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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is awarding $31.5 million in federal funding to 21 grant recipients as part of its MBDA Business Center Program (29). The program is designed to help minority-owned firms create jobs, compete in the global economy and grow their businesses.

“For more than 40 years, MBDA has led efforts to support minority firms and provide them with the tools and technical expertise they need to excel. This is the very foundation on which this Agency was founded back in 1969. It’s the core of who we are and what we represent,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “This funding goes far beyond just the monetary aspect. This is a long-term investment in our community and in our nation.”

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, minority-owned firms in the U.S. increased from 5.8 million in 2007 to 8 million in 2012, and employed 7.2 million people in 2012.

Since 2009, MBDA Business Centers have assisted minority firms with gaining access to more than $31 billion in capital and contracts, while creating and retaining nearly 142,000 jobs.

The grant recipients will join an established network of MBDA Business Centers across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Federal funding will support MBDA Business Centers across the Nation

The recipients will receive the federal funds during a five-year period with a start date of April 1, 2016. MBDA will make additional announcements regarding grant winners and future grant opportunities. For the latest information visit www.mbda.gov .

051116businessTo Career Independence

Career stability isn’t what it once was.

That’s why many workers frustrated with today’s corporate climate are venturing out on their own, offering their skills and experience to those very same corporations, but on a consulting rather than fulltime basis.

Certainly, there’s a lot to be said for going independent, says Aaron Zwas, a consultant and author of “Transition to Independence” (www.t2iplan.com), a book that serves as a guide to making such a change.

“You have more freedom and a healthier balance between work and family,” Zwas says. “It’s the be-your-own-boss opportunity many people crave.”

But not so fast.

Before you take the plunge, there are drawbacks worth knowing about.

“When I made the transition about 15 years ago, I didn’t have a lot of guidance,” Zwas says. “I didn’t really understand what I was getting into, so there was a bit of trial and error. The good news is that others can learn from my mistakes.”

If you’re considering going it alone, Zwas lists at least four pitfalls you’ll want to avoid:

• Prepare yourself financially. The transition from working for someone else to being independent almost certainly will require you to dip into savings. Take every precaution as you prepare yourself financially. A conversation with an accountant is a good start and so is reviewing your monthly budget to see if you can cut spending. Build up savings – preferably enough to sustain you through one year of expenses – before ending fulltime employment.

• Set your social calendar. When you’re independent, you have no co-workers to chat with, bounce ideas off of or play tennis with on the weekend. If you’re not careful, it can be a lonely existence. To compensate, Zwas recommends setting up regular dates with friends and family. You can also take up new interests or hobbies. “Get out of the house and be with other people,” he says.

• Stay focused on your expertise. Being a one-person team has its advantages, but it can also be a double-edged sword because many independents get pulled in too many directions by spending time on activities unrelated to their expertise. There’s no problem in admitting you don’t want to take on certain activities, Zwas says. For example, bookkeeping could be a chore you despise or aren’t suited for. You might want to contract out and let someone else handle it.

• Spend time on your personal brand. Some independents thrive without any branding efforts, but most need to do at least a little branding. A logo, a website, business cards, a presentation template, social-media accounts and a blog can help you create a professional image.

“A little advance preparation can go a long way in helping you become a successful independent,” Zwas says. “The most important lesson I’ve learned is that consulting is more than a job – it’s a lifestyle. Even on my worst days, I’m grateful for the freedom I have.”

042016-business-pix-1Target: Customers can use restrooms that “correspond with their gender identity”

NEW YORK — Target is taking a stand on the debate around what type of bathrooms transgenders can use.

In a statement posted on its company website the discounter, based in Minneapolis, said transgender employees and customers can use the restroom or fitting room facility that “corresponds with their gender identity.”

The statement comes as a national debate is heating up over whether to restrict transgender people from using public bathrooms that only match their gender at birth. North Carolina is facing backlash for its recent ban on local anti-discrimination ordinances. And other states are considering legislation similar to that adopted by North Carolina.

Target Corp. says it regularly assesses issues and considers many factors that would impact business, customers and workers.

41316-business-pix-1Bolsa Mexicana de Valores gana 0.59%

Ciudad de México.- La Bolsa Mexicana de Valores (BMV) gana 266.88 puntos, es decir 0.59 por ciento más respecto a su nivel previo, al colocar a su Índice de Precios y Cotizaciones (IPC) en 45 mil 758.33 unidades.

