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Intero Cool Apps: Work Smarter Not Longer

InteroMojo - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 9:15am

You’re constantly on the go and we know that.  That’s why having work accessible from anywhere is so important, especially as a Realtor.  Running from meeting to meeting, house to house can make any type of actual so called “office work” a challenge.  That’s where today’s app comes in.

GoConnect was built by real estate agents for real estate agents.  That’s right, I’m taking about an app specifically for us.  The goal of the app is to help you manage your checklists on the go.  Its super simple design is surprisingly powerful.

To get started, enter your transactions using the [+] button, fill in some simple information and the app will create a whole schedule for you regarding that specific listing. It even works with the address book on your phone so you don’t have to re-enter contacts.

To keep on schedule, each morning GoConnect will send you a list of tasks that are scheduled to be accomplished that day for all of your transactions. Not quite ready to complete one of the tasks? Swipe it to the left and schedule it for later in the day or even later in the week.  Just completed a task? Swipe it to the right and watch your list get shorter and shorter.  To see further into the future, just turn your phone on its side and the next few days will appear.

GoConnect is so intuitive and easy to use you just might find yourself working less hours.  On their website, they even offer step by step videos on how to initially set everything up, add transactions and so much more!

It’s the perfect way to start working smarter on the go.

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FDA’s Proposed Regulation of Brewers’ Spent Grains is All Wet

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:51am
During his February 5, 2014 appearance at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor stated that “the whole goal of [the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)] is to achieve the food safety goal without imposing regulations, just for the sake of regulation.” Dr. Taylor must have […]
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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: More Great Questions For Every Entrepreneur

InteroMojo - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:15am

Today, I’m sharing with you numbers 11-20 of the 100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask from the Inc.com article.

  1. What prevents me from making the changes I know will make me a more effective leader? -Marshall Goldsmith, leadership coach and author
  2. What are the implications of this decision 10 minutes, 10 months, and 10 years from now? -Suzy Welch, author
  3. Do I make eye contact 100 percent of the time? -Tom Peters, author and management expert
  4. What is the smallest subset of the problem we can usefully solve? -Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator
  5. Are we changing as fast as the world around us? -Gary Hamel, author and management consultant
  6. If no one would ever find out about my accomplishments, how would I lead differently? -Adam Grant, author and professor at Wharton
  7. Which customers can’t participate in our market because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions? -Clayton Christensen, author, Harvard Business School professor, and co-founder of Innosight
  8. Who uses our product in ways we never expected? -Kevin P. Coyne and Shawn T. Coyne, authors and strategy consultants
  9. How likely is it that a customer would recommend our company to a friend or colleague? -Andrew Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings 
    “Taylor’s use of this question at Enterprise Rent-A-Car inspired Fred Reichheld to create the Net Promoter Score, a widely used metric for customer loyalty.
  10. Is this an issue for analysis or intuition? -Tom Davenport, author and professor at Babson College
    Davenport explains, “If it’s a decision that’s important, recurring, and amenable to improvement, you should invest in gathering data, doing analysis, and examining failure factors. If it’s a decision you will only make once, or if for some reason you can’t get data or improve the decision-making process, you might as well go with your experience and intuition.”
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We Are ONE

NAWBO National - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:31am

As women business owners, change is a constant. We’ve learned to embrace it in all its uncertainty. We’ve used it to learn valuable life and business lessons and grow stronger. We’ve even become change agents in our own lives and organizations.

As a few of the world’s greatest change agents have so eloquently put it:

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” —Maya Angelou

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” —George Bernard Shaw

“For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” —Steve Jobs

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” —Margaret Mead

In this spirit of embracing change and strengthening and growing, NAWBO National is proud to launch an exciting change in our communications. In recent years, we have seen a shift for women in business. This is not our grandmother’s era, or even our mother’s. Today’s women entrepreneurs have real role models. We believe we can do it our own way. We have experience and confidence. We see entrepreneurism as a preferred way of life. We are trailblazing new leadership styles and workplace appearances. And we want to use our success to speak out and give back.

