Archive for March 2008

FTC Cautions Consumers About Tax and Rebate Scams

The Federal Trade Commission is cautioning consumers looking forward to rebate checks from the government that they may be targets of scammers out to steal their identity. The agency has issued an alert to help consumers avoid this situation. The schemes work like this: consumers get a call or an e-mail claiming to be from…

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How could Spitzer have been so stupid?

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar…so to speak. This isn’t merely an issue of ethics or morals. A governor is part of the executive branch of government and is charged with the responsibility of executing the laws as they stand. Having been caught, not just once…

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New Credit Score Changes Could Give You A Boost

New changes to the way your credit score is calculated could give your score a real boost. The changes are intended to better reflect credit risk issues and make less of an issue of the occasional “If you are generally in good standing on several accounts and have a credit history of 10 years or…

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Watch out for the IRS

I just read a wise, and hopefully obvious quote from Fortune Magazine. "There are two proven paths to building wealth: You can increase the amount of money you make, or you can increase the amount of money you keep." Many small business owners ignore the many deductions put in place to help them become big…

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When it comes to business success, do what others won’t

Unless all money has stopped changing hands (some would call this a money-velocity of zero), you don’t have to be a recession crybaby like the media would have you believe. When the economy is experiencing a downturn, it’s small business development and the truly success minded that shine. After all, lots of people made money…

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New gene study reveals clues about breast cancer risks

Researchers have identified genetic variations in a region of DNA that may be associated with risk for breast cancer. Women with the variation have a 1.4 times greater risk of developing breast cancer compared to those without this variation. The study is one of several genome-wide association studies looking for breast cancer genes to be…

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ARS Aims To Make Your Salad Healthier

Today, salads are more nutritious than ever before, thanks in part to research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency. Iceberg lettuce is the foundation for many garden salads, and ARS plant breeders in Salinas, Calif., have developed an experimental technique to boost its nutritional value.…

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What to do when you are buried in debt

In a recent Fortune Small Business article, a reader asks: I am a small business owner (S-Corp) with over $100,000 in credit-card debt. Due to sharp drop in home sales and lack of cash flow, we are having a difficult time paying these credit cards. Being a business owner, I am looking for a program…

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