El mercado accionario mexicano opera en línea con los indicadores bursátiles en Estados Unidos, los cuales registran ganancias generalizadas encabezadas por el tecnológico Nasdaq que sube 0.84 por ciento, el Dow Jones que avanza 0.77 y el Standard & Poor´s 500 incrementa 0.67 por ciento.

Grupo Financiero Monex explicó que los mercados en el mundo presentan movimientos positivos, después de conocer que las cifras asociadas a la balanza comercial en China resultaron mejor a lo estimado.

En la BMV se negocia un volumen de 9.7 millones de títulos por un importe de 335.8 millones de pesos, con la participación de 70 emisoras, de las cuales 52 ganan, 13 retroceden y cinco se mantienen sin cambio.

Las emisoras con mayores ganancias son GCARSO serie A1 con 4.44 por ciento y CITIGRUP con 3.63 por ciento, en tanto que los descensos son para LAB serie B con 2.28 por ciento y TERRA serie 13 con 1.18 por ciento.


040616-Business-pix-1Milwaukee’s Global Youth Service Day Expected to Reach 7000 Participants

MILWAUKEE — This year’sGlobal Youth Service Day (GYSD) weekend will be held April 15-17 in more than 135 countries on six continents. GYSD, the largest community service event in the world, celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service.

Here in Milwaukee, over 60 service projects will occur throughout the city with a projected 7,000 participants. Some projects are open to the public, while others are for members of specific schools/organizations.    To see a detailed list of all the projects that have been registered for GYSD 2016, check outgysdmke.com.

There will also be a collective celebration event on April 16th called Celebrate YOU(th)!  GYSD project participants across the city are invited to attend this event to celebrate their project successes.  For people who aren’t already involved with one of the GYSD projects happening throughout town, there will also be an opportunity to do service projects at the Celebrate YOU(th)! event.

Celebrate YOU(th)! Event Details

When: April 16th, 2016

Service Projects – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Celebration Event – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Where: Highland Community School (1706 W Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233)

Why: GYSD mobilizes and celebrates youth in service.  It’s a time to recognize the positive contributions youth make to the City of Milwaukee 365 days a year.

Who: All GYSD project participants from across the city are invited. Nearly 7000 GYSD project participants are projected to date.  Any other youth who’d like to participate in the event are welcome to attend as well.

What: Service Projects, Music, Dancing, Food, and Fun!

GYSD 2016 Collaborative Planning Committee Includes Representation From:Non-Profit Center of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Public Library, United Way, UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs, Public Allies, Pearls for Teen Girls, Urban Underground, the Center for Youth Engagement, City Year, and more!

033016-business-pix-1Moratorium ends: We Energies customers behind on bills at risk of disconnection starting April 18th

MILWAUKEE — We Energies officials are urging customers who are behind on their energy bills to catch up before the end of the moratorium on winter shut-offs.

Customers in significant arrears are at risk of disconnection starting April 18.

We Energies is using phone calls and bill inserts to alert customers who are behind on their energy bills.

Customers having problems paying their bills are encouraged to contact We Energies as soon as possible at 800-842-4565. A minimum payment option and flexible payment plans may be available.

Some customers also may qualify for energy assistance through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP). There is no charge to determine eligibility or to apply for assistance. Customers can learn more about energy assistance at www.homeenergyplus.wi.gov or by calling 1-866-HEAT-WIS.

Unfortunately, scammers have been known to prey on customers during this time of the year. A common ploy demands immediate payment via prepaid debit card.

We Energies does not solicit payments in this manner.

Customers who receive suspicious phone calls or emails should contact We Energies directly to verify the status of their account.

Industry Critics Fall Silent on Oil Profits

By Robert L. Bradley, Jr.

Just a few short years ago, the shrillest environmentalist voices targeted oil companies’ “obscene” profits. Today, American energy producers are swallowing big losses. Yet rather than celebrating, those same environmentalists have gone silent.

The reason: Their protestation about profits was disingenuous from the beginning. And now, they’ve moved on to other anti-oil arguments such as divestment and ‘keep it in the ground.’

It’s worth recalling just how frenzied the attacks on oil companies’ profits were. Back in 2012, back-to-nature ecologist Bill McKibben, noting the $1 trillion profit made by the top five oil firms, stated that “having found a profitable vein, they’re compelled to keep mining it, more like efficient automatons than people with free will.” Oil Change International, meanwhile, bemoaned how oil companies were “making ridiculous profits in the billions, raking in more money than most of us can even fathom.”

Anti-energy politicians were even more aggressive. House Democrats proposed establishing a Reasonable Profits Board, which would have the power to confiscate up to 100 percent of so-called “excess” profits.

