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A tale of three mandates
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Now that the Senate Finance Committee has passed a health reform bill, it must now be melded with the variation passed by the Senate Heath, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. And that amalgamation, should it pass the Senate, will then have to be reconciled with the version that passes the House - itself the product of three separate committees. Much is the same across the three bills, but not the employer mandate. MORE


Getting started with disruptive business design
Harvard Business Publishing    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Oliver Yeh, a first-year Mechanical Engineering student at MIT, just successfully designed, launched and retrieved a camera 17.5 miles into the atmosphere and took 4,000 photos — at a cost of just $150.00! That's probably less money than he will spend on his celebratory dinner. More
Effort underway to speed aid to small businesses
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The federal government is developing initiatives to make billions of dollars of bailout funds available to small businesses through community banks, according to lawmakers and other government officials. One approach, put forward by Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., could combine resources from the Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and private banks to create a $50 billion pool of money that would be used to lend to small businesses. More
Keep employees in the loop
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In difficult economic times, the news an organization has to communicate to its employees is often negative – "profits are down," "orders have not met targets," or "redundancies may be required." Unwilling to disappoint people or unable to provide the answer to these problems, the owner often fails to communicate with their staff, and engagement activities are seen as an easy way to cut costs. More

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Regional insect control
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Do you sometimes feel as though you'll never rid turf of insect pests? You conquer one only to find that another has taken its place? It's no wonder. There are more kinds of insects on the earth than any other kind of living creature. In fact, 95 percent of all the animal species on the earth are insects. More
Pesticide-free lawn care company wins despite recession    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine doubling business in the middle of the recession. Now imagine 400 percent business growth in six months, during a period in which many other businesses are struggling, major corporations are dealing with bankruptcy protection and unemployment has increased. More


California OKs stricter rules about landscape water usage
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The state of California passed an ordinance to curb the landscape irrigation and water usage of cities and counties. Cities must submit a plan for compliance to the state by Jan. 1. Local governments can either adopt rules outlined by the state, or come up with their own programs, just as or more strict on water usage. More
Cardin unveils federal Chesapeake Restoration bill    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal legislation to restore the Chesapeake Bay will create funding and incentives and mandate enforcement penalties if states don't meet restoration goals, Sen. Ben Cardin said. The Maryland Democrat called the legislation the most significant advance for the Chesapeake Bay in the past 25 years. That drew agreement from the head of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which has sued the federal Environmental Protection Agency over the slow pace of cleanup efforts. More
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