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Get the Most Out of Health Care

Getting the most out of an investment in health care enables employers to attract top talent to gain a competitive edge. Bring the many facets together with a methodical approach. Start with Questions A review of some of the questions relevant to health-care insurer selection will assure no important part of the equation goes unnoticed. The questions, to consider, as outlined by Inc.com: 1) Is it...

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How to Find Good Money

Finding any funding for a new business is hard enough for any entrepreneur. Finding funding that is best for his or her company's specific needs is even harder. How and where to get investment money that is best for your business depends on some assumptions. They include market demand, growth, willingness to take risk and how strong a business model is and how well the entrepreneur wrote the...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Unfriendly Skies Triumvirate, Corporate Cash, Quiet Former Fed Chief Speaks...

... Detroit's Big 3 Look to Boost Exports, NSF Focuses on Current and Future Workforce, and the State of the American Middle Class. Unfriendly Skies If you were actually planning to fly on American Airlines last week, there's a better-than-good chance you didn't get to your destination. Parent company AMR grounded the carrier's MD-80 fleet, forcing the cancellation of more than 3,000 flights and...

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Light Friday: The Doom & Gloom Edition

Blogging kills? Fired for doing the right thing? Electric cars lethally quiet? Scientists on stimulants? Hey, it's not all bad: We now know how to make a hamburger in just 156 not-so-easy steps! There we were this week, doing a bit of research and writing for IMT readers -- innocently enough -- when we stumbled across a rather sobering headline -- In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till...

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Keep Your Feet Dry

When floodwaters cover roads, storage areas and manufacturing plants, the damage can trickle all the way through the supply chain. Incoming raw materials get delayed. Outgoing product falls behind schedule. And dangerous cleanup operations sap productivity and profit. However, a few precautions can help keep your business out of harm's way during a flood. Floods and flash floods happen in all 50...

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CFOs React to Pessimistic Recession Concerns

CFOs have a deep knowledge of their company's economic condition. Convinced a recession is here or near, finance chiefs recently reported they're delaying capital spending projects and mulling over the future of their manpower. Chief financial officers (CFOs) say recession concerns in the United States are already delaying capital spending projects and have companies hunkering down on their...

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Engaged Employees = Whistleblowers?

A costly scandal at a French bank recently has observers wondering why workers didn't report suspicious activity. Some are saying the scandal highlights one of the most important challenges employers face today: poor employee engagement. In January, Société Générale announced that for years one of its low-level traders had been masking trades, which ultimately resulted in €4.9 billion ($7.2...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: Fed Gets Pessimistic, Increasing Deep-Water-Drilled Oil, Acting to Raise H1-B Visa Cap...

... Unemployment Rises, Manufacturing Contracts, Automotive Sales Tank, Consumers Still Wary and Chrysler's Online Suggestion Box. Global Economy in 2008 The global economy is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year, compared with 4.7 percent a year earlier, the Peterson Economic Institute recently told The Wall Street Journal. Russia, Brazil and Australia are poised to continue prospering. Fed...

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Light Friday: The Buck Stops with Willie, Zany Inventions in Geneva, Rubber Bands for Cancer...

... Additional Desktop Shenanigans and MORE. It's rare to see the words We're sorry stamped prominently on the home page of any airline. But that's exactly what British Airways proclaims concerning the complete mess that has become the new Heathrow Terminal 5. Moreover, a week ago BA Chief Executive Willie Walsh went so far as to make a public apology after the chaotic opening of the new Terminal...

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U.S. Automotive Sales Race to the Bottom

Economic uncertainties kept U.S. buyers away from car lots in the first quarter as U.S. sales last month plummeted 12 percent for both domestics and imports from a year ago, posting the worst Q1 sales in years. It was not an easy month, Mark LaNeve, General Motors Corp.'s vice president of North American vehicle sales, service and marketing, said of March 2008's auto sales. There were lots of red...

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