What do we hear now that BP has reported a $3.3 billion loss in just three months? Shell’s income is 87 percent below 2014 levels — and Chevron posted a quarterly loss for the first time in 13 years?

Crickets

For some companies, this is nothing short of a struggle for survival. Last year, almost 70 U.S. oil and natural gas companies filed for bankruptcy — up nearly 400 percent from the year before.  The sector also lost over 258,000 jobs worldwide — and expects to cut even more workers this year.

What’s more, by the end of 2016, one out of three oil companies could be bankrupt.

The point isn’t that anyone should feel bad for oil companies. But the magnitude of the oil-price cycle — artificially engendered in part from quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve Bank — should not have happened. The least able drillers got subsidized loans, which allowed them to overdrill and drive prices down for the better-capitalized producers. That amount of capital was employed to nobody’s benefit.

The price cycle has been driven by new technology that has permanently revolutionized American energy production. A year and a half ago, we overtook Saudi Arabia as the biggest oil-producing nation on the planet. And during November of 2015, the last month on record, the United States produced its highest monthly production since 1986.

This boom has been a major factor in declining energy prices worldwide. And while that price decline has caused oil companies’ profits to sink, it’s fattened the pocketbooks of families across America. Last year, consumers enjoyed $130 billion in savings — more than $1,000 for each two-driver household.

So far from the nefarious greedy automatons of green fever dreams, oil companies are also subject to market caprices. But artificial stimuli from easy money policy is a boom that has a day of reckoning.

Today’s silence on the subject exposes the environmentalists’ anti-profit obsession for what it was: an opportunistic drive-by hit on Big Oil, not a legitimate critique of industry economics.

The truth is, these fossil fuel opponents wouldn’t be satisfied no matter how low profits drop. They simply hate the oil industry. Full stop. But when companies’ bottom lines begin to grow again, will the critics remain silent rather than fuss about high profits? Here’s a prediction: The answer will be a hypocritical no.

Robert L. Bradley Jr. is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Energy Research.

030916-business-pix-1Explaining The Small Business Failure Rate

Statistics about business success aren’t reassuring.

About 80 percent of new businesses fail in the first 18 months, according to Bloomberg Business research. During the economic meltdown of 2008, for the first time in decades more businesses closed than were started.

“What business owners don’t seem to understand is that what’s required, not only to survive but to thrive, is within their control,” says Pamela Herrmann, author of “The Customer Manifesto: How Business Has Failed Customers And What It Takes To Earn Lasting Loyalty.”

“The typical business owner has no idea how to create leverage, how to utilize new technologies, how to strategize to be competitive, or how to stop the hemorrhaging of cash in the form of failed online-marketing investments.”

Herrmann is co-founder with Patty Dominguez of CREATE Buzz (www.CreateBuzzNow.com), which is changing the way small businesses connect with customers – both online and offline. Dominguez and Herrmann review four business mistakes – and ways to correct them:

• Missing the biggest revenue opportunity.  Much of traditional marketing focuses on attracting new customers. “But the biggest revenue opportunity is in keeping existing customers,” Dominguez says. Among the ways to keep customers loyal: Always greet them warmly. If they are waiting in line, thank them for their patience and assure them you’ll be with them promptly. Make certain your business is clean and comfortable. Use words such as “my pleasure,” “absolutely” and “you’re most welcome” instead of “sure,” “no problem” or “yeah.”

• Tracking the wrong metrics.Business owners often make marketing decisions based on short-term data, like how much money is in the bank or how many sales they made last month. This is reactive — not proactive.

Herrmann and Dominguez say the way to focus on the right metrics is to ask such questions as: How many new leads did you get this month? How much did it cost you to acquire that new lead or customer? What’s the average value of a single transaction?

• Failing to manage their message across all customer touch points.Most businesses are unaware of all the ways consumers use technology to find them. Businesses should create a Customer Journey Map so they can see all the touch points across all channels, measure how well they are doing and then identify gaps and opportunities.

• Being unaware of marketing fundamentals. Just like an archer tries to hit the bull’s-eye, an entrepreneur tries to reach customers. No matter how many arrows that may be in her quiver, if she doesn’t know how to aim, she’ll probably miss. The same is true with marketing.

“You need to know who you’re marketing to,” Dominguez says. “Why are you marketing to them? What are their wants and needs? When you do you this effectively, you shift from sinking money into fixing problems and into growing your business through strategic decision making.”