Being a woman business owner today is no longer just about business, but about a combination and delicate balance of:

Your Business + Your Lifestyle + Your Community = The Whole Professional You

We’ve begun to introduce this new “whole” approach in our Women’s Business Conference (September 8-9, 2014, in Indianapolis) communications. Now, you will find it in this premier issue of our new monthly e-publication: NAWBO ONE (which replaces NAWBO Focus and Happening Now for chapters and members). You will also see ONE MORE eblasts that link back to fresh content later in the month—one for everyone and one exclusively for NAWBO chapter leaders.

As part of this shift, we are inviting our community to submit timely, well-written articles, or ideas for articles, for consideration (to publications@nawbo.org). After all, we are one strong community of women entrepreneurs and our supporters, and we want your e-publication to reflect that. We are open to articles about anything of interest and value to women entrepreneurs right now. These might include, but are not limited to, access to capital, managing cash flow, tax planning, business logistics, legislation and advocacy, health care, print and digital marketing, personal branding, business health and lifestyle, strategic planning, environmental concerns/efforts, next generation entrepreneurship, managing different generations, mentoring, hiring, recruiting and more.

We hope you will spend a little extra time this month reading through this premier issue. It has something for everyone, and something of value for your business, your lifestyle and your community…the whole professional you!

Enjoy!

 

—Billie Dragoo, NAWBO National Chair and Interim CEO

 


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Eighth Circuit Creates New Class Action Fairness Act Requirement, Sends Case to State Court

WLF Legal Pulse - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:23pm
Featured Expert Contributor – Civil Justice/Class Actions Frank Cruz-Alvarez, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P. (co-authored with Talia Zucker, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P.) On April 4, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit breathed new life into a proposed consumer class action lawsuit that was previously—and properly—dismissed with prejudice by the U.S. District […]
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Does FTC Glass Settlement Break the Efficiencies Mold?

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:13pm
Featured Expert Column – Antitrust/Federal Trade Commission Andrea Agathoklis Murino,Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (Editors note: The Legal Pulse would like to (belatedly) congratulate Andrea on her promotion to partner, the announcement for which at the end of last year escaped our discovery) As expected, on April 11, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced […]
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Monday Morning Mojo: Five And A Half Inches

InteroMojo - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 2:23pm

If you’re a golf fan, yesterday was the best day of the year to watch golf.  There is no other tournament more important and fun to watch than The Masters…especially the final round on Sunday.  Congratulation to Bubba Watson on winning his second green jacket in 3 years.

It is truly amazing to me what these guys can do – especially with thousands of people watching them live and millions more watching them on TV. If you are a golfer you know just how amazing it really is. I remember a commercial during the tournament a few years ago that summed it all up great in just a few words from the late great golfer Bobby Jones who said “Competitive golf is played mainly on a five-and-a-half-inch course, the space between your ears.” I had heard it before but it had been a long time so I scrambled for a piece of paper and wrote it down knowing that it had the makings of a great MOJO.

Think about it – the average golf course on the PGA tour plays about 7,000 yards…4 miles. As big and daunting as it can seem with water, bunkers, trees, wind, lightning fast greens and competition…at the end of the day winning is not really about conquering the course, but more about conquering your thoughts. It is our ability to remain focused, disciplined and remain under control in the face of stress, obstacles and competition that makes winners. Everyone has to play on the same course whether it is golf, business, or life. Like golf, to win at anything in life the challenge is mastering the five-and-a-half-inch course. There are just some who know how to play five-and-a-half-inch courses better than others.

So next time you are trying to figure out how to cut some strokes from your game at golf, business, or life perhaps we should look at hitting a few less proverbial golf balls at the range and look at doing things to help us conquer the five-and-a-half-inch course between our ears.

Check out the Top 10 Masters Moments:  CLICK HERE

Grip it and Rip it in life this week!

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Federal Workplace Police Have a Tough Week in Court

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:31pm
If anyone doubts our democracy’s need for an independent judiciary to check the executive and legislative branches, consider two federal court opinions issued last week. Federal workplace police at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) each received a thorough (and richly deserved) judicial slapdown for arrogantly flouting the rule […]
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Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting

House Small Business Committee News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00am
Graves seeks to boost small-business contracting
By Austin Wright, Politico

In his latest bid to boost the federal government’s work with small businesses, Rep. Sam Graves is seeking to hitch a measure to an upcoming must-pass defense policy bill.

The chairman of the House Small Business Committee wants to raise the government’s target percentage for prime contracts awarded to small businesses from 23 percent to 25 percent, or the equivalent of $10 billion in annual new work for small businesses, according to his office.

