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Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:59
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DangerBusiness owners have a great deal of responsibility when it comes to following guidelines, laws, and policies. Owners are responsible for the upkeep of their facilities to protect the health and safety of their workers and the general public. Failure to maintain a safe and decent environment most certainly puts businesses at risk for significant financial burdens and lawsuits. While you cannot prevent all accidents from occurring, there are things that business owners can do to prevent the possibility of litigations and large payouts to potential victims:

  1. Learn the Guidelines
  2. Get Insurance Coverage
  3. Label dangerous areas
  4. Provide safety training and guides for staff

Learning the Local Guidelines

There are local laws and regulations in place for businesses that must be complied with to prevent lawsuits or fines. To start, business owners should check to ensure that their building is in compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) guidelines within your state. Such guidelines are set into place as a method for preventing workplace accidents for employees and could also help in securing your business facilities for customers as well.

Get Insurance Coverage

In the event that an accident does happen at your business facility, having insurance coverage can help to ease the financial burden. Most state governments require that businesses obtain some form of liability insurance as well as workmen’s comp insurance to cover medical expenses and other expenses that are accrued by an employee or customer as a result of an accident. It is easy to obtain coverage and can save your business a lot of money in the long run.

Label Dangerous Areas

Whether you run a construction site or an office building, potential hazards are everywhere. In order to stay ahead of the game, it is ideal to label all of these areas. Attorneys from NewlinLaw.com suggest that some of the top causes of slip and fall accidents are the direct result of liquid substances. Labeling these areas clearly can help to prevent both staff and customers from getting injured. Also, keeping signs for places where there’s a leak, wet floor, or excessive damages on the property will help to decrease the likelihood of accidents. For the most complete assessment of the safety in your workplace, hiring a safety inspector might be advised. An inspector can provide you with the best recommendations on how to secure your building.

Provide Safety Training and Guides for Staff

As stated above, you’re responsible for the health and safety of your staff. Education and open lines of communication can most certainly make a difference in keeping them safe. Some things you might consider to better inform your staff is to provide them with safety training, scheduling fire drills, and even providing them with guides such as a health and safety handbook. Having your staff sign off on obtained training and guides is also beneficial in the event that an accident occurs in the future. Repeating trainings as regulations change or even on an annual basis is also another way to ensure that your employees are up to date on safety in the workplace on the regular basis

Defending Your Business Against a Claim

It is beneficial for employers to also secure a personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers are aware of the laws within your state and can help you in negotiating a settlement, or even fighting your case if you feel that you’ve upheld your responsibilities as a business owner.

When hiring a personal injury attorney be sure that you’ve done your due diligence to check out their licensing and certifications, customer rapport, and experience in defending businesses in your industry. You will want to ensure that you’ve hired an attorney that has your company’s best interest in mind.

Though these tips above are ideal for preventing injuries, there is always still a chance that someone could file a claim against your business. Completing the above mentioned tips may also be the ticket to defending your business in the court of law. In any event, the above advice and securing a legal professional right away will certainly help to protect your company’s assets and reputation.

Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:15
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what if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace.

There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and animals and the manner in which they varied from place to place. Both were keenly interested in finding an explanation for this, and both failed until each happened to read Malthus’s “Essay on Population.”

Both then saw how the notion of overpopulation and weeding out (which Malthus had applied to human beings) would fit into the doctrine of evolution by natural selection (if applied to species generally).

Obviously, then, what is needed is not only people with a good background in a particular field, but also people capable of making a connection between item 1 and item 2 which might not ordinarily seem connected.

Undoubtedly in the first half of the 19th century, a great many naturalists had studied the manner in which species were differentiated among themselves. A great many people had read Malthus. Perhaps some both studied species and read Malthus. But what you needed was someone who studied species, read Malthus, and had the ability to make a cross-connection.

That is the crucial point that is the rare characteristic that must be found. Once the cross-connection is made, it becomes obvious. Thomas H. Huxley is supposed to have exclaimed after reading On the Origin of Species, “How stupid of me not to have thought of this.”

But why didn’t he think of it? The history of human thought would make it seem that there is difficulty in thinking of an idea even when all the facts are on the table. Making the cross-connection requires a certain daring. It must, for any cross-connection that does not require daring is performed at once by many and develops not as a “new idea,” but as a mere “corollary of an old idea.”

It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when in motion, instead of a force to keep them moving, and so on.

A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others.

Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 12:29
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In the 1994 comedy Dumb and Dumber, Jeff Daniels’s character Harry Dunne spends his life savings converting a utility van into a mobile dog-grooming business — called Mutt Cutts and made up to look like a sheepdog—then ditches the business to go goofballing across the country with Jim Carrey. That is to say, Dunne is a classic case of an entrepreneur who gives up on a good idea too soon.

In the two decades between the first movie and the sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, which opens Friday, what Americans spend on pets exploded to $56 billion last year, from $17 billion in 1994, according to the American Pet Products Association. Meanwhile, the number of pet-care businesses—groomers, trainers, kennels, and doggy day-care centers—more than doubled to 14,000 from 1998 to 2012.

That includes thousands of entrepreneurs like Shaffia Galis-Menendez, who runs a West Orange (N.J.) grooming business in a tricked-out 2014 Dodge Promaster, equipped with stainless steel bathtub, adjustable grooming tables, and storage for all manner of shears, detanglers, shampoos, and canine colognes. With her poodle Hamlet riding shotgun, Galis-Menendez usually makes five stops a day. She has about 200 clients. Appointments have to be booked three months in advance. “There’s a little saying in this industry,” she says. “It’s not about finding dogs to groom, it’s about finding groomers to groom them.”

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:04
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Jake Wade is a recent graduate of CSU Chico’s entrepreneurship program where, in his freshman year he co-founded a company called Parallel Revolution. The company has pivoted, and modified their business model half a dozen times since the beginning, but today they’re firmly entrenched in a niche that they call “Eco-USA-Craftsmanship.”

I recently had a chance to speak with him, and to find out more about the mind, and the life, of a millennial entrepreneur.


For those who don’t know you already, who are you, and what’s “Parallel Revolution”?

My legal name is Jake Wade, but my friends call me Buffalo most of the time, and my Latino friends call me Canelo (they think I look like Saúl Álvarez, the Mexican boxer). I’m a recent graduate of CSU Chico’s entrepreneurship program, I like heavily hopped IPA’s, getting weird on the dance floor (or any floor for that matter) and adventuring into the wild with friends, preferably in areas with no cell service.

My day-to-day revolves around operating/building Parallel Revolution. We’ve completed a production run of what we believe to be the most sustainable shirt in the world, made in America. An “old” tagline of ours is “Planet Earth’s Preferred Outfitter,” which stems from our commitment in making things earth can be proud of (or would “approve”).

Simply put, the two primary goals of Parallel Revolution are as follows:

  1. Craft quality hemp clothing without the “tie-dye,” let handsome design do the selling and hemp’s natural properties deliver lasting satisfaction for the customer.
  2. Be available. Treat customers like old coffee-shop friends and make sure we’ve delivered a product they love so we can sleep well at night.

How’s it going?

I’m doing well overall. Good days. Bad days. The usual, especially for a venture like this, you can’t get bogged down every time something goes awry, so I’ve stopped doing that and my general mood is more pleasant nowadays.

What motivates you to keep going through the hard times?

History. If not my own personal history (remembering past progress, how many happy customers we have, etc.), then literally reading history. It helps me keep things in perspective, which is crucial during a rough patch. Specifically, reading about the beginnings of, say, Heinz or Tesla Motors. One night, after getting showered with bad news for weeks, I was really stressed and felt like quitting. Then I started reading about the history of Harley-Davidson, which is not only interesting, but also riddled with failure. I distinctly remember reading a section about how production quality had plummeted so dramatically that “brand new” bikes were leaking oil on the showroom floor. I meditated on that for a while and figured my situation wasn’t that bad.

What was the worst job you ever had and what did you learn from it?

I was a car salesman during the summer of 2010, which ended up being one of the worst seasons for car buying in history. I think I sold 6 cars over 3 months, which was far below even the lowest projections for the industry. There were weeks where I’d only see/interact with 1 or 2 “leads,” working 7 days in a row for 10-12 hours a day. It was brutal.

I got really good at standing for long periods of time and being alone with myself, along with a wicked farmer’s tan. At the end of it all, I had gained a lot of personal discipline, patience, resilience I suppose.

What are 3-5 tools you use, and would recommend (Apps, software, processes, etc) and why?

