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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Employers using Google to check out perspective employees

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk.  This evening I'd like to tell you about a growing trend taking place among American Companies and you may want to take note if you're one of those looking for a job.
In a recent survey it was revealed that more than 70% of American companies are now using Google to run checks on perspective employees.  The traditional way of resumes and references are still in but many companies are now turning to the Internet to conduct further checks on perspective employees.  Of course, Google may not always turn up enough info on a perspective employee, but if you're smart you'll do something real fast to create an online presence that will help you to look good in the eyes of others.
Things have changed since I first started looking for a job which was more than 15 years ago.  The Internet has been mainly responsible for this and it's probably going to stay this way for a very long time to come so get used to it.  If you frequent chat-rooms, then you should not use your real name.  If you have a website then fill it with lots of testimonials about you from others if possible.  Make your website professional, easy to access, and easy to understand.  Use the Internet to build your credibility as it's another source of reference.  
I'm not saying that you should ignore the good old paper resume all together.  No, not at all. You should continue to use the resume but use it in combination with the creation of an Internet presence.  We live in times when employers are going to be much more cautious when hiring someone new.  We live in times when safety and security are the two prime factors when it comes to checking out a person.  We are living in times when employers are using the Internet more and more to conduct electronic investigations.  So, you need to adapt your job search methods to suit. 
Sometimes you would be surprised to know what a Google search can reveal.  Google is one of the most popular search engines and employers are using Google more and more to help carry out references.  Nothing wrong with that as long as your slate is clean and you have done all the correct things.  Time for you to work on creating your online profile and presence. 
If you're looking for ways to convince employers that you're for real, that you are really serious about your perspective job, then take the time to create online professional information.  No, don't lie!  Tell the truth and do things to enhance your character.  Things that can be easily checked out through Google.
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Monday, October 30, 2006

Target fights the wrong fight

Good evening!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and this evening I'd like to draw your attention to the Target fiasco.  I am going to publish an article that I uncovered and I hope that after reading it most of you would be convinced not to go the Target way.  Before presenting you with this well written piece, I'd like to make my own comments.
Target would do much better not to fight back and instead suck up the one time expense of making its website accessible.  A failure to do so would only bring bad publicity and cause huge headaches and marketing nightmares for Target.  Customers would definitely turn away from Target, Target would lose face, and if they don't fix their website now then they would eventually have to fix it anyway in light of further legislation that takes affect in 2010.
Whoever is advising the Target top brass had better take a long hard look at the advice they are dishing out and if other companies want to avoid this debacle then they had better learn real fast from this situation before it's too late.  The special needs market is an explosive one with real demand that is ballooning, real consumers who are demanding more, and influential customers who are prepared to pay big bucks for the relevant services and products and at the same time they are not prepared to put up with nonsense re the Target situation. 
On Handicapped Access, Target Fights the Wrong Fight for the Wrong Reason
Evan Schuman
PC Magazine, Sep 24, 2006 17:47:47 GMT
When a federal judge in California agreed that a lawsuit from the National
Federation for the Blind can proceed against Target, e-commerce executives
should have breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The lawsuit essentially argues that Target's online operation violated the
Americans with Disabilities Act because it is not designed to be easily
accessible to blind users.
Target's defense has been that the ADA does not explicitly talk about Web
sites, so, Target reasons, it's not covered.
That argument is wrong for so many reasons. For the moment, let's set aside
that the argument is wrong legally (the California judge already dealt with
that one). From Target's perspective, it's more relevant that the answer is
wrong from a marketing, customer service and an IT and design perspective.
The original intent of ADA was to allow consumers with physical handicaps
the same access to public places-including retailers-as the rest of the
public. The e-commerce sites of large retailers today are natural extensions
of their physical storefronts and the intent of the initial law clearly
should apply to Web sites.
What if Target took this argument to its next stage and decided that
discrimination laws and hate laws didn't apply to their Web site because
those federal laws-many of which were written long before today's Web was
prominent-didn't specifically mention them? Would it feel free to flout
those laws on its Web site by publishing racial slurs and hate-filled death
threats?
E-commerce is such an ingrained part of retail today that all physical
laws-where possible-must apply. But even if Target had a more sound defense
to this litigation, why in the world would it want to pursue it? Why is it
spending a mountain of legal dollars to justify keeping a large segment of
potential consumers from easily using its site? And it's doing so in a very
public manner.
Let's take a look at what is at play here. To make a large site such as
Target's accessible, it needs to add in text mouse-overs (alt-text) so that
screen readers can speak what images represent. But many highly designed
sites simply don't work without being able to see the images, so a more
radical redesign is often required.
Those more substantial redesigns can cost money, but it's not an obscene
amount. A site such as Target's would likely cost anywhere from $800,000 to
$2 million to make accessible. Although not pocket change, it's a one-time
expense that Target could easily absorb. Their legal costs in fighting
this-not to mention the loss of business from the associated bad
publicity-will surely be more. But ROI concerns are also not the real reason
for Target to not fight this.
The real reason to make those one-time changes is that it would result in a
more-efficient, faster and simply superior e-commerce site for all
consumers.
For years, retailers have gone for flash (as well as Flash) and multimedia
and arresting graphics with little regard to download time, increased
probability of programming glitches and incompatibilities. with multiple
OSes, different browsers, tons of updated add-ons, firewalls, spyware/pop-up
blockers and computer screen sizes, it's hard enough getting a design that
will work for all.
Add to this today's mobile demands (PDAs, smart phones) and site design is
going to find it more difficult to present one appearance to all. And yet,
having multiple versions of the identical site rarely makes sense, and it
certainly would be a nightmare for retailers with constantly changing stock
and prices. Maybe a car company could get away with it, but probably not.
The types of changes that the ADA is asking of retailers' Web sites
would-unintentionally-make
so much of that better. It can then be justified under the
marketing-friendly label of making the site more open to all.
The question of retail sensitivity to those without perfect vision is
nothing new. A wide range of recent stories have shown retailers being more
open to visually impaired consumers, from various and studies on
Terry Golesworthy is the CEO of a research firm called The Customer Respect
Group. (I probably should say that it's a group that apparently doesn't
include certain Target execs, but I'll be nice and not say that.)
Golesworthy's firm watches major retail sites and assesses how well they
handle consumer interaction issues, including site accessibility.
"I think Target
is just the unfortunate test case, but it is nowhere near the only company
to be at risk," he said.
"The clarity the case might bring to the area of accessibility means we
might see a lot of projects fired up for defensive reasons. The Y2K issue is
the closest thing we have seen recently that might be an analogy. "This is,
of course, smaller, but represents the same type of potential behavior with
executive management throwing money at a problem they really do not
understand but have a perceived business downside. This time, though, it's
for litigious and
PR reasons."
Agreeing with Golesworthy is veteran retail technology analyst Paula
Rosenblum, who today is a vice president with the Retail Systems Alert
Group.
"This lawsuit, assuming it is successful, is a double-edged sword. The
'beauty' of government mandates and singular events like Y2K is they drive
enterprises out of their short-term ROI mentalities," Rosenblum said.
"Complying with new regulations will either be a huge distraction for
retailers as they rush to comply with a government mandate, or will serve as
an opportunity to not just comply with the mandate, but take the opportunity
to clean up their online and cross-channel acts. This is long overdue."
In Golesworthy's latest study of the Web sites of the Fortune 100, his team
found that only 12 sites were "fine," 52 had "real problems" and 36 were in
the in-between "amber" stage, he said.
Target was among the 52 with "real problems," and Wal-Mart was in the amber
in-between zone.
For the record, the 12 whose sites were found to indeed be ADA-friendly were
three tech players (IBM, Microsoft and HP), three financial firms (Wells
Fargo, Bank of America and Washington Mutual), three manufacturers (Delphi,
Dow Chemicals and John Deere), one insurance company (Nationwide Mutual), a
pharmaceutical (Johnson & Johnson), and one lone retailer: Walgreens.
Golesworthy's advice to Target is to give up and salvage as much of this
mess as possible. "You basically fall on your sword and say, 'We're good
people. Really,'" he said.
Like all other corporate issues, this one resists being made neat and clean.
For example, consumers are not neatly split into sighted and non-sighted.
The visually impaired-which includes colorblindness-is potentially a much
bigger audience of lost consumers.
"Some companies like to use their corporate colors, which not necessarily
easy to read," Golesworthy said. But a complicated design is the biggest
problem. Even with mouse-over alt-text, a design that relies on tables and
formats will simply jump all over the place when the graphics are turned
off, making it very difficult to navigate, he said.
Another factor is the global market. The has mandated strict accessibility
rules for any retailer that wants to sell to Europeans. Those rules are
slated to take effect in 2010. For multinational retailers, "you're going to
have to do it eventually" so why fight it now, he asked. Why, indeed?
Evan Schuman is retail editor for Ziff Davis Internet's Enterprise Edit
group. He has tracked high-tech issues since 1987, has been opinionated long
before that and doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.
Check out eWEEK.com's for the latest news, views and analysis on
technology's impact on retail.
If you'd like to learn more about the influence, growth, demand, and  potential of the special needs market then please read our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.
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Enjoy your evening.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Niche ideas can make you millions if you do it right

