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Thursday, July 13, 2006

LinkedIn Bloggers Blast Of The Week: eMoms at Home

I have be derelict in my duty as a member of the LinkedIn Bloggers Yahoo Group on participating in the weekly blog boost. Unfortunately, I have missed out on contributing on many of the great sites presented by various LinkedIn members. This week, I am not missing out on the chance to push eMoms at Home for Wendy Piersall in this poorly spell-checked blog post.

eMoms at Home is "a blog for starting, running, and succeeding in your home based business," and it has plenty of tips that any business owner can use. Since she recently went through a hosting and platform change for her blog, we both share a a few headache, and I quickly noted three posts on her bypassing a quick buck now to grow web traffic (brilliant!), ways to keep that traffic coming (also brilliant), and how to actually change your hosting platform for your blog (which I still am having problems with). I'm sure she will do just fine in building up traffic at her new blog home.

- eMoms at Home

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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The New MG: China Invades Under The Guise Of The British Flag

Several Chinese carmakers are on the verge of exporting vehicles to the United States. But the Nanjing Automobile Group has bigger plans. Their planning to export British cars to the United States...and their going to build them in Ardmore Oklahoma!

When we think of the People's Republic of China, we still have a lot to fear that doesn't involve having the largest army in the world. I'm a little more concerned by the fact that the government that puts a near total clamp on information from the outside world and can force some mega companies like Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) to conform or else don't seem to have a much trouble ignoring international copyright laws and make billions on pirated cds, dvds, and software.

But the Chinese people are quickly becoming addicted to Western culture and products in spite of (or maybe because of) restriction, and Chinese businesses are out to prove that they're ready to play on the global stage. After all, it was the Chinese company Lenovo that that became a savior of sorts to the PC innovators at International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), taking their failing PC and laptop business from them.

But back to cars. Nanjing purchased the assets of MG Rover Group from bankruptcy and plans production of a newly designed MG TF Coupe in 2008, to sell for around $20,000 to $25,000. They first plan to reopen the shuttered assembly plant near Birmingham, England and produce MG TF Roadsters for the market in 2007.

- Chinese Company Intends To Build MG's In Oklahoma (New York Times)

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Monday, July 10, 2006

What Can Women Get Away With As 'Professional' Dress?

Jennifer Barnett Reed has an article from last week's Arkansas Times on what should constitute a professional wardrobe for a woman who wants to still look stylish, especially if she's under 40. The article sites a couple of studies and a lot of testimonials from local women in Little Rock about their personal style of dress for work.

A bit of a disclaimer needs to be made here that may solve some confusion. They interview women from two restaurants on President Clinton Ave, down the street from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and the University of Arkansas' Clinton School of Public Service, where the standard uniform for women are tank-tops. Clinton Ave, before they built the Clinton Library there and changed the name, was (and still is) the home to some prominent Downtown business and shops...and a lot of bars. You're just going to have to go along with it. Insert you're own Clinton joke here if it makes you feel better...

The issue on professional dress boils down to youth. Younger women, for various reasons listed, aren't dressing in a way many older professional women consider 'professional.' But they're not getting slammed for their fashion, because part of the problem is women's 'fashion' and a double standard when compared to men's professional 'fashion.

- What's Provocative? (Arkansas Times)

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

The Power Of A Mentor

Penelope Trunk has a column up at Forbes.com that is essentially an interview with Fox News' Alisyn Camerota about how the power of a good mentor can help you not only get your foot in the door, but climb your way to the top.

- Finding A Mentor (Forbes.com)

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