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  • Keep The Cuts

    01/25/2010 5:31:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies · 449+ views
    Investors.com ^ | January 25, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Taxes: On the eve of President Obama's first State of the Union address, two Democratic congressmen are advising him to extend the Bush tax cuts instead of letting them expire. Now that's a stimulus. We hear that the administration is considering taking a more populist tack as it sails the choppy political waters of 2010. Some of President Obama's plans reportedly include several tax tidbits for the "middle class," including a doubling of the child care tax credit for families below $85,000 in income, and $1.6 billion for child care and a cap on student loan payments. Such transparent populism...
  • Let's Give Visas to Startup Founders (USA should welcome funded startup entrepreneurs)

    12/02/2009 1:44:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies · 966+ views
    Business Week ^ | 12/2/2009 | Vivek Wadhwa
    Bring up the topic of economic stimulus and job creation, and you won't hear much about immigration. If the topic does arise, it's usually because somebody believes foreigners are taking U.S. jobs. It's time to bring the immigration question squarely into the debate over jobs. A change to immigration policy could help create jobs and rev up economic growth. It's a change that wouldn't be hard to bring about. I'm talking about the establishment of a Startup Founders Visa program. The program would make it easier for those with great ideas and the desire to start a company to live...
  • White House Announces Global Technology and Innovation Fund

    10/24/2009 2:45:50 AM PDT · by Cindy · 25 replies · 1,748+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | October 23, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: THE BRIEFING ROOM THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary ___________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 23, 2009 White House Announces Global Technology and Innovation Fund During his speech in Cairo on June 4, the President announced that the United States would "launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries." As the latest step in delivering on this commitment, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation announced this week a call for proposals for a Global Technology and Innovation Fund. This fund will help catalyze and facilitate private sector investments that promote...
  • [President] George W. Bush to Speak at Motivational Seminar (Fort Worth, Texas)

    10/21/2009 9:13:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 1,412+ views
    CBS News ^ | October 21, 2009 | Brian Montopoli
    On Monday, former President George W. Bush will be the "special guest speaker" at the "Get Motivated! Business Seminar" in Fort Worth, Texas, according to the event's Web site. "Attend This Dynamic Seminar to INCREASE Your Productivity and Income!" the Web site says. Other listed speakers include Gen. Colin Powell, who will discuss leadership, former football player Terry Bradshaw (speaking on competitiveness), former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (perseverance), and a trio of motivational speakers – Zig Ziglar, Dr. Robert Schuller, and Tamara Lowe. Lowe, the Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Get Motivated! Seminars, told Hotsheet that Mr....
  • Killing the entrepreneurs (Washington's Policies are eating away at bottom line, job creation)

    10/08/2009 10:32:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies · 857+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 10/8/2009 | Mike Whalen
    Everyone in the full-time political class pays great homage to us entrepreneurs. We are hailed as the "backbone of the American economy" and the "real engine of job creation." Even the liberal wing of the Democratic Party joins in this chorus, carefully differentiating us from that part of the private sector they can successfully publicly disdain as inherently evil. We are the "good" business folks, according to politicians throughout the whole spectrum. So why are the Congress and the president waging war on the entrepreneurial class with unprecedented zeal, scaring us into a protective hunker-down mode while simultaneously stimulating the...
  • Join the Entrepreneurs' Movement: A "Cause" for our Economy

    09/23/2009 6:32:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 362+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | September 23, 2009 | Carl J. Schramm
    Nearly every day there's some statistic or factor that's bandied about to demonstrate why our economy continues to struggle. But in all the debates among economists and policymakers over the past few months, one group of people has been stunningly underrepresented -- and it's a group that may actually hold the key to economic recovery: entrepreneurs. The vast majority of new jobs during tough economic times are created by entrepreneurs, and since 1980, all net job growth has come from businesses less than five years old. Entrepreneurs nationwide know firsthand the transformative effect that starting a business can have on...
  • China to Produce Next Innovative Internet Entrepreneurs

    09/09/2009 7:07:43 AM PDT · by usalady · 2 replies · 302+ views
    examiner.com ^ | September 09,2009 | Martha
    While President Obama is focusing on the redistribution of wealth and Collectivism in the United States, in China opportunities for Internet entrepreneurs is being encouraged.
  • Among millions of jobless, a few entrepreneurs (8 state government business ownership program)

