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    Survey: College Vital but Less Accessible

    Survey: College Vital but Less Accessible
    The poor economy is ratcheting up anxieties about college affordability at a time when more Americans than ever say a college degree is essential to success, a report says today. Those findings, based on a survey of 1,009 Americans in late December, are hardly mind-boggling, but they represent dramatic shifts in public attitude in a short period of time: •55% in ...
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    BREAKING: Announcement on Small Business Lending Steps

    BREAKING:  Announcement on Small Business Lending Steps
    WASHINGTON – The following statement was issued today by Acting Administrator Darryl K. Hairston of the U.S. Small Business Administration following the announcement by President Barack Obama of important steps being taken by the SBA and the U.S. Department of Treasury to address the economic challenges facing small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. “U.S. small businesses employ about half our ...
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    Verizon Hub Shines as a Phone, but the Rest of it Has Flaws

    Verizon Hub Shines as a Phone, but the Rest of it Has Flaws
    Verizon Wireless wants to be your home phone and cellphone company. Except the Verizon Hub that aims to bridge those worlds is pricey, confusing and saddled with drawbacks. The Hub, which went on sale in Verizon Wireless stores Sunday, is a hybrid contraption consisting of a cordless, single-line VoIP, or Internet phone, and a 7-inch touch-screen-based Internet terminal. It looks good, ...
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    Obama to Fight AIG Bonuses; Cuomo Demands Info on Them

    Obama to Fight AIG Bonuses; Cuomo Demands Info on Them
    WASHINGTON — President Obama declared Monday that insurance giant American International Group is in financial straits because of "recklessness and greed" and said he intends to stop it from paying out millions in executive bonuses. "It's hard to understand how derivative traders at AIG warranted any bonuses, much less $165 million in extra pay," Obama said at the outset of an ...
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    HP Takes Different Approach to Sales Teams in Downturn

    HP Takes Different Approach to Sales Teams in Downturn
    When Mark Hurd became chief executive of Hewlett-Packard (HP) four years ago, he brought a reputation as a "numbers man", famous for a forensic eye on metrics. This approach has permeated HP's management culture but the economic downturn calls for a different style, especially when dealing with sales people. HP Ireland's director of sales Mary Lou Nolan is tasked with keeping ...
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    21 Affordable Ways to De-Stress

    21 Affordable Ways to De-Stress
    Sales jobs can be overwhelming and stressful. To be successful, there really isn't any downtime. Learning how to manage stress and channel it through positive means is vital, not just for a successful career but for your happiness and well-being too. If you don’t take time to unwind, constant stress can lead to a number of physical and psychological problems, like ...
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    What Does the Stimulus Package Mean for Sales People? For Job-Seekers? The Facts

    What Does the Stimulus Package Mean for Sales People? For Job-Seekers? The Facts
    Last year, America lost 2.6 million jobs. On Monday alone, we learned that some of our biggest employers plan to cut another 55,000. This is a wakeup call to Washington that the American people need us to act and act immediately. – President Obama in response to the House’s vote of 244 to 188 for the proposed stimulus As Americans, we ...
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    Pharma: Merit Medical Sees Record First Quarter Sales

    Pharma: Merit Medical Sees Record First Quarter Sales
    Utah's Merit Medical Systems Inc. reported record first quarter sales of $58.4 million, an increase of 9 percent over sales posted for the first three months of the company's 2008 fiscal year. Earnings for the quarter reached $5.5 million, or 19 cents per share, up 28 percent from the first quarter last year when Merit earned $4.3 million, or 15 cents ...
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    Psychics Make a Fortune In a Bad Economy

    Psychics Make a Fortune In a Bad Economy
    Valerie Morrison has less time for love these days. The Philadelphia psychic says clients who once obsessed about romantic prospects are too worried about their economic future. Executives inquire about layoffs. Restaurateurs ask if people will still go out to eat. Homeowners want real estate tips. "They ask me if this (recession) is going to turn around or become even worse," ...
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    Young Lemonade Sellers Have Brush with the Law

    Young Lemonade Sellers Have Brush with the Law
    HAVERFORD, Pa. - Seven suburban Philadelphia children had a brush with the law for selling without a permit - selling lemonade, that is. But police say it was all a misunderstanding. A neighbor called Haverford Township police July 10 about the sales. He says the youngsters were going door-to-door and he didn't think they were being properly supervised. A responding officer ...
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    Grandma Busts Up Ponzi Scheme

