User-Centered Web Design: The Usability.gov website

I frequently research federal and state government websites looking for free and low-cost business support resources.  Here is a really cool site I just came across: http://www.usability.gov/index.html From the site’s  Home Page: “Usability.gov is the primary government source for information on usability and user-centered design. It provides guidance and tools on making Web sites and…

Business News sources I’ve addded to my Bookmark list

When doing market research projects recently, I found and used a number of additional online resources that I have bookmarked and now use on a regular basis.  These are in addition to the more widely known sources many of us are familiar with and use regularly. Global Edge https://globaledge.msu.edu/Global-Resources/regional-news “Created by the International Business Center at Michigan…

Interesting Financial Industry Reports from the Fed

As part of my personal quest in trying to understand where our economy is going as we head into 2013 and beyond, I dig into the sites of government and related entities.  When doing this, I sometimes find some really interesting information that may not be directly related to my economic research objective, but with my background in…

Great Source of Economic Research Information

In trying to find sources of information to verify the validity of some of the economic forecasts being delivered by campaigning politicians at the moment, I came across a useful resource site by the American Economics Association.  It’s called RFE: Resources for Economists on the Internet: www.rfe.org Very cool guide when you’re trying to find sources of economic information. Take Care…

Checking facts presented by political candidates

With all the “Facts” soundbytes from political candidates filling up the media, I’ve been digging around the web trying to find out the validity of these stated “Facts”.  I’ve checked out several fact-checking sites and the reveiws that have received from people who have used them.  Here are the sites I am using and will be…

Ancient Chinese Proverbs carried forward into frequent management practices

It’s interesting how human behavior and thinking are timeless and consistent across all cultures, as evidenced by some ancient Chinese proverbs I came across: Decisions should not be too clear.  Otherwise, when things go wrong you will have to take the blame.  Keep it vague.  (Su Weidao from the Tang Dynasty) Poke the flames and…

Nice Guideline for Writing the Executive Summary for a Sales Proposal

I’m always looking for ways to improve my sales and sales leadership skills.  I came across this article by Geoffrey James in a Tweet from INC Magazine and want to pass it along to all of you:  http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/write-an-executive-summary-that-sells.html    On one hand, everything James says in the article sounds obvious to those of us who are creators and receivers of …

Analyzing the Cost of Acquiring a Customer

In helping new businesses with analyses of the commercial viability of their product and service,  I work with clients to come up with a  forecasted cost to acquire a customer and then balance that cost with the expected lifetime value of that acquired customer.  I’m always looking for ideas on methodologies for doing this analysis.  One of my…

Turn off the big screen and go build something

I’m a firm believer that we as a country have become too dependent on others for creating, building, and maintaining the gadgets we all use in our everyday lives.  At one level, lt feels like we’ve been losing our ability to take care of our own wants and needs. So, let’s head to the garage/basement/den…

Recent Internet Retailing Stats

With all the sales stats being thrown around about Black Friday (and Black Thursday evening) and Black (aka Cyber) Monday shopping, I did a little quick research on overall internet retailing trends to see what related info I could find. Here is an interesting link from Internet Retailer magazine showing their research on  recent  Trends and Data: http://www.internetretailer.com/trends/…

More Interesting Tools for Stimulating Innovative Thinking

I’m always on the lookout for tools that can help me generate ideas for solving problems and creating products/services.  Here are some of my latest finds: Innovation Tools.   A fantastic website and source for tools for innovative thinking. http://www.innovationtools.com/index.asp Contained on the Innovation Tools website is a page of Free Tools that are interesting and cool: http://www.innovationtools.com/articles/articledetails.asp?a=155 From the…