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Why A Mentor is Key to Small Business Growth and Survival

Excess Logic continues reposting articles for startups. We trying to pay your attention how important to recycle used electronic and computer equipment to protect the environment. We hope this article will be  helpful for you. By presidential proclamation, November is National Entrepreneurship Month and a time for recognizing the grit, determination, innovation and contribution of…
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How to Estimate the Cost of Starting a Business from Scratch

How much does it cost to start your own business? Of course, the answer depends on your business model and your chosen industry. However, a useful estimate based on a 2009 study conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation  puts the average cost of starting a new business from scratch at just over $30,000. Many small…
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Information Mobility: Why Your Business Can’t Be Without It

Information mobility. Makes you think of phones, doesn’t it? I mean, it even has the word mobility in the title. Mobility, mobile – it makes sense. And yes, information mobility includes the world of mobile technologies. But it’s so much more than that. What is information mobility? It’s being able to digitize decades worth of…
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40 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Dumb

While I like to think I know a little about business writing, I still fall into a few word traps. Take the words "who" and "whom." I rarely use "whom" when I should -- even when spell check suggests "whom" I think it sounds pretentious. So I use "who." And then I sound dumb. Just…
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4 Ways Wearable Technology May Soon Benefit Your Business

The official list of apps now available for the life-capturing, data-aware Google Glass headset is contained inside the custom My Glass app that early owners of the $1,500 device can access. There are unofficial lists, but what you’ll find at either location are a lot of recreation tools, quite a few photo tricks, and more…
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Donating excess inventory benefits businesses

Your business may be sitting on an important tax deduction—and you may not even realize it. The deduction lies in your excess, overstock inventory. By donating that nonmoving merchandise to charity, your company can earn a federal income tax deduction under Section 170 (e)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Regular (C) corporations may deduct…
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Tax Code & Writing Off Inventory

If your business has an inventory, its value is an important part of your taxable income. Writing off inventory that's damaged, stolen or unsellable can cut your tax bill. Federal tax law allows you to write off items you lose to theft or disaster, and there are steps you can take to claim a tax…
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Cisco’s $2.25 billion mea culpa

Cisco Systems got greedy. And now it's paying the price. On Tuesday (May 9, 2001), the network-equipment giant provided the grisly details behind its astonishing $2.25 billion inventory write-off in the third quarter, essentially admitting that it too was caught up in the Internet hype that, at its peak, gave the company the highest market…
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World’s E-Waste to Grow 33% by 2017, Says Global Report

By 2017, the global volume of discarded refrigerators, TVs, cellphones, computers, monitors and other electronic waste will weigh almost as much as 200 Empire State Buildings, a new report predicts. The forecast, based on data gathered by United Nations organizations, governments, and nongovernment and science organizations in a partnership known as the "Solving the E-Waste Problem (StEP) Initiative,"…
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The 8 Best Industries for Starting a Business (In Detail)

Digital detective. Health care disrupter. Purveyor of all things organic. These are just some of the most promising ground-floor opportunities in 2014. Some entrepreneurs are drawn to the New New Thing; they hunger for a first-mover advantage. To them we say, best of luck. Others want to enter a promising industry early on, but with some…
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The One Sign You Will Be Rich

When I was studying Philosophy at Berkeley, a friend told me that she could tell who was going to be rich and who was not. Fascinating, I thought. But when I asked how, she refused to answer and only said that I would figure it out. So after 20 years of thinking about it, I…
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Strategies for Your Business’s Excess Inventory

If you have items that have been sitting on your shelves for some time, it's costing you money. You're paying storage and other costs and you're missing the opportunity to put the investment in those items to more productive uses. Before year-end take appropriate steps to trim your excess inventory -- and gain tax benefits…
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The Web Will Kill Apps

Lots of the "apps are killing the web" meme going around these days, with the latest batch of casket sealant come from no greater validator of commonly agreed upon wisdom than the Wall St. Journal . "The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It" argues Christopher... (more…)
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5 Ways to Deal with Obsolete Technology

Just because something's obsolete doesn't mean it's not useful. In your spare time, there are plenty of fun things that you can do with old phones, tablets and laptops. At work, however, nobody is going to give you the time to turn your old BlackBerry into your coffee timer. But there are ways of taking that…
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Ten Tips From A Shaolin Monk On How To Stay Young Forever

