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    Chrysler: No Sale!

    Chrysler: No Sale!
    DETROIT — Chrysler held an impromptu press conference Wednesday morning to debunk rumors that it is discussing the sale of its brands, selling off its plants or going out of business. But being sold off as an entire company remains a possibility. The company was reacting to a report published Tuesday that said Chrysler is in talks to sell key assets ...
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    Senior-Friendly Technology Trends at Consumer Electronics Show

    Senior-Friendly Technology Trends at Consumer Electronics Show
    Health issues forced Ted Campbell, 79, to give up real bowling in 1965. But Campbell, a resident of the Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va., bowls all the time now — on a Nintendo Wii video game system in a bowling league he organized at Greenspring. Seniors like Campbell are helping dispel an age-old stereotype: that folks getting up in years ...
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    China Nears 300 Million Web Users

    China Nears 300 Million Web Users
    BEIJING - China's fast-growing population of Internet users has risen to 298 million after passing the United States last year to become the world's largest, a government-sanctioned research group said Tuesday. The latest figure is a 41.9 percent increase over the same period last year, the China Internet Network Information Center said in a report. China's Internet penetration is still low ...
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    Venture Capital's Favorite Startups

    Venture Capital's Favorite Startups
    Over the past four quarters—even as the depths of the nation's economic problems became evident—venture capitalists invested more than $7 billion in seed and early-stage companies in more than 1,400 deals, according to the MoneyTree Report from the National Venture Capital Assn. and . That's more money raised by young companies than in any calendar year since the dot-com bubble burst ...
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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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    Gambling on Netbooks in Vegas

    Gambling on Netbooks in Vegas
    It's not hard to spot a netbook in the wild. You know these tiny, stripped-down laptops by their screens, which measure about 10 inches, and price tags, which currently go as low as $300. But soon this emerging class of machines won't be so easy to ID—electronics manufacturers are about to bust the computer category wide open. At the Consumer Electronics ...
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    Five Dont's for Marketing in Tough Times

    Five Dont's for Marketing in Tough Times
    Unpredictable. Slow. Bleak. Grim. Gloomy. All words that have been used to describe the economic outlook for the balance of 2008—and depending upon who you talk to, the scenario for 2009 and beyond. Standard & Poor's believes the economic difficulties we've been experiencing due to the mortgage mess and skyrocketing oil prices will be at their worst early next year (BusinessWeek.com, ...
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    Niche Remains for Expensive, Handmade Tombstones

    Niche Remains for Expensive, Handmade Tombstones
    NEWPORT, R.I. - John Larkum leans over a slab of slate, striking a metal chisel with a brass-capped mallet. Tinny pings ring out as he sinks his tool into the soft, inky stone. Larkum is painstakingly creating lasting tributes to lives well-lived - hand-crafted tombstones, grave markers and memorials that can cost thousands of dollars. Even in a recession, some customers ...
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    The High Cost of Speeding on Wall Street

    The High Cost of Speeding on Wall Street
    The shipping market is booming, and yet again Wall Street is speeding into the middle of a once-sleepy market. Bankers are rushing in to broker capacity, finance construction of new ships, and link buyers and sellers around the globe. And just as they did in the mortgage-lending business years earlier, traders are creating widespread use of derivatives. In just five years, ...
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    12 Ways to Increase Online Sales

    12 Ways to Increase Online Sales
    One of the core values at my company is "Test everything; assume nothing!" That's because we know that after all these years on the internet, you just never know what strategy or angle is going to work best for you...until you test it. This applies even to your star-performing strategies, because there's always room for improvement. The bottom line is, testing ...
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    Biotech Proves Defensive Against Tough Market

    Biotech Proves Defensive Against Tough Market
    NEW YORK - Sharp gains in shares of biotechnology heavyweights mitigated the wider sector's decline in 2008. Biotech stocks proved to be one of the safest investments this year, as strong drug sales and the potential for large buyout deals defended the sector from broader market collapse. Biotech products are usually considered lifesaving necessities by patients, and thus not likely ...
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    Continental Flight Powered With Biofuel Takes Off

    Continental Flight Powered With Biofuel Takes Off
    HOUSTON - Continental Airlines on Wednesday became the first U.S. commercial carrier to conduct a demonstration flight powered in part by alternative fuels, though large-scale use of such fuel is forecast to be several years away. The Houston-based company, the nation's fourth-largest airline, made the flight with a Boeing 737-800 that left from Bush Intercontinental Airport, its large hub. The ...
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    New Year’s Resolutions? Put Some Teeth Into Yours!

    New Year’s Resolutions? Put Some Teeth Into Yours!
    It’s that time of year when we hear about the importance of New Year’s Resolutions. We all know and have heard about a million times the importance of goal setting. But, hey, can we get real here? Entrepreneur to entrepreneur. Salesperson to salesperon. You KNOW that you probably won’t reach all those ultra-lofty goals no matter how enthusiastic you are on ...
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    NEW! SalesHQ is now on Twitter

    NEW! SalesHQ is now on Twitter
    What is Twitter? A free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' brief updates (otherwise known as tweets). Users exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? We decided to start microblogging because, well...its fun :) We get to tell you what we are working on, thinking about ...
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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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    Layoff Survival Kit: Legal & Financial Essentials

    Layoff Survival Kit: Legal & Financial Essentials
    This article offers general information on legal and financial matters relating to employment. For specific information relating to your situation, please consult an attorney, financial planner or appropriate government agency. Now that you've lost your job, you need to hurry up and find a new one, right? Wrong. You've got to buck up and tie up loose ends with your ex-employer ...
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    Where'd the Bailout Money Go? Banks Aren't Saying

    Where'd the Bailout Money Go? Banks Aren't Saying
    WASHINGTON — After receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers, the nation's largest banks say they can't track exactly how they're spending it. Some won't even talk about it. "We're choosing not to disclose that," said Kevin Heine, spokesman for Bank of New York Mellon (BK), which received about $3 billion. Thomas Kelly, a spokesman for JPMorgan Chase (JPM), which received ...
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    The Consumer Electronics Inventory Glut

    The Consumer Electronics Inventory Glut
    Automakers aren't the only ones halting production as inventories pile up. The consumer electronics industry is also coming to grips with rising stockpiles of unsold goods that are likely to result in price pressure and falling profit. Recent evidence of growing inventories came Dec. 15, when SanDisk, a maker of memory cards and storage drives, said it will temporarily stop production ...
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    Crystal, China Maker Waterford Wedgwood Files for Bankruptcy

    Crystal, China Maker Waterford Wedgwood Files for Bankruptcy
    LONDON — Waterford Wedgwood, the maker of classic china and crystal, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday after attempts to restructure the struggling business or find a buyer failed. Four administrators from business advisory firm Deloitte were appointed to run the company's businesses in Britain and Northern Ireland, while a Deloitte partner in the Irish Republic was appointed as receiver of Waterford ...
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    Sour Economy Makes Diet Marketers Try Harder in 2009

    Sour Economy Makes Diet Marketers Try Harder in 2009
    Weight-loss marketers face a hefty challenge with the advent of diet season: selling products and services to pound-conscious yet penny-pinching consumers. The first quarter — when resolutions are still fresh — is when many weight-loss companies launch marketing efforts. Weight Watchers spent more than $50 million January through March 2008 to tout its products and services, according to TNS Media Intelligence. ...
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