Falling consumer demand, tight credit, and problems with cash flow are forcing many small- and medium-sized businesses to operate proactively and tighten their belts. Firms are targeting labor costs and increasing employee productivity. But are layoffs the only answer? While many companies are saying "yes," layoffs come with a big price tag. And there are some interesting alternatives.
Ensuring that video gaming is safe as well as fun is among the goals of Get Game Smart, a new nationwide campaign by Microsoft Corp. in partnership with prominent consumer media advocates and consumer electronics retailer Best Buy.
In 2000, Alfredo Casta launched information technology business from his home. Today, he has 87 employees and takes in nearly $10 million in revenue. As CEO of Cascades Technologies in Virginia, Casta has turned his entrepreneurial fire into a thriving IT company. But it was a long journey for the Puerto Rico-native. His ride to success was anything but predictable.
Quepasa.com has found itself in a very interesting -- and enviable -- position. Originally founded as a Web portal for Spanish speakers in 1997, the site was made over into a social network in September 2007. That relaunch failed. But the subsequent management team has proved that the goal of successfully transitioning to a social network was a good one . . . to the tune of more than 1.6 million unique visitors per month and growing.
The newly convened House of Representatives has turned its attention to health care and today authorized funding for an expanded version of the State Children's Health Insurance Plan. The Congress also expanded the health insurance program to include lower-income children that are legal immigrants.