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and this aft I'd like to give you a push towards using your imagination.Many of you may laugh but trust me!  The most crazy idea can turn into a mint making business for you. 
There are so many ideas that have helped their creators to make millions and I'll give you some past and present examples and one of the latest!  Let's start with the latest.  I just heard on the news that two men from Ireland are making literally millions with their newest idea.  This idea is simple, of so easy, but it has attracted the attention of over 40 million Irish Americans.  Listen up and I'll tell you.
These Irish entrepreneurs are selling bags of yellow Irish dirt at a cost of $15 per bag and so far they have made well over a million dollars in a very short time.  This simple bag of yellow Irish dirt seems to be appealing to millions of those Irish Americans or those who claim to have Irish blood flowing through their veins and they are buying these bags of dirt so as to be able to have the dirt spread over their caskets at their burials.  Crazy you say?  Maybe, but the crazy idea is reaping a mint of money for these two very imaginative crazy Irish men.
I believe that the trick of the trade may be to find products and services that consumers are really seeking.  Let's look at this bag of Irish dirt thing a bit more.  America is home to practically generations of millions of persons with Irish backgrounds and we all know how sentimental the Irish could be when it comes to their homeland.  The Irish are extremely patriotic and are well known for their emotional wakes.  So, it should not be too surprising that this idea would take off. 
Of course there are dozens of other ideas that you could think of.  How about the guys who practically invented the market for bottled water?  Those who brought us the pet rock and the rubrics cube?  The young Canadian men who brought us Trivia Pursuit?  The British company who are selling eggs with invisible ink that indicates how cooked the eggs are when placed in a pot of boiling water?  Then how about the man in Ottawa Canada who started off by selling nails in the basement of his house and 19 years later he has several stores across Canada that sell all kinds of tools?
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Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 27, 2006

A special report

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and today I'd like to publish a special report that I found a few days ago.  This report deals with our rapidly aging population and it tells what  companies like HP and Microsoft are doing to meet the demand of aging computer users.
I hope that you find this article valuable and interesting but I also hope that you can use it to create some opportunities for yourself.  This report should help to spark your imagination when it comes to creating and developing products and services that are being demanded by our aging population as well as by others.
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Computers that adapt as their users age
TheMatureMarket.com, September 09, 2006
Eric Dishman calls it a "demographic tidal wave," and its effects are being
felt worldwide.
Dishman, chairman of the Centre for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) and
General Manager of Health Research and Innovation Group at Intel
Corporation, is referring to the exploding worldwide population of "seniors"
- people who are age 60 or above. The United Nations estimates that the
worldwide senior population was 600 million in the year 2000. This number is
expected to double to 1.2 billion by 2025, and surge to over 2 billion by
2050.
In some countries, including Italy and Japan, 20 percent or more of the
population is at least 65 years old. Many other countries will reach this
milestone within the next two decades.
Large numbers of these seniors are staying in the workforce, some for years
beyond their traditional retirement age. Some countries are even enticing
older citizens to stay in the workforce longer by raising the age at which
they can receive retirement benefits.
As more people live and work longer, they also are likely to experience more
age-related changes in their vision, hearing and dexterity. Some functional
losses are accelerated by the onset of age-related degenerative diseases and
ailments, including hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes and macular
degeneration. Disabling conditions, including arthritis and orthopedic
impairments, tend to manifest themselves as the body ages.
These types of changes can affect a person's capacity to use and interact
with computing devices and environments.
Companies like HP and Microsoft. are addressing the needs of the aging
workforce by making computers easier to use. "Seniors" aren't the only ones
who benefit, though.
"There is a 100% chance that each of us is getting older every day," says
Michael Takemura, director of the HP Accessibility Program Office. "But you
don't have to be over 60 years of age to need some kind of 'accommodation'
in your work environment. People who have hit 40 find they need reading
glasses or they begin having difficulties with their hearing or dexterity.
They may even face a temporary limitation - hurting your arm or hand playing
sports over the weekend - and are challenged to access their computer on
Monday morning. We all encounter situations where we need a work environment
that adapts to our needs."
Here are a few ways that computers have become more "user friendly" for
people who need some kind of accommodation, including those mature workers
in the office.
Displays and readability options can be set to enlarge text and images on
the screen for easier viewing.
Options in Windows. XP make sounds easier to hear or distinguish, and you
can have visual cues as an alternative to sound.
Software can adjust keyboards and mice to make them easier to use. For
example, you can set "StickyKeys" to allow pressing one key at a time
sequentially instead of pressing multiple keys (like Ctrl-Alt-Del)
simultaneously.
The Accessibility Wizard in Windows. XP can help new users quickly and
easily set up groups of accessibility options that address visual , hearing
and dexterity needs all in one place. The Accessibility Wizard asks
questions about accessibility needs. Then, based on the answers, it
configures utilities and settings for individual users.
For people who need more accommodation, there are various types of assistive
technology products, specially designed to provide additional accessibility
to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments, and
disabilities.
HP can help you select the right assistive technology for your needs. You
can conveniently and privately shop online for such solutions when you are
ready to buy.
LINKS:
http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/accessibility/atproduct.html
http://www.enablemart.com/default.aspx?store=10
Who knows? As more mature workers fill the office cubicles, the absolute
coolest computer accessory could one day be something like a screen reader
or a keyless keyboard.
Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation.
http://www.thematuremarket.com/SeniorStrategic/computers-adapt-users-age-756
4-5.html

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Women in small businesses on the rise

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff Marquis at the business desk and today I'd like to draw your attention to a very healthy trend sweeping across our country.  It pertains to more and more women opening up and running very successful small businesses and I say look out men!  Our women folk means business and they are threatening to overtake the small business world.
There used to be a time when the business world was exclusive to men and it was especially so in the small business arena.  However, this is changing rapidly because of a few very important factors.  For one thing women are now much more confident and much more business savvy.  They are more focused and serious about their careers be it in the boardroom or in the office of their small business.  For another they are being given very enticing incentives by all levels of government as well as the lending institutions and in addition to this they are forming themselves into women's organizations of all sizes and these orgs are helping to support them in their efforts. 
Women these days are paying more attention to what consumers are looking for.  They are also interested in earning additional incomes to help support their own families.  They are also looking for things to do while at home either on maternity leave or as stay at home moms.  Many are also single moms and in order to support themselves and keep up with their schedules which include those of their kids, they are turning to small business opportunities.  I can tell you of several of our female clients who are presently running successful small businesses.
Meet Kate Glazer:  Kate runs a cake decorating business and has been doing so for the past five years.  Her husband was killed in action in Iraq and Kate was left with two young kids.  Kate works hard, decorates cakes for a living, and is kept busy almost all of the time.  She manages to meet her house expenses plus some and employs an assistant to help her.
Meet Nicole Pearson:  A very successful virtual office manager.  Nicole is also a single parent and manages to run two virtual offices fulltime, keeps up with three teenagers, and is making very healthy six figure incomes.  We don't know how she manages to do it but she certainly does. 
Meet Paula Cross:  Paula decided to open up her own gift shop to help increase the family's income.  Her husband Eric is an electronics technician and works fulltime but his income is not quite enough to feed his family of himself, Paula, and five kids.  Paula has been in business for over seven years now and her gift shop is thriving.  She employs two assistants to help out.
Meet Jane Saxby:  Jane is a bit unique for the type of business that she runs.  Jane runs a year round ice skating school and she too is very successful.  Jane decided to go into her own business because she wanted to make her own money.  Her husband Mark is a family and can provide for his family but Jane is in business for her own satisfaction.
Yes, women in business is definitely on the rise and I'd like to put out a call for more women to do so.  Our book Untapped Wealth Discovered can help you women to get started.  Our book is very affordable, contains many proven strategies, and has sections that are specifically dedicated to helping women.
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Enjoy your day.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Mobile phones can read books?

