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Economy

Why Private Donations Aren't Helping America's Poor

October 13th, 2014  |  Source: Business Week

Of late, the comparatively good news on the U.S. economy suggests the worst of the recession is behind us. Nonetheless, millions remain out of work; federal food and nutrition assistance outlays – one measure of the number of people struggling to get by—were at an all time high in 2013.


1955: Why the US Chose Nuclear Energy Over Solar

October 8th, 2014  |  Source: Sustainablebusiness.com

This amazing excerpt from the book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy, provides fascinating context to energy choices the US made in the 1950s. It was a pivotal moment for the advent of solar energy, but the US supported nuclear instead. 

 


Nonprofit Growth Outpaces For-Profits in U.S.

March 10th, 2014  |  Source: NPQ

Although the overall economy has been expanding slowly, the nonprofit sector is vibrant, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

From 2001 to 2011, the Times reports that the number of nonprofits in the United States grew 25 percent, while the number of for-profit businesses rose by half a percent, quoting recent figures compiled by the Urban Institute.


STUDY: AMERICA'S NATURAL GAS SYSTEM IS LEAKY AND IN NEED OF A FIX

February 13th, 2014  |  Source: Mitchell Foundation

The first thorough comparison of evidence for natural gas system leaks confirms that organizations including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have underestimated U.S. methane emissions generally, as well as those from the natural gas industry specifically.


The 5 Most Difficult Risks to Overcome as a Start-up

February 3rd, 2014  |  Source: VNN

Starting your own company is a rewarding yet scary experience. You have no idea if your idea is going to be a success or when you will start to draw a salary from your company. But the risks don’t end there. Macro economic headwinds might seem abstract, but things can go quickly wrong when you are at the helm of a fledgling company. So what are some of the bigger risks to consider as the owner of a start-up company?


Microfinance: Tiny loans are getting more expensive

February 1st, 2014  |  Source: The Economist

Interest on the minuscule loans made by microfinance outfits has always been high, but over the past few years it has become even higher. A recent paper, using data on over 1,500 microfinance institutions (MFIs) from around the world, shows that for the smallest loans, typically less than $150, the average rate climbed steadily from 30% in 2004 to 35% in 2011.*


Funding a Start Up Business with a Personal Loan: The Ins and Outs

A new start up business may be funded with credit and other lending products, prepaid income from a new company, and other available sources of business loans. There are several sources available in the U.K. that lend to entrepreneurs who wish to start a new business with their personal funding. Credit is important when first speaking with a traditional source.

Tip One: Being Prepared for the Interview

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Elizabeth Warren's New Bill Could Save Taxpayers Billions

January 16th, 2014  |  Source: Mother Jones

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced a bill with Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that aims to make government settlements with corporations more transparent and fair. It could end up saving taxpayers billions of dollars.

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