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Imogo’s optimized for new Samsung Galaxy S3 and upcoming Apple iPhone 5

August 1, 2012 |

The company to integrate Email like Gmail, digital telephone like Skype, cloud based data storage like Dropbox, and Office applications all in one package that can be used from any tablet (iPad or Android) or computer at anytime.Read More

NYSE Technologies Expands Network to Equinix New York Data Center Campus

July 11, 2012 |

New NY5 facility, opening August 1, will provide customers with direct access to Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure® (SFTI®)Read More

CGAP, Grameen Foundation, and MTN to Invest in Mobile Money Products for the Unbanked

March 2, 2012 | 1

Grameen Foundation’s AppLab will work with consumers and financial institutions on products appropriate for people living on less than $2.50/dayRead More

Gartner: Only 5% of CIOs Can Authorize IT Investments Alone

November 25, 2011 |

According to a new joint study by Gartner, Inc. and Financial Executives Research Foundation, CIOs alone have authorized only 5% of IT investments while the CFOs  alone have authorized 26% of all IT investments which indicates that their influence in IT is growing. Additionally, the survey found that 42% of IT organizations report directly to the CFO, and 33% of IT organizations are reporting to the CEO.

The survey of CFOs is designed to gather opinions from financial executives about technology, key trends and planned improvements to operations. The Gartner/FERF technology survey included 344 respondents (66% of respondents were CFOs, 9% business unit CFOs, and 95% could be considered senior financial execs).  Read More

Wall Street, Lobbyists and Their Influence on Ordinary Citizens

May 12, 2010 |

Wall Street Reform and army of lobbyists seem to be far from everyday life of ordinary people and even from their finances. But it isn’t really so. One area of reform where it is easier to see the connection and direct impact on lives of American citizens is the consumer financial protection agency. This agency’s responsibility is to make sure that all financial firms play by the same basic rules of the road and to make sure that lenders deal squarely with people, with terms laid out in plain English, without using hidden fees to fatten their profits.

Last week the Senate wisely defeated a massive Republican amendment that would have decimated this agency in one fell swoop.  But now the lobbyists are working overtime to insert specific loopholes in the bill. The good example for this is, already spoken about in these circles, the lobbyists’ push for an auto lenders loophole, and the push against such a loophole from military families who are too often targeted by their deceptive practices. Now there are efforts  to insert this loophole headed toward the Senate floor. Read More

Wal-mart Discrimination Scandal

May 6, 2010 |

These days one of the most popular news and topics in American business world is a class action lawsuit based on gender discrimination that may impact up to one million current and former Wal-mart women employees. The law suit is based on the fact that Wal-mart pays women less than men for the same jobs and that female employees receive less promotions and have to wait longer to be promoted. The lawsuit alleges that the company’s “strong, centralized structure fosters or facilitates gender stereotyping and discrimination.”

The workers bringing suit also say women make up more than 70 percent of Wal-Mart’s hourly work force but in the past decade made up less than one-third of its store management. Read More

Finance Reform in Congress

May 4, 2010 | 2

In the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling, which gives special interests, corporations – and potentially foreign nationals – the power to spend unlimited money to influence the outcome of elections, President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact reforms to limit this power and protect the integrity of American democracy.  With these reforms, campaign committees will have to reveal who is funding them, and their leaders or financers will have to claim responsibility for their ads.  Also, the reforms will restrict foreign corporations and foreign nationals from spending money in American elections.  These reforms will help ensure the government works for the American people, not the special interests.

„Over the past few weeks, as we’ve debated reforms to hold Wall Street accountable and protect consumers and small businesses in our financial system, we’ve come face-to-face with the great power of special interests in the workings of our democracy.  Of course, this isn’t a surprise.  Every time a major issue arises, we’ve come to expect that an army of lobbyists will descend on Capitol Hill in the hopes of tilting the laws in their favor”, Obama said. Read More

Create an effective Small Business Content Marketing Strategy

March 24, 2010 | 5

The content marketing is incredibly present in business world. It is used by some of the greatest marketing organizations in the world, including P&G, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. Nevertheless, it is also developed and executed by small businesses and one-man shops around the globe. So if you are part of the small business, you might want to consider using this strategy to promote the services and products you offer and to attract costumers. Another good side of content marketing is that this is actually very logical and easy approach.

effective content marketing strategy

It will just take a bit of your time and thinking, until you create the idea which is the basis of your business. Read More

Health Care Reform-Great News for Small Businesses

March 24, 2010 | 10

“After almost a century of trying; over a year of debate; after all the votes have been tallied –health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America”, said the President Obama yesterday, after signing the health reform into law. Things are finally going to change quite a bit between Americans and their health insurance companies. With this law American citizens and small businesses will have their own health care under control.

