|By GENE MARKS|
What's affecting me, my clients and other small-business owners this week.
The Big Story: What's The Fed To Do?
The Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee says the economy is expanding moderately. A former chairman of the
The Economy: The Shale Boom
The Data: Housing Prices Fall
Growth cools (although consumer spending is up). Orders for durable goods fell significantly (pdf) in March. Home prices drop for the sixth straight month, and new home sales fall, too. Capacity tightens as conditions get tougher for shippers. But truck tonnage inches up, as does traffic volume (pdf). Manufacturers' earnings are up. Weekly unemployment claims remain high.
Management: Incorporating Fun
An entrepreneur finds out what happens when all of his wildest dreams come true. The Economist predicts that the digitization of manufacturing will transform the way goods are made – and change the politics of jobs, too. Ever wonder what happy people have in common?
Marketing: Keep It Brief
Around the Country: A Fracking Boomtown
Around the World: Mexicans Leave
A mini-revolution is happening for Arab technology businesses. German manufacturing confidence is up. These emerging-market city-dwellers account for more than 60 percent of the world's gross domestic product growth.
Start-Up: Heavy Metals
Finance: Hating Obama
Crowdsource investors are advised to beware of fraud.
Red Tape Update:
The President of the
Technology: Going After Dropbox
The Week's Bests
Things to consider before buying a business.
Reasons not to discount.
Today's Questions: How many of you think that doing a daily deal cheapens your brand?
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