Madison Ave., 20th floor. For more information or to register, contact Nicolette Thomas at 577-2328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC will partner with the Society for Human Resource Management-Memphis to present a seminar that will cover current legal requirements for employers in Tennessee Wednesday from 7:50 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Cost is $75 for SHRM-Memphis members and $150 for nonmembers. For more information or to register, visit www.shrm-memphis.org.
- Wednesday, March 09, 2011
The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America will hold a luncheon Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center on the University of Memphis campus. Jackie Nichols of Playhouse on the Square will be named 2010 Communicator of the Year. The luncheon is free for PRSA members, $25 for nonmembers and $15 for students. To register, call 754-9035 or visit www.prsamemphis.org. Deadline is Tuesday at noon.
- Tuesday, March 08, 2011
The Greater Memphis Chamber will present a lunch and learn meeting Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Tennessee, Ron Terry Center, 4385 Poplar Ave. Bridget DiCello will present the topic “High Impact Networking: Growing Your Business by Connecting Strategically.” For reservations, contact Nykesha Cole at 543-3519 or email@example.com.
- Monday, March 07, 2011
The Orpheum Theatre will unveil the 2011-2012 Broadway Series Monday at 2 p.m. at the theater, 203 S. Main St. The announcement will include a special sneak peek video presentation of the new season and an exclusive performance by two cast members of “Memphis the Musical.” A Q&A session will follow. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 529-4289.
66. AOL Buying Huffington Post for $315M
- Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Internet company AOL Inc. is buying news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news.
67. Technology Cos. Commit Funds to Obama Program
- Tuesday, February 01, 2011
NEW YORK (AP) – Three of the nation's biggest technology companies are committing hundreds of millions of dollars to an initiative backed by President Barack Obama to encourage job creation and economic growth by supporting small businesses.
68. Where Are the Jobs? For Many Companies, Overseas
- Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring?
Actually, many American companies are – just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.
69. Take Control of the Shades of Gray
- Monday, December 13, 2010
It seems popular for a speaker or author to declare something dramatic that may or may not be true. Some examples include: “Right now is the best time to start a business.” Or, “Cold calling is dead and networking is the way.” “Social media has replaced paper media.” Take your pick from other declarations of “this is dead” or “that is alive.”
70. Hiring is Like A Box of Chocolates
- Monday, November 29, 2010
Hiring the right people is critical to the success of any small business but not far from the box of chocolates Forrest Gump spoke of. You never know what you are going to get. Sometimes it is creamy and smooth. Other times you dig in only to find a nut.
71. Are You Wearing Out Chair or Shoe?
- Monday, November 15, 2010
I was disturbed by an upcoming presentation about the diminished role of salespeople to be taken from the book “Inside Advantage” by Bob Bloom. Local adviser Michael Synk posted to his Facebook public that “salespeople no longer add value to the sales process.” Both cited the Internet as where customers first research and then contact the salesperson and thus are now “in control.” These things have supposedly diminished the salesperson’s role. Really?
72. Good Time to Start A Business in China
- Monday, November 08, 2010
China has become a place where you may increase chances for success.
A non-stop flight to China is 15 hours or “five or six movies” relates John Chen, 36, COO of Sunshine Enterprises of Memphis and a Chinese immigrant. John and partner Wei Chen have 60 workers in the U.S. and 300 in China. He graduated from the University of Memphis and began an import/export business here.
- Thursday, November 04, 2010
The Memphis BioImaging Symposium will be held Thursday and Friday at the Fogelman Executive Conference Center, 330 Innovation Drive. For more information, a list of speakers or to register, visit www.membis.org.
- Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Talk Shoppe will present “Real Estate Appraisals: Factors That Can Affect Your Value” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.
75. Marlo Thomas Book Looks at Laughter
- Tuesday, October 26, 2010
A lesson learned with laughter, it is said, is a lesson learned well.
In learning about comedy, Marlo Thomas had some of the best teachers in the world in her father Danny Thomas and the other legendary entertainers who were fixtures in the Thomas household, where they would swap stories and entertain each other.