Health Care Reform

It is announced that it would take four weeks to fully implement these reforms, since the implementation must be done responsibly. However, host of desperately needed reforms will take effect right away. Read More

Congress Offers Companies a Tax Break for Hiring the Unemployed

March 19, 2010 |

Latest news coming from Washington is that the U.S. Congress has given final approval to an $18 billion jobs bill offering companies a tax break for hiring the unemployed. This is a part of this year’s lawmakers’ initial effort to boost the economy before November elections.

“It is the first of what I hope will be a series of jobs packages,” Obama told reporters at the White House. Read More

Earth Day – 40th Anniversary

March 18, 2010 | 6

This April many Americans will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day. This holiday is designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for our environment. It reminds us of the importance of our planet and nature we are living in.  This is also a great reminder of all the benefits that respectful relation with our environment brings to the nature and to all of us. It is estimated that over 200 million people in 150 countries will participate this year. Earth Day is as significant in 2010. as it was  40 years ago. Different manifestations, competitions, gatherings and celebrations will be held in many cities.  Join them and feel the green spirit Read More

Tax Benefits of Home Based Businesses

March 16, 2010 | 3

Nowadays many small businesses are home based.  There are several benefits of this kind of business organization and some of the most important ones are tax advantages of running your firm from your home.

Using your home as a place of work allows you to deduct a part of the operating and depreciation expenses. If you are starting your own business, consider if your firm can be run from your house. Consult your accountant for a careful evaluation of what can and what cannot be deducted from using your home office. Read More

Family Business and its Challenges

March 12, 2010 | 2

Most of small business owners have a plan or at least a thought of expectation that one day their children will join and later continue the family business. Still, it is not that simple. Very often, children are not interested in taking over your business or becoming a part of it. They are attracted to completely different kind of profession. These situations may cause conflicts and disappointments. Sometimes even a deeper family issues and misunderstanding. The only way to face this problem is to accept the wishes and aspirations of your successor and respect his/her strength. Your children are actually following your example! They want to make their own start and success. The sooner you are able to appreciate that, the situation will become more easy to handle with.  Read More

5 Steps to Protect Your Intellectual Property

March 9, 2010 | 3

The term Intellectual Property or the acronym IP means (and provides) protection for creations of the mind. More specifically, they grant the creators/owners exclusive rights to these creations.

IP is divided into two categories: artistic and industrial.
• Artistic Intellectual Property rights are protected by Copyrights.

• Industrial Intellectual Property rights are protected by Patents and Trademarks.

General opinion and first thought that comes to a mind when it’s about IP are artistic works, scientific patents and similar. That’s a big mistake. Your Intellectual Property are all information, resorts you have used and productsof your work.  We are talking about customer lists, business processes, publications, trademarks, etc during and after your employment with the company. These items are considered Intellectual Property and proprietary information. Read More

The family business-What you should know about it

March 8, 2010 | 7

By a definition, a family business is a business in which one, two, but often much more, members of one family have a significant ownership interest, together with responsibility commitments towards the business.

Family company is not necessarily run by members of one family. It can be owned by unmarried couples or friends. There are also small businesses which are ownership of two families, of two individuals whose relatives become employees. In these cases it is very important to document your business relationship in a formal business-partnership agreement. The document should include duration of the agreement, partners’ capital contribution expectations, and divisions of profits and losses. Read More

7 Things You Should Know When Creating Your P.R. Campaign

February 12, 2010 | 7

Last week we spoke about the basics of your P.R. plan and P.R. organization. Now we will focus more on other aspects of a challenge called Public Relations.

Public Relations may seem as a very complicated and demanding aspect of any business, especially the small one. Professional P.R. approach includes community participation, public speaking and articles published, contact with media and local reporters, your communication with your audience and presenting the right message to them. If we want to make this definition more concise, we would say that P.R. campaign is concentrated on the relationship between your business and its public. And what is it that can help you make the right impression and take care of the future of your business? Read More

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