030216-business-news-pic-1Best Selling Author Jason Reynolds Headlines Annual Literary Luncheon 

MILWAUKEE  – The Delta Memorial Endowment Fund, the nonprofit arm of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter, presents its 40th Annual Literary Luncheon featuring award-winning and best-selling author Jason Reynolds. The luncheon takes place Saturday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago St. For information about tickets, call (414) 640-2654 or send an email to dmeftickets@yahoo.com.

According to Reynolds, his master plan is to “not write boring books.” He says there “a lot of young people who hate reading and that many of these book haters are boys. They don’t actually hate the books but rather they hate boredom. Because even though I’m a writer, I hate reading boring books too.” Reynolds books are from the perspective of young African-American males and aimed at readers age 12 and older. His other titles include Ghost, As Brave as You, All American Boys and When I Was the Greatest.

In his newest novel, The Boy in the Black Suit, centers on seventeen-year-old Matt who wears a black suit every day. He wears it not because his mother died (she did) but he wears the suit for his job at the local funeral home that pays more than Cluck Bucket. Plus, he needs the income since his dad can’t handle household bills or his life. While dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging 15 bucks an hour and that’s not bad. But everything else is not good. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s been through challenges that have made her tough in the way Matt wishes he could be. He ponders if it’s her toughness that draws him to her and why he can’t seem to shake her. Because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness—and who can maybe even help take it away. The Boy in the Black Suit is the 2016 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book and continues to receive critical acclaim since its January debut.

The Literary Luncheon is the signature event of the Delta Memorial Endowment Fund (DMEF) and presents a variety of authors each year. Noted authors have included Maya Angelou, Dr. Ian Smith, Octavia Butler, Pearl Cleage, Phyllis Dixon, Nikki Giovanni, Jeff Johnson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Toni Morrison, Alice E. Walker, E. Lynn Harris, Wallace Terry, Victoria Christopher Murray, Edward Kelsey Moore and ReShonda Tate Billingsley. Proceeds from the Literary Luncheon benefit local 501 (c) (3) organizations and provides funding for college scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded by 22 women on January 13, 1913 at Howard University. Today at 103 years old, it has more than 200,000 members and 900 chapters in the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan and the Virgin Islands. The Sorority provides community service nationally and locally around its five key areas: educational development, economic development, mental and physical health, international awareness and social and political action. Locally, its Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter has been making an impact and transforming lives in the community since January 27, 1945

22416-business-pix-1Wisconsin Kitchen Mart Talks Touchless Faucets

MILWAUKEE – Kitchen faucets are available in an unprecedented array of colors, textures, and function to complement and pull together the overall look of the space. More and more homeowners are opting for touchless faucets for their convenience. Touchless or “tap-on” faucets also are becoming more important as homeowners remodel to “age in place.”

Russ Waters, designer for Wisconsin Kitchen Mart, a designer with Wisconsin Kitchen Mart, which has provided award-winning design/build services since 1951, addresses advances in touchless technology.

“Touchless, also referred to as hands-free, electronic, or sensor-activated, have come a long way from their original designs, which often proved unreliable. But manufacturers have been steadily improving touchless technology, making it ever easier for the consumer to use,” Waters said.

“While touchless faucets may not suit everyone, there are many benefits,” he said. “They prevent transmission of germs, the faucet stays clean when you have residue on your hands, it can save water, and it’s easy for kids to use.”

Waters pointed out some of the current technologies available in touchless faucets. Features vary among manufacturers.

MotionSense™ advanced sensors detect movement in two sensing zones, setting water flow in motion as if on command. The water sensor at the top of the faucet starts and stops water flow with a simple hand movement above the faucet, while the ready sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an object – such as a cup or hand – is placed beneath the spout. It runs water for as long as that item remains in range and automatically shuts flow off as soon as the object is removed from the sensing zone.

REACT™ (Response Activated Technology) automatically turns the faucet off after two minutes to save water.

Response™ state-of-the-art sensor responds in 20 milliseconds for consistent and reliable on/off operation. Users can easily tweak the water temperature and flow when transitioning to new tasks.

Power Clean™ Spray Technology provides 50 percent more spray power, while containing splashing and minimizing mess. Now, users can clean dishes faster while reducing the amount of residual water in and around the sink. Greater force means faster clean-up with less water used. Spot Resist™ Finish withstands fingerprints and water spots to maintain the brilliance of the fixture.

SpotShield™ Technology resists water spots, fingerprints, and stains, plus helps reduce stain and odor causing microbial growth on the faucet finish so the faucet stays cleaner longer.