Good evening!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and this evening I'd like to republish an article that I found a few days ago.  I'm particularly interested in the contents of this article because it talks about a break through in technology and I honestly feel that if it gets to market it can potentially benefit millions of consumers worldwide.
I hope you find this article interesting and I wish you a very enjoyable evening. 
Mobile Phone Can Read Books
By Kim Tae-gyu, Staff Reporter
Korea Times, South Korea, September 19, 2006
LG Electronics, the world's fourth-largest cell phone vendor, has added
another compelling feature to the mobile handset - reading books for the
visually impaired.
The Seoul-based company yesterday started marketing the model, the LF1300,
through LG Telecom, the country's smallest wireless operator, at around
400,000 won.
Only the blind, visually-impaired and dyslexic can buy the talking phone
after presenting a government certificate at sales outlets of LG Telecom.
``The LF1300 is the world's first mobile handset that is capable of reading
books for the print-disabled, who otherwise could not enjoy them," LG Vice
President Cho Sung-ha said.
``This is not about making money at all but about contributing to society.
We will continue to put forth efforts to bridge the digital divide for the
disabled," Cho said.
Users of the gadget can download approximately 300 audio books from the
Internet site of LG Sangam Library to their handsets in two ways.
One is to access the digital library's Web site (www.lg.or.kr) on a computer
specially designed for the blind to get the audio books and transfer them to
cell phones.
The other is to download the digital books directly with cell phones through
the wireless network by touching a hot key on the LF1300 handset. Both
methods are free of charge.
On top of its unique feature of reading books, the LF1300 is not inferior to
the contemporary top-line phones in both outlooks and functionalities.
The sleek 16-millimeter-thick gizmo is armed with an MP3 player and a
Bluetooth headset, which enables users to listen to the music or talks
without a cord.
The user interface of the LF1300 is also customized for the blind, enabling
handset users to control it through a voice guidance system.
However, there is a hitch because the phone's internal memory of 17
megabytes is small even for a single audio book file, which takes up 80 MB
on average.
As a result, a high-volume external memory, which is available at
electronics shops, is a must for the talking book services.
voc200@koreatimes.co.kr
http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200609/kt2006091917311910160.htm

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Your eating habits

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and today I'd like to chat a bit about your eating habits.  I won't blame you for being tired of hearing about how badly we eat here in the united States, how grossly overweight so many of us are, and so on and so on.  Nevertheless, we need to pay attention to some very important things and I'd like to give you some gentle reminders.
A recent CNN news clip suggests that parents should spend more time eating with their kids so as to ensure that they eat correctly and eat the right things.  Our American kids are being sent so many mixed messages these days re their eating habits.  On the one hand they are being told by the health and dietary experts that they should lose weight, and on the other they are being bombarded with tons of adds by fast food chains as to why they should be eating their foods.  Did you know that there's a McDonald's on almost every third street corner in the United States?  How do we expect our kids to get things right when we send them so many mixed messages?
My next point has to do with the portion sizes we consume here in America.  Yesterday NBC news came out with some very concerning stats.  On the whole, restaurants serve about four times the prescribed size of portion as set out by our government and these portion sizes are about six times the amount that we would normally eat at home.  Scary, concerning, and we need to take action now!  In Denmark the government has taken positive action to reduce trans fats and it is working.  Apparently the Danes have reduced the use of trans fats to be used by restaurants to 2%.  Maybe we should be paying closer attention to this?
I remember seeing a news item last week where some health experts were saying that one of the safest and surest ways to lose weight would be for us to make our portions smaller.  It makes sense to me.  Instead of using those huge dinner plates and loading them up with tons of fatty foods, how about using smaller plates and stocking them with more healthy food such as more veggies, less carbs, and less meats. 
I have a parting suggestion for those of you who are looking for new careers.  The American government is looking for dieticians and they are willing to pay handsomely for persons with these types of skills.  Our government is very concerned about the rising trend of overweight Americans, too much trans fats in our foods, and the spiralling rate of associated disabling diseases such as diabetes and heart problems.  They are willing to pay you big bucks if you are interested in becoming a culinary or dietary professional.  Not sure where to start?  Then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This very affordable book is a must read for you.  It will show you how to find those very niche opportunities in niche markets that are extremely lucrative, rich, and very explosive.  
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Enjoy the rest of your day.

Monday, October 23, 2006

The good and bad of the Internet

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and today I'd like to reminisce a bit on the good and bad of the Internet.  Let's see now.  The Internet has been around now for a little over 15 years and what a very interesting 15 years it has been.
The Internet has been responsible for sparking so many good things but at the same time it has also been responsible for bringing us some real headaches.  When you look at how communications have improved worldwide between and among businesses and individuals you can thank the Internet for this.  When you look at how much easier it is for us to keep in touch with each other across the seas and borders you can also thank the Internet for this.  When you think of how we are now able to carry out our business in a much quicker and more efficient and timely manner you can't help but give thanks to the Internet.  However, if you flip the coin and think of the rapidly increasing rate of  scams and identity theft, you got to put the blame squarely where it belongs.  On the shoulders of the Internet.
Whether we like it or not, the Internet is here to stay so all of you Internet detractors had better get used to it.  On the whole the Internet has opened up literally hundreds of millions of opportunities for both individuals and companies of all sizes.  Thanks to the Internet consumers can do things such as shop online, carry out research, take advantage of distance learning courses, keep up to date with breaking news, even get involved in the dating game, chat with others in far away places, advertise themselves to others, plus so much more.
Thanks to the Internet businesses of all sizes can now advertise their products and services to the world through the use of websites, the media can provide minute by minute news through their websites, researchers and professors can publish their papers to the world much more easily, and so on.  
In short, products, services, and information are much more available now than they ever were and to many more people and we have to thank the evolution of the Internet for this.  However, as I mentioned before, the Internet has brought us two very big headaches and these are the increasing rate of scams and identity theft.  The cyber space pirates have also been using the Internet to their advantage to reap havoc among millions of innocent and unsuspecting victims worldwide and we need to be more watchful and cautious when we step in to the world of the Internet.  It does  not matter what we do on the Internet:  From the most harmless action such as surfing our favorite website to ordering a book, from paying our utility bills to downloading some music.  We need to be weary of those hidden scammers who are just waiting to pounce when we least suspect it.  In order to keep yourself more secure from these pirates, you need to ensure that you have the appropriate software installed on your computer that will keep you safe from viruses, spyware, cyber worms, plus more.  In short, the appropriate software. 
Have yourself a wonderful evening and before you leave us please check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  A book that will be of interest to you if you're looking for ways to earn safe income for the rest of your lives, and a book that will keep you far from scams and scammers.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006

Jealousy and Envy on staff

Good morning!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and today I'm rushing to get my blog in.  We were down for the last two days so I apologize for any inconvenience.
Today I'd like to bring your attention to a very concerning trend that seems to be creeping into our workplace and I think that we all need to be very mindful of it.  It's a trend that is very dangerous and if we allow it to take possession of our workplace and our boardrooms we could be in for a rude awakening because it could very well affect such things as company morale, productivity, teamwork, and relations between employees and management.
According to a recent survey that was carried out by Notre Dame university, 77% of workers in America admitted to knowing of others who were either jealous or envious of others but added to this is that 50% of those surveyed admitted to being actually jealous or envious themselves.
The survey identified that the majority of employees surveyed talked about two main reasons for jealousy and envy and these were persons with so-called cushy jobs, and those who were making more.  I remember that a few years ago when I was a consultant for a large American bank, one of the policies of this bank was that employees were not allowed to discuss their salaries at work and to some extent it worked but I don't think that any company can really stop its employees from either finding out or discussing what others make. 
Many experts are starting to turn their attention to this growing trend and they are trying to find some useful suggestions for both companies and employees.  This is a very intricate and difficult problem to tackle and I myself am not sure what the solution could be.  In a previous blog that we published this week we talked about some top Canadian companies that were using lavish events to reward, keep, and motivate their employees and this may be a starting point re this situation.  However, there probably would always be those who would accuse management of rewarding their favorite employees. 
With regard to the cushy job problem, I'm afraid that's something that will probably be an issue in the workplace but it would be up to management to pay closer attention to it and do their best to address it.  There are certainly ways that companies could look at in order to make certain jobs less cushy but they would have to make a real effort to address it. 
If you're tired of these petty types of problems in your workplace and you're looking for a new career then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  Our book is very affordable, is packed with proven strategies that are safe and logical, and above all it will show you how to identify and develop businesses in niche markets that are rich, untapped, lucrative, and explosive.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase your copy.
Enjoy your day.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Making income after retirement