People always say health is the most important thing but how many people live by this belief? We need to start today. In order to help us stay on the path to health I have translated an extract from one of the Shaolin Classics. Written by a monk who was a great martial artist and scholar, here…
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Apple is about to change streaming music—and Spotify should be worried

If you’re an Apple user, be prepared to have Beats, the streaming-music service the company acquired for $3 billion earlier this year, forced down your throats. However you feel about that, the implications for the streaming-music landscape—and indeed the entire music industry—could be far-reaching. The Financial Times is reporting (paywall) that Apple will include Beats in the…
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User robots make Office 365 cloud migration less painful

It's still a Microsoft world At the recent Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), speakers revealed the latest Office 365 statistics. Office365 now presents an annual revenue run rate of $2.5 billion for Microsoft. Sixty percent of all Fortune... (more…)
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Is 2014 the Year We Hit the Technology Tipping Point?

Earlier this year, Yahoo's Marissa Mayer said more users would access its content on mobile devices and tablets than on personal computers. That's the type of trigger that has her and many pundits proclaiming 2014 as a "tipping point" for technology. “It makes connecting and trusting people easier,” Mayer told an audience at the World…
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Here come the autonomous robot security guards: What could possibly go wrong?

Showing a rather shocking disregard for the long-term safety of human civilization, Microsoft has become one of the first companies to deploy autonomous robot security guards. Dubbed the K5, Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus was being policed last week by five of these roughly human-sized 300-pound (136 kg) robots, each equipped with enough cameras, sensors, artificial intelligence,…
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New metal lets today’s 3D printers make tomorrow’s electronics

When entrepreneur Michael Toutonghi and his son wanted to make a rocket in their family basement, they went about it in a thoroughly modern way: though the duo wasn’t gearing up to produce their rockets by the hundreds, the production and assembly processes were still too tedious to be done entirely by hand. Well-versed in…
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Alibaba Is Now Bigger Than P&G, GE and Wells Fargo

What do Facebook Inc., Chevron Corp., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Procter & Gamble Co. and General Electric Co. have in common? All are among the 25 largest companies in the S&P 500, and all are currently smaller than Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. When Alibaba went public less than two months ago,…
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Democratizing the Design and Manufacturing of Electronics

3D printing is often praised for democratizing the design of physical products and making manufacturing accessible to the masses. Over the years, spectators have watched in awe as scientists have cost-effectively manufactured custom prostheses for patients, product developers have rapidly prototyped new design concepts straight from their desktops, and consumers have brought their ideas for…
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Using SMART to accurately predict when a hard drive is about to die

SMART, which first started to appear in consumer hard drives about 10 years ago, is a brilliant concept — it’s meant to tell you if a hard drive is about to die — but in practice, I think we can all agree that SMART has always been rather underwhelming. Personally, SMART has never helped me…
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High-Tech Wasteland

It's the information age--so why don't we know how to discard a laptop safely? THE SCENARIO IS FAMILIAR. The day arrives when the computer that was going to be your personal bridge to the twenty-first century has become a dinosaur. The salesperson who touted that machine’s efficiency now explains in tones of pity and derision…
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7 Top Tax Deductions for Your Small Business

1. New Equipment Some small businesses can write off the full cost of some assets in the year they buy them, rather than capitalizing them -- deducting their cost over a number of years. (See Nolo's article Current vs. Capital Expenses for information on expenses that must be capitalized.) Under Section 179 of the Internal…
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Ebay Suspended Account Guide – How to Get Back on Ebay and Paypal

This is the very short trimmed guide on how to get back onto ebay after your buyer or seller accounts got suspended or limited. If you need more in-depth information, then visit my website for: eBay Stealth - The Complete Suspended eBay Account Guide. Please note that we will be making a fully anonymous eBay…
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Lamborghini tests out hybrid supercar

Lamborghini's Asterion LPI 910-4 concept was one of the most hotly anticipated unveilings of the Paris Motor Show, and the Italian supercar maker didn't disappoint. The electric blue Asterion on display in Paris has been surrounded by cameras and curious onlookers since its unveiling Thursday. Lamborghini boss Stephan Winkelmann says the low-slung speedster is the…
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