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You may have seen two sets of news reports recently that didn’t quite add up: First, President Obama called for the liquidation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country’s largest providers of funds for home mortgages. Then a couple of days later, Fannie Mae announced its sixth straight quarterly profit and said it was sending $10.2 billion in dividends to the Treasury. Freddie Mac also reported a hefty profit – $5 billion over the previous three months – and said it is providing $4.4 billion in dividends to the government. more
Even the smallest of businesses these days can face large needs when it comes to storing data, sharing files and other computer-related tasks. For one thing, trying to back up files when they are spread over many computers can be a headache. more
Recently, I was asked to address a group of executive MBA exchange students at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. These midcareer individuals from France and Germany were interested in American-style entrepreneurship and our vast network of business “incubators” and startup “accelerators” in particular. more
In a digital-device-driven world, many business owners may in fact be hurting themselves with sloppy tech-enabled communications. Sure, smartphones, social media and other tech tools can be terrific productivity enhancers and lead generators. But they can also make you and your business look bad if improperly used or abused. more
What would happen to your company if one of the other owners left or passed away? Would there be a smooth, preplanned transition of ownership or might you face uncertainty, financial difficulties and possibly expensive litigation? more
Starting and growing a business takes great dedication and efficiency. There’s little room for wasting time. But even the best of us can struggle in the day-to-day world with all of the little things that can sabotage our efforts to spend time effectively on the things that matter most. more
For many small businesses today, digital communications – email, texting, social media and others – have completely taken over. In many ways, this is a good thing. It’s super convenient, efficient and keeps you constantly connected. more
Employers across Rhode Island should begin to revise their employment manuals, policies and information brochures in preparation for new statewide employee-leave requirements going into effect on Jan. 1. more
Who says lenders need to charge you a cash down payment when you take out a mortgage in this era of hyper-strict underwriting? more
Not many business owners strive to be second-rate. Most businesses at least pay lip service to a desire for being their customers’ or clients’ first choice. But all too often, their actions say otherwise. more
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