We have all seen the reports this year about various hacking groups getting into large banks and other publicly held companies computers. This happens on a daily basis to smaller companies who may not have the high level of security on their websites and servers. Most companies are able to afford business network support that is typically from outside vendors because of the changing risks that take place when you have your company online. I was reading some interesting statistics from the National Archives & Records Administration in Washington where they have shown that approx. 60% of companies who have their data lost will cease to exist within 6 months. The most recent it outsourcing statistics also point to the fact that over 90% of companies that lose their data for more than 10 days will eventually file for bankruptcy within a year of the disaster.
It is now earnings season and we are getting a inside look into some of the most successful companies in 2011 and how they are doing against shareholder expectations. The most notable sectors that are being reported this week and next are tech companies and the banks. The banks have been under the microscope on how they have been managing their assets and mortgage debts. The tech companies like Google and Apple have been a mixed bag of results and their stock has reflected these issues. All these large companies have separate departments for keeping documents around sales, acquisitions, and financial information. Whether you are storing IPO documents due to a recent stock announcement having a solution that is accessible and secure is critical to business success. This allows you to share your documents with business partners and potential investors on as needed basis helping you get business done faster. It is vital that these financial documents and customers database be protected and we have seen that not even the largest of companies are immune from data loss and breach of systems. So no matter if you are a high tech giant or SEO consultant that does business on the internet having partners that will help identify potential weak spots in your companies online security can be a huge life saver.
Today’s tuition for both public and private colleges continue to climb and it puts parents in a challenging situation on how to pay for college. There are numerous scholarships available and if your kids happens to be talented enough then an athletic scholarship may help pay the way. For the majority of kids the one factor they do have control over is their grades. That is what an Online tutoring resource that your kids can access and get help with math,history, or even English questions is sure to be a huge advantage. Kids today in high school can start taking college level classes that will apply to their overall degree which can be a huge savings for the parents and lead to academic scholarships. Using online tools to get some extra help when you do not have access to teachers and school resources can help your kids get their homework done and give them the confidence and knowledge to stay ahead in class. At TutorHub.com they offer a community of tutors that will help answer questions and you can see those questions live on the front page. If you need more individual coaching there are reasonable rates to help you with your specific subject. As of this posting they had 112 registered tutors and over 1400 students using their site. This type of community learning can only help your child excel in school and hopefully help them as they heads towards college.
A well-organized document management system setup around the office can make life easier on everyone where they can convert documents to a more secure format that allows for easier storage and sharing across multiple platforms. There are Document Imaging solutions that enable you to scan your hard copy documents in large batches and have them prepared in a digital format. From the top of the ladder with the company boss or president, all the way down to the working-class of employees, these organized documents can help all who are involved in any company or small business. It may not be too easy getting to the point in which your office is organized, but once you do get there, everyone can see how much better and faster things can run in the 21st century.
The year of 2011 is almost over with and this gives all offices everywhere, a 1 month head start, on getting things right for the start of the new year in 2012.
The 2010 Miss Universe is Jimena Navarrete and she calls Mexico home. A lot of things going on in Mexico these days. From a struggling economy to a rising crime rate, that continues to overwhelm the Mexican Authorities working South of the Border. They have offered up their fare share of fitness models in various contests. Hopefully a new ray of sunlight will now be cast down on this Western Nation as their young lady took top honors in the most recent Miss Universe Pageant; which just about every nation on the Planet had a representative.
The new Miss Universe plans to keep Mexico on her mind. She wants to use her new-found fame to help solve the problems of this struggling nation. If anyone can make a difference in Mexico; then I certainly believe Jimena Navarrete can be that person. She will be a great role model for everyone in Mexico. She will also pave the road for the future teens and young ladies of Mexico; who hope to one day wear the crown, as their very own Miss Mexico and now Miss Universe is doing right now. Some may believe beauty pageants are out-of-date and just plain wrong to do. That is why we are seeing an increase in figure competition shows. Including everything from fitness shows to a bikini competition. I think when you choose the best woman to sport the crown, like in this case with Miss Mexico, I believe so many positive and good things can come from it. At least a lot more positive possibilities exist; which can easily out number all of the bad things that get associated with the outside beauty of these women, who participate in pageants annually. This may lead to more figure models being seen in a different light outside of the main stream beauty pageant shows.
