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The role of entrepreneurship

In a market economy, entrepreneurs are among the professionals that occupy a central position. They play a major role in ensuring that every economic activity is activated. They act like the spark that gets everything going, yet many people do not even understand the role of entrepreneurship. There are those who get it all wrong by thinking that these are just any other type of ordinary people in the markets. It includes the entrepreneurs themselves who seem to believe that they are only meant to make business deals, and earn profits. To help you understand this, even more, the following are some of the roles that entrepreneurs play.

Why entrepreneurship is important

Determining the success of a community

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There is no doubt that the most successful communities in the world are the ones that have the highest number of entrepreneurs. This is because they act as a measure of prosperity, an abundance of opportunities, and growth. Without these professionals, you can be sure that there will be minimal economical activities, and people will be in trouble. Needless to mention, every community that wants to proper starts by encouraging your people to get into business. Governments lead by signing business agreements with foreign missions so that they can provide the perfect platform for their people to do business. It is the way the people take up these opportunities that will be the true measure of prosperity and therefore, it is impossible for a community to grow without entrepreneurship.

Triggering production and sales

Trade in any community depends on the surrounding environment. The way people produce products depends on the demand. Therefore, there will be little production if there is no demand. Similarly, there also will be little sales, and this means that the economy will be on its knees. This is one of the roles of entrepreneurship because it acts as the platform on which production of products and their sales is triggered. As a result, a community will experience exponential growth in trade thanks to the efforts of entrepreneurs. They are the ones that will source for the products that have been produced, and find the markets. Therefore, everyone else involved in the chain will be befitting from the role played by these professionals.

Sealing the supply gap

sdlkvnlksandvlknaskldvnklsandvlknalskdvsadvEntrepreneurs also play an important role when they come in to fill the void left in the supply chain. There are those that have products and services to offer, and on the other hand, there are those that need the products and services. The problem is that these two groups do not know where each one of them is and therefore, they need someone to help them connect. It is through entrepreneurship that you can connect these two. Since these are professionals that often identify opportunities, they always will find their way around.

Indeed, it is difficult to imagine how communities would exist with the important role of entrepreneurship. The best part is that more people are going through both formal and informal training, and are waiting to get on the bandwagon. Definitely, entrepreneurship will keep growing for many years to come.…

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Hiring a finance manager

If you are struggling with your finances, you should find a professional to help you reorganize them. You may not have the expert knowledge to understand where the problem is, but that does not mean that you cannot be stable financially. Experts can analyze your situation and come up with recommendations so that you know where the problem is, and how to fix it.

Since you can easily find these experts both online and offline, you should know the characteristics that you should be looking for before hiring them. The goal is to ensure that at the end of the day, you are hiring a finance manager that will add a lot of value to your business. Consider the following factors.

Factor to consider when hiring a finance manager

Experience

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Finding a finance manager that has been handling financial tasks is a good thing because you know that they understand their job. Regardless of the problems that you are faced with, experience can help them to come up with the perfect solution. Over the years, they have been serving people like you, and are aware of the challenges that companies, as well as individuals, go through. Because of this, they can assure you that they will have a ready solution to your needs. Studies have shown that those who have many years of experience are more likely to offer better financial management skills than those that are just starting out.

Certification

Certified financial managers are people who have been subjected to various tests and examinations. They have been working closely with trusted organizations in the financial sector. Because of this, they have skills and work ethics that other managers lack. For instance, they are under obligation to protect the reputation of the organizations that certified them. Because of this, they will be more professional and ethical in their work. They know the laws that govern financial transactions and will advise against anything that may make the organization to lose its reputation. Also, you can count on them to work towards ensuring that they do not lose their certification because it is one of their greatest tools of the trade.

Contacts

The best finance managers also have a lot of contacts in the industry. This helps them to solve problems faster, and easily. For example, they will know when to call in a financial attorney to avert a problem. They also know when to file your tax returns to avoid penalties. You can focus on the other important tasks in running your business while knowing that finances are well taken care of. With such professionals, you can easily work with them to take the business to the next level.


If you are thinking of where to find the best professionals when hiring a finance manager, look for recommendations from trusted sources. Find out the organizations that they have worked for before, and how they performed. You also may want to know about their experiences with their previous employers so that you have a picture of what to expect once you start working with them.…

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Where does the Fed get $30 Billion to lend – easy when it owns the printing presses
I avoided posting about the Bear Sterns bailout, since I was sure NewsHour would cover the story, and I was not disappointed. Reaction Is Mixed After Fed’s Efforts to Shore Up Economy gives a clear rundown of what happened over the weekend:
And, Joe, let me start with you. Explain as simply as you can, what happened to Bear Stearns?

JOE NOCERA, Business Columnist, New York Times: It’s like something seizes up; that’s really the best way to describe it. There was panic among its counterparties, the people they traded with, that they wouldn’t have the money to pay them back.

So people, gradually first and then with increasing acceleration, stopped trading with them. In fact, hedge funds that did business with them were sending notes to their clients over the last week or so saying, “Don’t worry. We’ve stopped trading with Bear Stearns.”

When you’re an investment bank and you depend on trading, and you depend on liquidity, and suddenly no one will trade with you, it really doesn’t matter how many securities you have, how much money you have. You have no business and the securities that you hold have no value, because no one will trade with them.

So this is a classic — this is the modern version of the run on the bank. And, you know, there’s a reason their stock closed on Friday at $30 a share and by Sunday night they were bought for $2 a share. They had no business.