    09/07/2009 5:19:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,377+ views
    PORTLAND, Ore. - Until this summer, salesman Jorge Ocampo had always been what he calls a W-2 man. Proof was the Mercedes he bought with cash. But he had always longed to be his own boss. "Almost every day I thought of it," the 54-year-old said. The opportunity came June 2 when he was laid off from a high-tech company. Unlike the millions of people drawing an unemployment check, he enrolled in a little-known program approved by Congress that gives the jobless the weekly cash benefit but also trains them to run their own business. And the newly minted small-business...
  • SHOW ME THE MONEY: New Business Owner Says Starting Company Begins with Just a Few Clicks

    05/20/2009 5:31:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 993+ views
    WSAW-TV ^ | May 20, 2009 | Todd Hicks
    One Wausau woman is transforming herself from an out work single mom into a thriving new business owner. After receiving a layoff notice in March, Shannon Thomas says she already has a handful of customers for her wedding planning business, 'One Girl Creative'. Thomas says before starting her company, she needed to start a Limited Liability Corporation. She says it will cost you around $130.00 Dollars and you can apply online. Thomas says it's also important to have a website. She suggest building your own and hosting it yourself to save money. There are dozens of company's like Google and...
  • Recession spurs demand in U.S. for Third World-type loans (It figures!)

    03/08/2009 6:53:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 581+ views
    The Post and Courier / The Associated Press ^ | March 1, 2009 | Eileen Alt Powell
    NEW YORK—When Amy Sokoloff and John Powell were trying to start their art restoration business in New York City, they needed some working capital. But banks weren’t willing to take a chance on them. “We didn’t own anything — no houses, no cars, we had no collateral,” Sokoloff said. Powell added, “No one wanted to talk to us. They were not interested, and they were not nice about it.” Sokoloff and Powell ended up on the doorstep of ACCION USA, a not-for-profit group patterned after the Third World microfinance institutions best known for providing money to Moroccan farmers for breeding...
  • An Entrepreneur Stimulus Plan

    03/08/2009 3:22:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies · 574+ views
    Forbes ^ | 03.06.09 | Sramana Mitra
    I haven't spent this much time thinking about economics since college, when it was my second major. I have dedicated the last 15 years primarily to my first major, computer science, and my first love, entrepreneurship. But that has changed in the last six months, although my primary concern still remains entrepreneurship. I was invited by Tim Kane and Bob Litan of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world's largest foundation dedicated exclusively to the cause of promoting and fostering entrepreneurship, to a small conference of economics bloggers held in Kansas City recently. About 30 of us spent a stimulating...
  • Banking, Finance Conference Unites Iraqi Investors, Entrepreneurs

    03/08/2009 12:43:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 229+ views
    JOINT BASE BALAD — Coalition forces and members of the Balad Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) recently hosted Iraqi business investors, future entrepreneurs and local government leaders for the first Iraqi Banking and Finance Conference in this area. Soldiers from 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) and the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment worked with the PRT to provide a safe environment for approximately 80 economic leaders, including city managers from Yathrib, Ishaki and Dubuiya, to network together and discuss future business opportunities. Amir Abdul-Hadi, the Mayor of Balad district, said to the group there are many profitable projects in the Balad district...
  • Upper-Income Taxpayers Look for Ways to Sidestep Obama Tax-Hike Plan (`Galt's Gulch?')[FReep poll]

    03/02/2009 9:07:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 2,290+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 2, 2009 | Emily Friedman
    President Barack Obama's tax proposal – which promises to increase taxes for those families with incomes of $250,000 or more -- has some Americans brainstorming ways to decrease their pay, even if it's just by a dollar. A 63-year-old attorney based in Lafayette, La., who asked not to be named, told ABCNews.com that she plans to cut back on her business to get her annual income under the quarter million mark should the Obama tax plan be passed by Congress and become law. So far, Obama's tax plan is being looked at skeptically by both Democrats and Republicans and therefore...
  • Today's Message to Young Entrepreneurs: Get a Nice, Safe Government Job Instead

