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Hard Times for Start-ups: The market meltdown has made investors skittish about new ventures

Full Text: Five minutes. All he has is five minutes to pitch his product. “I’m Dr. Michael Wells and I am the CEO of Protevia Incorporated,” he begins. Standing in a spotlight’s glare on the Second City Theatre stage in … Continue reading

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Software Group Aims to Help Ed. Tech. Startups Grow

Full Text: New York — Software developer Bob Runyan thinks he invented a pretty good educational game, judging by the 200,000 copies of Real Lives that have been downloaded from his Web site. But the Californian was a bit discouraged … Continue reading

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United Air’s unions offer plan to save billion a year

Full Text: Hoping to steer United Airlines away from a bankruptcy protection filing, the company’s five unions presented executives last night with a long-awaited proposal to save $1 billion a year in labor costs for five years. The proposal was … Continue reading

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Built for success: a first-year survival guide for small businesses

Full Text: Launching your own business can be an exciting prospect. But the road to success is filled with many roadblocks. According to Statistics Canada, 20% of small businesses fail within their first year, and only 72% of all new … Continue reading

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Empowering government

Abstract: Pres Clinton’s plan to help business development through Empowerment Zones will begin with $3.5 billion in funding for nine of them. The problem is that his plan is nothing more than another government subsidized spending package that will not … Continue reading

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Universities generate ideas, support for K-12 startup companies; Minnesota program launches company for early learning

Full Text: For 15 years, the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development researched the essential skills needed for preschool children to be ready for kindergarten. That research eventually became the framework for IGDIs, a university-funded set of … Continue reading

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Rejean Lepage

Full Text: Rejean Lepage was doing 3D computer graphics for a Saskatoon-based manufacturer of steel-frame buildings when he started to worry that he was turning into a couch potato. So he got out of his chair, quit his job and … Continue reading

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Gossip sells the goods: celebrities and the paparazzi are now in the business plan

Full Text: Before last Wednesday, few people had heard of plainmary.com, a website selling posh baby gear. By week’s end, the site had more than two million hits and had received orders from as far away as Dubai. Credit a … Continue reading

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The zen of ignoring the stock market

Full Text: At the very height of the dot-com boom, in the summer of 2000, I was working for a business wire service, and one of the most important jobs in the office was the daily stock market story. Two … Continue reading

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A civil rights bill for workers

Full Text: With forty-seven sponsors in the Senate, including seven Republicans, and an apparently solid majority of House supporters, the Civil Rights Act of 1990 now seems likely to clear the House Judiciary Committee easily and survive floor fights during … Continue reading

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