Reflex® System features a self-retracting spray wand designed to put itself away.

Multi-Flow™ wand toggle increases the stream from the standard 1.5 gallons per minute to a higher flow to more quickly fill the sink as well as pots, vases, or other large containers.

MagnaTite® docking keeps the kitchen pull-down spray wand firmly docked when not in use. A gentle tug releases the wand to give you complete flexibility.

“When considering whether to replace your faucet, unless you are replacing your sink as well, you need to consider the number of holes in your sink – one piece faucets need one hole for the handle/spout and another for the sprayer. A traditional faucet with separate hot and cold water handles requires three holes (handles plus spout) and a fourth for the sprayer,” Waters said. “Professional remodelers can assist you with selecting the correct faucet as well as the style that will go best with your kitchen.”

021716-business-news-pix-1-Twitter “se mueve” y lanza botón para buscar y compartir GIFs

Ciudad de México.- Las imágenes animadas han cobrado fuerza en las redes sociales por lo que a partir de este miércoles y durante las próximas semanas los usuarios de Twitter podrán buscar y compartir archivos GIF en tuits o mensajes directos.

El microblogguing detalló que durante 2015 los usuarios compartieron más de 100 millones de estos archivos para expresar diversos sentimientos, estados de ánimo e incluso algún movimiento de baile tomado de un video musical.

En un comunicado, la red social con 320 millones de usuarios activos cada mes explicó que el botón para compartir GIFs estará activo para usuarios en el mundo en las próximas semanas en las plataformas iOS, Android, así como en su página.

La red social del pájaro azul destacó que la búsqueda de GIFs en su plataforma incluye animaciones preferidas por los usuarios, las cuales serán provistas por las plataformas Giphy y Riffsy.

El fundador y CEO de Giphy, Alex Chung, explicó que los usuarios de Giphy crean GIFs de noticias, entretenimiento, deportes y expresiones que pueden enriquecer los tuits.

En tanto que el CEO y co-fundador de Riffsy, David McIntosh, señaló que “es posible expresarse de varias formas con los GIFs, y el secreto es encontrar uno que manifieste de forma rápida y eficiente tus emociones”.

012016-business
Stocks continue to plummet

U.S. equity markets dropped sharply on Thursday as the Nasdaq neared bear-market territory, and global markets eyed more negative central bank interest-rate policy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 321 points lower, or 2.02% to 15592. The S&P dropped 31 points, or 1.67% to 1820, while the Nasdaq Composite declined 50 points, or 1.18% to 4233.

Financials and energy led the declines, while the telecom traded in positive territory.

Today’s Markets

Wall Street extended a sharp selloff on Thursday after Sweden’s central bank slashed interest rates further into negative territory, and Federal Reserve Chief Janet Yellen discussed again the possibility of negative interest rate policy (NIRP) in the U.S.

In her remarks to the Senate Banking Committee, Yellen said the central bank has not ruled out negative rates as a tool to help boost inflation in the nation. 

“We’re taking a look at them again because we’d want to be prepared in the event we would need to add more accommodation. We haven’t finished that evaluation…I wouldn’t take [negative rates] off the table,” she said during the question and answer period of the testimony.

She later said it’s not the “most likely scenario.”

Larry Shover, chief investment strategist at Solutions Fund Group, said it can’t be overstated how “detrimental” negative interest rates are for market action.

“They are destroying bank stocks and in turn killing the market. Negative rates appear to be the preferred policy choice of central banks and this has played a key role in crushing bank stocks over the last several weeks,” he said.

020316-business-pix-1Inventor of the Super Soaker Receives $72.9M in Unpaid Royalties From Hasbro

The Atlanta-based company behind the Super Soaker water gun and Nerf toy guns has been awarded nearly $73 million in royalties from toymaker Hasbro Inc., according to the law firm King & Spalding.

Johnson Research and Development Co. and founder Lonnie Johnson have been in a royalty dispute with Hasbro since February, when the company filed a claim against the giant toy company. According to King & Spalding, which along with the A. Leigh Baier P.C. law firm represented Johnson, Hasbro underpaid royalties for the Nerf line toys from 2007 to 2012.

“In the arbitration we got everything we asked for,” said Atlanta attorney Leigh Baier. “The arbitrator ruled totally in Lonnie’s favor.” The attorney also said Johnson “is very pleased” with the outcome.

Johnson could not be reached for comment Wednesday, nor could Pawtucket, RI.-based Hasbro.

