Harrowing time to run a small business

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Description: Arlene Dickinson, CEO of Venturepark, talks with Financial Post’s Larysa Harapyn about the struggles of running a small business during the pandemic. Source: FinancialPost.ca/ Youtube.com – video report Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRH-qJ1zFGg Questions for discussion: Summarize the key points presented in this discussion and the recommendations made to small business owners. What… Read more »

Intel’s $20 Billion Ohio Chip Hub Will Be World’s Largest

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Description: Intel Corp. plans to spend $20 billion on a chipmaking hub on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, which the company expects to grow to be the world’s biggest semiconductor-manufacturing site. ​Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Jan 21, 2022 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-01-21/intel-plans-to-spend-20-billion-on-ohio-chipmaking-hub Questions for discussion: Why is Intel building the plant in Ohio? What does this choice suggest about… Read more »

It’s Not ‘Woke’ for Businesses to Think Beyond Profit, BlackRock Chief Says

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Description: Larry Fink’s latest annual letter to corporate America clarifies, and defends, his approach to social and environmental issues at the world’s largest money manager. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 17, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/17/business/dealbook/larry-fink-blackrock-letter.html? Questions for discussion: How would you characterize Larry Fink’s role and influence in the business world? Do you agree with his recommended… Read more »

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

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Description: Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say UPS management is doing to deal with current challenges?… Read more »

‘It’s wild out there’: Employees gain upper hand amid war for talent

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Description: The surge of Omicron cases across Canada is putting employers in a double bind as they struggle to keep businesses afloat with staff away sick, while also keeping existing employees safe and happy amid the so-called great resignation trend. ​Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report Date: Jan 14, 2022 Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/it-s-wild-out-there-employees-gain-upper-hand-amid-war-for-talent-1.1707646 Questions for discussion: What… Read more »

SPOS #809 – Dorie Clark On How To Play The Long Game

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Description: Here it is: Six Pixels of Separation – Episode #809 – Host: Mitch Joel. One of the great pleasures of my professional career has been getting to know Dorie Clark and watching her ascent in the business world. Dorie has been named one of the Top 50 business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, and was recognized as… Read more »

Why Tesla Soared as Other Automakers Struggled to Make Cars

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Description: The yawning disparity between the performance of the electric car company and established automakers last year reflects the technological change roiling the industry. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Jan 08, 2022 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/08/business/teslas-computer-chips-supply-chain.html Questions for discussion: Why was Tesla able to operate better than other automotive manufacturers? Should these companies rethink their supply chain strategies, in… Read more »

Next for the metaverse: convincing you it’s not just for kids

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Description: When a video game company only your kids have heard of goes public at a $38 billion valuation, you pay attention. Source: CNBC.com Date: Dec 22, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/22/here-are-the-companies-building-the-metaverse-meta-roblox-epic.html Questions for discussion: What is happening in this industry that should interest buiness people? What issues are related to the management applications such as the use… Read more »

The Big Question: Could Peloton Sue Over Its ‘And Just Like That’ Appearance?

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Description: A Peloton stationary bike played a pivotal role on the new HBO Max “Sex and the City” revival, whose premiere preceded a drop in the company’s stock price on Friday. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Dec 11, 2021 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/11/arts/television/peloton-sex-and-the-city.html? Questions for discussion: What are the legal issues and risks related to product placements? What is… Read more »

Facebook Workplace executive departing to join venture capital firm as talent exodus continues

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Description: The head of Facebook’s Workplace business software unit has left for venture capital, becoming the latest high-profile departure from the social media company in 2021. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Dec 07, 2021 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/12/07/facebook-workplace-executive-departing-to-join-venture-capital-firm.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about the top management situation at the firm? What explains this… Read more »