Open Mic

Send us your blog for consideration!

January 2015


Market and economic update: Central banks adjust monetary policy

Easier monetary policies continue around the world, despite a U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) on the cusp of interest rate normalization. India and Canada have cut short-term interest rates, the People’s Bank of China added liquidity to the banking system, and last week the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a surprisingly large quantitative easing program.

Posted at 04:41 PM | Permalink | Comments


Super Bowl controversies have a familiar ring to business professionals

The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks face off in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, but much of the pregame media coverage has focused on topics unrelated to who will bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

Posted at 02:53 PM | Permalink | Comments


Wisconsin businesses spur growth with SBA lending, mentorship

Last week, Americans saw Colorado sub shop owner Carolyn Reed at the State of the Union address, representing America’s small businesses and helping to emphasize their importance in driving the economic recovery.

Posted at 01:04 PM | Permalink | Comments


Market and economic update: Lower energy prices may fuel consumer spending

The decline in oil prices over the past few months is starting to impact U.S. economic data. Inflation measures have slipped lower, consumer confidence is rising, and industrial activity is waning.

Posted at 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments


Is long-term-care insurance right for you?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that health care costs are among the leading concerns on people’s minds as they near retirement. Long-term-care costs can vary widely by the type of care and location. A single room at a nursing home facility will cost, on average, close to $88,000 per year, and a typical stay lasts approximately four years. Part-time in-home care by a home health care practitioner will cost considerably less.

Posted at 12:50 PM | Permalink | Comments


Market and economic update: Still waiting for job growth to translate to wage growth

Nonfarm payrolls grew by 2.95 million jobs in 2014, the fastest pace since 2000, with the unemployment rate finishing the year at 5.6%, the lowest level since 2008. The market was somewhat disappointed, however, by the decline in average hourly earnings, which indicated the growth in payrolls is not yet resulting in meaningful wage growth.

Posted at 11:08 AM | Permalink | Comments


On a shoestring budget? Consider co-marketing

If your small business is typical, your visibility and marketing budget is the last to see any action. And because your budget is so small, it’s difficult to make a splash with potential customers. That’s where “co-marketing” comes in.

Posted at 01:53 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2


Market and economic update: 2014 goes out on a high note in the U.S.

The U.S. economy finished 2014 on a strong note, with third quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth revised up by more than 1%, to 5%, its fastest pace in more than a decade. The economy is unlikely to match this pace in 2015 but growth is likely to remain solid.

Posted at 09:27 AM | Permalink | Comments


4 tips to help you perk up your employees in 2015

As the economy improves, companies are emerging from the financial gloom of the past few years ready to shift into forward gear. Is your company ready? Judging by some key indicators, the U.S. economy began to regain strength as 2014 came to a close. The GDP for the second quarter was 4.6%, equaling the strongest quarter of the 5-year-old recovery (Q4 of 2011).

Posted at 05:55 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1


6 key strategies for women entrepreneurs seeking startup funding

According to research from MIT, only 7% of startups that receive venture funding have a female founder. As the founder of, I know firsthand the difficulties women face when raising money for startups. However, the opportunities are improving for women seeking funding for their ventures.

Posted at 05:00 PM | Permalink | Comments

Edit Module

About This Blog

Make your voice heard with IB's "Open Mic." Send your blog entry to Online Editor Jason Busch at for consideration.



Atom Feed Subscribe to the Open Mic Feed »

Recent Posts

Edit Module