Saturday, January 31, 2009

Do Boomers Hold the Key to Rescuing Our Troubled Economy?

Do Boomers Hold the Key to Rescuing Our Troubled Economy?

By ecolin • Oct 15th, 2008 •

Ladies and gentlemen, they just might. Baby Boomers’ innovation, experience, expertise, and vast network of contacts may be the order of the day when it comes to breathing some life into our faltering national finances. How, you ask? Why, through the wonders of entrepreneurship, of course.

Americans Believe Entrepreneurship is the Answer

A recent poll conducted by the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship found that 56% of Americans believe that small business, rather than government, will lead us out of financial crisis and into stability. Over 70% of those surveyed believe that the vitality of the economy is dependent on the achievement of entrepreneurs, and 80% believe that the government should devote resources to encouraging entrepreneurship on a national scale. And who better to start a business than the ever-savvy, well-connected Boomers, who already constitute a disproportionately high number of the country’s self-employed workers? They’ve got some time on their hands, a wealth of knowledge, and a career’s worth of networking behind them…and now they’ve got the support of the U.S. Small Business Association, as well.

U.S. SBA Launches Website Dedicated to the 50+ Entrepreneur

This month, the SBA formally demonstrated its support by launching a website dedicated to the 50+ entrepreneur. Here Boomers can find everything they need to get their new venture off the ground: free online training, interactive communication tools, marketing support, advice on how to assess their readiness and get started, and more. It’s all online at

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

10 Cities To Buy?

Forbes magazine web site edition feature article that stated that
cities that experienced severe downturn are

10 Cities Boasting Mini Sales Booms Some cities that were hardest hit by the real downturn are experiencing mini sales booms.

Where U.S. Home Sales Are Rising

Motivated sellers in these 10 cities are fueling deals and hastening recoveries

Here are the cities where experts say it makes the most sense to buy now.

Las Vegas
Sacramento, Calif.
San Diego, Calif.
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Washington, D.C.
San Jose

Source: Forbes, Matt Woolsey (01/12/09)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

How to Tidy a House in Record Time

How to Tidy a House in Record Time

The home is a pigsty and potential buyers are arriving within the hour. Here’s what home owners can do to turn chaos into order, says Julie Edelman, author of The Accidental Housewife: Your Guide to a Clean-Enough House.

  • Target the bathroom. Wipe down the sink, toilet, mirror and floor with disinfectant wipes. Empty the trash. No toilet bowl cleaner? Drop in denture cleaner, let it fizz for 20 minutes and flush.
  • Salvage the kitchen. Clear the countertops. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. Spray down the counter with a clean-smelling multipurpose spray.
  • Pick up debris. Concentrate on getting rid of clutter in the living room. Put it in a bag and hide it in a bedroom closet.
  • Vacuum everywhere.

Source: Chicago Tribune, Emilie Le Beau (12/21/2008) to Tidy a House in Record Time