And he’s asking the House Armed Services Committee to include his measure in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, according to testimony the Missouri Republican submitted to the committee. The annual defense bill — passed each year for more than half a century — is set to be unveiled later this month.

His measure would also increase the goal for the percentage of subcontracting dollars that go to small businesses to 40 percent from 35.9 percent — but only once subcontracting provisions in last year’s defense authorization bill are carried out.

“Given that the federal government spends over half a trillion dollars each year through contracts, the federal procurement market is incredibly important for small businesses,” Graves said in his testimony.

The numbers remain goals, and the government has regularly come up short in meeting them. Still, the federal government appears to be on track to hit its target for fiscal 2013, The Washington Post reported in February. An official tally is expected later this year.

According to government procurement records, the majority of federal contracts last fiscal year were awarded by the Defense Department, and the top five recipients of federal contracts were defense companies: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, General Dynamics and Science Applications International.

Graves’s proposal, which could cut into the revenues of larger companies, was in the House version of last year’s defense authorization bill but was stripped out in conference committee. Instead, a watered-down version, meant to better enforce existing subcontracting goals, was included.

The bipartisan measure, cosponsored by Reps. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) and Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), is among several small-business provisions Graves is pushing to include in the upcoming defense bill. Another proposal is intended to cut down on contract bundling and ensure those that remain are properly labeled.

“This is one of the most important areas where we can work if we want to help small businesses compete and save taxpayers money,” Graves said.

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Weekend Wellness: Salt

InteroMojo - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 9:15am

The subject of salt is somewhat controversial.  We need salt to live, to thrive…but do we really know what we are getting with the salt added to most of our foods?  I found this article while prepping for today’s detox group, I thought I’d share…

Mineral Salt VS Table Salt

Most people buy iodized salt from the grocery store and don’t think a thing about it. They don’t realize that good salt can help give them good health, while refined salt can create some health risks.

Salt comes from the sea. It may have been laid down centuries ago in salt deposits, or it may have been dehydrated from pure seawater. Grocery store salt is different from salt from natural sources. It has been heated—up to 1200° F.! And refined to remove most of the natural elements. Grocery store salt is mostly chemical sodium chloride, while natural salt has up to 84 natural minerals in it.

Your body craves salt. In fact, your blood actually contains 0.9% salt, which maintains the delicate balance of sodium throughout your body. Just about every system in your body needs salt to make it work. It is especially important for your nervous system, but every body structure absolutely requires it. The National Academy of Sciences advises that we consume at least 500 mg. of sodium a day to maintain good health. How much a person actually needs varies quite a bit, depending on their genetics and daily routine.

The Healing Effect of Salt

For thousands of years salt has been known as a panacea. Alchemists called it “the fifth element” – adding to the standard water, earth, air and fire – because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element. Why are we so drawn to the ocean? Because our subconscious mind instinctively wants to return to the specific vibrational state of the ocean from which we once emerged. This is where we can return to recharge our batteries and regenerate. It was only two-hundred-fifty years ago, with the advent of industrialization, that we initiated our disconnection from nature and her ways.

Fortunately, we are witnessing a trend back to natural, holistic methods for living and caring for our body, including a shift to utilizing natural salts in this process. People everywhere are reconsidering the healing effects of natural crystal salt. We can find it in skin care lotions and for use as bath salts, and it is even used in inhalation or cleansing treatments for illnesses of the respiratory system and for a variety of other indications.

How Salt Became Sodium Chloride

With the advent of industrial development, natural salt was “chemically cleaned” and reduced to the combination of sodium and chloride. Essential minerals and trace elements were removed as impurities. However, sodium chloride is an unnatural, isolated, unwholesome substance having nothing in common with salt. Similar to white, refined sugar, salt, once regarded as white gold, was converted into white poison. However, there is a higher reason for salt having been endowed with all the natural elements found in our bodies.

Sodium chloride is an aggressive substance, which biochemically, is perpetually seeking an equalizing counterpart so that the body’s pH can always remain neutral. Sodium chloride needs its natural counterpart in order for it to produce its effect. The natural counterparts, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals and trace elements, demonstrate, from a biophysical standpoint, specific frequency patterns.

These patterns ensure the geometric structures in our body. When these structures are missing, we are without energy and are lifeless. Salt should not be used just to add flavor to our food, but for its vibration pattern, which is similar to our bodies!