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the www.untappedwealth.com business desk and today I'd like to chat a bit about earning income after retirement.
So many of us these days are focusing on that very important date of retirement and too many of us are not really giving enough attention to what we can do upon retirement.  Retirement can be regarded as a very good thing if we know how to view it in a positive way.  We should not think of retirement as the end of our working days or the end of our career.  We should not view retirement as the end of our ability to earn income.  We should not view retirement as an evil.  What we should be doing is to view retirement as the start of a new phase of our lives.  A stage when we get to choose what we want to do.  If we want to travel, then yes we can certainly travel.  If we want to keep on earning income then why not!  I'd like to share a few examples with you of some of our clients who have retired but are still income and enjoying what they're doing.
First, meet Andrew Shields.  Andrew used to work as a highly paid executive in the music industry but he was downsized five years before he qualified for retirement.  He did not waste any time deciding what to do or how to bridge the gap between his downsizing and his retirement.  Andrew took his separation package from Sony and used a small portion of it to obtain computer training and within months he had set himself up as an eBay specialist buying and selling music CDs and other types of musical stuff on behalf of others.  Today Andrew has a large group of clients who depend on him to buy and sell their products on eBay.  He is making over $75,000 annually and has been doing so for the past three years and he is thinking of expanding his business.  Andrew is having a ball in his new role.
Meet Frank Rosario.  Frank retired from his job at age 60 and he is earning good money doing house painting.  He makes about $55,000 annually and he too is enjoying his new additional income that allows him and his wife Lola to travel to places that they always wanted to visit but could not do so while he was working because he could not afford it.
Meet Darla Richards.  Darla decided to retire early from her job as an office administrator and she decided to become a hairdresser.  Today Darla offers her services to homes for seniors, and complexes for seniors.  She brings her services to her clients instead of them going to her and she too is earning healthy five figure incomes.
I could go on and on, but I think that you're probably getting the picture.  Retirement is nothing to be afraid of.  You can do so much with your time and your imagination.  Of course I recognize that in many cases retirement can be a horrific experience for many, but for today I'd like you to look on the brighter side of things.  If you're looking for ideas to help you earn some safe income upon retirement then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This book has several ideas and strategies for retirees that are safe, logical, and free of scams and scammers.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase your copy.
Enjoy the rest of your day.

Hats off to Apple!

Apple pips its rivals with the iPod that talks
      RICHARD GRAY
rgray@scotlandonsunday.com)
http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=999772006
FROM Walkman to Talkman. Not content with changing the world's
      music-listening habits, Apple has come up with another innovation:
the talking iPod.
      A new generation of machines will use sophisticated software to
      convert the names of bands, albums and individual tracks into
recognisable speech.
      The new iPod will tell you what it is about to play, removing the
need For users to look at the screen while selecting music, and making the
Device safer and easier to use while driving, cycling or in badly-lit
locations.
          Crucially, the talking machines could give the iPod a badly-needed
new competitive edge in the hotly-contested digital music player market.
The iconic machines were last week reported to have lost some of
      their sheen, with consumers following a series of technical problems
and controversy surrounding the working conditions of those who make them.
To make matters  worse, software giant Microsoft is said to be working on
its own  iPod-bashing digital music player.
Apple has flatly refused to comment on the design, but a patent
      lodged By the company in the United States makes clear the sixth
generation  of iPods will be able to convert those famous text menus into
speech.
The ingenious system will rely on home PC processing power and
      clever software. The computer being used to download tracks will
analyze each Album title, song name and artist and convert them into sound
files. These will  be loaded into the iPod, along with the song files.
Users of the music players will still operate the Clickwheel as
      normal, but hear the names of songs and bands through their
headphones.
The patent reveals the idea is driven largely by safety
      considerations.
It states: "A user will have difficulty navigating the interface
      in 'eyes-busy' situations.
"Such activities include, for example, driving an automobile,
      exercising and crossing the street."
The patent also makes clear that text-to-speech technology is
      likely to spread to other hand-held electronic devices such as mobile
phones and palm-top computers.
The move is expected to spark a new digital player war as
      competing manufacturers attempt to cram more and more features into
their Digital music playersIn a bid to keep up.
  iPods have recently begun losing favour with consumers, amid
      claims of Poor working conditions at a Chinese factory where the
devices are made.
Microsoft is reported to be planning a digital music player with wireless
internet capabilities, removing the need for a PC to download music.
The firm is believed to be keen to break Apple's stranglehold on
      the download market with its iTunes software.
The iPod and iTunes enjoy market share of about 80% in the US and
      the UK, as well as more than half the online music market in Europe as
a whole.
Sony is also believed to be working on a wireless product that can
      download music and video broadcasts in venues such as concert halls
and  even shops. The firm filed a patent in 2004 which states that
compressed files  could be sent to concert-goers with footage from the
concert they had just seen.
Converting text into speech has been a major goal of the computer
      industry for decades, but early versions of the technology struggled
with difficult words and names.
It also requires formidable computer processing power to carry out
      the difficult conversion.
But Apple says its system will break down words in a new way that
      makes it possible to pronounce perfectly even the most obscure song
titles  and artist names.
It also proposes using "voice talent" - such as famous actors - to make the
speech more human and add in the celebrity factor.
The patent also proposes using different voice "characteristics",
      such as gender, for different sections of the iPod menus.
Professor Steve Renals, a speech technology expert at Edinburgh
      University, said: "It is possible to create very high quality
text-to-voices  these days.
"We have seen some already used in mobile phones, but it has
      struggled
In the past with difficult words and names. The technology is much
      better now and can cope with most things."
Safety experts have raised concerns over cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
being involved in accidents when they are distracted by their  digital music
devices.
Last month, a teenager from Preston was killed while listening to
      his iPod on his bike when he collided with a tractor. Another teenager,
Kathryn Thomas, caused a fatal road accident last year when she took her
eyes off  the road to show a friend how to use her iPod. Roger Vincent,
spokesman for  the
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: "If people don't
      need To Take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel then
there are  clear benefits to that.
"Provided there is a sensible approach and the technology is used
      in a way that it is intended, it could make using such devices far
safer.
"There are concerns, though, about the isolation from surroundings that
wearing earphones creates, and this can cause serious accidents,
particularly among cyclists."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Canadian companies doing something special to keep and motivate employees

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and this evening I'd like to bring your attention to a report that came across our desk that was sent to us  by our Ottawa Canada bureau.
It appears that many Canadian companies are doing something a bit different these days in order to keep and motivate their employees.  It's nothing really strange to the corporate world but I'd like to call it a resurrected strategy.  Way back in the 70s and 80s IBM used this strategy to motivate and keep their employees and at that time it worked wonders for Big Blue but IBM dropped it in the 90s because they found it a bit costly to maintain.  This strategy is now making the rounds among many of the top Canadian companies and according to a recent report released by Statistics Canada, it is working.  
So, what is this magic potion all about?  Nothing really out of this world, nothing too drastic or too sophisticated, and nothing that does not make perfect sense.  Many top Canadian companies these days are using the carrot rather than the big stick to motivate their employees and stimulate their imaginations.  They are sending their employees on such events as get away weekends or short holidays to lavish retreats or resorts.  They're also sending them on fun vacations and one day fun events.  One day breaks such as golf tournaments, to spas, lavish breakfasts and lunches, plus more.  These companies are using their imaginations to create days of relaxation for their employees but there is a wee twist to this.  While they are whining and dining their employees, they are also using these fun times to throw in a few company moments whereby they hold informal sessions that encourage employees to think, create, innovate, speak up on issues that are important to them, and they also give presentations on the company's business of the day.  
In the words of one Canadian CEO:  "What we're doing here is nothing new.  We've just gone and dug up an old strategy and with a few touch ups we've put it back into the system and it's working great.  We are using these fun times to motivate our employees, encourage them to tell us how they feel, and we're rewarding them for work well done.  Since we started this which was last year, our productivity has improved markedly and employee morale has gone up."
From another Canadian CEO:  "We're using these special events to reward those employees who are working hard, and we're also using them to encourage others to follow suit.  What we're finding in our company is that many employees are trying to out perform each other in order to be rewarded with these special moments and it's working." 
Other CEOs are saying that they are finding that it's worth the while to spend this type of money iin order to boost company morale, motivate employees to work harder, and the relationship between management and employees is also being helped.  Some American companies are also starting to use the carrot over the stick and I for one am glad to see the rebirth of this trend.
Before you leave us this evening, please check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  You can read all about it at www.untappedwealth.com.  Untapped Wealth Discovered has been written by two very savvy authors of the day and they bring a very refreshing and logical face to the business world.  Their book is based on logic, common sense, real markets, and proven strategies that are not based on any type of get rich quick schemes, broken promises, or false scams.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up your copy.
Have a great evening.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Nintendo goes the extra mile