Times are tight, and companies are looking to save money any place possible. A great way to cut costs is to by used, and that includes buying or renting a table top display. The Trade Show Displays cost for some of these elaborate setups can be costly but the amount of business you can potentially gain by being at the even. You can usually work with a vendor that can provide a selection of booths that is second to none, are priced to meet any budget, and are all in like-new shape.
If you’re looking to shave some money from your budget but still need to attend all the major trade shows then plan ahead and don’t wait until the last minute. Last minute shipping and handling costs can adds as much as 30% to the cost of the trade show displays and other trade show items. While you do need to have a professional look when you are at a trade show you do can do it on a budget . You can also get Vinyl Banners to really make your conference space look better than your competitors. So if you are going to take the time and personnel out of the field to be at a trade show or conference then you might as well make the most of the event and make sure that you get noticed.
If you consider all the ways that we have to shop online it can be quite challenging to really find the best deals. With coupon sites, online auctions, and discount sites finding the best deal can be a blast or a total nightmare. If you are going to shop online for this upcoming holiday season why not have some in doing it. At sites like DealFun you can do both and get some great deals on some of the most popular items in electronics like the iPad 2, laptops, and PS3 for up to 95% off retail. They have made penny auctions fun and exciting and even allow you to use your bids that you have placed on item to purchase that item should you not win. And if you are new to the site they even have a bid guarantee that if you do not win anything within the first 24 hours of your first bid then your bids are placed back in your account.
You can view these dealfun.com reviews and see what others are saying. You will start to see DealFun and other sites like them start to show in the national news as the holiday season gets closer. What I have liked about DealFun is that they are open about how the bidding works and provide beginner auctions, past auctions, and great customer service. One of the most valuable tools that you can view is the past auctions. If you are going to bid on a iPad 2 and what to know when and how to bid just look at past auctions and you can get a sense on what people are spending on this item and how many bids it typically takes to win one. So get started today and purchase your bid packs and have fun shopping for your holiday gifts.
Across America various real estate markets are starting to show signs of turning around for overall home value. It is a good sign to home builders like Ashton Woods creating new communities like Phoenix, Austin, and Orlando.They now have energy efficient homes Homes for sale in Phoenix that offer a wide range of features and looks that will appeal to a large base of home buyers. With their focus on offering energy efficient homes that can save most home owners up to 47% off their utilities this can be a huge advantage. I had a chance to check out of their planned communities Laurel Ridge where they offer two story homes with three car garages and great features like vaulted ceilings. Phoenix is a great area to live and offers a lot to do outdoors and year round climate that is sought out by those looking to escape the colder areas.
Don’t Let the Thought of Endless Debt Hold You Back from Going to College
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Many people nowadays don’t attend college for one reason: they don’t want thousands of dollars of debt upon graduation. While college debt is still considered “good debt” because of the opportunities that await after walking across the stage and getting a diploma, many people are still hesitant at going back to college for fear of a lifetime of debt. While in some cases accruing debt during college is unavoidable, there are also many ways to get through college and graduate without owing a cent to the school or the government. If the only thing holding you back from going to college and getting that networking degree is the fear of being in debt when you graduate, check out these ways that you can get through college without accruing massive amounts of debt that may take you years to pay off.
Work, Work, Work
One of the reasons that many people accrue lots of debt during college is because they fail to have a job. Many people simply accept thousands of dollars of student loans and live off them throughout the time they spend in college. This is fine if you are prepared to pay all that money back plus interest when you graduate, but for many it’s not a great option. Having a job (or even multiple jobs) while you’re in college will be tough at first, but once you get into the rhythm of things it will be a piece of cake. Work one job during the school year and pick up an extra job during the summer, and save as much money as you can for when school starts. If you make sacrifices during college, it will pay off in more ways than one; you won’t have piles of debt when you graduate and you’ll have a strong work ethic once you do graduate.