76. Old School Often Trumps the Latest Tech
- Monday, October 25, 2010
While we crave instant everything, increase ADHD chemicals anticipating new Apple stuff and beef up multi-tasking abilities buying the new GoogleNetFlixSmartphone4G Textmania HotSpotSkype units, some things remain old school useful.
77. Facing Bombardment
- Monday, October 18, 2010
Business owners are bombarded by invitations to join this group or that, attend seminars and buy “bestselling” books. We may feel uneasy because we think we should be participating in all of them lest we miss the latest “secrets of success.” What to do?
78. Report: AOL, Buyout Firms Mulling Bid for Yahoo
- Friday, October 15, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo Inc.'s inability to snap out of a financial funk may be about to turn the embattled Internet company into a takeover target for the second time in less than three years.
79. All About Business Books
- Monday, October 11, 2010
My degree is in journalism but my experience is business ownership. Hopefully, I am a good combination of the two by writing the truth about businesses and business people. That combo is why they let me write my stuff. Writing is a tricky business though, especially if it is books.
- Friday, October 08, 2010
The University of Memphis Department of Psychology will host the 2010 Spindel Conference Thursday through Saturday on the U of M campus. Stephen Darwall of Yale University of will deliver the opening address. The Emerging Scholar Prize Essay will be delivered Friday. For a complete list of speakers, times and locations, call 678-3352 or visit www.memphis.edu/philosophy/spindel_2010.php.
81. Bank Exec Checked Only Date on Foreclosure Docs
- Tuesday, October 05, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) – A Wells Fargo executive has acknowledged that he verified only the dates on up to 150 foreclosure documents he signed daily.
The executive made his admission in a May deposition involving a Washington state homeowner. He said he relied on co-workers to ensure that other information in the documents was correct.
82. It Must Be Easy
- Monday, October 04, 2010
Going through IBM sales school 101, emphasis was on being able to demonstrate products were easy to use. It was near the top of reasons why buyers bought. This is true now more than ever. It is safe to say that anything about your business process that is not easy is costing you business and profits. Anything you try to sell that is complicated or difficult will make it complicated and difficult to make a sale.
83. Profit in Solving Problems
- Monday, September 27, 2010
Management that lets salespeople – or even customers – hold sway on the selling prices of its products could well be killing off chances the business has at being profitable.
The lesson from companies, large or small, that have longevity, is that you must get enough gross profit on sales to yield actual net profit. Thomas J. Watson said it well: “Businesses grow through net profit.”
84. Make a List Marked ‘Bold’
- Monday, September 20, 2010
You may be busy being busy these days, but entrepreneurs need to take time to author a category marked “BOLD” in which they place imaginative, creative happenings for the year.
These need not be expensive things, but let’s say they are way outside your usual outside-of-the-box endeavors. They are seedlings, actually, that may become your “Jack and The Beanstalk.” They consist mostly of your time more than money or materials.
85. That Owner Frame Of Mind
- Monday, September 13, 2010
At times we are legends in our own minds. Other days we are the mole in the Whac-a-Mole fair game. These days we may feel no better than an Afghan real estate agent.
A business owner’s mind is highly driven, does a lot of good things and enjoys distinct periods of happiness and satisfaction not found working for someone. It is an originating point for jobs, careers, innovation and wealth creation. It is admired. As a part of the gig, this mind also suffers unique mental traumas and black holes that non-owners do not! Its power switch has only two settings: ON and ON.
- Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Small Biz Memphis will host the Cordova/Bartlett and East Memphis/Midtown Business Builders Circle meetings Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. at 1661 International Drive, suite 400. The Germantown/Collierville meeting will be held Thursday at 7:45 a.m. at 2176 West St. For more information, call 205-9303.
87. What Are You Telling Yourself?
- Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Entrepreneurs can get themselves into trouble because they just won’t tell themselves the truth but, rather, an incomplete version that leaves off the reality sentence of the story.
Their first encounter of this is at formation: “ I am going for it. I have always wanted to own my own business. I admire Donald Trump. I have always loved (fill in the blank). I like being my own boss.” OK. A familiar thought line. The lost sentence: “But I really do not have a professional picture of what it takes to run a business and have no experience or education in doing so.”
