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7 Tips for Pitching Investors

Dec 16, 2013

On a recent chilly Tuesday evening in the basement of Hill Country Chicken in Manhattan, New York, a couple dozen entrepreneurs are seated at red-checkered tables, munching on chicken legs and sipping beers while testing the pitches that they will make to a panel of judges the following evening. This was Challenge Cup, an international 16-city contest run by Washington, D.C., incubator 1776 to identify the most promising startups in the areas of health, energy, education, and smart cities.

Low Import Duty Trigger Puts U.S. at a Disadvantage

Dec 16, 2013

I recently ordered a suit from Marks & Spencer in London.  The item was delivered promptly, as advertised, and, at just over $200, provided good value for what I paid.  But what I did not expect was the duty and customs bill that followed just a week later for $35.  While modest in absolute terms, this customs bill added more than 15% to the cost of what I purchased. 

Hilton Worldwide Works to Preserve the Environment Through Better Waste Management

Dec 16, 2013
from BCLC

This is one in a series of profiles of corporate social programs that earned 2013 Citizens Awards from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center. Hilton Worldwide earned the Best Environmental Stewardship Award.

The World Bank estimates that global urban populations create 1.3 billion tons of solid waste per year, and more than half of that ends up in landfills.

11 Inexpensive Ways to Make Your Employees' Holiday Special

Dec 16, 2013

Question: What is one creative way that startups can show appreciation to their employees around the holidays on a bootstrapper's budget?

Jessica Brondo
Admitted.ly
Go on a (Free) Outing

"Do something fun (and free)! We're based in NY, so some of the things that come to mind are ice skating in Bryant Park (or Central Park), an outing to see the tree (and then a cool photo), walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and getting Grimaldi's pizza...And then, good old-fashioned Christmas cookies never hurt :)"

’Tis the Season for … Dangerous Fakes?

Dec 16, 2013

The holiday season is in full force, and with it, the last-minute dash for gifts. As the hottest toys and the latest gadgets fly off the shelves, consumers search high and low to fulfill their loved ones’ wish lists. Whether hunting for a bargain or trying to get their hands on a sold-out product, shoppers should beware of dangerous fakes or too-good-to-be true scams.

Improve Your Relationship with Your Business

Dec 12, 2013
from NY Enterprise Report

As a business grows, entrepreneurs must often reinvent themselves as a rite of passage. It’s often the very work habits that help you achieve a level of success that hold you back from getting to the next level. Being involved in all areas of the business, making every decision, and managing every outcome in the company becomes unsustainable as your business grows. I’ve gone through several reinventions as my own business grew and changed.

Volcker Rule Will Be a Grinch to U.S. Capital Markets

Dec 11, 2013

Business men and women of Whoville beware: Paul Volcker may be swiping your Christmas cheer.

Yesterday, federal regulators voted to approve the Volcker Rule, named after former Federal Reserve Chairman, Paul Volcker.

While the Volcker Rule seeks to ban proprietary trading, it goes beyond that. Congress and regulators may have shot at Wall Street, but they will hit Main Street instead.

Ho-Ho-Ho Hurt: Dangerous Fakes Threatening Online Holiday Consumers

Dec 11, 2013

Twas the night after Thanksgiving, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, except for the computer mouse.

With next-day shipping and incredible deals, millions upon millions of consumers are opting for the convenience of online shopping to fulfill even the most fantastic of holiday wishes.

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