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What happens when your sweaters or electronics aren't sold before the Christmas holiday? Instead of drastically marking down merchandise for post-holiday sales, there are a few ways to unload excess inventory without severely hurting your bottom line. Here's how.
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It's been a tough year, but the slew of innovation-and-design-related books that piled up on our desks proved that the heart of the book publishing industry still beats, at least for now. Not surprisingly, many of these texts tackled the theme of innovation in a recession, though the authors' strategies for dealing with the downturn varied. Some urged the adoption of entirely new ways of thinking to lift companies from the mire. Others promoted management techniques suitable for any occasion, but particularly handy now. A few overlooked the economy altogether and assured us that everything is going to be O.K. Take a look at our picks of books from 2009.
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A number with an even number of digits formed by multiplying a pair of -digit numbers (where the digits
are taken from the original number in any order) and together. Pairs
of trailing zeros are not allowed. If is a vampire number,
then and are called its
"fangs." Examples of vampire numbers include
(1) (2) (3) (4)
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Napoleon Hill Thought of the Day
It’s true. Money can’t buy happiness. Most of us are motivated by aspirations of the lifestyle we desire to ourselves and our families, not by the physical possessions-homes, vacations, automobiles, etc. When you recognize this fact, you will know that you must constantly "raise the bar" to encourage yourself to reach higher goals. Your goals should include the possessions that you desire, but as former Apple Computer chairman and CEO John Sculley said, "Success is a journey, not a destination. Make sure you enjoy the trip."
A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that endocannabinoids, compounds naturally found in the body related to pot's active ingredient, could inform the effort to control appetite. Cyntia Graber reports.
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WHAT COMES AFTER the fall?
As the still-feeble U.S. economy stumbles to its feet, some entrepreneurs are applying lessons from the economic crisis to new websites that provide financial information and data. The models are all over the map—as is the information they supply—and most of the sites decline to provide their traffic numbers. But founders have tapped venture capitalists for backing and are now looking for subscribers. One of the most popular models offers the ability to track the investment strategies of pros like Warren Buffett. Another seeks to give individual investors access to the same financial models that institutional money managers use to pick their stocks.
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"You have to be pretty lean now, but there are opportunities to grow if you are in a position to take advantage of them," says Edward Marram, a senior lecturer at Babson College's Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship in Wellesley, Mass. "It's a good time to evaluate your business, find ways to conserve cash and improve. Then look at where other competitors aren't making it and go after those opportunities."
But taking a cold, hard look at your business–which has absorbed so much of your blood, sweat and tears–can challenge even the most tenacious entrepreneur. So we asked business-building experts to help us develop a six-week shape-up plan. They told us what to look for, how to set goals and measure progress and, most important, how to get to where you want to be.