    02/04/2009 3:40:14 PM PST · by redk · 17 replies · 1,003+ views
    Human Events ^ | 02/03/2009 | Newt Gingrich
    Imagine you are a young Bill Gates. You’re smart. You’re ambitious. You’re thinking about starting a business to put your talents to their best use for you and for society. Then you turn on the television and see President Obama say that “now is not the time” for entrepreneurs to make profits and get bonuses. You hear Vice President Joe Biden say of corporate CEOs: “I’d like to throw these guys in the brig.”
  • PC praises 'Slumdog', says slums buzzing with biz ideas

    01/24/2009 5:48:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies · 173+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | January 24, 2009
    Chennai: 'Slumdog Millionaire' has a fan in Home Minister P Chidambaram, who said on Saturday that its theme should inspire banks to provide loans to budding entrepreneurs from slums which are humming with business ideas. Chidamabaram cited the movie portraying the rags to riches story of a boy from Mumbai slum as an example to show that young boys and girls from slums are not lagging behind corporate India. "Please watch the movie after its release," he said speaking at the launch of the International Financial Corporation-Venture East-Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (an NGO)-sponsored fund to promote grassroots entrepreneurship in India....
  • Lakeview man gets 10 years for almost 7,500 pot plants

    12/16/2008 10:36:28 PM PST · by MovementConservative · 40 replies · 3,554+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | Tuesday December 16, 2008, 4:43 PM | by Lynne Terry
    A jury sentenced a Lakeview man to 10 years in prison for growing nearly 7,500 marijuana plants. Andrew Stever, 40, was sentenced on Monday after a three-day trial in the Federal District Court in Medford.Ten years is the mandatory minimum sentence for anyone convicted of growing 1,000 or more pot plants. In July 2007, officers from several local, state and federal agencies found 7,459 plants growing on Stever's Lakeview property, which bordered Forest Service land. Two men fled the scene, leaving behind personal property and three firearms, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. Physical evidence and testimony linked...
  • Where Companies Grow: Finally, a way to measure countries' entrepreneurs

    12/08/2008 10:03:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 459+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 3, 2008 | Enrico Giovannini and Carl Schramm
    The world sorely needs an economic revival. Where will it come from? If history is any guide, entrepreneurs will help lead the way. The truly radical or disruptive technologies and business processes that drive economic prosperity -- whether in information technology so far, or in clean energy in the years to come -- are most likely to be commercialized by entrepreneurial firms. Yet, as important as the formation and growth of new firms clearly are, there have been no officially sanctioned, internationally comparable entrepreneurship indicators. Until now. Last month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), working with the...
  • 100 best places to live and launch (a business)

    12/05/2008 6:05:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies · 3,549+ views
    CNN / Fortune Magazine ^ | July 02, 2008 | Mina Kimes
    Are job worries tempting you to start your own company? We canvassed the country to find towns with the best mix of business advantages and lifestyle appeal. Check out our 100 top picks and find the perfect place to build your dream. 1. Bellevue, Wash. Population: 111,608 Pros: Talented workforce, growing downtown Cons: Pricey homes, high cost of living Like many of the places on our list, Bellevue is a city in transition: no longer a bedroom community, but not yet a crowded, expensive metropolitan hub. Bellevue has grown with unusual grace in recent years. Huge corporations exist symbiotically with...
  • Small Change Changes the World (Entrepreneurial Microloans to lift people out of Poverty)

    11/26/2008 8:01:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 466+ views
    Conscious Choice ^ | December 2008 Issue
    If the turbulent economy has you ready to stuff your mattress with your savings, here’s how to get a better return for your money — while helping to alleviate global poverty to boot. MicroPlace (microplace.com), an eBay-owned business, connects the working poor to would-be lenders, allowing you to invest as little as $20 to get a one to three percent return on your investment — a better rate than offered by many savings accounts. MicroPlace uses your money to fund organizations that make loans to people working to lift themselves out of poverty. Like the popular micro-lending site Kiva.org, MicroPlace...
  • A Message from Joe (the Plumber) [His new website]

