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    Scam Artists Take Advantage of Slide in China's Economy

    Scam Artists Take Advantage of Slide in China's Economy
    Zhang Xue remembers how dazzled she was by the sales pitch - a glamorous, middle-aged woman who appeared in a sleek suit and jewelry and spoke of her successful struggle to become a millionaire. "I only wanted to earn money and live by myself," says Zhang, 21, sobbing at the memory, "but I hurt my parents and friends." The ensuing ...
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    New Home Sales Bounce To 12-Month High

    Sales of new houses rose 6.2 percent overall nationally in October, reaching their highest level in more than a year as strong activity in the South offset weakness in the rest of the country, the U.S. Commerce Department said Wednesday. October sales reached 430,000, up from 405,000 in September. Sales were 5.1 percent above October 2008's 409,000 sales of new single-family ...
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    IT Sales Market Momentum Continues

    Signs of IT market recovery continue to be evident in the U.S. and Europe based on recent quarterly sales tracking of the technology distribution industry, according to the Global Technology Distribution Council (GTDC), the world's largest consortium of IT distributors. Although industry conditions have improved, revenue levels are still significantly below comparable periods last year in both the U.S. and Europe. ...
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    US House Passes Tax Breaks for New Hires

    US House Passes Tax Breaks for New Hires
    Despite doubts among many US lawmakers that it will create many jobs, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break. The measure passed 217-201 on a mostly party-line vote. The bill also extends federal highway programs through the end of the year. [widget:logged_out_become_a_sales_pro] Some Democrats feel the approximately $35 billion jobs bill ...
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    Certain Colors Boost Creativity or Concentration

    Certain Colors Boost Creativity or Concentration
    Being surrounded by blue makes us more imaginative, scientists believe. The color has long been associated with creating a sense of calm but now it appears there are extra benefits to be had from blue walls and furniture. In such conditions, a Canadian study found, volunteers for a series of tests came up with more creative ideas and took more risks. ...
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    Lying on the Employment Resume

    Lying on the Employment Resume
    Ever wanted to just erase your inglorious past as a Denny’s server and forget that unfortunate plate-smashing incident that got you fired? Have dreams of starting over as an advertising executive at a posh design firm? But you just don’t seem to have any actual advertising experience. Okay, maybe you’d be more of a success as a chef. After all, you’re ...
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    Sell in 60 Seconds

    Sell in 60 Seconds
    h4. Q: I've always equated selling with telling, and lately I've noticed that my prospects cut me off when I am giving them my pitch. What's the best way to get my point across and win the sale? A: I would imagine that this month's question has value to all of us in sales and marketing. Let's face it: Buyers are ...
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    FDA Says to Avoid Pistachios Amid Salmonella Scare

    FDA Says to Avoid Pistachios Amid Salmonella Scare
    FRESNO, Calif. – Federal food officials are warning people not to eat any food containing pistachios because of possible contamination by salmonella, in another food scare sure to rattle consumers already upset by the contamination of peanuts with the same bacteria. The Food and Drug Administration said central California-based Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., the nation's second-largest pistachio processor, was ...
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    Device Plays Personalized Advertisements

    Device Plays Personalized Advertisements
    Technology researchers are working on something big: a device that combines a digital screen and camera to analyze your physical characteristics and play back personalized advertisements. It isn't ready for market yet; but, when it finally is, it could revolutionize the way businesses reach out to their consumers. Here's how it would work. When shoppers pause in front of a monitor, ...
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    Best Cities to Earn More

    Best Cities to Earn More
    Despite the gloomy economy and bleak job outlook, there are scattered cities where wages are rising and the number of jobs is increasing. Washington, DC, and several parts of Texas top the list, but cities as far apart as Anchorage and East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, continued to experience job and wage growth at the end of last year, according to Bureau ...
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    Selling Clothes With BMWs

