The Trans-Pacific Partnership covers not just trade but other issues shaping the modern economy and raises questions about sovereignty. Both political parties are split over whether to give President Obama “fast track” authority to push the treaty through Congress.
Scores of data breaches — including the latest at Anthem and TurboTax — show that CEOs and chief information officers aren’t spending enough to secure Internet transactions. It’s time for businesses, the government and the tech world to do more to fend off hackers.
Last year’s numbers show solid improvements in many key areas, although stubborn problems such as wage stagnation and tight credit still need to be handled. Bankers just aren’t approving enough loans, even to mortgage applicants with good credit records or entrepreneurs with good ideas and decent collateral.
A time always comes when business owners ask themselves, “Should I begin thinking about selling my business?” Your success depends on your strategic exit plan, deal team selection and timing. And business owners today face four big threats now through 2029 that no other generation has had to face.
Matt Kayrish, a former patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who is based in Olathe, writes: Right now, there is a lot of great engineering out there, and any company that wants to keep its reputation as an innovator is going to have to fight hard for it.
From criticism of Obamacare and Jonathan Gruber, awkward as well as thoughtful comments by politicians to insightful discussion of income inequality, we had a lot to say. The most important quotes for Kansas City and its economy came from Marcelo Claure, the straight-shooting new CEO of Sprint.
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The Kansas City area appears headed for an oversupply of multifamily housing, but owners and investors can take steps to safeguard their business, write Ward Katz and Jerry Miller, the co-founders of Signature/DRS Management LLC who recently combined their companies to provide multifamily management, lease-up and consulting services, as well as investment opportunities to qualified investors.
"To excel, high school graduates will want a two-year associate degree; college graduates will want a master’s degree or other postgraduate education," writes David Cook, the vice chancellor at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park.
With a new year, new rules are in effect for your retirement plans. And the changes for IRAs and 401(k)s plans in 2015 are shaping up to be significant and important to understand, writes Scott M. Dougan, the founder of Global Plains Advisory Group, an independent wealth-management firm in Prairie Village.
Here’s the two-sided nature of the savings rate: We want people to save for the future, but if everyone starts saving a lot of money all at once, what happens? They stop buying things and the economy stalls. Which makes it more difficult to save.
The idea that politicians could force government bureaucrats to fake the statistics, and do so without any leaks, is hard to believe. Such a conspiracy, if it managed to exist for long, would be a marvel of organization. But those who believe in the conspiracy theory also tend to subscribe to the theory that governments are generally incompetent and unable to do anything right. Those two beliefs do not correspond.
“Despite good intentions and major resource commitments, few organizations have strategic planning processes that lead to high-impact business strategies.” writes Gary Miller is the founder and CEO of GEM Strategy Management Inc., a management consulting firm.
“The Midwest is a great place to grow a startup,” writes John Wirtz, a founder of Hudl and its chief product officer. “Just like those who settled the Great Plains, our pool of talented entrepreneurs and innovators continues to explore ways to enhance our lives and pioneer solutions to everyday problems. Pair that with great quality of life, low cost of living and a culture of hard work and you have a pretty fantastic place to start a business.”
Like the Great Depression, the financial implosion of 2008 and the slow recovery will have lasting effects on Americans, especially Baby Boomers now facing less-secure retirements. Perhaps that’s why surveys are finding that despite recent continuing signs of improvement in the economy, Americans are still gloomy.
The community of Kansas City offers a nurturing environment that creates unexplored opportunity,” write Brett Gordon and Pat McCown of McCownGordon Construction, which is marking 15 years in business. “Our hometown has opened doors that we never could have imagined in 1999.”
Lacking sufficient capital to grow is the main constraint for most small and middle market companies. To reach the next level of success, capital is the fuel that drives the company’s growth engine. Without it, reaching that next level is almost impossible.
“As a novelist, I make my living by creating worlds and experiences for my readers,” writes Angie Fox, the author the bestselling “Accidental Demon Slayer” and the “Monster MASH” book series. “I have to say it hurts to see innovators like me under attack.”