- Friday, September 03, 2010
The Memphis Bar Association will present “Avoiding Claims by Proper Understanding & Utilization of the Mutual Indemnification Agreement” Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at Regions Bank, 6200 Poplar Ave. For more information or to register, call 527-3582 or visit www.memphisbar.org.
- Thursday, September 02, 2010
The Leadership Academy will continue its 2010 Celebrate What’s Right Luncheon series with an address by FedEx Chief Information Officer Rob Carter Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. Tickets are $25 and include lunch. For reservations, visit www.leadershipacademy.org.
90. Stop! Buy Local!
- Monday, August 30, 2010
Memphis buying 90 police cars from a dealer in Louisville, Ky., with Memphians’ tax dollars makes this local business owner‘s temperature rise enough to melt icebergs in Greenland. I know I have company.
91. Recession’s Lessons
- Monday, August 23, 2010
The recession is teaching me, or maybe the better term is re-teaching, valuable lessons on running a small business.
While I have looked forward to some recession workdays about as much as Donald Trump does his next haircut, I am feeling a new sense of accomplishment from finding solutions. Normally, a 25 percent drop in business, downsizing, reducing pay, cutting all non-essentials and seeing customers do similar is not the inspiring stuff of best-selling business books, but it is reality. Here are my recession lessons that may be helpful to you:
92. Ego Is Expensive
- Monday, August 09, 2010
In business, your greatest competitor is yourself, not the guy across town. A part of beating back yourself as a competitor is containing your ego. This is hardest for men.
We can’t help it. It’s in our DNA. We want to win. We want to be superior. We want to yell, hoot and honk louder than anybody else in the room or on the interstate. Our story must always be more amazing than others.
- Friday, August 06, 2010
The Memphis chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council will hold an educational seminar on the residential green building program EcoBUILD Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bridges USA, 477 N. Fifth St. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Advance registration is required. For more information, contact Peter Warren at 278-6868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Thursday, August 05, 2010
The Mid South Area Business Travelers Association will meet Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select East Memphis, 5795 Poplar Ave. Scott Brockman, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority, will speak. To register, visit www.msabta.org.
- Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Talk Shoppe will present “Impact Your Bottom Line by Energizing Your Front Line Employees” Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Better Business Bureau, 3693 Tyndale Drive. For more information, call 482-0354.
96. Sell It Or Retire With It?
- Monday, August 02, 2010
Owning the same business for 30 years provides good perspective on whether to sell your business at some point or make it your retirement plan.
I would categorically say that it is more lucrative to keep your business than sell it because the most owners usually get is the equivalent of about five years pay and benefits. What then? That is a good plan if you are 65 years old but we are living longer. Or, if you saved enough to carry you past the five years. Or, if you had something else you really wanted to do and it also provided the necessary income.
97. Following the Business Owner’s Dashboard
- Monday, July 26, 2010
Most people who captain anything, from a piece of equipment to a group of people, have certain instruments they look at to determine the state of things. Pilots have a gazillion dials to work to keep the plane safely in the air, a race car driver has a dashboard of needles providing information as does the operator of an oil rig. As the skipper of a business, you are no different in needing critical data.
98. Managing Trouble
- Monday, July 19, 2010
I have 12 chapters in my book “Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail.”
“Managing Trouble” is my favorite. I feel this is why I’ve lasted 30 years in the same business – because I am good at this. There is plenty of trouble if you own a small business. Plenty.
99. Add to Your Score: Law of the Pinball
- Monday, July 12, 2010
There are still a few around, so hopefully you remember the pinball machine. If you are a business owner or salesperson, you need to live by the Law of the Pinball.
Recall that when you shoot the ball into motion, the idea is to keep it in motion. The longer you do – by all manner of body English, contortions, flippers, and verbal coaching – the better your chances of the ball hitting something for a score. Soon, it bounces off one thing and hits another – hopefully for an even bigger score. And on you go, adding to your score every second longer you stay in play.
100. Fixing the Dryer
- Tuesday, July 06, 2010
The reason I worry that business may never return to pre-recession levels, although the University of Tennessee Business College says it will by 2013, is because I have repaired the clothes dryer.
Normally I would call a repairman and I’m done, after a few hundred bucks, of course.