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff N Marquis at the business desk and today I'd like to shine the spotlight on Nintendo.  I'd also like to congratulate Nintendo for going the extra mile to bring some enjoyment to a segment of the market that so many other video games companies have chosen to deliberately ignore.  Or maybe I should say that so many other video games companies have failed to discover.
I'm referring to a small segment of our video games market that is made up of special needs youngsters.  This market is growing steadily but it is still rather small.  However there are many experts who feel that if companies can find ways to satisfy the needs of this tiny segment, they can use their creations to attract other larger segments.  If you can satisfy the needs of the very small special needs market, then surely you can use your innovations to attract other segments like our seniors markets, and a very real and growing market made up of the technically shy.  Who are the technically shy?  In short, those who did not grow up in the technology era.  Our baby boomers.
So, back to Nintendo.  This company has developed about seven games that blind and visually impaired persons will be able to play on some of their hardware and I'm going to attach a brief blurb on these creations at the end of my blog.  I urge you to check it out.  I have and it's very neat and even my fully sighted teenagers are very taken with it.
I truly believe that there are thousands of niche opportunities out there for you to find and explore.  Niche markets that are very lucrative, safe, and explosive.  We have written a book called Untapped Wealth Discovered and in this book you'll find lots of proven strategies, facts, and success stories to help you get on the way. 
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase a copy.  In the meantime, check out the blurb below. 
Nintendo Develops Games For The Blind!
AudioGames.net, August 05, 2006
Nintendo has developed 7 mini audio games that can be played on every GBA
compatible platform, including the GameBoy Advanced, Gameboy Micro and
Nintendo DS.
The games are to be sold under the name of Sound Voyager, which in turn is
part of the Nintendo Bit Generations line of alternative games. Click the
following link to read everything about Sound Voyager:
http://www.audiogames.net/db.php?action=view&id=SoundVoyager
5/08/06 23:29
LINK: You can read more Audiogames.net news here.
http://www.audiogames.net/morenews.php
http://www.audiogames.net/page.php?pagefile=news_111

Monday, October 16, 2006

Best time to travel

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and I'd like to kick off the week with a few tips for you re your travel plans.
First, let's have a look at your travel plans.  Most of us build our travel plans around the schedules of our kids.  IE whether or not they're in school and sad to say the travel industry also builds its travel offerings around the schedule of your kids.  So that during March breaks and Christmas vacations air fares are the highest.  In addition, air fares are also highest during the winter season because it's the time when many of us try to spend as much time as possible in the warmer climates because of the cold weather.  Believe it or not, and I'm sure that most of you already know this, the low season starts in early September and ends at the beginning of the second week in December.  The high season starts at the beginning of the second week in December and ends sometime towards the end of April.  Between then and the end of August we have a mixed bag depending on where you're travelling to.  
If you're looking to travel to Europe in the summer then be prepared to pay high fares.  If you're looking to travel to anywhere between early September and the beginning of the second week of December then it's probably the best time because fares are lowest and you can choose from literally thousands of holiday packages.  At this time the Caribbean can also be a very attractive destination to travel to.  If you're looking to go on an economic cruise then September to mid December is your best time.  If you take that long saved up for cruise between mid December and early March then be prepared to pay premium price.  Best time to visit Disney world is at Easter or Christmas and the worst time to visit is during the summer.  Disney builds its rates around the seasons so that during the winter is cheaper and during the summer it's more expensive.  Makes sense?  Sure!  Because summer is the time when the kids are off from school so you see here that Disney builds its schedule around both the seasons and time of year. 
Lots for you to think about.  The travel industry does not do us any favors when it sets out its rates so we have to be smarter when we choose our time to travel. 
Have a great week.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bank teller finds a new career

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to end the week on a high note.
I'd like you to meet Laurie Henderson, a very successful female entrepreneur who is going guns in England.  Laurie has been one of our more successful clients for over 15 years now and I've gotten her permission to tell her story.
Laurie has been able to turn her life around in a big way thanks to a career change from bank teller to a very successful restauranteur.  She lives with her husband and her two sons Jamie and Mark and their wives in the County of Kent and her sons have played a big part in helping her to reap her success.  Laurie was 40 when she decided to leave her very mundane job as a bank teller and she decided to try something new.  She chose to enter into the food business because of her interest in cooking and she had no difficulty in enlisting the help of her two sons Jamie who was 19 at the time, and Mark who was 18 at the time.  Previous to this Laurie had worked at the bank for over 20 years but she wanted to try something new and bring a new spark to her life.
Her first stab at being an entrepreneur was to make and sell sandwiches to her X co-workers and her sons readily took her sandwiches every day to her previous place of employment.  She did just okay with this venture and stuck with it for about six months but she soon found herself wanting to do more so she took a bigger step and decided to open up a cook shop in County Kent.  This unfortunately did not do well and within a few months she went belly up.  However, Laurie was determined to carry on and she and her two sons got together to discuss her next step.  They talked a lot, sought the advice of others, and finally Laurie decided to go to school to learn how to run and manage her own small business.  At the end of two years she graduated and with          diploma in hand, a proper business plan, and two very devoted sons, she obtained a small business loan and opened up a lunchtime buffet restaurant.  It was small but very manageable and Laurie and her sons were ready for business. 
That was 12 years ago, and today Laurie has managed to open up three lunchtime buffet restaurants in County Kent.  She has an overall staff of about 50 employees and her two sons and their wives and her husband of five years are also active in the business.  Laurie has gone from being a very dissatisfied bank teller to a very successful female entrepreneur.  She has been grossing 7 figure annual revenues for the past four years and she has big plans to expand.  We have continued to support Laurie in her efforts by providing her with managerial and marketing consultations.
In her own words:  "When I left my job as a teller I was a single mom with two teenaged sons and very determined to make it.  My sons were very good boys and stuck by me.  We had to work very hard to get where we are today and many days we had to go hungry in order to gather up every penny to put into the business.  It was not easy and as a woman there were many barriers for me to overcome but somehow I did.  The boys and I worked together to develop my dream and then my dream became their dream.  If any woman were to ask me if it's worth it for women to become entrepreneurs I would say why not?  Certainly and if they need help getting started then they should read the book Untapped Wealth Discovered by Jeff Marquis and Kerry Harrison.  This book gives women the incentives and strategies that they need in order to get started.  There are lots of ideas, common sense strategies, and you can't go wrong.  Give it a read!"
To pick up a copy of Untapped Wealth Discovered visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm.
Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Four reasons to make Britain your European head office

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff N Marquis at the business desk and I know that there are practically millions of persons who are definitely afraid of making any important decisions on Friday the 13th.  However, I'd like to present you with four very logical reasons why you should make Britain your European head office.  At the present time, and for the past few years, the British government has been going out of its way to encourage foreign investment and for good reason.  
There used to be a time when doing business in Britain was extremely expensive and to some extent it still is.  Cost of living in Britain is still a bit costly but for the past few years the British government has been offering incentives for companies to do business in its country as well as make Britain the head office of their European operations.  In addition, Britain has been offering very attractive incentives for companies to conduct research and development in their country and this whole push seems to be working.
The four very logical reasons for companies to make Britain their European head office are as follows:
Britain is the gateway to Europe,
There is a common language between North America and Britain that being English,
Britain is close to capital markets,
Britain is made up of an educated work force.
Very logical reasons for you to ponder.
Before you leave us today please check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  A very affordable book that will show you how to find niche and lucrative opportunities in thousands of niche markets that are still untapped, hidden, and markets that are safe.  This book is built on safe and logical strategies and not on scams and broken promises.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to pick up your copy.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Take a look at what Jamaica is doing

