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You have to do something special to stand out from the competition at tradeshow booth. From the decision on upgrading your old display to hand-picking the best relationship oriented sales people to man your show booth. There are so many options to improve your visibility at your next show exhibition.
Use these four tips to boost traffic at your tradeshow booth to get more customers and expand your brand identity.
Consumer Reports slapped some of Graco's double strollers with a "don't buy" rating after their brakes gave out on steep inclines.
"We've tested more than 160 strollers, single and double, that are listed in our ratings, and this is the only one where the brake gave way," said John Galeotafiore, head of stroller testing for Consumer Reports, in a video on the nonprofit organization's web site.
UPS® (NYSE: UPS) announced today the addition of a Full Container Load (FCL) rail solution to its China-to-Europe transportation lineup. The move is the latest in a series of expansions of UPS's worldwide forwarding services designed to offer customers more choices for shipping.
General Motors announced recalls of more than 8.4 million vehicles worldwide, most of those for faulty ignition switches.
The sum of vehicles recalled Monday amount to the company's largest single day of recalls this year. In addition to the ignition switch recalls, the automaker is recalling vehicles for faulty wiring and fasteners.
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced results from a global, investigational Phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of EMEND® (aprepitant) in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in pediatric cancer patients, aged 6 months to 17 years. In this study in pediatric cancer patients undergoing very highly, highly, or moderately emetogenic (vomit-inducing) chemotherapy, the use of the EMEND regimen for CINV prevention was significantly more effective than a control regimen in achieving Complete Response, defined as no vomiting or retching and no use of rescue medication for nausea and vomiting, in all phases of CINV (acute, delayed, and overall). These new data were presented in an oral session at the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology (MASCC/ISOO) Annual International Symposium on Supportive Care in Cancer (Abstract #0286) by Dr. Hyoung Jin Kang, M.D., Ph.D., lead investigator and associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cancer Research Institute, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
A hack shown off by Dutch security researchers allows an attacker to ‘take over’ Google’s new Glass headset, compromising privacy and sending pictures and videos from the frames’ built in camera to another computer. In effect, seeing through their victim’s eyes, according to Business Insider’sreport.
WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted for review a Marketing Authorization Application (MAA) for pembrolizumab (MK-3475), the company’s investigational anti-PD-1 antibody, for the treatment of advanced melanoma. If approved by the European Commission (EC), pembrolizumab has the potential to be the first anti-PD-1 therapy in Europe. Additional regulatory filings in other countries outside of Europe are planned by the end of 2014.
“With the five-year survival rate for patients with advanced melanoma at less than 20 percent, there remains a need to offer patients additional options,” said Dr. Roy Baynes, senior vice president, clinical development, Merck Research Laboratories. “We are pleased to have regulatory applications under review in the United States and Europe as we work toward bringing pembrolizumab to patients around the world.”
Confused about whether or not to buy extra insurance when standing at the rental car counter? Join the club.
Often times, people end up buying supplemental insurance protection that they really don't need, said Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of credit card comparison site, CardHub.com. That can add anywhere from $15 to $30 a day to the cost of a rental.
For the most challenging turnaround job in the federal government, President Obama wants to tap a former CEO.
Bob McDonald has been in the hot seat before. He took the helm of global consumer products giant Procter & Gamble(PG)in 2009 amid the throes of the Great Recession. His task was to restructure and streamline the company, no easy task for a company with recognizable brands as diverse as Bounty paper towels, Duracell batteries, Pampers diapers and Tide detergent.
It’s gotten much more common today to find businesses that offer complimentary WiFi for their patrons, especially in cities. Still, there are many places outside of Big-City-America where free WiFi is the exception and not the rule. (Trust me, living and working in semi-rural Ohio, I know!)
If you are on the fence about whether to offer free WiFi to your customers, you may be wondering: Is there any real evidence of the benefits of offering free WiFi?