    11/07/2008 5:58:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies · 3,527+ views
    Secure Our Dream ^ | November 7, 2008 | Samuel J. "Joe the Plumber" Wurzelbacher
    Congratulations to Barack Obama. The American electorate has decided that you will be our next president. As I have stated, I will honor and support my president, but there will be no free ride. When President-Elect Obama takes office in January, his term of service to the American people begins. We wish our new president blessings of wisdom and good judgment, and we pray he hearkens to our voice if ever we feel our American Dream is being threatened. It will be a loud voice, so good luck trying to ignore it. Since we have launched this website, tens of...
  • The American Business Revolution

    10/03/2008 7:22:15 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 351+ views
    Entrepreneur ^ | April 18, 2007 | Carol Tice
    30 years ago, huge corporations dominated the business world...the seismic shifts that turned America into a nation of entrepreneurs. entrepreneurship has become a popular aspiration. A September 2005 Baylor University study reports that since 1980, more than 5 million jobs have disappeared from Fortune 500 companies, while 34 million new jobs were created at small businesses. Also, the number of small businesses increased from 14.7 million in 1977 to nearly 32 million last year, according to IRS tax returns. Today, one in 12 adults is actively involved in starting a business, and more than 60 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds...
  • Third World crushes its entrepreneurs

    09/20/2008 11:43:37 AM PDT · by billorites · 38 replies · 253+ views
    Firmas Press ^ | September 2, 2008 | Carlos Alberto Montaner
    Why isn't a Bill Gates or a Steve Jobs born in Honduras? I mean, why is it that creative people don't emerge in the Third World, capable of developing innovative products and building companies that market those products, create jobs, generate large profits and influence decisively the fate of this planet? What we know about human intelligence and character features is that they're disseminated more or less equitably. The Finns who created Nokia and live in an opulent paradise in northern Europe are no more intelligent than the Dominicans or the Ecuadoreans who are crushed by poverty. On the other...
  • Is AL Gore Nuts?

    07/19/2008 6:17:07 AM PDT · by Banjoguy · 91 replies · 368+ views
    cnet ^ | July 17, 2008 | Neal Dikeman
    In his speech in Constitution Hall this week, former Vice President and renewable energy investor Al Gore extolled a stretch goal challenging America to achieve 100% renewable power within 10 years. The quote: "Today I challenge our nation to commit to producing 100 percent of our electricity from renewable energy and truly clean carbon-free sources within 10 years." And my favorite part: "When President John F. Kennedy challenged our nation to land a man on the moon and bring him back safely in 10 years, many people doubted we could accomplish that goal. But 8 years and 2 months later,...
  • Sunny Delight

    02/28/2008 8:25:05 AM PST · by GoldwaterInstitute · 2 replies · 81+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | February 27, 2008 | Jennifer Perkins
    Sunny Delight: Sunrise review laws protect entrepreneurs Jennifer Perkins, Goldwater Institute, February 27, 2008 As Ronald Reagan famously noted, “Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States.” Why is it, then, that every year we see more proposed government regulations that make it harder for small businesses to open and operate? Senate Bill 1502 could help address this regulatory creep: It would require the legislature to conduct a “sunrise review” process before erecting new regulatory barriers to entrepreneurship. Sunrise reviews require proponents of a regulation to demonstrate an actual need for...
  • Former Navy Petty Officer Becomes First Woman to Open Store Under Little Caesars Veterans Program

    02/09/2008 3:41:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 397+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | January 31, 2008
    VALDOSTA, Ga., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. today celebrates the grand opening of the fifth store to open under the Little Caesars Veterans Program as U.S. military veteran and Little Caesars franchisee Patricia Evans opens her doors for business at 1650 F Baytree Road in Valdosta, Georgia. "The Little Caesars Veterans Program has provided me the opportunity to transition to a new career as my family and I begin the next chapter in our lives," said Evans. "I am proud to be the first woman to open a store under this program, and I'm excited to be...
  • Fred Thompson Announces National "Small Business Leaders for Fred Thompson" Chairman

