The Best Enterprise Content Management Solutions for 2013May 19, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
It’s difficult to say what the “best” enterprise content management solutions are for 2013. At the end of the day, the functionality and quality of the ECM solution depends on the needs of the user. There are many different options to choose from, just as there are many different end users. There are easy-to-use, organizationally-based content management systems that are designed to resemble social networks, with intuitive layouts and simplified navigation. There are serious, robust enterprise solutions with complex, highly governed, enterprise-based software. There are on-demand enterprise content management systems or there are in-house systems that companies can set up within their current organizational structure. There are even a few free, open-source solutions, although these tend to be fairly limited in their capabilities. It al Read more…
Union Poster Rule Overturned: “Victory for Small Businesses”May 09, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
A federal appeals court has overturned a decision that would have required small business owners to display right to unionize posters in the workplace. The posters would have been extremely detailed. The consequences of not displaying posters could have been severe.
The National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) and others including two small business owners, had appealed a lower court ruling requiring the posters.
On appeal, the U.S. Court of Appeals determined the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) could not require this new rule. The Court essentially said that (1) the compulsory posters violated the employers free speech rights, and (2) the NLRBs proposed enforcement action exceeded its rule-making authority.
Under the rule, small business owners would have been required to hang an 11-by-17 inch poster in the workplace. Posti
Entrepreneurs’ new pubs try to revive quiet end of MadisonMay 02, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
Pub owners aim for renaissance in Downtown Memphis.
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Welsh Black attracts premiumApr 19, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
Pure breed beef appears to be the flavour of the month, with yet another scheme offering a premium for certain breeds.
Welsh Black cattle producers are the latest to be targeted by a supply chain initiative where the official Welsh Black logo is used on the meat.
St Merryn Foods, which is now part of the 2 Sisters group, will be using the Welsh Black Cattle Society’s database to confirm identities of pure breeds. These will be paid a 20p/kg premium.
This follows similar schemes for native breeds run by processors and supermarkets, such as Dunbia, Morrisons and Booths.
Most Scary Risks in an eCommerce BusinessApr 14, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
Did you know that Amazon, which is the worlds largest online retailer today, got its first yearly profit eight years after its inception? Yes, you read right, but that was years ago. Online commerce has taken a flight since then — global ecommerce sales amounted more than $1 trillion last year. This may sound great to all the ecommerce businesses out there, especially start-ups, but, along with the sales, the risks associated with ecommerce have also exploded over the years. What are they and how can you take care of them?
Broadly speaking, there are three major risks to running an online store: information, technology and business. L
Being a pessimist in business matters could help companyApr 08, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
Ralph Coker, a retired refinery manager, volunteers with the local chapter of SCORE, counselors to small business. Contact SCORE at 879-0017, Ext. 305, or . Also visit
Q: Is it better to always be optimistic in business or sometimes pessimistic?
A: About 60 years ago the author Norman Vincent Peale wrote “The Power of Positive Thinking” which urged people in business and in life to always be optimistic. More recent human behavior research indicates there’s a place for pessimism in business and in life. In planning for uncertain future events it can be more productive to focus on the worst case scenario rather than the best case scenario. That forces us to develop contingency plans for the worst case scenario and in so doing we realize it’s not as bad as we thought. In any case if the worst case scenario occurs our pessimism caused us to prepare and we handle it better and with less stress. In my c
Twitter Relaunches its “Twitter for Business” SiteApr 02, 2013 // Christian Reynolds
There may be more than 200 million registered users on Twitter and it may be among the fastest-growing social media networks but small business owners may not be taking advantage of what it has to offer them.
Twitter wants you to know what the site can do for your business. Twitter recently relaunched its microsite. The site is designed to help business owners reach their audience and uses the line Grow your business, 140 characters at a time.
Lest you are cynical and think the relaunch is solely about advertising options its not. Its about more. Advertising is one of the options open to businesses, true, but Twitter is also trying to convey how businesses organically can use its platform and engage with customers and the public.
In conjunction with the release of the remodeled site, Twitter has created a two-minute video. Matt McG