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and this evening I'd like to bring you in on some very interesting and exciting happenings in Jamaica.  I think that this article that was sent to us from our Caribbean offices is going to peak the interest of many special needs persons and it is going to show the world that Jamaica is taking a giant step forward when it comes to catering to the needs of our special needs market.  Good for Jamaica and I hope that other countries follow suit.
This article should also spark the imaginations of those of you who are looking for real consumers with real demand.  This particular group of consumers is growing rapidly and their demand is also ballooning. 
If you'd like to know more about these types of consumers then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered before you leave our website.  Our very affordable book will show you how to attract the millions of special needs consumers worldwide.
Visit www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm to purchase your copy.
Have yourselves a wonderful evening and I hope you find the article below of interest.
Certification Programme for Disabled-Friendly Hotels
By Ministry of Labour & Social Security Jamaica Information Service, October
02, 2006
Monday, October 02, 2006 - Senator Floyd Morris (left), Minister of State in
the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, shares a light moment with
Minister of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture, Aloun Assamba (centre) and
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, at the official
launch of the Friendly City Project at the Hilton Kingston Hotel
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be introducing a
certification programme for hotels that cater to persons with disabilities.
State Minister, Senator Floyd Morris, who made the announcement at the
launch of the Friendly City Project on Wednesday (Sept. 27) at the Hilton
Kingston Hotel, explained that hotels having all the facilities for the
disabled would be certified platinum, with ratings of gold and silver for
properties that have some facilities.
"The aim is to say to the world and the wider Jamaican society that, those
particular hotels have facilities to accommodate the disabled," the Senator
remarked. "I think all hotels should yearn to be in that platinum category,"
he added.
The certification programme will form part of the Friendly City Project,
which has three distinct components - public education, accessibility and
customer service.
Expounding on the public education campaign, Senator Morris said that it was
designed to ensure that all Jamaicans became more sensitive to the needs of
persons with disabilities. "It will not just be confined to ensuring that we
make Jamaica friendly but to sensitize the public about the issues that
disabled persons are confronted with on a daily basis," he explained.
The issue of accessibility to facilities and services, he stressed, remained
a major challenge for persons with disabilities and as part of the project,
modifications will be made to the two international airports, hotels, places
of entertainment, public thoroughfares and public transportation.
"The truth is that we must create greater access for persons with
disabilities so that they are able to go about their legitimate business.
You cannot exercise a right if you do not have the means to exercise that
right," he argued.
Turning to customer service, Senator Morris pointed out that this component
was very important if Jamaica is to be successful, especially in the area of
tourism.
"There is need to adopt a more courteous approach and that is what we are
emphasizing because if we are going to be attracting visitors to our
country, we definitely will have to know what are the international norms,
what are the international standards, what is the international language in
terms of relating to persons with disabilities," he argued.
The Minister stated that the launch of the project signaled the government's
commitment to ensuring that Jamaica adopted a friendlier approach to the
disabled. In addition, he said, the project was the culmination of a vision
he had from 1998. "Vision has nothing to do with sight," said the Senator,
who is visually impaired.
http://www.jis.gov.jm/labour/html/20060929T110000-0500_10162_JIS_CERTIFICATI
ON_PROGRAMME_FOR_DISABLED_FRIENDLY_HOTELS.asp

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reading books by email?

Good morning!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk.
So many of us are constantly complaining that we simply don't have enough time to read books.  We're simply too busy.  Too busy with the family, with our jobs, paying the bills, keeping up with each other, and on and on.  Yet somehow we find time to read our emails and surf the net.  Well, someone has come up with a brilliant idea and this idea involves reading books through your emails.  Novel, I certainly think so and if this idea takes off then you will certainly have a chance to read all of those books that you've always wanted to read.  Mind you, it's going to tie you to your computer for that bit longer but check out the blurb below that I recently found. 
Have a great day and don't forget to take a few minutes to at least browse through one of your favorite books or magazines.  It can work wonders for your stress levels.
Books By Email
By Michael McCarty
The Fred's Head Companion, October 02, 2006
Too busy to read books? Have them delivered to you in small chunks via
email.
You spend hours each day reading email but don't find the time to read
books. DailyLit brings books right into your inbox in convenient small
messages that take less than 5 minutes to read. This works incredibly well
not just on your computer but also on a Treo, Blackberry, Sidekick or
accessible PDA of your choice. In the words of Dr. Seuss: Try it, you might
like it!
Simply pick a book, select how often and when you want to receive messages,
and provide your email address. DailyLit does the rest.
Click this link to visit
http://www.dailylit.com.
http://fredsheadcompanion.blogspot.com/2006/10/books-by-email.html

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Smokers in France in trouble

Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and today I'd like to shine the spotlight on those thousands of smokers in France.
France has always been characterized as a country that sports many smokers and the French law has not really gone after creating a smoke free environment.  However, that's about to change and we may be seeing many disgruntled French men and women very soon.  Those of us who have been lucky to have visited France would know how much Parisians love to smoke filling the cafes, restaurants, stores, and everything else with their plumes of smoke.  French men and women really enjoy their smokes and it could be seen, smelled, and tasted practically everywhere.
If the French government has its way, a smoke free environment will be in place in just a few years but fear not smokers!  Your government is thinking of making provisions for you in some way or other.  They are talking about crating rooms just for you with doors that will hold both you and your smoke real tight so that you won't be able to pollute the aire. 
It would be interesting to see how this affects the French economy.  Those thousands of cigarette vendors everywhere, those stores selling cigarettes, and all of the other outlets.  How would it affect the younger smoking generation in France?  What will they turn to as a substitution for smoking?  The experts are saying that several other countries have been successful at weathering the absence of a smoke filled environment so it should not be too much of a problem for France to do the same.
This may be a good opportunity for some imaginative entrepreneur or small business to put on their thinking caps and come up with a novel idea to replace those cigarettes.  Maybe a pet cigar?  You think? 
Before you leave our website check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This very affordable book is loaded with ideas for those who are imaginative, creative, and innovative.  There are practically thousands of niche ideas out there that you can develop for niche markets. 
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Monday, October 09, 2006

Companies need to pay more attention or else!

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and I'd like to start the week by issuing a warning to all American companies of all sizes.  Pay attention or if you don't you run the risk of being taken to court by several large and influential consumer groups.
My warning is very serious and I'm referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act.  You need to learn why you should be paying attention and what the penalties are going to be if you don't.  These penalties are very high and the following article will illustrate what could happen to you if you don't.  Last week we published an article on why United Airlines is presently in hot water and hopefully this article will help you to see that this is no laughing matter.   Read this article carefully, learn what is being demanded and why, and think of how you can use this article to create some very important and lucrative opportunities for yourself.  If you need more proof then check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered before you leave our website.  This very affordable book will show why you need to pay attention to this article plus similar ones.
I'd like to wish our Canadian cousins a very happy Thanksgiving and I also wish you a very relaxing evening. 
Court rules Target must make website accessible to the blind
KARE11 TV, Minnesota, September 07, 2006
A federal district court judge ruled Wednesday that a retailer may be sued
if its website is inaccessible to the blind. The ruling was issued in a case
brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp.
The suit charges that Target's website ( http://www.target.com ) is
inaccessible to the blind, and therefore violates the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the
California Disabled Persons Act. Target asked the court to dismiss the
action by arguing that no law requires Target to make its website
accessible. The Court denied Target's motion to dismiss and held that the
federal and state civil rights laws do apply to a website such as
target.com.
The suit, NFB v. Target, was filed as a class action on behalf of all blind
Americans who are being denied access to target.com. The named plaintiffs
are the NFB, the NFB of California, and a blind college student, Bruce "BJ"
Sexton.
The plaintiffs are represented by Disability Rights Advocates, a
Berkeley-based non-profit law firm that specializes in high-impact cases on
behalf of people with disabilities;
The court held: "the 'ordinary meaning' of the ADA's prohibition against
discrimination in the enjoyment of goods, services, facilities or
privileges, is that whatever goods or services the place provides, it cannot
discriminate on the basis of disability in providing enjoyment of those
goods and services." The court thus rejected Target's argument that only its
physical store locations were covered by the civil rights laws, ruling
instead that all services provided by Target, including its Web site, must
be accessible to persons with disabilities.
"This ruling is a great victory for blind people throughout the country,"
said NFB President Dr. Marc Maurer. "We are pleased that the court
recognized that the blind are entitled to equal access to retail websites."
Dr. Maurer explained that blind persons access websites by using keyboards
in conjunction with screen-reading software, which vocalizes visual
information on a computer screen.
Target's website contains significant access barriers that prevent blind
customers from browsing among and purchasing products online, as well as
from finding important corporate information such as employment
opportunities, investor news, and company policies.
The plaintiffs charge that target.com fails to meet the minimum standard of
web accessibility. It lacks compliant alt-text, an invisible code embedded
beneath graphic images that allows screen readers to detect and vocalize a
description of the image to a blind computer user. It also contains
inaccessible image maps and other graphical features, preventing blind users
from navigating and making use of all of the functions of the website. And
because the website requires the use of a mouse to complete a transaction,
blind Target customers are unable to make purchases on target.com
independently.
Explaining the ramification of the ruling, Mazen M. Basrawi, Equal Justice
Works Fellow at Disability Rights Advocates, noted that: "the court
clarified that the law requires that any place of public accommodation is
required to ensure that it does not discriminate when it uses the internet
as a means to enhance the services it offers at a physical location."
"I hope that I can soon shop online at Target.com just like anyone else,"
said UC Berkeley student BJ Sexton, who is a named plaintiff in the lawsuit.
"I believe that millions of blind people like me can use the Internet just
as easily as do the sighted, if websites are accessible."
http://www.kare11.com/money/business_article.aspx?storyid=134062
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Call centers returning to North America