    10/12/2007 8:36:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies · 209+ views
    Fred08 ^ | October 10, 2007
    McLean, VA - Senator Fred Thompson announced today that Jack Faris, former President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, will be the National Chairman of "Small Business Leaders for Fred Thompson." "I am excited to be supporting Senator Thompson, an old friend and fellow Tennessean, because he understands the role that small businesses play in our economy. Senator Thompson's record in the U.S. Senate speaks for itself, long a supporter of lower taxes, which allow Americans to invest more in our economy, and a strong advocate for increased access and flexibility in health care and...
  • In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don’t Feel Rich

    08/07/2007 2:59:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,129+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 5, 2007 | Gary Rivlin
    By almost any definition — except his own and perhaps those of his neighbors here in Silicon Valley — Hal Steger has made it. Mr. Steger, 51, a self-described geek, has banked more than $2 million. The $1.3 million house he and his wife own on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is paid off. The couple’s net worth of roughly $3.5 million places them in the top 2 percent of families in the United States. Yet each day Mr. Steger continues to toil in what a colleague calls “the Silicon Valley salt mines,” working as a marketing executive for...
  • Entrepreneurs See a Web Guided by Common Sense

    11/12/2006 2:22:54 AM PST · by xtinct · 5 replies · 468+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 12, 2006 | John Markoff
    From the billions of documents that form the World Wide Web and the links that weave them together, computer scientists and a growing collection of start-up companies are finding new ways to mine human intelligence. Their goal is to add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide ? and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion. That level of artificial intelligence, with machines doing the thinking instead of simply following commands, has eluded researchers for more than half...
  • Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers?

    09/04/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT · by Ed Hudgins · 22 replies · 468+ views
    The Atlas Society & Objectivist Center ^ | 9/4/2006 | Edward Hudgins
    Happy Labor Day: We're All Workers! by Edward Hudgins The Atlas Society & Objectivist Center ehudgins@objectivistcenter.org When Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894 it marked not only a celebration by workers but a division of Americans into groups often seen as opposed to one another. The day grew out of a desire to get governments to force employers to offer certain terms of employment to workers. The first Labor Day parade took place in 1882 in New York and was organized by Peter McGuire who helped found the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions. The "labor"...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 09-03-2006

    09/03/2006 8:27:13 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 262+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-03-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. I ask you all, "What's in a name?" And I'm NOT talkin' Valerie Plame Celebrating the life behind the GINSU knife Marketing is the name of the game!
  • Snappy-Suited Boy, 11, Is Lemonade Entrepreneur

    07/16/2006 10:39:41 AM PDT · by dennisw · 32 replies · 1,564+ views
    wcco ^ | Jul 7, 2006 9:27 am US/Central | Jason DeRusha
        Style sells An 11-year-old Minneapolis boy understands the meaning behind "dress for success." For the past three years, Ethan Esparza has run a lemonade stand from his grandmother's front yard, wearing a suit and tie almost daily. "When the people saw me, they just really thought it was cute," Esparza said. "I got a lot of money, so I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll wear a suit every time I do a lemonade stand.'" Charging a quarter a cup plus getting tips, a good day nets him $40, compared to the $5 he made the day he just wore a T-shirt....
  • Forum Aims to Unleash Next Generation of Space Billionaires

    04/03/2006 6:07:27 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 41 replies · 465+ views
    space.com ^ | 04/03/06 | Leonard David
    Creating a money-making rationale for private space ventures—be they public space travel, orbiting hotels, low-cost rocketry, a space junk collection service, or even a lunar power and light company—such enterprises must be grounded in first-order business basics. Over the decades, several entrepreneurial space firms have come and gone, their vision getting too far ahead of business reality, but there are encouraging signs that private space ventures are reinvigorating—as well as agitating and disrupting—customary models of space commercialization. That’s the message to be heard at Space Billionaires: Educating the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs, a Thought Leader Forum being held April 4...
  • VA Center Helps Hundreds of Veteran Entrepreneurs

    03/15/2006 4:22:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 248+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 15, 2006 – The organization that helps veterans become entrepreneurs by hooking them up with national franchises and contracts with industry and the federal government celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday with an open house at the Department of Veterans Affairs here. Scott F. Denniston (left), director of the Veterans Affairs Center - part of the Department of Veterans Affairs -- chats with Danny M. Cobb, who opened his new company, Meridian Solutions, in Frederick, Md., last month. The conversation took place March 15 during the center's fifth anniversary celebration at Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C. Photo...
  • One of Caterpillar Inc.'s Founding Fathers Inducted Into Inventor Hall of Fame

