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Happy Thanksgiving

Take a moment today to leave your trials and tribulations behind and reflect upon all of your blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for living in the greatest country on earth, with all of its blemishes, and for our families and friends who nourish our lives. I offer my special thanks today to…

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Job Stimulus? Recession Over? Hornswoggle!

The reports are continuing on the woeful effects of the Obama job stimulus program, heralded as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The $789 Billion package was to create or “save” 3 million jobs but here’s the thing. You know how your spouse says she or he just “saved money” when they bought something on…

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Small business still swimming upstream

Like big bears hovering over the waterline picking off salmon swimming upstream, the economy is not  much of a friend to small business. As you probably realize, small businesses generated 65% of the job growth between 1993 and 2008, and represent about half of the private-sector employment in the U.S., according to the Small Business…

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Need motivation? Try to top this in 2 1/2 minutes!

We’ve all heard motivational speeches … but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as powerful as this. It’s striking … moving … hard to forget … yet the message is universal. Let your kids see it … or savor it for when they really need it … or when you do. Can we be…

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Build your Board with experience

The Wall Street Journal blogs frequently report on the VC industry and their recent entry, Start-Up CEOs Gripe About VCs’ Lack Of Operating Experience, caught my eye. I have sat on close to a dozen small business boards and agree that directors without real experience bring little to the table. I’m not sure, however, that…

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Get after health care costs NOW!

My last newspaper column, Can Small Companies lead in consumer-directed health care?, focused on certain health care ideas and the success that companies like Whole Foods have had focusing on individual responsibility for some of these basic costs. According to a new report, over $700 million is wasted each year in the medical system, equal…

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Buried in a 2,000 page bill …

Like I’ve said, I certainly didn’t intend to wade into this health care reform quicksand but just the thought of a 2,000 page bill that legislators haven’t read conjures a paperwork morass that, like a stealth bomber, sneaks in under the radar and does incredible damage before you wake up in the morning … ……

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The Devil you know ….

Like I said, I really didn’t intend to wade into this health care reform mess … but just the appearance of a 2,000 page bill that purports to have figured out the entire health care system … is ludicrous! That alone makes me flatly opposed to this bill … and to those who say something…

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