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Small is new big when it comes to business

By   /  Friday, August 5th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Small is new big when it comes to business

By Ray Bowman Recently while traveling, I had the honor of meeting one of the world’s top five trend-spotters, Marian Salzman. She talked about some of the leading trends for 2016 and noted that “local is the new global” and that living large is no longer a trend. “Small is the new big” suffices to Read More →

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Nonprofit boards should focus on what matters

By   /  Friday, July 29th, 2016  /  Latest news, Nonprofits, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Nonprofit boards should focus on what matters

By Charles Watson It is often said that nonprofits should be more businesslike. Although I usually take umbrage at such a sweeping generalization, the point that many a nonprofit fails because it loses sight of good financial and operational management practices is worth taking to heart. Nonprofit Quarterly, a leading publication of the sector, suggests Read More →

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Soft skills key to successful managers

By   /  Friday, July 22nd, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Soft skills key to successful managers

By Vlad Vaiman Executives often promote outstanding employees to supervisory or managerial positions as part of their strategy to retain the best ones. There is nothing wrong with promoting the best people to management ranks, but the problem is that most of them lack managerial skills. A promotion can start out well but turn into Read More →

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Ocean exploration vital to Tri-Counties

By   /  Friday, July 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Ocean exploration vital to Tri-Counties

By Melissa Baffa As I write this, the exploration vessel Nautilus is “mowing the lawn,” proceeding back and forth in an orderly march around the Channel Islands, mapping the sea floor. Owned by the Ocean Exploration Trust, an organization founded by Robert Ballard in 2008, the Nautilus is taking a journey through our collective back Read More →

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Fiduciary rule may get watered down

By   /  Friday, July 15th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds  /  Comments Off on Fiduciary rule may get watered down

By Burt Williamson The Department of Labor rule that Jim Wisdom addressed in the July 8-14, 2016 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times is an attempt by the government to weed out unscrupulous sales people who are only looking to make a commission without concern to the long-term impact on the consumer. That would Read More →

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Embracing sustainability worth time, effort

By   /  Friday, July 8th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Embracing sustainability worth time, effort

By Valeria Makarova Conversations about the role of sustainability in a business organization can become heated. There are many supporters, but a number of skeptics as well. There is no argument that excessive use of hazardous materials, waste generated from production and consumption, and polluted land, air and ocean require proper attention and better management. Read More →

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Financial advisers face higher bar

By   /  Friday, July 8th, 2016  /  Latest news, Op/Eds, Opinion  /  Comments Off on Financial advisers face higher bar

By Jim Wisdom Privately-held employers are already held personally liable for not meeting their fiduciary responsibilities regarding their company-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans. On April 1, 2017, this fiduciary responsibility will also be applied to financial advisers of 401(k)s and IRAs with the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule. This new rule will require financial advisers Read More →

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