        Hello there!  I'm Matt Chadwick at the business desk and to close off the week I'd like to talk about a developing trend that is starting to take hold.  It concerns the quickening return of call centers to North America and I along with many experts are only too glad to see this taking place.
I for one was very disappointed when so many large companies decided to move their call centers to places like India.  I have nothing against Indian workers but I thought it to be a very bad move because these workers never seemed to receive the appropriate training re how to deal with North American consumers.  Many of our clients complained bitterly about the fact that these call centers employed workers who never seemed able to answer questions quickly and efficiently.  The majority of these workers had difficulty understanding English, they never seemed to have adequate product knowledge, and most of all they had a very poor grasp of what they needed to know.  I personally had several encounters with call centers in India who were working on behalf of IBM.  So many times I would call IBM to either ascertain product info or to be put through to a colleague or a friend and 99% of the time these poor people never knew what I was talking about or when I asked for the number of a colleague or friend I had to end up spelling their first and last names, spelling their location, telling the calltaker which country the location was in etc.  For example, I would call asking for the number of Mark Shapiro in Austin Texas.  I had to spell Mark's first and last names, Austin, Texas, and I had to tell them where Austin was located and where Texas was located. 
It seems as if many large corporations are finally listening to our complaints and accordingly they have started to relocate their call centers to the United States and Canada.  Because of this, there are many new opportunities for persons to work from home as these companies are now employing those persons who are willing to work from their home.  As a result of this they don't have to erect large physical locations to house their call center employees for thanks to technology they are now able to provide connectivity from a person's home to their main switchboard.  In addition, they don't have to incur large overhead costs and they don't need to pay large salaries to their home based employees. 
So, what does this all mean to our North American economy?  Simple.  More jobs are being created for those persons who wish to work from home, persons such as housewives, stay at home moms, and special needs persons can now take advantage of these opportunities, but most important we can now look forward to receiving customer service from calltakers who will be able to better understand our inquiries and be of more help to us.
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I wish our Canadian friends a very happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Technology at work

Good evening!  I'm Kerry J Harrison at the business desk and this evening I'd like to share an article with you that we obtained from our London bureau.  I am impressed with some of the projects being carried out and the cooperation between and among companies worldwide.  You'll see here that these two companies are from Belgium and Canada respectively and hopefully this article will inspire others to venture into similar types of ventures.  The experts are all saying that these types of ventures have the potential for great business opportunities as well as  financial success because many global governments are more than willing and ready to pay well for such types of innovations because they need to meet the demands of more and more special needs consumers as well as a rapidly aging population. 
It's what we talk about in our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  Meeting the demands of a rapidly aging population along with a ballooning special needs consumer market.  After reading this article please take a moment to check out our book Untapped Wealth discovered and purchase a copy of this very affordable book at either www.amazon.com or at www.untappedwealth.com/order.htm.
Have a great weekend.
Passengers told when next bus due
By: Nigel McFarlane
This is Lancashire (UK), September 21, 2006
A SEEMINGLY endless wait for a bus with little idea of when it will arrive
could be a thing of the past for passengers in Blackburn Road, Bolton.
Bus stops along the route out of Bolton are among 260 in Greater Manchester
to have been fitted with new technology which tells passengers when the next
service is due.
The initiative has come about through a partnership between Surtronic, a
Belgian information system developer, and Interalia, a Canadian company that
manufactures voice announcement technology.
A spokesman for Interalia said: "The whole thing uses wireless communication
and computer software.
"A black box on the bus transmits information to a central computer via
radio link, and this enables the computer to track the progress of the bus
and update the information unit at each bus stop."
The information is displayed visually by information units, and there are
also speakers to give audio information.
These are activated by an electronic key fob, and hundreds of these have
been distributed by charities and support organisations to visually impaired
passengers and those with learning difficulties.
The system has been designed to meet the requirements of the Disability
Discrimination Act (DDA), which came into force in October, 2004.
Gary Davies, head of Transportation Product Marketing at Interalia, said:
"The Disability Discrimination Act demands that all public services provide
the disabled with equivalent facilities as those enjoyed by the able bodied
where reasonably practical.
"This new system enables transport companies and local authorities to comply
fully with the new DDA regulations."
The system can also support other methods of obtaining real-time
information, including live feeds to the Traveline call centre, internet
access and text message. This allows passengers to have access to live data
without having to go to a bus stop.
The system can also give priority to buses at traffic lights by making a
direct request to the Traffic Control Centre, where the traffic lights are
centrally controlled.
http://www.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.930503.0.passen
gers_told_when_next_bus_due.php

Thursday, October 05, 2006

A successful home services company

Hey there!  I'm Alix Shadonnay at the business desk and this evening I'd like to introduce you to a very successful client of ours.  His name is Marco Martinez and for the last three years he and his wife Lucia have been running a very successful home services business in Florida.
We've known Marco and Lucia for a few years and we are so proud of what they've been able to accomplish in such a short time.  Before their retirement Marco worked as a highschool teacher and Lucia was a nurse but upon retirement they wanted to do something with their sparetime as well as earn some extra income.  When they retired the first thing they did was to take a trip to Europe, something that they had always dreamed of doing and after a few months of travelling they returned to their modest home in Florida.  However, they were not satisfied to sit at home and do nothing and with the encouragement of their three adult children they decided to so some research on the Internet to see what might interest them.  
They spent quite a bit of time researching, going to their local library, and talking to friends and when they finally came to our offices in Miami they had a very good idea as to what they wanted to do but they wanted our team to help them put things together.  To be honest, we did not really have to work very hard to help them set up their business venture.  They had the capital, they had the ideas, and they had a plan.  We helped them to pull it all together by helping them to develop a marketing plan, a business plan, the necessary budgets, cost analysis, advertising strategy, and so on.
When all was said and done, Marco and Lucia decided on a home services business whereby they would offer their services to complexes for seniors, seniors homes, and housing complexes for seniors and special needs persons.  They would offer the following types of services:
Handyman types of services that would include house painting, carpentry, basic tiling and masonry, roofing, and around the house chores.  In addition, they would offer tailoring services, house cleaning, window cleaning, and personal shopping services. 
Marco and Lucia started off being just the two of them.  They advertised well to their target audiences and did not have much trouble getting customers.  They also advertised for other retirees who would be interested in providing such types of services to join them and within six months of opening their doors for business they had built a strong team of five.  At the end of the first year they managed to break even but by the end of the second year they had a very healthy profit to show.  By the middle of the third year they had expanded their team to eight and we are happy to report that by the end of the third year they had net profits of six figures. 
Marco and Lucia continue to prosper and we all attribute this to them having been able to tap into a niche market, that being providing services to a group of consumers who are demanding them.  They did their homework before starting off, they identified a market, real demand, real consumers, and a lack of supply for these types of services.  If you're looking for similar types of opportunities, if you would like to find niche opportunities in niche markets that are lucrative, rich, lacking in competition, and where demand is ahead of supply, then by all means check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This very affordable book will help you to identify, create, and develop the necessary strategies that you can use to help you stay ahead of your competition.
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Have a great evening.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

