In this video from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, we see just some of what Madison has to offer. Welcome to Madison, Wis. Welcome to Discovery. Welcome to Ground Level for the Next Big Thing.
The Tommy Thompson for Senate campaign is in receipt of the latest memo from political consultant John Nichols, now moonlighting at The Capital Times, The Nation magazine, the Mr. Ed comedy-variety hour on MSNBC, and as guest prestidigitator on the radio Slymer.
When Mitt Romney named Paul Ryan as his running mate, I remarked that I no longer considered him a Republican version of Michael Dukakis. After watching him campaign, I have an even harsher indictment. He’s another Republican Dewey. That would be Thomas Dewey, aka “The Man on the Wedding Cake.” He’s the man who should have mopped the floor with Harry Truman in 1948, but he instead allowed Truman to pull victory from the jaws of defeat.
You might say there are three elements that undergird the launch of any successful small business – profit motive, an unfilled (or insufficiently met) need, and personal passion for the company’s goals. Where those rank in importance depends on the entrepreneur and the start up, but it’s hard to imagine any new business lasting long without those three fundamentals in place. In SpeechTails’ case, you could add one more: heartbreak.
Pardon me if I don’t feel any sympathy for Harold Hamm: "In a congressional hearing Thursday, Continental Resources CEO and Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser Harold Hamm asked to preserve the oil industry’s billions in tax breaks, although his company pays little in federal taxes. The oil firm has earned more than $1.8 billion profit over five years by dominating the oil shale boom in North Dakota."
Small business owners often use the services of freelancers, independent contractors, or other small businesses. As a business owner, you might think of these people as independent contractors. But the IRS might not see the situation the same way. One of the most common questions we have to face as small business owners is, who is an independent contractor and who is an employee?
The excesses that preceded the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Recession led not only to finger-pointing but also plenty of soul-searching among both financial institutions and their customers. In retrospect, the outsized gains in the housing sector and the rampant wishful thinking that were prevalent in the 2000s were a fractured fairytale in the making, and the era clearly could have used a lot fewer cheerleaders and a few more level heads.