Apply for every single scholarship you can. Applying for scholarships can be tiring and time consuming, especially since many scholarships require personal statements and essays. But the more scholarships you apply for, the more you’ll get; it’s essentially the law of averages. Meet with a counselor to see what scholarships are specific to your major or demographic, as there will likely be some. Your counselor can help you determine the best way to apply for scholarships, and help you make your application stand out. Spend the entire summer before fall term applying for scholarships, and shoot to apply for one each day. You’ll receive lots of denials, but the more you apply for, the better chance you have at getting a scholarship.
What It Is You Want to Study
Often times, going to college can be much more expensive for people who aren’t sure of what it is that they want to major in. That’s because if you set on a major and start taking classes in it, those classes will essentially be useless towards earning your degree when you switch majors. Many people switch majors once in college, so spend your first few years taking your general education requirements so you can be certain of your major once you become an upperclassman. You’ll be throwing dollars away every time you switch your major as an upperclassman, so be certain that what you’re studying is what you want to major in.
I like pizza as much as the next guy but there does come a time when enough is enough. This is what Dallas Cowboy fans can expect when they try to order a pizza this upcoming season. The NFL season is just starting, but the people selling pizzas at the new Cowboy Stadium should be happy (if they get any takers). Even the Nascar fans have their limits on what they will pay for food even if their favorite driver is wearing a decal for that company on their uniform. They will be charging $90 for a pizza to the fans, companies, or organizations that rent out those nice luxury boxes. It’s still not clear what the extra toppings will cost and the $90 will get you a rounded piece of dough with some cheese on it. These high prices don’t stop with the pizza either and beer drinkers may want to drink sodas on football Sundays. A 12 pack of domestic beer will cost patrons about $66 at the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium. Most NFL fans will want to save their money and grab a team jersey. If you’re doing the math at home; then you and a buddy can get a pizza and 6 beers each for about $160! Prices like this should have a lot of Cowboy fans eating before the game and no one should pay $90 for a pizza.
A good seafood restaurant with salad bar and all the beverages you can drink will generally cost under $75 in most parts of the country (this includes Dallas too). Even the Dallas Stars the local NHL team has their limits on what they are charging their fans for tickets and food. Perhaps someone should have told the Dallas Cowboys fans that the new stadium will cost more than a day at Disney theme park and only last you about 4 hours. You could imagine the cost of disneyland tickets if they were to add a billion dollar addition to the park. There are fans that think Tony Romo is not a quarterback that can lead a team into the playoffs alone and his biggest weapon Terrell Owens now calls the Buffalo Bills home. The Cowboys started the year off with two straight losses and they want $90 for a pizza; may reflect how some people tied to the organization has no clue about the current economy or the residents of Dallas. I’m sure a few people could afford these $90 pizzas, but hopefully they will not give-in to these outrageous prices at the new Dallas Cowboy’s sports stadium this year. Texas is famous for their barbeque restaurants which I am sure is available within the stadium, but why they are creating premium priced pizzas is beyond me. If I make any road trips for an NFL game this year, I may just want to see the Buffalo Bills play at home, where I can get $10 Buffalo Wings and get to see a better team too!
With so many people looking for work or rethinking their current career path the job market has gotten much more competitive. In many jobs that are being made available the level of talent is far more qualified than what we were seeing 5-7 years ago. There are career paths that are facing a shortage and in order to be in the right position you need to look understand what options are available. That is why I wanted to do a quick discussion on the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. They are currently taking applications from those that are fresh out of college or looking to make a career change. The area of interest is STEM ( Science, technology, engineering, and math) serving in rural or high-need secondary urban schools. This particular teach grant is available to those in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. The qualified recipients will receive cutting edge education and advanced degree to teach in these areas. You will receive a $30,000 stipend with the understanding that you will teach at least a minimum of three years in an under served area.
The recipients will receive paid preparation, ongoing support from the University they attend, and mentors to help in their ongoing career. This specialized training will prepare you to teach higher level math and science while helping to rewrite and improve upon current curricula. This new model is innovative and can help raise the standard for other teaching certificates to better prepare our students to be more competitive in their continuing education and eventually the work force. There are certain requirements for submitting your application along with final interviews for the top 20-30 finalists. If you are looking to make a career change and have the passion to teach and change lives then the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship may be the right move for you.
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