<![CDATA[Talking Business - Business Column & Blogs | The Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/ en-us Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:01:14 CDT http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:01:14 CDT Talking Business 60 Marvin Carolina Jr.: How to set the right price http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article30599454.html#storylink=rss When setting price, do you track everything that goes into your product or service? You should. Setting price can be difficult, but it must be done. And if it’s done correctly, your business is likely to prosper.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Three characteristics of successful small-business owners http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article29666110.html#storylink=rss Successful small-business owners are as different in personality as they are in appearance. Some of them are risk-takers and some are risk-averse. Some organized and some not. But from years of observing and training business owners across the country, I have found that successful small-business owners do share three characteristics.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:32:08 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: You deserve a raise; put yourself on the payroll http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699693.html#storylink=rss You have spent long hours getting your business started, and you continue to work long hours to ensure it runs smoothly. You deserve to be well paid for the work you do, so pay yourself what you are worth. There is another reason, though, for doing so. It is good business.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: What is your business worth? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699612.html#storylink=rss If you have no plans of selling your business, when you retire you will need to replace the income you receive from your business with another income stream. Or you may intend to sell but no time soon. Whether you plan to sell in the near future, in the distant future, or not at all, I suggest running your business as if you intend to sell it. So you have to know what it is worth.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Is inefficiency stealing from your business? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25345699.html#storylink=rss Inefficiency hurts your business in several ways: It increases costs, reduces profits and makes your business less competitive. Here are several steps you can take to root it out.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Setting goals will help get your business where you want it to go http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article24008428.html#storylink=rss Highly effective people set goals. As a small-business owner you should set goals and communicate them to your employees.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Assess your skills, and know the skills you need to succeed in business http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article23581222.html#storylink=rss To succeed in business, you need to choose an industry you’re ideally suited for. Inventory your skills and those needed for success, and hire good people to cover any of your skill gaps.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:13:13 CDT

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Debra Berlyn: The need for chip and PIN cards http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article23506309.html#storylink=rss Rising data and identity theft call for more secure technologies. Chip and PIN equipped cards are embedded with microchips that encrypt each point-of-sale transaction and require a unique four-digit code to be entered, eliminating the possibility of a thief forging a signature or counterfeiting stolen credit card information.

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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 11:37:02 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article23506309.html
Marvin Carolina Jr.: What’s your business grade? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article21069063.html#storylink=rss To be an A grade business, you have to be a top performer in five key areas. Try this system to grade your business.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 06:32:50 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: Middle class pays too high a price for corporations moving jobs to repressive countries http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article20980857.html#storylink=rss Why do we let companies shift good jobs to countries that don’t share our democratic values and pay their workers low wages without labor protections?

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:41:07 CDT

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Christopher Coursen: Republican Internet bill is a compromise worth making http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article20302479.html#storylink=rss The FCC decision to regulate the Internet in the interest of Net Neutrality is bound to hurt consumers and innovation. But a bill advanced by Sen. John Thune is a good alternative and could give moderate Democrats such as Sen. Claire McCaskill a chance to collaborate on useful legislation.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 01:00:00 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Business owners must keep pace with technology to succeed http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article19127814.html#storylink=rss As a small-business owner, if you want to stay ahead of the competition — or even keep pace — you must find ways to operate more effectively and more efficiently. Technology helps do both.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:27:19 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: If you like to ponder over provocative questions, here’s a bunch http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article17945729.html#storylink=rss Is Warren Buffett going to buy up everything? Aren’t business executives more powerful than politicians? Why can’t you go to the doctor’s office on the weekend?

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:29:46 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: No, Yellen is not going to kill the recovery http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article16374773.html#storylink=rss With the health of the economic recovery at stake, we shouldn’t worry about rapid-fire interest rate increases from the Fed. But it must start the voyage toward normal rates and begin winding down its historically high balance sheet.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:30:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article16374773.html
Keith Chrostowski: Utilities are flipping switches to avoid the solar power ‘death spiral’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article13863797.html#storylink=rss Electric companies worry that as consumers adopt residential solar, their traditional customers will be left to foot more of the cost of maintaining the grid. So they’re finding ways to make solar users chip in. Despite the concerns, KCP&L is embracing the turn to solar power.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:33:11 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: Asia-Pacific trade treaty is about to set off a big fight in Congress http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article11199995.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:17:23 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article11199995.html
Keith Chrostowski: Too many corporations are careless about securing our online data http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article9814676.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 11:36:02 CST By Keith Chrostowski

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Keith Chrostowski: For marketers — and politicians — free is simply another word http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article8975048.html#storylink=rss Be careful when somebody tells you something is free. Marketers and politicians are usually just trying to pull a fast one.

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Mon, 02 Feb 2015 22:43:23 CST http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article8975048.html
Scott M. Dougan: IRA, 401(k) rules have changed for 2015 http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article8184276.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:08:55 CST

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Gary Miller: Selling your business could be tough; here are some tips http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/article6173037.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 22:25:17 CST By GARY MILLER

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Keith Chrostowski: U.S. economy is finally on its way to health http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article6100749.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:42:21 CST

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Matt Kayrish: As technology and consumer demands expand, can Apple keep up? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article5435229.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 05 Jan 2015 07:30:06 CST

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Keith Chrostowski: The absolutely, positively best quotes of 2014 http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article4818513.html#storylink=rss 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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Mon, 22 Dec 2014 15:01:25 CST

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Ward A. Katz and Jerry Miller: Rapid apartment construction offers pitfalls, opportunities http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article4507705.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:25:54 CST

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David Cook: KC workforce is solid, but better-tailored education can pay off http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article4507769.html#storylink=rss "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.

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Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:30:34 CST By DAVID COOK

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Keith Chrostowski: On productivity, the Germans have the right formula http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article4229613.html#storylink=rss When Germans work, they work. Shorter workweeks and good social benefits, including family leave, keep productivity high and the country’s economy chugging.

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Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:06:03 CST

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Keith Chrostowski: Young people aren’t saving, but don’t panic http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article3980530.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:45:34 CST By Keith Chrostowski

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Floyd Norris: Confusing numbers invite doubt of the government http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article3790653.html#storylink=rss 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.

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:25:49 CST

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Keith Chrostowski: Book by KC area author opens eyes about flaws in U.S. health care system http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article3412271.html#storylink=rss Strategist and consultant John Leifer explores 10 myths consumers should be aware of and contends that Obamacare ‘simply opened the funnel wider allowing more people into a desperately broken system.’

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 23:17:15 CDT By Keith Chrostowski

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Gary Miller: Strategic planning creates platform for business success http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article3412292.html#storylink=rss “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.

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