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Is It Time to Expand Your Plant?

Your business is growing, but is your facility keeping up? Check out the three warning signs that indicate that you need a bigger plant: In this Converting Magazine story, the author refers specifically to package-printing and converting operations, but his three signals for expansion could apply to any small business that could be outgrowing their current facility. The three signs that your...

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Must-Know Facts about Small Business

A whopping 99% of all businesses in the U.S. are small companies, and that's just for starters. Here are other stats that may surprise you: Fact 1: Small is the majority. According to this USA Today story, you get the 99% stat (99.7% to be exact) when a small business is technically defined as a business with 500 employees or fewer. If you choose to define it more intuitively--say with fewer than...

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Top 5 Small Biz Trends

For companies of modest size, 2005 promises to be a banner year despite skyrocketing costs. Discover what else is big in the small-business world: 1. Small companies are upbeat about their prospects this year. A USA Today item says that small companies are expecting a robust 2005, citing the results of two reports--the recently launched Sam's Club Small Business Confidence Index and a survey by...

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What Your Workspace Says About Your Personality

Is your cubicle blanketed with Post-it notes or neat as a pin? Do you prominently display or discreetly position family photographs? Psychology Today says your work area can reveal a thing or two about you: It's something we're taught from early childhood: Don't judge a book by its cover. Don't rush to judgment. Avoid stereotyping. That said, it seems like we just can't help ourselves. A recent...

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Have You Ever Seen Inside a Model T's Engine?

Last week, I had the opportunity to sit in with a small class of students tearing down a Model T engine-not in a vo-tech school, but in an Ivy League University. These students aren't lightweights, by any means, and are all on a mechanical engineering and aerospace track. One, for example-a licensed pilot-is designing a craft to be flown to Mars. Two others, together, are building a gas turbine...

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The Science of Sensationalism

We've all seen the footage of the chunk of foam insulation breaking off of Discovery during its launch. The Big News tonight: Are the astronauts in danger? Well yeah, they're in danger. THEY'RE IN SPACE. But I won't do that rant again. While mass media focused on fuel sensors (Admittedly, I was guilty of that as well.), reader Neil Farbstein commented… Much has been said in public and in the...

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Hump Day Snippets

While we could (and will soon) continue such topics as global warming (Attention National Media: Yes, it's hot out. It's July, ya morons. It's not the end of the world. Wow. Wait'll they see what happens in August.), here are a variety of topics and article snippets. Find one you like-or don't-and dig in. Following each are questions for you. Your comments will be welcomed and appreciated. Design...

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Q: What Carries 8 Tons and Travels at Over 17,000 Mph? A: One Helluva Sport Utility Vehicle.

About three months ago, we ran a piece here about the Shuttle launch. It didn't fly then, but it's scheduled to go shortly. At 12:30 am EDT, the astronauts were awakened to begin pre-launch activities. If you're reading this Tuesday morning, check your watch. If it's 10:39 am or earlier, RUN, do not walk, to your nearest television. Most recently, on July 14th, an on-going problem with the...

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I'm Unable to Attend this Guy's Funeral Today.

Even if deadlines permitted, funerals are always tough to go through. A bereaved crowd is never a fun bunch, except with food and drink after, which is… …an increasingly rare tradition. Plus, I'm a peripheral element. Of the family, only his wife may remember me. So, dialogue in that 'receiving line' would be especially trite. I used to work for your father. Yeah, so did a lot of other people....

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