Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

First, they really expected a Bush supported emergency bank bailout plan to just walk down the isles in the House. I’m sorry, but hasn’t the Bush administration been talking about the strength of the economy for the last several months? Years even? Given that they had their heads up their asses or were completely lying about the situation, why should be believe in any urgency about the bailout. Seeing as how they were completely wrong about the state of the economy for at least the last 18 months (the largest bank in the world – WAMU – doesn’t fail overnight folks), why are they suddenly right about the economy?

Then, this morning I read this article about a large slide in the manufacturing index. This should have been a no-brainer. If businesses can’t get money from their banks, they tap their other resource for capital: inventory. It’s a pretty simple business concept. Sell inventory and turn it into cash. Most businesses that sell products operate like this. Somehow, this is a foreign concept to the folks on Wall Street? Of course, in normal economic conditions businesses reinvest that revenue back into inventory. But if your bank is holding you by the gonads, you don’t buy more inventory. You keep the cash.

Good thing the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

I’m just saying…

Sure, he wants to clean up Wall Street, but the fundamentals of the economy are strong? Really?

That’s like saying the fundamentals of your small business is doing just fine right after your QuickBooks database got corrupt and you don’t have a backup since 2004.

Often cited as having a better grip on economic issues, Barrack Obama surprisingly proposed a $50 million subsidy for big oil on Monday. Where have you spent your tax rebate check? My guess is that you’ve spent it (will spend it) at the gas pump. Guess who is making the money on higher gas prices? It isn’t your local (independently owned and operated) gas station. Obama tears into McCain for offering up a gas tax holiday (yes, a stupid idea), but his proposal to expand the tax refunds is no different: a subsidy for big oil.

How about we get politicians offering up real economic solutions. Solutions that are going to create more jobs rather than get us to spend more money on gas and useless crap from Walmart. How about some financial incentives for anyone who wants to solar panel their house! How about some tax credits for small businesses and entrepreneurs who are the heart of the American economy! What about spending that $50 million on helping people start or grow their businesses! Give me some real fiscal stimulus, Obama, not some watered-down version of McCain’s gas tax holiday.

Communism has gotten hold of lawmakers in New York! This isn’t McCarthy style scare tactics folks, this is the real deal. One the surface, people might be thinking that the whole Amazon Tax thing is no big deal. Amazon might win, probably, perhaps, hopefully, right?

Think again!

New York is attacking the constitution of the United States. Furthermore, they are expecting our businesses to foot the bill for the constitutional challenge. Our businesses are going to have to pay to prove that our constitution protects us from the economic greed of lawmakers like those in New York. Yes, our businesses are footing the bill. I say New York should have to repay Amazon for ALL legal expenses if Amazon wins the lawsuit against New York. That should keep idiot lawmakers from abusing the power that we gave them!

Today gives me yet another day to gloat about the idiotic college professor I had years ago at Strayer University (yes, avoid this college. It is a waste of time and money). The CEO of Dow Chemical borrowed a page straight out of my economic philosophy and is proving that energy based inflation is a reality, not some idea that deserves a B on my term paper. Dow is going to raise their prices immediately by up to 20%

If you’re asking “Who the hell is Dow? Isn’t that a stock exchange?” Check the back of half the cleaning supplies you have in your house and ask just about every company in America where they receive a good portion of their supplies from! They don’t just make scrubbing bubbles America!

Dow is just the start too. Energy based inflation starts here. Energy prices increase, putting pressure on businesses to either cut profits or slow down. Traditional economist, aka most college professors, will tell you that energy prices will come back down and everyone will be happy. However, in the real world this doesn’t and didn’t happen over the last 10 years. The result is that every company in America (except big energy, and miraculously Walmart) is being squeezed to the brink of no ability to make a profit or even be productive at any level.

There is a solution. It isn’t cheap, but it wouldn’t cost any more than the failed tax rebate of 2008. This solution would provide a long-term solution to the energy crisis in America and heavily stimulate the US economy while building the infrastructure needed.

Where have all those “tax rebates” gone? Hats off to anyone who spends it on anything other than energy.

