Category Archives: Tools and Information

Abiomed Sells $600 Million Worth Of Its Pencil-Size Heart Pump. But Some Doctors Have Big Questions About It. | Forbes

Lisa Cardillo, then 36, and her husband were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary and had just checked into a bed-and-breakfast when she felt a burning, stabbing pain in her chest. She was having a heart attack.

Cardillo’s heart stopped in the emergency room when she got to the hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Within minutes, doctors used a defibrillator to restart it, but her heart was too weak to push blood to the rest of her body. They put a tiny pump, 6 inches long and shaped like a bent stick, into the left ventricle of her heart. After a few days her heart recovered, and the pump, brand name Impella, was taken out. A year later, “I feel like I’m back to 100%,” she says. “You would not even know what I’ve been through.”

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What Is the Power of One Customer? |

At face value, the power of one customer seems rather insignificant. After all, one customer making a single transaction certainly will not make the difference between the success and failure of a small business. On the other hand, can one transaction truly make a difference?

The success factor

One transaction with a company, regardless of the monetary size, rarely means success for the business. Of course, it can if the transaction is a once-in-a-lifetime event for a business, which is normally quite out of the ordinary. So, in the everyday course of business, one transaction or sale that stands by itself as an isolated situation will typically not have a profound impact on the annual net profit of the business entity.

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The Best 30 Examples of Holiday Greetings for Business Owners | Small Business Trends

Christmas is fast-approaching, and it won’t be long before the turkey is roasting in the oven and presents are being opened on Christmas Day. Now’s the time to show your appreciation and gratitude to the most important people in your business – your clients, customers and employees.

Sending holiday greetings is a great way for small business owners to create a personable, appreciative and long-lasting professional relationship with clients, customers and employees. Afterall, if it wasn’t for such individuals, you wouldn’t have a business.

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7 Networking Mistakes to Avoid |

When it comes to recruiting the three big criteria are: networking, application package (cover letter, resume, and transcript), and interview. Even after you get a job, networking is still one of the most essential life skills to have. Either we shy away from it and allow ourselves to be outshined by others, or we grab the bull by the horns and learn how to thrive.

In today’s article, I would like to share seven (7) tips on “what not to do” from an employer’s perspective.

Networking styles and results can vary so much from person to person, as well as by the nature of the event you are attending. These are mere guidelines that you can adapt to your own personality and field. Some points may not be true depending on the representative talked to – we are all different.

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Choosing the Right Startup Team | The Startup Magazine

Every journey needs a map. Before you begin to build your team, it’s important to identify some key principles that will inform and guide your search. Entrepreneur Magazine notes a few:

Commit to all parties being on the same page.

From small projects to the general company mission, it’s important to ensure that everyone involved is ultimately working toward the same goal. Whether fixing a small issue or tackling a company-wide challenge, every person must understand the direction the company is headed and the plan for getting there. Make sure you know this from the beginning and carry it out by example.

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Why The Biggest Threat to Silicon Valley Could Be Inside Your Gadgets |

Certain intervals of time we accept as givens. The earth rotates on its axis once every 24 hours; seven days make a week; a half-hour sitcom is really 22 minutes plus commercials; Apple does a big-deal iPhone launch every other year. You know: the fundamentals.

In 1965, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore identified one of these intervals in a way we still associate with his name. Thanks to miniaturization, he observed, the number of tran­sistors that could fit onto a single microchip was doubling every year, making computers exponentially more powerful, energy-efficient, and inexpensive. In 1975, he revised Moore’s law, as it was by then known, to set the period of doubling at 24 months, where it has remained ever since.

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How Building Relationships Helped Build My Business | Entrepreneur

When Anne Marie Berger started ForeFront Corp. two decades ago, it was a one-woman business and she thought she’d keep it that way. But Berger soon learned that building relationships with customers and colleagues was key to running a prospering company.

Today, ForeFront Corp.—which provides data management, integration, and mapping solutions to businesses—has more than 50 employees in Fair Haven, N.J. and Berger has worked hard to make relationship building a key tenet of her company’s culture.

Here are three lessons she’s learned while building her business from a one-woman startup to a thriving global technology consultancy.

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Are You Financially Ready to Start a Business? |

Starting a business could be your next step toward financial and personal freedom. But obviously there’s a lot to think about before in dive in.

First of all, is this the lifestyle you want to pursue? Second, do you have enough money to get started? Use the financial essentials below to help you determine whether launching a business makes financial sense for your future.

Look at Your Personal Financial State

If you’re trying to open a company, you’ve probably been setting money aside. Even if they’ve been doing this, most business owners still have to take out a loan, but your savings should substantially reduce the personal financial burden.

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Common Chemicals in Toiletries May Lead to Early Puberty | Live Science

Since the early 2000s, researchers have noticed a troubling new trend in female development: Girls are entering puberty — developing breasts, pubic hair and getting their period — at younger ages.

So, what’s driving the trend? Some researchers have long suspected that hormone-manipulating chemicals are the culprit. But these chemicals aren’t necessarily coming from contaminated water or dangerous environments. Instead, they’re found in products we use every day, including shampoo, makeup and nearly every kind of toiletry.

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How and Why to Audit Your Company Bookkeeper | Business News Daily

As a small business owner, you have many responsibilities to juggle. It can be tempting to remove yourself from your business’s finances just to take something off your plate – especially if bookkeeping and accounting aren’t your strong suits. However, you should stay involved in your business’s finances.

If you do hire someone to help with finances, should you audit your bookkeeper? The short answer is yes. Theoretically, if you keep yourself involved in your bookkeeper’s processes, you should be fully aware of the state of your finances, but it’s always a good idea conduct random audits to ensure all of your books are balanced and your bookkeeper is following proper protocol.

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