CNN: Big Tech Scrambles for Israeli Firms
Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim: "The Slim Group will take part in additional investments in Israel. We like to have our finger on the pulse of new technologies, and Israel is a world leader in this field. We are interested in Israeli technology developments." Earlier this month, Slim's America Movil SAB de CV participated in a $60MN round of private placement by Israel's Mobli, which developed a mobile social network photo and video-sharing platform (Globes, Nov. 28)
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:42:33 AM
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders
Engaging Outraged Stakeholders is the first book of its kind, giving readers an exhaustive manual concerning stakeholder engagement. It features detailed examples of this work through true success stories, as well as some sobering, frank words on the potential for failure. However, by following the steps the authors outline for successful engagement, and heeding the many wise words of advice, readers will feel that nearly any conflict can be successfully mediated. Whether that conflict is in the boardroom, the office, or between friends or family, readers will be inspired to follow the authors' sage counsel and work through it to find common ground and, hopefully, progress for the good of all parties involved.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:40:31 AM
Support Small Businesses on November 30th
With your help, Small Business Saturday could be even bigger this year. Get involved by helping your community prepare, promoting your local businesses, and encouraging your friends and family to "Shop Small." And don't forget to go out and shop at your local businesses on November 30th! The more businesses and shoppers that get involved, the bigger and more beneficial the day will be for local communities.
Nov 20, 2013 - 5:30:03 AM
Child Safety Protection with The Locca BuddyPack
Parents can attach the BuddyPack's LoccaPhone, the world's most sophisticated GPS tracker, to help know where their child is located at any given time providing them the peace of mind they deserve.
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:33:18 PM
The London Economist Intelligence Unit Praises Israel's High Tech
Israel's high tech companies raised $660MN in the 3rd quarter of 2013 -- the largest amount in any three month period since 2000. Those companies have also chalked up some significant recent successes, following a series of acquisitions by US-based technology companies. The most notable was the $1BN sale of Waze to Google in June.
Nov 8, 2013 - 8:23:32 PM
Bankable Leadership: Happy People and Bottom-Line Results: How Bankable Leaders Deliver Both
Right-side leaders drive results so aggressively that they leave a "Trail of Dead Bodies." This leader requires grueling hours, is never satisfied, and withholds recognition lest employees become complacent. Though right-side leaders help you "up your game" initially, in the long-term, you suffer both physically (from over-work) and mentally (from lack of appreciation).
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:30:31 PM
The Wall Street Journal praises Israel's high tech
Israel is a global leader in the development of water technologies. Export of water technologies was $2BN in 2012, 170% increase in six years, expected to reach $2.2BN in 2013. 280 Israeli companies develop water technologies, 150 are export-oriented (Globes, Oct. 22).
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:27:15 PM
Better Business Bureau Warns Real Estate Offices About Targeted Scam
Real estate offices and agents are being warned of a phishing scam that targets them. The messages are fake Better Business Bureau emails that claim the company is being investigated, and threaten legal action if the receiver does not respond with more information. However, links in the emails lead to websites that ask for detailed financial information. Some of the emails contain attachments that may include viruses or other malware.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:13:35 AM
Accelerated investments in Israel's high tech
Since January, 2013, the following Israeli companies raised funds in Wall Street Initial Public Offerings (IPOs): Keryx - $70MN, MedGenics - $32MN, Delek USA - $355MN, Cimatron - $15MN and $16MN, InspireMD - $25MN, Even Keisar - $181MN, AlCobra Pharma - $25MN, Kamada - $59MN, StrataSys - $481MN, EnzymoTec - $62MN. (Globes, Oct. 11).
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:10:00 AM
Shoe Carnival Raises Awareness for Breast Cancer Research
"This campaign to increase awareness of the disease touches the lives of so many people and families," said Lisa Rosenbaum Shoe Carnival Vice President of Womens' Footwear and Accessories. "We are thrilled to participate and aid in the research and critical funding to detect this disease in its early stages and lead to a cure!"
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:24:41 PM
Reps. Michaud and Denham Introduce "IRS Rulemaking Fairness Act"
On September 25th Representatives Mike Michaud (D-ME) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) introduced a bipartisan bill to provide small businesses a voice when it comes to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rulemaking. Their bipartisan bill, the IRS Rulemaking Fairness Act (H.R. 3169), would add the IRS to the list of agencies required to certify that a proposed rule will not have a significant impact on small businesses or convene an advocacy review panel and publish a regulatory flexibility analysis. The legislation also includes language to clarify that the IRS's rulemaking must comply with existing regulatory review processes like the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA).
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:25:27 AM
10th Annual National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to increase awareness and encourage individuals and communities to prepare for emergencies. This year's theme, "YOU Can Be the Hero," encourages all Americans to take an active part in preparing and planning for disasters and emergencies.
Sep 17, 2013 - 7:07:27 AM
Israel's high-tech: a unique contribution to the US economy
The San Francisco and NY-based FTV Capital invested $40MN in Israel's Credorax, joining prior investors such as Blumberg Capital and Japan's Mobile Internet Capital. Blumberg Capital invested $3MN in Israel's FeeX (Globes, August 29, 2013).