A system originally intended for call centers could enhance your team’s communications and even replace your office phone system. Google has partnered with Twilio, a cloud communications provider, to introduce Twilio CX for Chromebooks.
The idea is to provide a complete cloud-based communications system with inbound phone numbers (some of the them toll free) for a few dollars a month and costing just a few pennies per minute on each call.
I reviewed a book, Lean UX, that described agile development practices for software creation. I also noted how some of those practices touch upon scrum, another principle popular among developers.
If you have not heard of scrum, give the book Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice The Work In Half The Time by Jeff Sutherland a read. With Ken Schwaber and other managers at the company Advanced Development Methods, Sutherland applied the productivity principle during the early 1990s. It was first described in Japan only a few years before, but Sutherland and Schwaber are credited for its application in an business methodology.
From being careful about how your words and actions can affect your brand to a focus on the customer and about ongoing changes in technology and in the market, there’s a lot for an entrepreneur to keep in mind. In this week’s Community News and Information Roundup, we look at what the best blogs and communities have to say and come up with some killer lessons for all entrepreneurs. Enjoy!
Crowds line the route or have been present at whistle stops in Columbus, Grand Island and Kearney today as Union Pacific Railroad's Big Red Express travels across Nebraska from Omaha to North Platte celebrating railroad history and heritage along with the historical connection the University of Nebraska has with Nebraska communities.
Opening a pizza restaurant franchise isn’t exactly the most original business idea. But James Markham found a way to make his business, Project Pie, stand out in the franchise world.
Franchises are often considered to be “cookie cutter” businesses. But Project Pie is the “anti-chain chain,” according to Markham. Instead of using the standard franchise model, Markham encourages all of Project Pie’s franchisees to create their own unique restaurants.
A corporate culture that stopped acknowledging problems is why General Motors is in its current predicament, according to a former quality manager for the automaker.
In an exclusive interview that aired Saturday on CNN's "Smerconish," former GM manager Bill McAleer told host Michael Smerconish that employees who work at GM were "faced with a culture where you get fired if you do talk about quality and safety issues, and you get fired if you don't talk about them."
Let’s face it. Apps are in fashion in the business world, the new “black” indeed. We are seeing organizations change structure to support business and customer activity driven by apps. So now everyone wants an app. But developing software is not easy. Getting the user interface right is a make or break ordeal. And most businesses experience a break with a capital B.
General Motors on Friday announced four safety recalls covering nearly 430,000 vehicles in the U.S.
The recall covers nearly 30,000 air bag inflators in 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Cruze sedans. GM(GM)says the inflators could fail or rupture, which could propel metal pieces that could injure the driver. GM says its aware of one injury related to the issue.
Governor Pat Quinn today was joined by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Union Pacific Railroad President and COO Lance Fritz to announce that the Union Pacific (UP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) are making a significant investment in Metra's West Line. Each will invest $45 million for the construction of a new third main line track on the UP/Metra's West Line, from River Forest to Melrose Park and then from West Chicago to Geneva. The announcement is part of Governor Quinn's agenda to create jobs and build a 21st century infrastructure that will drive Illinois' economy forward.
News this week includes the shutting down of a fairly high profile online ad program. Meanwhile, a more famous online review site introduces instant messaging to its options. Here are the headlines you need to keep up with this week to keep your small business competitive.
In 2013, Internet activist and Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz ended his life while facing up to 35 years in prison for hacking.
Swartz faced multiple charges for breaking and entering into an MIT wiring closet and downloading academic journals, including two counts of wire fraud and 11 counts of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Swartz, who was battling the court, also battled with depression. Prosecutors dropped the charges after his death.
The space for etailer tools has been heating up recently. There’s an eBay service,eBay Valet, that will list your products for you and an analytics tool, Terapeak, that provides data about the amount your products can sell for online.
There are also tools like Chirpify that help you sell your products via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. And, for those uninterested in selling on the big sites, there are also a ton of small eCommerce store options out there.