On Earth Day, I was able to get a brief moment with George Bush to Interview him about his new environmental plan. I’ll be airing it on my Radio Show tomorrow on BlogTalkRadio.com. Of course, the show is one hour long and the interview was only about 2 1/2 minutes, so I need to make sure that I have something else on the show. But I really do have an Interview with George Bush about his environmental plan that you don’t want to miss.

Dean and I will be talking with womentrepreneurs who started their successful businesses in each of these fields this Saturday morning!

Dean and Jared are very excited about the three guests on this week’s Dean and Jared Words Cause Radio Show here on BlogTalkRadio.com. We have three incredible women who have taken their passion and flipped it on it’s side to generate great business opportunities, not just for them but for hundreds of people!

We all remember Yankee Doodle Dandy, but what’s the story behind Yankee Doodle Dandy? And why is he on a Harley?!?

Writer and Producer of a 17-minute promotional documentary on Yankee Doodle Dandy, Suzy Goodman-Pollack, joins Dean and Jared on this Saturday’s Show! More than just a character promoting genius, Suzy is an incredibly successful womentrepreneur. She runs several businesses, including Creative Balloons Mfg. Inc., a family owned and operated business-to-business company that manufactures balloons and accessories that are sold worldwide! She has literally created opportunity out of thin air!

Then, we’ll be chatting with co-founder of of Internet darling PassPack: Tara Kelly. Learn how Tara took an art school education and turned it into a vision to survivie the brutal startup landscape. Handling all the social aspects of the business, from sales to marketing to PR, she’s one of the womentrepreneurs of Web 2.0!

PassPack is an online password manager giving users secure access to their personal web account from any Internet connection, while also encouraging better password habits. It makes it easier for you to safely forget your passwords! It’s a web application that stores your passwords so that no one can read them but you – not even PassPack. How do they do it? You’ll have to listen live to hear.

Tara will also be our second international guest in as many weeks! Last week’s womentrepreneur show featured the founder of Soul at Work in Amsterdam, Marianne Korten. Tara has been in Rome for the last 10 years. We’ll be sure to ask her if they missed the Pope last week.

But WAIT!!! There’s more!

We’ll also be chatting with the founder of Dancehelp.com, Christine Schambera. Dancehelp.com, a free online dance publication that offers original, unique articles on everything dance. Articles range from nutrition, performance and technique, to stage lighting, chorography and dance history. Dancehelp also offers employment and audition listings, chat forums, dance photos and videos, product reviews, press releases, dance dictionaries, biographies, as well as dance event information and original dance reviews on dance events in Southern California.

Albert Einstein once stated, “Dancers are the athletes of God”. Dean and Jared are excited about having Christine on the show. We’re hoping that Dean ends up with some dance lessons out of this show!

Be sure to catch us LIVE this Saturday, April 26, 2008 @ 10AM Pacific. Of course, if you ever missed a show, you can always subscribe via iTunes or your favorite feed reader. Check out WordsCause.com for more details!

I know, the pervs were probably expecting some pictures of scantily clad women. For that, you should go here. For the rest of you, Dean and I had four incredibly amazing women on the Dean and Jared Words Cause Radio Show yesterday.

Laura and Lori have teamed up to provide amazing technological advancements in the health care industry.

Marianne quit a cushy job of 16 years to start her own business.

Rebekah is a mother of three boys, a wife of 17 years to a veteran, and the founder of more than half a dozen resources for health information.

How do they all do it? Click here to read a little bit more information about Laura, Lori, Marianne, and Rebekah.

What inspired them to go beyond their comfort zones? Listen to the Dean and Jared Words Cause Radio Show to find out!

I’ve been spending a lot of time researching PPC search engine Internet marketing techniques over the last several months. The truth is that I’ve dabbled in Internet marketing for years, but I was never part of an hundred million dollar Internet marketing campaign. Print, on the other hand… Print, I’ve generated more than $60 million from print marketing over the last 3 and a half years. Much of that print has driven Internet results, which means that I need to know enough about Internet marketing to be dangerous!

One of the things I love about my side job as a radio host for the WordsCause Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com is that I get to interview great people! This Saturday, I get to interview the guy behind the very successful Internet marketing campaigns of Jdate, True.com, and several other successful Internet companies in highly competitive fields: Patrick Thona.