    02/08/2006 1:37:11 PM PST · by janetjanet998 · 12 replies · 676+ views
    PEORIA, Ill., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- One of Caterpillar Inc.'s (NYSE: CAT - News) founding fathers is being recognized for his ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit with induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. At a news conference today in Washington, D.C., the Hall of Fame announced it is posthumously honoring Benjamin Holt for ushering in the modern era of mechanized farming and construction with his "Traction Engine" (Patent #874,008). Holt's invention was inspired by the plight of California farmers who found wheels ineffective in preventing heavy equipment from sinking into the soft, muddy soil. Holt designed a track-laying system...
  • Christian CEOs bond for love and profit

    02/01/2006 7:42:27 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies · 510+ views
    cnn money ^ | February 1, 2006 | Ellyn Spragins
    NEW YORK (FORTUNE Small Business) - Many entrepreneurs start companies to get rich. Some want to be famous. Others just can't work for anyone else. Bart Azzarelli, 57, launched his Florida pipeline-construction company because, he says, God told him to. Azzarelli's organizational chart shows God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit at the helm of Dallas1 Construction & Development (http://www.d1cd.com), a Tampa-based business that grossed $27 million last year. The title on his business card is ambassador for Christ.
  • Ron Popeil says he made $100 million

    12/11/2005 9:22:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 104 replies · 2,905+ views
    NEW YORK, NY, United States (UPI) -- U.S. entrepreneur Ron Popeil says he has made more than $100 million selling spray-on hair, his rotisserie and the Pocket Fisherman on infomercials. 'I`ve been on TV every day for the past seven years; in those years, I`ve spent more than $300 million on air time for my rotisserie alone,' he told the December issue of FHM. 'My best sales hour was probably $500,000 on (cable`s) QVC. The numbers for selling retail on TV are much larger than wholesale. Sell $7 million rotisseries with a retail price of $200 and you`ve got a...
  • High tech's lowly birthplace (Shabby Palo Alto garage gets retrofit to be ready for tours- HP)

    11/27/2005 4:01:07 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 780+ views
    San Francisco Magazine ^ | Sunday, November 27, 2005 | Benjamin Pimentel
    Nothing evokes Silicon Valley's can-do spirit better than a garage. Apple was born in a garage. And Google spent some of its formative time in such a structure, normally reserved for cars, bikes, tools and such. But when it comes to famous valley garages, none has captured the imagination of the would-be engineer-entrepreneur better than a nondescript structure behind a house on Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. This is the garage where David Packard and William Hewlett began one of the world's most revered technology companies. Construction crews have been busy working to restore the house at 367 Addison Ave....
  • Telling the angels from the devils in high-tech finance

    08/19/2005 11:21:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 222+ views
    Boston Business Journal ^ | August 15, 2005 | Alexander Soule
    The next book on my reading list is "Angels and Demons" by Dan Brown, author of "The Da Vinci Code." Before I even crack the spine, though, I have a question: Is this a novel about cracking the mystery of high-tech financing? In that version, the angels in question would be the wealthy been-there, done-that folks who provide around $50,000 in early capital to entrepreneurs. They are people like Analog Devices founder Ray Stata, who are rich enough that they are not going to get too hot and bothered if my idea for a wireless, parallel-processing coffee maker doesn't find...
  • Harry Potter and the realm of big government

    08/17/2005 1:10:26 PM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 52 replies · 2,693+ views
    NH Union Leader ^ | 8/17/05 | FERGUS CULLEN
    I'll admit to liking the Harry Potter books, but I can't suspend disbelief any longer. The kid lives in the realm of big government, and it's interfering with my enjoyment of the Half-Blood Prince. Consider these facts about life in the wizarding world: Huge government bureaucracies: Every time another department within the Ministry of Magic is mentioned, I wonder if the real threat to Harry's liberty is Voldemort or the Leviathan government, which has a branch overseeing all aspects of wizard daily life. There's the Improper Use of Magic Office, the Department of Magical Accidents and Catastrophes, even the Department...
  • Making It In China