The arbitration agreement resolves a 2001 inventors dispute in which Hasbro agreed to pay Johnson royalties for products covered by his Nerf line of toys, specifically the N-Strike and Dart Tag brands, King & Spalding attorney Ben Easterlin said.

In a separate breach of contract suit filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta in February, Johnson accuses Hasbro of violating a 1996 agreement to pay him Super Soaker royalties of 2 percent for “three-dimensional products” based on the appearance of the toy and 1 percent for “two-dimensional visual representations.”

The suit says Hasbro sold water guns that were “visually similar and based upon the appearance of Super Soaker water guns that incorporate Johnson’s technology.” Johnson also wanted the court to force Hasbro to open its books to determine sales of Super Soaker products from 2006 to 2012.

Johnson, a nuclear engineer, Tuskegee University Ph.D. and former NASA scientist, founded his company in 1989. It was the same year he first licensed the Super Soaker, which generated more than $200 million in retail sales two years later, the company said. The toy was licensed to Larami Corp., which was later purchased by Hasbro.

Johnson holds more than 80 patents, with more than 20 pending, the company said, which said sales of the Super Soaker have approached nearly $1 billion.

As an Alabama high school senior, Johnson finished building a remote-controlled robot with a reel-to-reel tape player for a brain and jukebox solenoids controlling its pneumatic limbs, according to a 2008 profile in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

After graduating from Tuskegee he joined the Air Force, worked at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory at Sandia, worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Observer project, among others. He also helped design the Cassini robot probe that flew 740 million miles to Saturn

.He moved to Atlanta in 1990 before his Super Soaker invention made him wealthy. His inventions have included rechargeable battery technology and thermodynamic energy conversion technology.

12716-business-pix-1Milwaukee children to receive free dental exams this Saturday, Jan. 30

Who: 38 Greater Milwaukee Dental Association dentists, along with 200+ other volunteers (dental hygienists and assistants, dental and hygiene students and other helpers) will provide dental exams, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments to children (ages 3 to 16) from low-income families facing barriers to oral health care.

Value of care provided on screening day and during subsequent treatment appointments valued at $50,000.

Children must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.

What: 14th annual Give Kids A Smile® Screening Day 

When: Saturday, Jan. 30 from 7:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Marquette University School of Dentistry, 1801 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee (enter from the south side of the building)

Contacts: Prior to Saturday – WDA Communications and Public Relations Coordinator Emily Bultman, 414-755-4110(direct).

Onsite at MUSOD – GKAS® Co-Chair Dr. Cheska Avery-Stafford, 773-331-6422 (cell), GKAS® Co-Chair Dr. Kisha Arif-Holmes, 219-741-1687(cell) or GKAS® Committee member Dr. Estella Irelan, 231-613-5069 (cell).


012015-business--pix-1Oro cierra con pérdida de 0.21 por ciento

En la jornada de este martes el oro cerró con una pérdida de 0.21 por ciento, al vender de en mil 86.62 dólares por onza, luego de que los indicadores económicos de China estuvieron en línea con las expectativas del mercado impulsando la demanda por activos más riesgosos.

De acuerdo con Banco Base, en lo que va del año el precio del oro ha mostrado una recuperación debido al incremento en la demanda por activos refugio, derivado de la desaceleración económica en China.

Por ello, las presiones deflacionarias a la economía de Estados Unidos impulsadas por los bajos precios de los energéticos, han ocasionado un incremento en las expectativas sobre un menor número de alzas en las tasas de referencia por parte de la Reserva Federal (Fed).

Así, la plata avanzó 0.54 por ciento al ofrecerse en 14.02 dólares por onza, mientras que el cobre incrementó 0.84 por ciento al ubicarse en cuatro mil 414.75 dólares por tonelada métrica, ante la publicación de los datos económicos de China.

Durante 2015 el PIB de China creció 6.9 por ciento, lo cual sugiere que la economía del país se encuentra mejor de lo anticipado por el mercado y se espera que el gobierno chino otorgue estímulos económicos a los mercados financieros.

Ello, aunque los precios de los metales industriales continuarán presionados a la baja ante cualquier señal de un debilitamiento en la demanda china.

Por su parte el aluminio perdió 0.47 por ciento, al quedar en mil 482.25 dólares por tonelada métrica, y el plomo aumentó 1.44 por ciento al cotizarse en mil 634.50 dólares por tonelada métrica.