The Consequences of Consuming Table Salt

The result of consuming common table salt is the formation of overly acidic edema, or excess fluid in the body tissue, which is also the cause of cellulite. That’s why doctors tell us to avoid salt. For every .035 ounces of sodium chloride that cannot be eliminated, the body uses 23 times (23x) the amount of its own cell water to neutralize the salt.

If the sodium chloride is still too high, re-crystallization of the table salt occurs as the body uses available non-degradable animal proteins (as those found in milk), which also have no value and cannot be broken down and eliminated. The body uses these proteins to produce uric acid in order to get rid of the excess salt.

As the body cannot dispose of uric acid, it binds itself with the sodium chloride to form new crystals that are deposited directly in the bones and joints. This is the cause of different kinds of rheumatism such as arthritis, gout, and kidney and gall bladder stones.

This re-crystallization is the body’s band-aid solution for the cells and organs in order to protect the body from irreparable damage of irresponsible food intake. But in the long run, it poisons the system because those substances cannot be disposed of. Popular diets say you should reduce or even eliminate dietary salt for good health, especially for cardiovascular disease. Perhaps refined table salt, which can act like a poison in your body, can be more of a risk. But the research is undeniable: reducing or eliminating dietary salt is basically wrong. Your body absolutely requires salt, but it has to be the right kind.

Natural health practitioners are convinced that good Original Himalayan crystal sea salt can improve your health. It keeps you safe and healthy during exercise; in fact, high-altitude hikers make sure they get enough so they don’t go into hyperthermia. Taking adequate dietary salt has improved and even eliminated Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hypertension and stomach cancer have been linked to salt imbalance from improper dietary intake. Cystic fibrosis has been linked to improper salt metabolism as well.

Expectant mothers are always advised to take enough salt in order to help create a healthy infant.

If you’ve never tried good salt, you are going to be amazed at how good it tastes and how affordable it is. You may also be surprised at how quickly your health improves from using good, natural, organic Himalayan salt.

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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:32am
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EPA Issues Proposed Rule Concerning Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products
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On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. EPA has now reopened the comment period for 30 days for that standard and will hold a public meeting for April 28, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Public comments are now due May 8, 2014.

On June 10, 2013, EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register concerning formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products.

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Cool Apps: Narrow Your Home Search With Doorsteps Swipe

InteroMojo - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:10am

So you’re starting the process of buying a home.  Congratulations.  This is a big step forward in responsibility and commitment.  Figuring out the balance of what’s realistic in your area and what you actually want and need can turn into a daunting and frustrating process.  With so many houses for sale in general, it can also be very hard to stay focused.  Shiny knobs and expensive amenities are at every turn and these distractions can make it hard to keep your eye on the prize: a home fit just for you.  Today’s app will hopefully help with this.

Doorsteps Swipe allows you to swipe through thousands of homes for sale and “like” the ones of interest to you. All of your “liked” properties will be saved and organized by location making it easy to view and share your favorites.  Narrow your search by price, beds/baths, or location to better fit your needs or click “Surprise Me” to get a glimpse into properties available across the country.

To help you with that whole focusing thing once you’ve run through all the pretty pictures of homes, the app will show you stats on patterns and preferences.  That means you’ll be able to clearly see if you’re leaning farther one way or another when it comes to number of bedrooms, bathrooms, price and location.

Doorsteps Swipe really is a great companion whether you’re looking to buy a home or if you just want some inspiration to update your current home.  I definitely suggest checking it out today!

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ICYMI: Administration Awarded Two Pinocchios for Gainful Employment Claim

Education & the Workforce Committee - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 12:00am



                         

Despite facing broad opposition from the education stakeholders, elected officials, and the federal court system, the Obama administration is moving forward with a so-called gainful employment regulation that will harm low-income students and threaten the strength of our higher education system.

In their zeal to gin up public support for its misguided regulatory proposal, the administration is citing some misleading facts. Chief among these false claims is the idea that 72 percent of proprietary school programs have graduates earning less than high school dropouts. Now The Fact Checker at the Washington Post is calling out the department for making such a “bogus” claim:

In straining for a striking factoid, the Education Department went too far. Officials calculated a relatively high figure for the earnings of high school dropouts, compared to other available data. Then they compared it to average wages that likely were adversely affected by recent graduates unable to find employment.