    08/11/2005 8:33:01 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 23 replies · 11,346+ views
    Business 2.0 ^ | 7/26/2005 | G. Pascal Zachary
    BUSINESs 2.OMaking It in China American entrepreneurs are overcoming cultural, regulatory, and other barriers to build fortunes in one of the greatest booms in history. Here's how they've done it, and how you can do it too.By G. Pascal Zachary, August 2005 Issue Seeing Barrett Comiskey lounging in the rooftop beer garden of Shanghai's fabled Peace Hotel at twilight, sipping his cool Tsingtao and gazing down at the hurly-burly street scene below, you may be tempted to call out, "Hey, buddy. You're dreaming." A year ago, Comiskey, 29, came to China to seek his fortune. He brought with him a Stanford...
  • Profits, A Penny at a Time

    07/06/2005 3:12:04 PM PDT · by blitzgig · 2 replies · 282+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/6/05 | David Ignatius
    At the Group of Eight summit this week in Gleneagles, Scotland, the leaders of rich countries will be talking about how they can aid poor countries. That's a noble mission, but a remarkable new book argues that it misses the point. Treating the poor as wards of the global economy ignores the fact that they are a vast market -- and that companies can profit right now by serving their needs. "If we stop thinking of the poor as victims or as a burden and start recognizing them as resilient and creative entrepreneurs and value-conscious consumers, a whole new world...
  • Wayans brothers plan film studio at base(Oakland Army base)

    06/14/2005 9:16:06 AM PDT · by Ramonan · 6 replies · 437+ views
    S F Chronicle ^ | June 14, 2005 | Jim Herron Zamora
    Hollywood's Wayans brothers, who have made several hit comedies, want to move their production facilities to the old Oakland Army Base. The proposal to develop 70 acres near Maritime Street and Grand Avenue appears before a City Council committee today. The Wayans brothers -- Keenan Ivory, Damon, Shawn and Marlon -- have produced and/or starred in the films "White Chicks" and "Scary Movie" as well as the early 1990s hit TV show "In Living Color." "Oakland stands to gain significant prestige from the establishment of a film production studio," said a report by the Daniel Vanderpriem, Oakland's director of economic...
  • Entrepreneurs Pitch "Code Boat" For Near-Shore IT Outsourcing

    05/06/2005 11:44:31 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 29 replies · 1,511+ views
    outsourceingpipeline.com ^ | 5 2 05 | W. David Gardner
    Two California entrepreneurs are developing an IT services business plan that reads like a CIO's paradise: sharply lower IT prices coupled with easy access to software and engineering outsourcing developers just a short boat ride away. It's the "Code Boat," a plan by David Cook and Roger Green, the founders of SeaCode. Their venture calls for staffing a cruise ship three miles off the Southern California coast with customer IT specialists and then making the ship available to IT headquarters staffers through a short water taxi ride. "We're getting a good reception," said Green, a veteran software developer and executive....
  • The Productive Vs, The Unproductive - (take THIS, you bleeding heart liberals!)

    04/29/2005 6:12:55 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 1 replies · 630+ views
    REDSTATE.ORG ^ | APRIL 27, 2005 | WALTER WILLIAMS
    "The Greatest Century That Ever Was: 25 Miraculous Trends of the Past 100 Years" is the appropriate title of a 1999 article authored by Stephen Moore and the late Julian L. Simon and published by the Washington-based Cato Institute. Let's highlight some of the phenomenal progress Americans made during the 20th century. During that century, life expectancy rose from 47 to 77 years of age. Deaths from infectious diseases fell from 700 to 50 per 100,000 of the population. Major killer diseases such as tuberculosis, polio, typhoid fever and whooping cough were virtually eliminated. Infant mortality plummeted. The 20th century...
  • Census: SW Pa. populace slumping (Bluest areas of blue state drive entrepreneurs elsewhere)

