Category Archives: Industry trends

Disney’s strong results on the Dow Jones Industrial Average: Not so Grimm 2012 included Disney movies on Netflix and a Brothers Grimm Google doodle

The December 20, 2012 Google doodle on the Brothers Grimm, whose book of fairy tales is celebrating its 200th anniversary, had the Web abuzz with discussion of fairy tales. Inevitably, those conversations must include Disney movies. The conversations about Disney versions … Continue reading

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Boehner makes tax rates concession as House of Representatives nears fiscal cliff deadline

In what could be a landmark decision, the U.S. House of Representatives made a major tax concession this week in proposing to increase tax rates on millionaires. House Speaker John Boehner made the proposal, which would increase taxes on Americans … Continue reading

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Euro falls in the wake of Italian Prime Minister Monti’s resignation announcement

As fiscal cliff talks continue in the U.S., the announcement this week that Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti will resign in the next few days forced the euro into a two-week low and further plunged the world’s economy into uncertainty. … Continue reading

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Business travel news: Economic factors and lower business confidence to blame for slow growth says U. S. Travel Association

While Americans traveled more in 2012 than they did the year before, in business travel news, the U.S. Travel Association reports that slow growth is to be expected in U.S. travel due to unstable economic factors and lower business confidence. … Continue reading

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Black Friday sales trends 2012 vs Black Friday 2011: Thanksgiving hours add boost

If this year’s Black Friday sales are any indication of a recovering economy, then the U.S. is on its way up. Statistics this year are skewed, however, due to extended shopping hours with record sales starting on Thanksgiving Day. The … Continue reading

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Online retailers get their wish: New Facebook advertising campaign tool provides customer tracking while protecting privacy

On Friday, November 16, 2012, Facebook announced the roll-out of a new conversion tool that  would allow online retailers to track those who visit their site by first clicking on their Facebook ad. The new customer tracking tool is the latest advertising … Continue reading

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Election 2012: What will an Obama second term mean for the small business owner?

Now that election 2012 is over, pundits have begun speculating as to what an Obama second term will mean for the small business owner. Many worry about the impending fiscal cliff, which was set in motion last year when the … Continue reading

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Lessons learned: New York City Marathon 2012 and what went wrong during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Marathons are big business. The sudden cancelation of this week’s New York City Marathon 2012 is certainly a testament to how much is at stake. Some say botched planning is to blame for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s last-minute … Continue reading

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Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act (PPACA) — Obamacare — Boon for small businesses

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) known informally as Obamacare, has owners of small businesses worried about costs and compliance issues. As a result, most are delaying expansion and hiring decisions until after the first of the year. … Continue reading

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High cost of workplace bullying: Horrible bosses beware

Horrible bosses, beware. Reports of workplace bullying are on the rise and now legislation is pending in New Jersey that could place employers at risk for lawsuits. The bill known as the Healthy Workplace Bill has drawn the attention of … Continue reading

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