    Selling Clothes With BMWs
    Some years ago, I overheard a debate between two friends about the name of a startup business. "It's a good name," said one friend to the other, "but I'm not sure it's the best name." You could say the same thing about the techniques typically used to attract customers to a new business. Traditional strategies like networking and mailings will do ...
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    Ford, GM to Cover Car Payments if Buyer Loses Job

    Ford, GM to Cover Car Payments if Buyer Loses Job
    DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp. are offering payment protection plans to help reassure consumers who may be putting off buying a new car because of worries about losing their job. The offers come as auto sales have been battered by the recession and tight credit, reaching their lowest levels in 27 years. Ford said Tuesday it will ...
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    5 Part Time Jobs to Make Some Extra Cash

    5 Part Time Jobs to Make Some Extra Cash
    Maybe you're around the corner from 30 and aren't even half way through student loans. Or you bit off more than you can chew with the nice house everyone said you could afford. If you've cut back to absolute frugal basics and still find it hard to get by, you need to generate more revenue. This might mean getting a better ...
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    Conversations With a Teen Entrepreneur

    Conversations With a Teen Entrepreneur
    Ben Cathers was just 12 when he started his first business, a Web marketing and advertising firm geared towards teenagers that eventually grew into two offices and 10 employees. Not ready to stop there, Cathers also launched a nationally syndicated radio show, again with teenagers as his target audience. Now 19 and a student at the Boston University School of Management, ...
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    Maple Syrup-Makers Strike Gold

    Maple Syrup-Makers Strike Gold
    FAIRFIELD, Vt. — The spring sun is shining and billows of steam are rising from the chimneys at Tom and Cecile Branon's sugarhouse, set on a rise above acres of maple trees. The scent of maple syrup is strong enough to make your mouth water. h4. The price is high enough to bring tears to your eyes. Sugaring season in Vermont ...
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    Demand for Guns on the Rise, Despite Ailing Economy

    Demand for Guns on the Rise, Despite Ailing Economy
    Signs that segments of the nation's economy struggling are nearly endless, but the sales of guns is not one of them. Sales of handguns, rifles and shotguns remain high, area dealers say, and the surge in sales following the results of the November election continue. Zeke Garretson, owner of Garretson's Sports Center, 3817 10th St., in Greeley, said sales of guns, ...
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    Salesmen, Mechanics Going Solo

    An increasing number of former employees from dealerships are setting up on their own, with insurance statistics pointing to a rise in the number of new motor trade policies being taken out by sole traders. According to Suzanne Sheridan, spokeswoman with the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 70 members of the association, both independent dealers and the larger franchises, ...
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    KFC: Grilled Chicken Frenzy Brought Good Publicity

    KFC: Grilled Chicken Frenzy Brought Good Publicity
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Combine Oprah Winfrey's endorsement with a chicken giveaway and what do you get? For KFC, the result was an avalanche of attention, some positive, some negative, for its national rollout of Kentucky Grilled Chicken. The frenzy briefly overwhelmed the chain, which promised free-meal rain checks for customers who couldn't redeem their online coupons, first posted May 2, because ...
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    Walgreens Giving Free Care to Jobless and Uninsured

    Walgreens Giving Free Care to Jobless and Uninsured
    NEW YORK – Drugstore operator Walgreens will offer free clinic visits to the unemployed and uninsured for the rest of the year, providing tests and routine treatment for minor ailments through its walk-in clinics — though patients will still pay for precriptions. Walgreens said patients who lose their job and health insurance after March 31 will be able to get free ...
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    Julie Hakman: Small Business Person of the Year

    Julie Hakman: Small Business Person of the Year
    Julie Hakman is president of AmericanChecked Inc., a background screening company that she started in 2005. Earlier this month, she was named Small Business Person of the Year. 1. What exactly is AmericanChecked Inc., and how did it get started?We're a national, woman-owned background screening company that was born and took root here in Tulsa in January 2005. Since then, the ...
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