In the post-Snowden world, encryption is cool. Lots of personal messaging apps want to cash in on privacy.
Wickris one of them. It's a free app that offers self-destructing, encrypted messages. But its founder, Nico Sell, sees vast and untapped potential in the finance industry. To her, Wickr is more than a cross between WhatsApp and Snapchat.
Since the legalization of marijuana in two US states in January, entrepreneurs and investors have been seeing green. Observers believe the industry will grow rapidly and may even rival the Dot.Com boom of the 1990s.
INDIANAPOLIS and RIDGEFIELD, Conn., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) today issued a positive opinion recommending approval for the investigational compound LY2963016, a new insulin glargine product, for the treatment of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The new insulin glargine product from Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Boehringer Ingelheim is the first biosimilar insulin recommended for approval in the European Union (EU).
Lilly/BI's insulin glargine is a basal insulin, which is intended to provide long-lasting blood sugar control between meals and at night, an integral part of glycemic control.1 It has the same amino acid sequence as Lantus® (insulin glargine) and was filed through the European Medicines Agency's (EMA) biosimilar pathway.
ViiV Healthcare today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion recommending marketing authorisation for Triumeq® (dolutegravir/abacavir/lamivudine) for the treatment of HIV infection in adults and adolescents aged 12 years and older and weighing at least 40kg.
PRINCETON, N.J. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Eliquis (apixaban) be granted marketing authorization for the treatment of DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (pulmonary embolism), and the prevention of recurrent DVT and PE, in adults. The CHMP’s positive opinion will now be reviewed by the European Commission (EC). The decision on whether to approve Eliquis for this indication will be made by the EC and will be applicable to all European Union member states plus Iceland and Norway.
PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion recommending that Daklinza® (daclatasvir), an investigational, potent pan-genotypic NS5A complex inhibitor (in vitro), be granted approval for use in combination with other medicinal products for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in adults. This is the first positive opinion given by the CHMP for an NS5A complex inhibitor and will now be reviewed by the European Commission, which has the authority to approve medicines for the European Union (EU). - See more at: http://news.bms.com/press-release/bristol-myers-squibb-receives-positive-chmp-opinion-daklinza-daclatasvir-treatment-chr#sthash.B3gfNh61.dpuf
We hear it so much it’s become cliché by now – we live in a “global society” with a “global economy” and a “global marketplace” that is at everyone’s fingertips via the Internet.
But in reality, it’s the ‘big guys’ who are participating globally (and reaping the benefits). Small business owners are, for the most part, on the outside looking in and wanting to grab a piece of the global pie, but not knowing how to make that happen.
The Millennials who for years have been holed-up in their childhood homes while the economy imploded, now seem poised to move out of their parents' basements in a big way.
According to a report released Thursday by Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, as the economy shows signs of improvement, by 2025 Millennials could form 24 million new households and spur a huge comeback in the U.S. real estate market.
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 26, 2014-- AmerisourceBergen Corporation (NYSE: ABC) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of a minority stake in Profarma Distribuidora de Produtos Farmacêuticos S.A. (Profarma), a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler in Brazil. In addition, AmerisourceBergen and Profarma have launched a joint venture to provide enhanced specialty distribution and services to the Brazilian marketplace. The Company has invested a total of approximately $110 million in an approximately 19.9% minority stake in Profarma, and a 50% stake in the specialty joint venture. AmerisourceBergen does not expect the transaction to have a meaningful impact to its adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations for fiscal 2014.
For all their benefits in making small businesses more cost efficient and competitive, there are, of course, negatives to cloud services too. When a cloud service is interrupted for any reason, those relying on the service are without recourse until it is up and running again.
The National Business Group on Health (NBGH) named Union Pacific one of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles for 2014.
Recognized at the platinum level for its ongoing commitment and dedication to promoting a healthy work environment, Union Pacific was among 63 U.S. employers that received the 2014 Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles® award.