United Airlines under the gun

Good day everyone!  I'm Jeff N Marquis at the business desk and today I'd like to bring your attention to a growing concern across America and that is the increasing number of companies who are either not aware of the Americans with Disabilities Act or are choosing to deliberately ignore this piece of legislation.  I hope that the following article serves to wake up those companies who are still in the dark about ADA and to help them get their act together before it's too late and they end up either embarrassing themselves or being sued for millions.
Have a good day.
press release: United Airlines, Tommy Bahama Sued For Disability
Discrimination
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   September 28, 2006
CONTACT: Joan Ehrlich, District Director   cell (415) 238-0973
William R. Tamayo, Regional Attorney   cell (415) 336-8805
Kathryn Olson, Supervisory Trial Attorney  (206) 220-6895
(United Airlines) Cindy O'Hara, Senior Trial Attorney  (415) 625-5653
(Tommy Bahama) Carmen Flores, Senior Trial Attorney  (206) 220-6920
UNITED AIRLINES, TOMMY BAHAMA SUED
FOR DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION
EEOC Says Disabled Employees Were Denied Reasonable Accommodation, Then Fired
SEATTLE  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
today filed two lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in
the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, against
companies who failed to accommodate their employees. The EEOC filed suit
against United Airlines on behalf of reservation staff in Honolulu and
Seattle plus a potential class of employees nationwide, charging that the airline's
policy on minimum working hours violated the ADA.  The other suit alleged
that clothing manufacturers Oxford Industries, Inc., and Tommy Bahama
Group illegally terminated an employee because of his disability.
According to the EEOC's complaint EEOC v. United Airlines, longtime
employees Maria Lovell and Shelly Kia from United's Honolulu office and
Janet Lawhead from the company's Seattle office were forced out of their
jobs in 2003, when the airline initiated a policy requiring a minimum 30-
hour work week.  United required all Reservation Sales and Service
Representatives who could not work the minimum hours to either retire or go
out on leave, and then terminated them when their leave ran out.
Joan Ehrlich, Director of the EEOC's San Francisco District, which oversees
Washington State, said, "These women had worked for United for a long
time from fifteen to almost thirty years.  United previously permitted them
to work twenty hour work weeks since the 80's, which  helped to
accommodate their various disabilities: multiple sclerosis, DeQuervain's
tendonitis and carpal tunnel, and myasthenia gravis, a muscle condition.
Instead of making a good faith effort to accommodate employees with disabilities as required by the ADA, United implemented a policy that simply
jettisoned long-time workers."
EEOC's other suit EEOC v. Oxford Industries, Inc., and Tommy Bahama
Group, asserts that Tommy Bahama knew when it hired Todd Hiley that he
had difficulty walking and keeping his balance due to a traumatic brain
injury.  Hiley initially used crutches and a walker to get around, and later
a motorized scooter.  He performed his job well, receiving positive feedback
about his work and attitude.  However, in June 2004, when Oxford
Industries, Inc., bought out Tommy Bahama, Hiley's disability came under
constant scrutiny.  Finally, in February 2005 after Hiley took a few days
off to undergo a routine medical procedure, he was not allowed to return to work.
Without any solid basis in fact, the company expressed concern that Mr.
Hiley would injure himself on the job, and he was terminated shortly
thereafter.
Regional Attorney Bill Tamayo said, "If Tommy Bahama was concerned that
Mr. Hiley would injure himself, after he had successfully worked for the
company for years, the company should have worked with him to understand
if there was a real problem.  Instead, without any basis in reality and only
as a result of its own stereotypical fears, the company fired this hard
working, productive employee."
The EEOC filed the suits only after first attempting to reach a voluntary
settlement through conciliation.  The suits seek monetary damages, training
on anti-discrimination laws, posting of notices at the work site, and other
injunctive relief.
Kathryn B. Olson, EEOC Supervisory Trial Attorney in the Seattle Field
Office, said, "The Commission seeks to dispel the myth that workers with
disabilities who need reasonable accommodation are less competent or less
productive than workers without disabilities. Integrating people with
disabilities into the workplace and other aspects of American life -- these
goals of the ADA and the President's New Freedom Initiative truly benefit
business and society."
The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The
EEOC Seattle Field Office's jurisdiction includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana,
Oregon, and Washington.  Further information about the EEOC including its
guidance on disabilities is available on its website at http://www.eeoc.gov.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

GPS technology being used on campuses

Hi everyone!  I'm Heather DeMarco at the business desk and this day I'd like to talk a bit about how some university campuses are putting GPS to great use.  In fact, I'd like to focus in on one particular university and I'd like to thank our Ottawa Canada bureau for providing us with the details.
Up till now many of us would normally associate the use of GPS technology with cars, boats, ships, and trucks.  However, the university of Toronto has found another use for GPS technology and if this project is successful we may see many more campuses across North America following suit.  This university decided to embark on this project in order to try and stop the rate of theft of bicycles on its campus and so it came up with the idea of placing bicycles around its campus equipped with GPS tracking systems.  What would happen next is that when someone picked up the bicycle in question, the GPS tracking system would go to work and the campus police would be notified through technology what was going on and they would soon be able to track the stolen bicycle and arrest the culprit.  
There is a very high rate of bicycle theft at the university of Toronto's campus and there are also a large number of students who use bicycles to ride to classes.  Accordingly, the U of T is very anxious for this project to work.  They've started off by testing this project at their man campus in down town Toronto and if it is successful they will then move to expand it to all of their campuses across Ontario.  Several other universities and colleges across Canada are also watching with great interest and they too have expressed their intension to institute similar projects on their campuses if this project is successful.  
It appears that more and more people and companies are coming up with reasons to make use of GPS technology and I believe that as time marches on the need for GPS technology is going to become more and more a part of our daily lives.  At the present time GPS technology is being utilized by the big car makers, by trucking companies, and by pleasure boate users.  However, we are also finding that more and more companies are using GPS technology to help them keep track of their employees.  With regard to this last reason, we are noticing that more and more companies are using GPS technology to keep tabs on their employees to ensure that they are doing as they say, going where they say they are going, and that they are indeed doing their work.  One can easily say that GPS technology could be viewed as a double edged sword.  On the one hand it can be a marvellous thing to help keep trek of one's position and to ensure that one can be easily tracked if they get into difficulty.  On the other hand it can also be viewed as a spying mechanism for companies to use against their employees.  Whatever the reasons however, GPS sales is only going to increase because of the rising demand for its use.
Before you leave us, please check out our book Untapped Wealth Discovered.  This very affordable book can be yours at a very reasonable price and the information in it will certainly help you to become more efficient at being able to find those niche markets with those very safe and lucrative opportunities way ahead of your competition.
Have a great evening.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Sony batteries in trouble?

Greetings everyone!  I'm Jayna Sheffield at the business desk and I'd like to focus in on some problems that Sony seems to be having these days re their batteries.  The ones that are being used by several computer companies in the laptops that they are selling. 
IBM has been the most recent company to recall over 268000 laptops in the United States and five million worldwide because of defective Sony batteries in their laptop thinkpads.  This recall has affected all laptop thinkpads sold by IBM between September of last year and September of this year.  Not too long ago Del and Apple did the same and now the public as a whole is starting to wonder about Sony batteries as a whole.  Apparently, some of these laptops containing Sony Batteries reportedly caught on fire and caused quite a stir. 
Many experts are not yet panicking about this but they are very concerned as to how the Sony image may be affected.  I don't think that any of these three companies, IBM, Del, and Apple are quite happy about this situation and as I write they are probably huddled in their respective boardrooms discussing what next to do.  I would not like to be in Sony's shoes however, because incidents like this can certainly hurt a company's image in a big hurry.  Sony is a good and sound company and has always been seen to be a very responsible company.  Yet, it leaves us to wonder out loud how they are going to handle this latest glitch.  Stay tuned.  In the meantime, if you're one of those who purchased an IBM laptop thinkpad between September of last year and September of this year, you need to return your laptop to your seller for a refund.
Enjoy your evening.  

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