Not only were these two data points apples and oranges, but the entire comparison to high school dropouts is fairly bogus. There’s a reason academic researchers have not tried to compare the earnings of graduates for-profit colleges to the earnings of high school dropouts — it also would be considered an apples and oranges comparison unworthy of research.

Academic research suggests there are real differences in earning power between attendees of for-profit colleges and high school dropouts. That’s also intuitive, suggesting there is something basically wrong with the statistic.

The Obama administration should stick with the facts and withdraw this misguided regulatory venture. The American people deserve no less.

To read the rest of The Fact Checker’s post, click here.

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WLF Briefing Discusses FDA’s “Plaintiffs’ Bar Over Patients” Generic Drug Labeling Proposal

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:35am
FDA’s Generic Drug Labeling Proposal: Unauthorized and Counterproductive Disturbance of the Hatch-Waxman Balance Our Panelists Ralph G. Neas, The Generic Pharmaceutical Association Alex Brill, American Enterprise Institute Richard A. Samp, Washington Legal Foundation Accompanying Materials WLF comments on FDA generic drug labeling proposal Proposed FDA generic drug regulation: Higher prices, no public health benefit (AEI […]
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Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventative Controls for Food for Animals

Office of Advocacy - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:43am
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I am writing you for two reasons. First, I want to commend certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees for the important contributions made by them during small business roundtables hosted by impacted industries designed to disseminate information and to answer questions on the Food Safety Modernization Act rules.  Secondly, I want to inform you of some small business concerns with the above-captioned rule.  It is my hope that the FDA will consider the affected industries’ comments and take them into consideration as the agency finalizes the proposed rule.
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Thursday’s Thoughts on Leadership: Great Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask

InteroMojo - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 9:15am

My good friend, John Giagiari, recently sent me a great article from Inc.com.  The article is a compilation of 100 great questions every entrepreneur should ask. Asking questions can provide an opportunity to ignite imagination, avert catastrophes, or even reveal alternative routes that will lead to better solutions.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing the questions addressed in this article with you 10 at a time.

  1.  How can we become the company that would put us out of business? -Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group 
  2. Are we relevant? Will we be relevant five years from now? Ten? -Debra Kaye, innovation consultant and author
  3. If energy were free, what would we do differently? -Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
    Hsieh explains, “This is a thought experiment to see how you would reconfigure the business if you had different resources available or knew that different resources would one day become available. Another question might be, what if storage was free? Or what if labor costs half as much or twice as much?”
  4. What is it like to work for me? -Robert Sutton, author and management professor at Stanford
  5. If we weren’t already in this business, would we enter it today? And if not, what are we going to do about it? -Peter Drucker, management expert and author 
    The late Drucker posed a variation on this question to Jack Welch in the 1980s. It inspired General Electric’s “fix, sell, or close” strategy for exiting or restructuring unprofitable businesses.
  6. What trophy do we want on our mantle? - Marcy Massura, a digital marketer and brand strategist at MSL Group 
    Massura explains, “Not every business determines success the same way. Is growth most important to you? Profitability? Stability?”
  7. Do we have bad profits? -Jonathan L. Byrnes, author and senior lecturer at MIT 
    Byrnes explains, “Some investments look attractive, but they also take the company’s capital and focus away from its main line of business.”
  8. What counts that we are not counting? -Chip Conley, founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality and head of global hospitality for Airbnb 
    Conley explains, “In any business, we measure cash flow, profitability, and a few other key metrics. But what are the tangible and intangible assets that we have no means of measuring, but that truly differentiate our business? These may be things like the company’s reputation, employee engagement, and the brand’s emotional resonance with people inside and outside the business.”
  9.  In the past few months, what is the smallest change we have made that has had the biggest positive result? What was it about that small change that produced the large return? -Robert Cialdini, author and professor emeritus of marketing and psychology at Arizona State University
  10. Are we paying enough attention to the partners our company depends on to succeed? -Ron Adner, author and professor at Tuck School of Business 
    Adner explains, “Even companies that execute well themselves are vulnerable to the missteps of suppliers, distributors, and others.”
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Rockefeller Statement on Cybersecurity Information Sharing Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV today released the following statement after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that cybersecurity information can be shared with competitors without violating antitrust law.

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