I had to think on this one since I don’t use sexy tools and tech:

  1. A planner. I still use a paper schedule and pen to plan out most of my days – slots start at 7:00AM and end at 7:00PM. On a “perfect” day, I’ll have almost every slot accounted for and I just have to execute them, the physical “crossing out” of each item is my reward.
  2. The “Notes” app (and moleskin notepad). I have a few major categories where I write anything/everything down when I’m on-the-go. Especially because I tend to get my best ideas when I’m not in the office or in front of my computer. Moleskin notepad for when you’re taking notes from someone live or brainstorming with another person in 3D.
  3. Waterproof phone case. This is so I can take notes in the shower (where most of my marketing thoughts happen).
  4. Exercise. I try my best to sweat a minimum of 3 times a week. It’s been said a million times but if you haven’t listened yet, I’m here to confirm, it makes a huge difference.
  5. A huge breakfast. It goes a long way, especially for days when you’re putting out fires/handling emergencies and don’t have time to grab lunch.

What is one book our readers should read and why?

At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson. Close to 600 pages detailing how innovation that happens in the “outside” world ends up in our homes, from dinning tables to windows to mousetraps. I read it over the course of about a year before bed to help me gain perspective and, at times, inspiration. Great book to have around to mix things up, I mean hell; you can’t read The Lean Startup everyday.

Who are 3 people our readers should follow on Twitter and why? (This is a really important question. If you don’t use Twitter, just list three famous people you admire, and I’ll find their Twitter accounts.)

Elon Musk @elonmusk – I firmly believe he is the Einstein of our time. Plus I’m a small investor in Tesla Motors, one of these days I’ll own a Model S P85D.

Joe Rogan @joerogan – I like his perspective on a lot of things, his podcasts are great.

Eric Barker @bakadesuyo – I’ve been reading his blog for years now, always a breath of fresh air, superb interviewer and journalist

Jack Johnson @jackjohnson – His dedication to sustainability and local support is incredible.

How can our readers connect with you? (Website, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Web: http://pararev.com

Instagram: parallelrevolution

Twitter: @para_rev

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ParallelRevolution

And I’m decent with email: jake@pararev.com

What do you do when you’re not working?

Cooking, playing music, going on adventures, fiddling around in a friend’s woodshop when I have time, drinking beer. I’m a big fan of throwing “family nights,” which are basically themed dinner parties with a bunch of friends. I built an oak table that seats about 10 people; we put the food in the middle and eat family style.

Finally, everyone’s favorite question: tell us a secret.

I have OCD. I eat the same thing for breakfast everyday.

What’s in the the future?

I think the future is based on the past. For me, I’m trying to bring the past into the future. Hemp was and always has been a better alternative for countless products, clothing included. It’s far superior to cotton and synthetic fibers and it needs to make a huge comeback. We’re really embracing the role of the “underdog” with what we’re doing currently. There are regulatory issues, awareness issues and misinformation, which is why I’m talking to you now. Thank you for sharing my story, and thank you for helping bring consciousness and awareness to your readers.

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 05:50
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If taco trucks are the only thing you think of when you imagine truck businesses, guess again. Here are four dozen-plus different businesses that operate on four wheels.


The Vintagemobile: mobile retailer


Top Shelf Boutique: mobile retailer


Pretty Parlor A Go Go: mobile retailer


The Butler’s Pantry: mobile kitchen essentials retailer


Mobile catwalk


Moving Petals: mobile flower market


The Shoe Chick: mobile shoe boutique


Mobile billboards


Mobile billboards


Mobile billboards

Mobile TV studio


Mobile gym


Extreme game truck


The Fashion Mobile


Little White Fashion Truck


Bootleg: mobile fashion truck


ProTechTools


ShredEx


Celebrities Mobile Boutique: mobile makeup


Wanderlust: mobile fashion retailer


Truckin’ Tomato: mobile vegetable stand


Lodekka: quirky mobile fashion retailer


Mobile motorcycle showroom


Mobile oil change


Mobile car wash


Mobile dog wash


Mobile convenience store


Mobile pet grooming


Yarnover: mobile yard retailer


Saucy Joe: mobile knife sharpening


Mobix: mobile automobile maintenance


Mobile vending machines


Mobile doctors


K McCarthy Fashion Truck


The Flower Truck: mobile florist


Mobile bookstore


Mobile public library


The Fashion Truck: chic women’s mobile boutique


KJOSK: mobile convenience store


Mobile beer


Mobile mammograms


Mobile cigar lounge


Mobile karaoke lounge


Mobile ATM


Game Truck: mobile video games


VroomNGroom: mobile dog grooming


Who’s Your Daddy: mobile DNA testing


Mobile farmers’ market


Mobile soap retailer


Mobile music retailer


Bath Petals Beauty: mobile bath products


Mobile bikinis

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