    04/15/2005 9:34:42 AM PDT · by freedomcrusader · 35 replies · 879+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, April 15, 2005 | Rich Cholodofsky
    Officials with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank know all too well that fewer people in western Pennsylvania could mean less help for the people who really need assistance. The agency, which supplies food and assistance to needy senior citizens and children in its 11-county region, relies on help from younger, affluent residents and corporate sponsorships. "If they leave, it will leave us with clientele who need our services and the loss of the people who support us," said Iris Valanti, spokeswoman for the agency. "It's all about a balance of population. If we lose one segment of the population,...
  • Ancient Maya Entrepreneurs Made Salt, Study Finds

    04/05/2005 10:15:38 AM PDT · by anymouse · 18 replies · 3,389+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2005 | Maggie Fox
    Ancient Mayan entrepreneurs working along the coast of what is now Belize distilled salt from seawater and paddled it to inland cities in canoes, all without government control, researchers reported on Monday. They found evidence of 41 saltworks on a single coastal lagoon and the remains of a 1,300-year-old wooden canoe paddle. Their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows the extent of trade just before the Mayan civilization in that region mysteriously fell apart. "The discovery of the saltworks indicates that there was extensive production and distribution of goods and resources outside the cities...
  • At 81, Oreck avoids creating vacuum in U.S. by refusing to move overseas

    03/21/2005 9:06:17 AM PST · by Willie Green · 68 replies · 2,871+ views
    Reading Eagle ^ | Herb Denenberg
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. I just interviewed a man for all seasons and for this season for sure. He's 81 years young, and still flying and collecting open cockpit airplanes and driving around on motorcycles, while running a major national corporation. He does all of his major manufacturing in a 375,000 square foot factory in the good old USA., employing 1,500 while most of his competitors have gone offshore. He's one of those entrepreneurial, innovative geniuses that we usually associate with immigrants or second-generation Americans, yet he comes from a family that lived for generations...
  • Car Developer John DeLorean Dies at 80

    03/20/2005 10:35:27 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 95 replies · 3,594+ views
    AP (via Yahoo) ^ | 3/20/05 | JEFFREY GOLD, Associated Press Writer
    NEWARK, N.J. - John Z. DeLorean, the innovative automaker who left a promising career in Detroit to develop the stainless steel-skinned, gull-winged sports car bearing his name and was acquitted of charges he planned to sell $24 million worth of cocaine to support the venture, has died at the age of 80. DeLorean died Saturday at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., of complications from a recent stroke, said Paul Connell, an owner of A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors in Royal Oak, Mich., which was handling arrangements. DeLorean, whose namesake car was turned into a time machine in the "Back...
  • Victory for African Hairbraiders Over Tangle of Cosmetology Laws [Libertarians defeat liberals!]

    03/18/2005 10:26:52 AM PST · by grundle · 7 replies · 665+ views
    Institute for Justice ^ | March 11, 2005 | Jeanette Petersen and John Kramer
    http://www.ij.org/economic_liberty/wa_hairbraiding/3_11_05pr.html Victory for African Hairbraiders Over Tangle of Cosmetology Laws Economic Liberty Campaign Prompts Changes In Washington State Cosmetology Licensing Enforcement WEB RELEASE: March 11, 2005 by Jeanette Petersen and John Kramer Seattle—Benta Diaw, a Seattle area entrepreneur originally from Senegal, Africa, waged a fight against unjust government regulation of African hairbraiders and today she won. The King County Superior Court today recognized that the Washington Department of Licensing has abandoned its efforts to require African hairbraiders to obtain cosmetology licenses. As a result of her legal challenge filed by the Institute for Justice Washington Chapter (IJ-WA), the State’s Department...
  • Entrepreneurs featured at space symposium

    03/17/2005 5:07:11 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 244+ views
    The Space Foundation ^ | 03/17/05 | Steve Eisenhart
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Mar. 17, 2005) Entrepreneurial businesses on the cutting edge of space developments will be featured in a focus panel at the 21st National Space Symposium, scheduled for April 4-7 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Veteran space consultant and former NASA Chief of Staff Mr. Courtney Stadd will lead a discussion of “Entrepreneurial Spirit” at 9:15 am on April 5. Joining Stadd on the panel will be Mr. James W. Benson, founder, chairman and chief executive officer, SpaceDev; Dr. Peter Diamandis, chairman and chief executive officer, Zero-Gravity Corporation; Mr. David Gump, president, Transformational Space Corporation LLC; Dr....