En el mercado energético internacional, el crudo Brent del Mar del Norte avanzó 1.09 por ciento al ofertarse en 28.86 dólares por barril, y el West Texas Intermediate (WTI) bajó 3.40 por ciento al venderse en 28.42 dólar.

11316-business-pix-2AT&T Lanza Un Nuevo Plan Ilimitado

DALLAS – AT&T comienza el Año Nuevo con una nueva oferta de datos móviles ilimitados para los suscriptores nuevos y actuales del servicio de TV que gustan ver sus videos favoritos y programas de TV de casi cualquier lugartelevisión en todos lados. A partir de mañana, los clientes nuevos y actuales del servicio móvil de AT&T que ya tengan o añadan AT&T DIRECTV® o AT&T U-Verse TV podrán obtener el nuevo Plan Ilimitado de AT&T, que ofrece a clientes más datos móviles para la posibilidad de hacer más streaming de videos, juegos y navegar por Internet en sus equipos móviles.

El nuevo Plan Ilimitado de AT&T incluye datos ilimitados así como llamadas y mensajes de texto ilimitados. Los clientes pueden obtener el Plan Ilimitado de AT&T con un smartphone por $100 al mes. Se cobra $40 al mes por cada smartphone adicional, y el cuarto smartphone se puede añadir sin costo adicional*

El nuevo Plan Ilimitado de AT&T es la primera de varias ofertas de video y servicio móvil integradas que la compañía planea anunciar en 2016. Además, AT&T planea lanzar una amplia gama de opciones de entretenimiento en video más adelante este año.

Si usted está suscripto al servicio de DIRECTV o U-Verse TV pero no al servicio móvil de AT&T, por un tiempo limitado, podrá recibir $500 en créditos cuando se cambie al Plan Ilimitado de AT&T con un intercambio elegible que califique, y comprar un smartphone enAT&T NextSM. Asimismo, si es un cliente del servicio móvil de AT&T, pero no está suscripto al servicio de DIRECTV, podrá añadir un paquete de televisión empezando por tan solo $19.99 al mes por 12 meses, con un contrato de 24 meses.

“Nuestro nuevo plan ilimitado es nuestra mejor oferta hasta la fecha. Es la recompensa perfecta para nuestros apreciados clientes a quienes les gusta aprovechar nuestras ofertas integradas de servicio móvil y TV”, señaló Ralph de la Vega, Ejecutivo Principal de AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions. “El tráfico de contenido en video continúa creciendo en nuestra red más rápidamente que nunca antes, debido a que las personas quieren ver su contenido de video favorito en sus equipos favoritos.”

“Tenemos el contenido que los consumidores quieren, lo hacemos llegar a los equipos que desean y lo estamos haciendo fácil que consuman todo lo que quieran,” dijo. “Además, tendrán una experiencia de alta calidad de video desde el principio. Sin compromisos en la calidad del video.”

También puede añadir equipos adicionales al plan. Por ejemplo, agregue un smartphone o un tablet por $40 al mes o $10 por un smartwatch. Si no necesita datos móviles ilimitados para su tablet, puede tomar ventaja de nuestro nuevo plan de tablet de 1GB por $10 al mes, exclusivamente para clientes en el Plan Ilimitado de AT&T. 

PLAN ILIMITADO DE AT&T

Tipo de Dispositivo

Tarifa Mensual de Acceso Por Dispositivo

1er Smartphone

$100

Smartphones Adicionales

(Cuarta línea gratis después del crédito en la factura)

• $40

Tablets

• $40 (o $10 por 1GB)

Relojes

• $10

Télefonos Básicos/de mensajes

• $25

Determinados dispositivos conectados

• $10

5Precio por SELECT™ Package, valido hasta 1/27/16. Después de 12 meses, la tarifa predominante por paquetes básicos aplica (actualmente $49.99/mes por SELECT) a menos que sea cancelado o cambiado por el cliente antes del final del periodo promocional. Algunas ofertas podrían no estar disponibles mediante todos los medios y en áreas selectas.

6Plan no disponible en las Islas Vírgenes de EE.UU. Requiere Plan Ilimitado de AT&T. Si no es elegible, AT&T lo cambiará a un plan de datos para tablets AT&T DataConnect con 250 MB de datos por mes y el cargo actual por el plan de $14.99 al mes más impuestos y cargos que apliquen, y cargos por sobreuso de $14.99 por 250 MB. Vea https://www.att.com/esupport/article.html#!/wireless/KM1044844para detalles sobre DataConnect plan. Restricciones adicionales aplican. Vea att.com/unlimitedplan para detalles.

