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Astoria Characters: The Big Guy With the Cute Beagle

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

When Bob Koch walks in, Caesar, a benevolent Beagle with big eyes, is lounging in it. Up until Caesar's arrival 2½ years ago, it was Bob's chair. "Now, it's our chair," he says.

Ask Customers to Use Less of Your Product: The Big Heresy

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Xerox and Waste Management are doing something mostly unheard of: they're working with customers to use less of their traditional product or service. That's a big shift in business as usual.

FDIC Forum Ignores #1 Challenge for Small Businesses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Let's just try something crazy like not giving federal small business contracts to some of the biggest companies in the world, and instead direct those dollars to the nation's 27 million small businesses.

CES 2011: Government and Business Driving U.S. Innovation and Jobs

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

As the person heading the association producing CES, I had a front row seat to judge the state of innovation. I'm pleased to report that the United States has leaders who focus on results before politics.

Green Energy Innovation: Building A National Commitment

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

Clean energy may well be the next economic revolution, and the United States can be at the forefront, if we take full advantage of our nation's streng...

Women CEOs in the Fortune 500 -- A Single Step Forward, Four Steps Back

Douglas M. Branson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Douglas M. Branson

The number of women on corporate boards of directors in the U.S. has been basically flat for 5 years now.

Why the Fortune 500 Needs to Rethink the Value of Educating Employees

Judah Schiller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Judah Schiller

Now more than ever, there exists a clear confluence of the human desire to be empowered with education and the urgent need for Fortune 500 companies t...

Nine Great Brands That Had To Change Their Names

24/7 Wall Street | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

lightly (Apple Inc. was once Apple Computer), but hardly enough for most people to notice. Some of the world's largest companies have changed their na...

New In-depth Report Challenges Obama Small Business Track Record

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The American Small Business League (ASBL) has concluded an examination and report on President Barack Obama's track record for small businesses, and u...

Obama Small Business Task Force Will Likely Threaten Small Business Programs

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The largest recipient of federal small business contracts last year was Textron, Inc., a Fortune 500 firm with over 43,000 employees and over $14 billion a year in annual revenue.

Why SMX Echo is the Leading Multicultural Social Media Monitoring Tool

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I had the great pleasure of meeting Claudia Goffan about a year ago. I quickly realized that Claudia was an incredibly talented and driven person. Sh...

Women In Charge at Xerox

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

Those who have rigorously studied corporate diversity programs report mixed success at best, at least when it comes to diversifying management, although there is always something to cheer for.

Political and Business Leaders Embrace 'YouTube Chats'

Michael Koenigs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Koenigs

"YouTube chats," the younger brother of FDR's "Fireside chats," have transformed the way politicians and business leaders connect with young voters and consumers.

Learning from the Nobel Prizes in Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

These awards speak volumes about the key role of immigration in American scientific leadership. As a nation, we have our work cut out for us, if we want to maintain scientific leadership.

President Obama's Entrepreneurial Mindset

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

I have not seen much evidence of Obama being in touch with small-town Kentucky, but after reading David Plouffe's new book, The Audacity to Win, I have become convinced that he knows what it takes to run a business.

Obama Small Business Plan Falls Short of Real Solutions

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Today, President Barack Obama held a press conference in Landover, MD to announce the administration's plans for a, "New Small Business Lending Initia...

Best CEOs Of The Decade (PHOTOS, POLL)

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The 2000s certainly seem like a ghastly decade. The era's already fabled financial debacles -- among them, Enron's bankruptcy, the burst of the tech b...

Obama Administration Policies Will Divert Funds From Middle Class Economy

Chris Gunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Gunn

We project that by counting big businesses in the United States and Europe as small businesses the Obama Administration may be shortchanging middle class firms out of as much as $100 billion a year in contracts.

Obama Officials Avoided Questions from Press on Misleading Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

According to information in the Federal Procurement Data System, eight of the top ten recipients of federal small business contracts were actually large businesses or divisions of large businesses.

Obama Spouts Pro Small Business Rhetoric, But Gives Small Business Billions to Corporate Giants

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

When you look closely at Obama's policies towards small businesses you start to think its just a matter of time before he loads small business owners into crowded train cars headed for prison camps.

Xerox Targets Retirees: Can Today's Workers Be Far Behind?

Mary Ann West | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mary Ann West

Xerox workers are quickly replaced and disposed of like a used 9 volt battery in the smoke detector -- still has life in it but gets changed every 6 months for safety's sake.

January Car Sales -- a Final Reckoning Begins in Earnest ?

Steve Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Steve Parker

Until the travel business picks up and businesses in general start replacing their vehicle fleets, Detroit will be outside looking in.

Obama Will Allow Fortune 500 Firms to Receive Federal Small Business Contracts

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

Petaluma, Calif. - President-elect Barack Obama has dropped a campaign promise to end Bush Administration policies that have allowed Fortune 500 firms...

Obama Drops Campaign Promise to End Contracting Abuses

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

The surprisingly low priority Obama has given small business issues on his websites is a clear indication this is not going to be a pro small business administration.

Are These Energy-Saving Measures Wise... Or Wacky?

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Some ideas, like Wal-Mart putting doors on refrigerated cases and cutting energy use 70% in that aisle, are head-slappingly obvious. But some wacky energy-saving ideas can be wise, too.