    Grandma Busts Up Ponzi Scheme
    A $3.7 million scam, 20 years in the making. Dozens of society's most vulnerable victims. An avalanche of federal, state and private investigations. Indictments that could land a Rock Hill man in prison for the rest of his life. None of it would have come to light were it not for a 70- something great-grandmother who smelled a rat. We don't ...
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    BlackBerry Beats iPhone in Smart Phone Sales Race

    BlackBerry Beats iPhone in Smart Phone Sales Race
    The first quarter of 2009 saw Research in Motion's (RIM) Blackberry Curve overtake Apple's iPhone as the best-selling smart phone, thanks in no small part to a buy-one-get-one deal on the RTM device. NPD Group reported that the Curve's availability among four U.S. carriers aided sales of the BlackBeny unit and helped Research in Motion claim fully 50% of the smart ...
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    8 Gadgets to Green Your Office (and Save)

    [photo:38576] h4. Product: SoyPrint *Price:* $60 to $199 *How it saves:* Now available for office printing, soy-based toners are recyclable, nontoxic and free of petroleum products. SoyPrint is compatible with Hewlett-Packard business printers and Canon fax machines, and it makes paper easier to recycle or even compost. SoyPrint toners for other brands are expected to roll out this month. [page] [photo:38555] ...
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    US Woman Cooks Up Bake Sale to End Foreclosure

    US Woman Cooks Up Bake Sale to End Foreclosure
    TEANECK, New Jersey-A New Jersey woman is hoping her bake sale will help forestall foreclosure and keep a roof over her head. Angela Logan has until July 26 to raise $2,559.54 due her lender under a federal program to help homeowners in financial trouble, according to The Record of Bergen County. The divorced mother of three sons has received orders for ...
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    8 Surefire Ways to Break Writer’s Block

    8 Surefire Ways to Break Writer’s Block
    There's nothing more frustrating to a writer than writer’s block. You strain your brain to make something happen, but nothing comes out. You’re out of ideas. And it seems like there's nothing you can do to fix the situation. Sometimes the words just won’t come, and staring at a blank page just makes you more frustrated. Don’t throw your hands up ...
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    Sales Rise at Wal-Mart

    Sales Rise at Wal-Mart
    BENTONVILLE, Ark. - Wal-Mart Stores says sales of Easter merchandise and higher traffic helped April same-store sales rise 5 percent. Analysts expected a smaller 2.9 percent rise. The world's largest retailer says same-store sales, or sales in stores open at least one year, rose 5.9 percent at its namesake U.S. stores and 0.3 percent at Sam's Club. Same-store sales rose 4 ...
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    Authorities Warn of Fraudulent Door-to-Door Sales

    Authorities Warn of Fraudulent Door-to-Door Sales
    Local authorities are warning the public about schemes involving companies that send teenage sales people door to door, urging unsuspecting residents to buy magazine subscriptions and other goods they may never receive. Kelvin Collins, president and chief executive officer of the Better Business Bureau in Macon, said in the last year, the national organization has received more than 1,100 complaints from ...
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    Off to Work with a Car Salesman

    Off to Work with a Car Salesman
    You have to be a bit of a psychologist to persuade people to part with thousands of dollars for transportation, but that's what vehicle salespeople do every day - regardless of the economy. They do it at hot asphalt lots, they always have to smile and they have to know their product. But Howard Reid, whose sales territory happens to be ...
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    Ford Exec Sees US Auto Sales Rising In August

    Ford Exec Sees US Auto Sales Rising In August
    A top Ford executive says Cash for Clunkers helped spur the first industrywide increase in auto sales in more than two years this month, the latest sign of recovery in the hobbled auto industry. Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, says annualized industry sales may have hit 13 million in August. He says Ford has already surpassed August sales last ...
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    Market Research on the Cheap

    Market Research on the Cheap
    Large corporations spend millions on sophisticated surveys and focus groups from established researchers such as Harris Interactive and Survey Sampling to determine whether their products or services will appeal to customers at a price they're willing to pay. But for companies operating on a shoestring budget, there are ways to gather key information about your customers and prospects without hiring an ...
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