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:33:47 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working: Workplace Ladder Fuel
Maybe you received an email seeking applicants as paid mystery shoppers
in your area, or offering cash in exchange for filling out online
surveys. Or you heard theaters used subliminal advertising to increase
sales of popcorn and soft drinks. Maybe it was the "send old shoes, get a
new one free" Nike promotion that caught your attention, or the
discovery that you can cure disease by drinking four glasses of water
Aug 26, 2013 - 3:53:54 PM
Tips on Finances for Newlyweds
Marlborough, MA - August 22, 2013 - You've survived planning a wedding and honeymoon, and are now ready to live a blissful life together. But before you submerge yourself in a happily-ever-after fairy tale, there a few things that need to be in order. You and your spouse need to say hello to the elephant in the room: money.
Aug 23, 2013 - 5:49:39 AM
IBM acquired its 13th Israeli company
Warren Buffett defined Israel as "the leading, largest and most promising investment hub outside the United States." Bill Gates stated that "innovation going on in Israel is critical to the future of the technology business." Israeli firms comprise 16 percent of the high tech companies in Massachusetts, second only to firms from India. About 200 Israeli startups are located in NY City
Aug 16, 2013 - 12:03:46 AM
IBM's acquires its 12th Israeli company
John Chambers, Cisco CEO: "Israel will be the first end-to-end digital nation" in cooperation with Cisco, connecting homes with fiber-optic networks and infrastructure in businesses, education, healthcare and security all at once. Chambers announced three Cisco initiatives in Israel: a Cyber security R&D laboratory, security consulting services and launching a pilot training program on information security. Cisco intends to invest in Israel $15MN in VC funds (Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2013).
Jul 28, 2013 - 6:47:38 AM
Israel -- a global leader in bio-tech and defense products
Google is acquiring Israel's Waze for $1.1BN. Microsoft controls 10% of Waze. Google acquired, in 2012, two Israeli start ups for $25MN (Globes Business Daily, June 10, 11, 2013). China's Fusson acquired Israel's Alma Lasers for $221MN (Globes, May 29). Singapore's Biosensors International acquired Israel's Spectrom for $51MN (Globes, May 24). The Pennsylvania-based $3.2BN Teleflex acquired Israel's Eon Surgical for over $20MN (Globes, June 11).
Jun 14, 2013 - 8:40:29 AM
The US-Israel Win-Win, Mutually-Beneficial, Two-Way Street
While struggling to turn around an expanding (5%) budget deficit, Israel sustains its unique role as a pipeline of commercial, defense and homeland security technologies to the US and the Free World. Israeli technologies, shared with the US industry, have enhanced the US employment, research & development and exports.
May 12, 2013 - 12:13:08 AM
Spring Home Improvements Make for Busy Season
Marlborough, MA -- April 30, 2013 -- This spring, landscaping, roofing and home improvement contractors will face a busy season, according to recent statistics from the Better Business Bureau serving Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island and Vermont.
May 1, 2013 - 3:09:24 AM
Stanley Fisher, Bank of Israel Governor, Assesses Israel's Economy
The following summary of the April 23, 2013 address by Stanley Fisher, Bank of Israel Governor, highlights economic indicators which reflect the relative strength of Israel's economy during the global economic meltdown. These indicators have enhanced global confidence in the long-term viability of Israel's economy.
Apr 28, 2013 - 5:10:32 AM
Tips for Driveway Improvements
An attractive, well-kept driveway can help a home make a good first impression, provide protection against flooding, and even add value to your investment. But replacing a driveway can be a costly endeavor.
Apr 16, 2013 - 2:34:58 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--Valuing Time
"I don't like to be kept waiting," he responded when asked by the
travel-study professor why he delayed the entire group for a third
straight day. "Next time," the professor warned, "we won't hold the
Mar 28, 2013 - 5:57:10 PM
Maine Savings Interest Rates Fall
The Web's leading resource of local interest rate data, www.GoBankingRates.com, investigates historical deposit account rates offered by local Maine banks and credit unions in its latest rate study. The report finds that average CD and savings account rates in Maine have plummeted over the last two years, with an average 32% difference between 2011 and 2013 rates.
Mar 2, 2013 - 5:31:30 AM
Tax Revenue Options to Avoid "Sequestration" Cuts
Unless Congress acts to avert it by March 1st, $85 billion in arbitrary, across-the-board federal spending cuts--called a sequester--will result in the loss of 750,000 jobs nationwide, according to recent testimony by the director of the Congressional Budget Office, threatening the economic security of many middle class and vulnerable Americans. The spending cuts -- 5% for non-defense discretionary spending and 8% for defense discretionary spending -- will affect many vital services such as education, research and innovation, veterans' mental health, food safety, emergency responders and more.
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:10:48 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--What Do You Expect?