So I get that the Fed gave JPMorgan a 28 day $30 Billion dollar line-of-credit to help make this deal happen – not a gift of $30 Billion. But the idea that the Fed helped finance this fire sale does make me uncomfortable. What other shoes out there are waiting to drop?
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Monday, March 17, 2008
Free Sample Glad ForceFlex
To order your Glad ForceFlex bag sample click here. – Enjoy!
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Inflation Intimation


A commenter recently suggested that I replace my Recession Obsession with an Inflation Obsession (since it now appears that the recession is here). Perhaps replace is not the right word, I guess adding the new category is more accurate. So the new category of Inflation Intimation is born.

What is the big deal about inflation and why should we watch out for it? Well, there is the obvious issue of rising prices. A loaf of bread cost $3 last week and this week it is $3.75 – that type of thing. While that hurts your pocketbook today, it is not the worst inflation can due to you. You see inflation is insidious, generally it creeps up on you. Lately it just happens to be racing up on us which makes it more noticeable. While paying a dollar more here and there does add up, it is the longer term impact on your financials where inflation really gets us.

Say I put a dollar away today for future needs. The future arrives and I take that dollar out to pay for my need. Unfortunately inflation has made that future dollar worth less than it used to, so while my need used to cost only one dollar, now it costs three. So past self should have saved three dollars instead of only one if it really wanted to meet future self’s needs…

So this long and convoluted example means inflation = bad and needs to be watched for and more importantly prepared for. So be warned inflation, I have my eye on you!
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Sunday, March 16, 2008
Money Makeover: Judy and Steve Haibach
The LA Times Money Makeover: Tough problem: What to do with a $1.7-million nest egg? should be reclassified as a spending makeover, since the gist of the recommendation is to stop saving so much and start spending some more.
Judy and Steve Haibach had never dreamed they’d wind up as middle-class millionaires. Now they don’t know what to do with the $1.7 million they’ve squirreled away for their retirement.

Since the high school sweethearts married 35 years ago, they have lived a life of frugality — sharing one car, taking thrifty camping vacations and eating countless brown-bag lunches.

“Whatever was the cheapest thing we could do, we did,” said Steve, 56, a Southern California Gas Co. technician. Judy, 55, is a nurse.

The Haibachs want to retire early, perhaps next fall. But they are faced with the unusual challenge of how to spend their hard-earned money.

“These guys are ridiculously secure. Even if the Great Depression comes tomorrow, they’ll be fine,” said Brent Kessel, president of Abacus Wealth Partners in Pacific Palisades and author of “It’s Not About the Money.”

“Their problem is that they’re going to die with too much money,” said Kessel, a certified financial planner who considers the psychological and financial aspects of money.

The Haibachs need to live it up a bit more and help those who are less fortunate than they, he said. As extreme savers, they can balance their thrift through more volunteering, charity and pleasure-seeking, he said.
While I am happy it looks like the couple can start spending more and can think about how to give more to charity, I just have to wonder how many organizations right now are adding these folks to their mailing lists and call sheets. Nothing like letting people know in a newspaper article that you have excess money and are willing to start giving some of it away…
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The Boston Federal Reserve would really rather you not default on your home loan
You know things are bad when the head of the Boston Federal Reserve reaches out to the common consumer…

The Boston Globe alerts us to these actions in the article: Boston Fed makes rare direct appeal to hard-hit borrowers while a copy of Eric Rosengren’s, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, appeal can be found here: Consult the mortgage holder before home is in jeopardy with the helpful subtitle – Interest rates can often been negotiated (I am hoping the original letter had that as “be negotiated” and the typo is the fault of the Concord Monitor, because it sounds a little “Freudian slip” to me – as in interest rates could have been negotiated back when you took out that terrible loan!)

The letter basically points stressed New England homeowners to the website Mortgage Relief Fund and provides some info and contact phone numbers regarding the $125 million loan package available to homeowners caught in bad or unaffordable loans.
For borrowers without easy access to the Internet, the Mortgage Relief Fund banks can be contacted at the following numbers: Bank of America, 800-344-9403; Citizens Bank, 888-411-1145; Sovereign Bank, 800-288-6225; TD Banknorth, 800-281-0025 (x2315); and Webster Bank, 888-681-7788 in Connecticut and 800-635-9191 in Massachusetts or Rhode Island.

To qualify, borrowers’ incomes must be verifiable and sufficient to support the payments. The borrower must have a history of generally making timely payments. The value of the home must support certain loan-to-value limits.

For borrowers who qualify, the savings can be substantial – hundreds of dollars a month, and thousands of dollars a year. For example, if the interest rate on a new FHA mortgage is 6 percent and the initial rate on a sub-prime mortgage was 8 percent, the monthly payment on a $200,000 loan would be about $268 less, for a yearly savings of over $3,200 (and more, had the original loan reset higher). One borrower already helped was at risk of losing her home. Her loan had adjusted from 7.4 percent to 8.9 percent, and was due to adjust again soon. Her new fixed-rate loan is saving her about $250 a month.
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Saturday, March 15, 2008
Time to put a chicken coop in the back yard…
The New York Times article: Costs Surge for Stocking the Pantry notes the rising food prices at your local grocery store:
With a few exceptions, nearly every grocery category measured by the Labor Department, which compiles the official inflation numbers, has increased in the last year. Milk is up 17 percent, as are dried beans, peas and lentils. Cheese is up 15 percent, rice and pasta 13 percent, and bread 12 percent.

No food product has gone …