Pay Per View News on the Horizon


Still excited about buying that iPad? Coming to a home or mobile device near you. NEWS! That is, if you want it bad enough to pay for it.  Free news online is coming to an end sometime soon. Like next year!

We already know major news providers are striking deals to format their content for so called “e-readers.” It’s only a matter of time that you will be given the “privilege” to view news articles after you pay for them. Anyone got a quarter? I need one to put into the slot on the side of my new iPad so i can read the news. So much for sarcasm.

Read Full Story: Inquirer

New American Airlines Fees


American Airlines announced on Monday it is removing

the free blankets on all flights in North America beginning

in May. However, on flights that last more than two hours

passengers can buy a pillow and a blanket for $8.

Full Story: Dallas News

Internet Sales Tax Raised Again


A series of discussions is ongoing about whether or not states should tax sales on the internet or other types of sales. Some issues to consider is the economic status of your state. Many are broke. Some are not. So what options are on the table for each state to consider when trying to determine how they can generate some positive revenue? This issue is addressed by a “panel of experts” in an a lengthy article you may find interesting since it also targets probably one of your favorite online retailers – Amazon.


Business Plan Competition

If you are located anywhere near the central coast area in California and looking to start a business, you might want to check out the Business Plan Competition in Central California by Marina Technology designed to help people start up companies and create jobs.



Hire Interns for Your Business


Urban Interns is a new website that aids small businesses by
bringing interns and small business owners together. Interns
are becoming an ever growing attraction in the job marketplace.
And small businesses can benefit by hiring interns. But Urban
Interns also offers access to temporary workers and part-time
workers as well. And with current employment statistics at an
all time high, there couldn’t be a better time for a website like this.

Not surprisingly, many of the popular listings are related to social
media. Both small business owners and members of the site who
seek employment are finding good success in the recruiting
process at Urban Interns. If you are a small business owner,
you might want to check them out. Urban Interns


By J.J. McCorvey; Edited by Clint Davis

HotJobs Sells for $225 Million


Today, Monster announced it will buy Yahoo’s HotJobs portal for $225 million in cash. With so many Americans looking for work, Monster believes closing the deal will put them in close

competition to

Monster already provides about one-third of online job postings in the U.S.A. One thing is not sure is if Monster will now cut jobs in order to save additional money from the deal. The deal

should be finalized around the end of the third quarter. Monster’s most recent quarterly results matched expectations at a net loss of about $2.1 million. But still just ahead Wall Street expectations.

Written by Nick Zieminski; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: Reuters

Apple iPad for Schools in Georgia?


Georgia Senate voted 65-5 to qualify e-readers as textbooks among other computer hardware. According to the bill, school districts would have the option to offer modern alternatives for disseminating digital information.

This only makes sense since textbooks are currently undergoing digital transformation and can be downloaded to electronic devices.

Supporters of the measure believe this would help students learn faster and better since information would be more readily available.

Others charge that Georgia state funds are already under strain and that the state will spend $45 million on new textbooks alone. Still, the majority of statewide education organizations support the bill.

Written by Ernie Suggs; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: AJC

Miller Casts 4 Small Businesses in Super Bowl Ad

Miller Beer Showcases 4 Small Businesses in Super Bowl Commercial

Source: YouTubeFox News

$100 Oil in 2011


Oil is expected to reach $100 a barrel in 2011 the Wall Street Journal reports.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

Startups Are Not Fueled By Recessions


The Kauffmann Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurs, released a report last week stating that new business startups has remained consistent over the years despite economic conditions.

Other research data, including that from the U.S. Census Bureau and the SBA, gathered from 1977 all the way to March 2009, shows that approximately 600,000 new businesses were developed each year. Many people tend to believe that, as people lose jobs, they rush to find a way to start their own business or promote that invention or big idea they had tucked away in the back of their minds. But according to Kauffmann researchers, there is not enough proof to support that type of pattern.

Amazingly, on the flip side, other findings show that most Fortune 500 companies actually began during tough economic times.

Our Own Input

But who of us small business owners and entrepreneurs care anything about data anyway? We have a vision and a goal. Right? Some of us will survive. Others won’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other find ways to create success in some way or another. Let’s keep working to build and support one another and grow to success.  Best wishes everyone! – Exec Bytes

By Elizabeth Montalbano; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: CNN

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