For the new business that is just starting out, a common question is, “When is the right time to file a trademark application?” Should business owners bother registering before their product or service is ready, or just wait until they’re ready to officially launch to the marketplace?
In the U.S., a business gets common law rights to a name as soon as it is used in commerce. That means that as soon as you start selling a product or service, you can claim common law ownership of that trademark without formally registering it with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Americans' incomes are rising, but they aren't spending their extra cash.
Personal income rose 0.4% in May, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It may not sound like much, but it marked the fifth straight month in a row that incomes rose. Not only that, but incomes are rising faster than inflation -- an encouraging sign that people are gaining more buying power.
Some time next year, a company called Elio Motors claims it will begin building a car in its Louisiana factory that will get 84 miles per gallon on the highway and that will sell for a base price of $6,800.
Do you have a startup that serves other small businesses with a product or service? Would you like that startup to grow?
Then you may be interested in applying to Constant Contact’s 4-month startup accelerator program. The company’s “Small Business Innovation Program,” with a facility known as the Innovation Loft or InnoLoft, is designed to give a boost to help startups and entrepreneurs that serve other small businesses.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pfizer Inc. today announced the election of James C. Smith to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Mr. Smith also was appointed to the Corporate Governance and Science and Technology Committees of Pfizer’s Board.
Training a dragon might be easier than managing Britain's red hot housing market.
But that's the challenge officials took on Thursday in the face of mounting evidence of aproperty bubble in Londonand concerns that reckless lending could leave U.K. borrowers struggling when interest rates inevitably rise.
Hurricane season is here and with it comes the potential for catastrophic damage to small businesses throughout the country. For instance, nearly 19,000 New Jersey small businesses alone sustained more than $8 billion in losses as a result of Hurricane Sandy (PDF) in 2012.
There are also other disasters such as wildfires, floods, tornadoes, electrical fires (even cyber security threats) that can also devastate your business if proper measures aren’t taken to protect your employees, property and equipment.
Think starting a business is hard? Try doing it after spending 20 years in a refugee camp and coming to the U.S. with nothing more than three suitcases and your family.
Kamal Sharma arrived in the United States in 2010, only to spend the last four years stocking at Wal-Mart, working at a meatpacking plant, and waiting tables at a Salt Lake City Indian restaurant. Now, the Bhutanese refugee and his family dream of starting a restaurant of their own.
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today announced it is significantly accelerating its portfolio transformation. The Company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Firth Rixson, a global leader in aerospace jet engine components, from Oak Hill Capital Partners, for $2.85 billion in cash and stock. Under the terms of the deal, Alcoa will purchase Firth Rixson for $2.35 billion in cash, plus $500 million of Company stock and an additional $150 million potential earn-out.
The acquisition further strengthens Alcoa’s robust aerospace business. It positions the Company to capture additional aerospace growth with a broader range of high-growth, value-add jet engine components. The acquisition is strategically aligned with the Company’s objective to continue to build its value-add businesses.
On Wednesday morning, Brandy Mills left her encampment under New York City's FDR Drive, and headed to a posh uptown restaurant, hoping for a free lunch and $300 cash.
Mills was one of hundreds of homeless New Yorkers who showed up at Central Park's Loeb Boathouse -- a popular venue for high-end weddings and banquets -- at the invitation of Chinese multimillionaire Chen Guangbiao.
If anyone knows about cyber surveillance, it's Mary Galligan.
Until recently, she led the cyber and special operations team at the FBI's New York office -- the agency's largest surveillance operation. That included catching hackers like the infamous "Sabu"and using him to hunt down other hackers.
While it's difficult to place an exact figure on the business expense of employee turnover, experts estimate that it can cost as much as twice an employee's salary to find and train a replacement. These costs — coupled with the damage done to workplace morale when colleagues quit — make it vital to understand why employees leave and how to retain them.