I like teaching workshops. On one hand, I'm humbled by the knowledge,
insights, and challenges of those attending. I'm invigorated by the
persistence and passion woven into the stories that unfold. And I'm
grateful for the real-world perspectives of people who are focused on
doing a great job and making a difference at work.
Feb 13, 2013 - 5:03:17 PM
Small Businesses and Smartphone Credit Card Processors
Do your research. Just like a landline-based credit card system, you'll need a merchant account to process payments, a scanner device to read the card, and software (app) to make it run. Don't skimp on research. Start with your bank or your credit card service for suggestions on recommended services and devices. Check out all vendors at www.bbb.org. Ask for references.
Feb 7, 2013 - 6:44:52 AM
5 Money Moves to Make While Interest Rates Today Are at All-time Low
Borrowing money using loans in such uncertain times has made consumers wary, while bleak deposit rates have left savers discouraged. However, Jennifer Calonia of Go Banking Rates, chief reporter on the study, reassures consumers that there are still opportunities to earn more and save more, despite low rates
Feb 1, 2013 - 10:45:18 PM
Guidance on Reducing Risk of Frozen Pipes
Sub-zero temperatures are making life difficult for people throughout the country. Although you may be concentrated on making sure your fingers and toes don't freeze right now, it is also important to make sure your plumbing doesn't freeze
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:10:10 AM
Maine Savings Interest Rates Rank 49th Nationwide
The new report shows that when ranked against the rest of the United States, Maine's deposit rates are significantly lower, falling below the national average for 6-month, 1-year and 2-year CD rates, and 49th out of 50 for savings accounts.
Jan 25, 2013 - 12:03:47 AM
Better Business Bureau advice on 2012 tax return
Better Business Bureau (BBB) reminds people that it's better to start gathering the materials you'll need to file your 2012 tax return earlier rather than waiting until the last minute. And don't forget, IRS rules say taxpayers are legally responsible for what's on their tax return even if it is prepared by someone else, so it's important to be selective when hiring an individual or firm to prepare your return.
Jan 23, 2013 - 8:22:43 AM
Dangers of paperless "e-receipts"
Have you ever opted for a paperless, e-receipt? Some retailers and banks have started offering customers the option of receiving receipts from purchases and ATM transactions via email. While this is a convenient alternative to paper clutter, Better Business Bureau is reminding shoppers to protect their identity in the process.
Jan 16, 2013 - 12:07:26 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--Two Kinds of People
Twelve minutes before I was to speak to a large group gathering in a downtown hotel ballroom, I was still struggling with A/V equipment. With hundreds of presentations under my belt, I'm accustomed to handling last minute glitches. But no matter what I tried, my presentation wouldn't project.
Jan 13, 2013 - 8:21:57 PM
Banking: What happens if you lose your phone?
Banks have been promoting the use of mobile phones and other devices for banking for several years now, but what happens if you lose your phone? Can a thief empty your bank account by tapping a smart phone against yours?
Jan 6, 2013 - 6:09:25 AM
Win at Work
Winnng at Working--Someone Else
"I'm sorry, but I have to vent. It was a horrible day at work," began my
friend on our monthly catch-up call. "We've all been there," I offered.
"Yeah, but not like this."
Nov 21, 2012 - 3:49:16 PM
Win at Work
The "No Problem" Problem
I've lost track of the times I've been told in someone's positive or naive thinking mode, "No problem," only to have the non problem become one. At the time they said it, there might not have been a problem, but they didn't factor in workplace potholes, speed bumps, detours, or traffic stops. Like a high-wire acrobat in a Cirque du Soleil performance, winning at working necessitates the use of safety nets with your work, too.
Oct 11, 2012 - 3:46:27 PM
Moody's Report on Israel and the G-20 Countries (Jerusalem Boardroom No. 169)
"Israel's high economic strength is supported by its relatively high GDP per capita (US$31,200 in 2011) and its economic resilience, which has been illustrated in recent years during frequent economic and political shocks. However, this resilience is being challenged once again by the ongoing euro zone debt crisis and the concurrent slowdown in the global economy."
Sep 7, 2012 - 8:28:34 PM
Straight from the Jerusalem Boardroom No167 Qualcomm's Confidence in Israel's Economy
According to an August 2012 Bloomberg global health survey of 145 countries, Israel ranked 6th in the quality of healthcare it offers its population along with their general health status.
Aug 24, 2012 - 1:33:05 AM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--Using Your Whine Factor
Brian's work was exceptional. Still, as his boss, I rarely offered him additional responsibilities, never thought of promoting him, or selecting him for a critical project. Why? His whine factor got in the way.
Aug 23, 2012 - 12:07:19 PM
Win at Work
Winning at Working--Which Half Are You?
When more than half of Americans were identified as overweight, people
took notice. Major news outlets began educating on how to stay out, or
get out, of that statistic. I wish the same attention had been paid when
a new survey was released confirming more than half of Americans are
dissatisfied with their job.
Jul 15, 2012 - 3:36:12 PM