Como un beneficio adicional, al combinar sus facturas del servicio móvil de AT&T y de DIRECTV o U-verse, ahorrará $10 adicionales por mes.

Los clientes del Plan Ilimitado de AT&T también tienen la opción de añadir llamadas y mensajes de texto ilimitados, además de 1GB de datos para el Internet móvil roaming de alta velocidad en México.

El Plan Ilimitado de AT&T podría estar disponible por tiempo limitado. 

010616-business-pix-1Sargento Foods Inc. Hiring

Sargento Foods Inc. expects to fill 165 new positions this year, in addition to filling about 130 positions due to turnover. CEO Louie Gentineannounced the growth at an event in Sheboygan County focusing on new efforts the county’s economic development group is taking to help companies fill job openings. Many of those positions will open up after employees retire after more than 30 years with the company, said spokeswoman Portia Young.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in the last five years,” Young said. “We’re one of the top national brands and we’re following our plan for growth.”

The new positions will include 120 new manufacturing jobs. Sargento currently has expansion projects underway at three of its Wisconsin facilities, which will help accommodate some of the new employees. There are no current plans for expansion at the Plymouth headquarters, but in 2015 Sargento announced expansions at the Kiel, Elkhart Lake and Hilbert locations. Elkhart Lake was the company’s original headquarters in the 1950s, and it now serves as the technical center for engineering, research and development.

Some of those expansions have room to accommodate several hundred additional employees over the next five years, in line with the company’s strategic planning. Sargento currently employs 1,800, and has net sales of more than $1 billion.

Can Anything Slow Technology’s Job Takeover?

The rapid advance of technological innovations that make everyday tasks simpler and faster also comes with a downside.

Such progress continues to be a threat to jobs as companies learn they can be more efficient and cost effective if they let robots and computer software perform tasks traditionally handled by humans.

“The reality is that technology is eliminating many jobs through automation at a rate too fast for society to adjust,” says William Meisel, a technology analyst, entrepreneur and author of “Technically Dead” (www.thesoftwaresociety.com), a mystery with technological themes.

“Mandating higher wages by increasing the minimum wage, as some politicians have suggested, doesn’t address the core economic problem. It can even make things worse by encouraging more automation.”

A better solution, Meisel says, is for the government to craft a mechanism that would encourage companies to create, rather than eliminate, jobs. He suggests a potential answer is an “automation tax” that would be part of the corporate taxes companies pay and would give them an incentive to keep humans employed.

“The amount that companies are taxed would be based on the ratio of employees to company revenue,” Meisel says. “A company that has high revenue relative to the number of employees would pay a higher tax than a company that uses more people to generate the same revenue.”

Unprofitable companies and small companies could be excluded from the tax, he says, and rates on other taxes, such as profits, could be lowered to generate the same amount of revenue.

“Companies might be tempted to fight such legislation, especially if they would face higher taxes, but I would argue that they could come out ahead,” Meisel says. “People with jobs are consumers. When the number of jobs declines or average income declines, those consumers buy less. That hurts the overall economy.”

At the moment, though, worldwide trends point toward industrial robots becoming even more commonplace and jobs for humans less so, according to a recent Boston Consulting Group analysis that looked at 21 industries in the world’s top 25 leading manufacturing export economies.

The analysis determined that about 1.4 million industrial robots are in use around the world today, but that could grow to 4 million in the next decade.

“I do worry about job-killing robots,” Meisel says. “But that’s not the only concern when it comes to technology replacing people.”

He points out that a recent Wall Street Journal article said just 9 percent of American jobs are in manufacturing, so robots might not be as great a threat to jobs in the U.S. as they are in some other countries.

A greater problem, Meisel says, is that technologies such as speech-recognition software are automating jobs that previously required humans to converse with other humans.

“Jobs that required understanding human speech, such as call-center agents and medical transcriptionists, are being replaced by software,” Meisel says. “Trends like that are why we need to understand that our current economic doldrums aren’t just a cycle that will correct itself.”

That point is reinforced by research by the McKinsey Global Institute, which suggests that 45 percent of activities people are paid to perform can be automated by adapting current technologies. That represents about $2 trillion in annual wages in the U.S. The research further indicated that if technologies can achieve a median level of human ability to process and understand natural language, an additional 13 percent of activities could be automated.

“A full recovery requires our leaders to recognize that over-automation is a fundamental issue that needs to be addressed,” Meisel says. “Otherwise, we will continue the downward spiral of fewer well-paying jobs.”