Patrick has been working in the Internet marketing business for many years and has many successes under his belt with both PPC and organic traffic. His latest endeavor is an online petition website. He’ll be sharing some simple, yet powerful, secrets to his trade that we’ll all be able to put to use in our own online marketing efforts. Catch the Internet Talk Radio broadcast on BlogTalkRadio.com this Saturday at 10AM Pacific.

Economists have fascinated me for decades, so much so that I actually when to school for a degree in economics. After years of bogus economic theory after bogus economic theory, I was still in the game. That’s until I predicted that a steady increase in the cost of energy would send the US Economy into an unprecedented type of economic turmoil. I called it Energy Based Inflation in my paper, and subsequently received my first B on a term paper in college.

I even came up with a solution to Energy Based Inflation. Yet, to date, I still see economists following the same failed economic concepts being taught while I was going to school.

Yahoo published an Associated Press article about recent slashing of jobs. The article indicated that a growing number of economists were starting to believe that we were in a recession.

Here is a bit of news to economists: We’ve been in a recession since at least 4th quarter of 2007. The collapse of the financial market is due to the fact that we financed the recession via our properties, equity, and homes. The Federal Reserve resisted the idea of being in a recession during 2007, and took no action to curb the debt spending taking place. By the 4th quarter, there was no longer any equity in our property and the market began collapsing.

At this point, there is very little that the Fed or the Whitehouse can do to turn this situation around quickly. Prices on homes have plunged so much that it has exacerbated the debt situation. Lowering interest rates won’t provide an immediate relief because the prices are too low. It will act more as a tourniquet against the virtual free fall of property value.

If we can fix our economic education system, we can fix the problem long-term. Until we stop teaching the antiquated and failed economic theory of the last 30 years, we’ll repeat the same mistakes.

Packet8 phones in my home office! Alright! This weekend, I purchase two Packet8 phones from Office Depot. These systems looked great. I could simply set them up and use my phone service anywhere I took my digital phone adapter (or virtual office adapter as they call it). They have a virtual auto attendant, extensions… You name it, Packet8 has it.

I had talked with a rep at their company just a few days beforehand. She was very convincing. Sounded like a great product. AND they had a special running at Office Depot! I checked out the closest Office Depot to me, but they were all sold out. So, I hoped online and found the next closest location. “Call in advance when you are going to drive 20 mile for something,” my mom would always say.

They had it! I was excited! I was going to get one of the most state of the art small business office voip systems on the face of the planet: Packet8! Who’s rockin’ the small business world now!?! I trek out to the Office Depot and trek all the way back. I was practically salivating! These Packet8 phones look so cool. The virtual office concept makes remote business operations a reality. I can just picture myself in Hawaii, running my business on the beach while I’m using my Packet8 phone.

I pull out the phone, the cords, the cables, the phone adapter… It was like Christmas in March. I pull out the activation instructions. No way! It can’t be this easy. Just visit http://activate.packet8.net and type in the MAC address on the phone adapter unit. Then follow the instructions? Are you guys serious? I love the Internet. The world just got so much easier… Or did it???

When I went to activate the systems via the instructions in the box, I received an error:

Packet8 Small Business VOIP

I call up their tech support and the guy initially has no idea what I’m talking about. Apparently, Packet8 hasn’t been selling a whole lot of systems through retail chains like Office Depot. Maybe this is why! The Packet8 voip systems don’t work.

I’m a fair man though. I’ll give them a chance. I’ll let them sort through the issues and call me back on Monday. Their technical support traces back the units to… NOWHERE! They don’t have either unit in their system. Yes, you followed the story correctly. They sold me not 1 but *2* Packet8 Virtual Office units that were “not in their system”.

Then they told me that I could always return the items to Office Depot and purchase the units directly from them. So, make some money selling junk to Office Depot on wholesale, get me salivating over the phones, and then pull as fast one and get me to purchase directly from Packet8? I think not.

Hello! Office Depot? I have two pieces of junk I purchased from your other store very far away and don’t want to drive another 20 miles to return. Can I return that garbage voip system to you? Yes, I do have the receipt. Excellent! I’ll return these Packet8 junk piles right after I finish posting on WordPress!