It's unlikely the Federal Reserve will mention the potential of trade wars in its statement this week, according to some economists. Although tariffs could certainly have a large economic impact, the Fed is unlikely to comment "because they don't really know what the president has in mind," said Moody's Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi.
Cloud-based contact centers can integrate several platforms and help teams work together across multiple departments within the same customer-relationship management system. Such integration improves flexibility and allows companies to scale more quickly, according to McGee-Smith Analytics Principal Analyst Sheila McGee-Smith.
Employees' career satisfaction may hit a low when they are in the middle of their careers. Leaders can take several steps to help employees get through this difficult period, such as by offering lateral opportunities to provide intellectual stimulation, writes Serenity Gibbons of the NAACP.
Some hackers are targeting businesses with malware designed to hijack computing power to mine cryptocurrencies. CyberScout founder Adam Levin reviews seven techniques hackers may try.
Certain municipalities are banning polystyrene foam for use as packaging in the foodservice industry. Research suggests that millennials may be more likely to support environmentally conscious brands, so making the switch to products made from other materials may yield business benefits, writes Amanda McNamara.
Lawmakers will not include a provision to address the joint-employer issue in the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, sources say. "IFA greatly appreciates the concerns expressed by sensible voices in both Chambers by Republicans and dozens of moderate Democrats, but they were unfortunately drowned out by the Democratic leadership in this effort to provide clarity for small businesses on an existential threat to our business model," said IFA's Matt Haller.
The Labor Department's forthcoming rule on association health plans should ensure these plans are treated the same as single-employer plans, writes Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network. In addition, the rule should broaden eligibility to allow more small businesses to join together in offering these plans, he writes.
Building on their successful brewery, Jason and Jim Ebel have launched a line of liquors for their company, Two Brothers Brewing. "You are seeing more locally produced spirits, but our goal here was to bring some creativity to it and do something different," Jason Ebel said.
Facebook marketing tools can help small-business owners maximize the value of their existing customers, Syed Balkhi writes. Consider uploading an email list to find your existing customers and then developing lookalike audiences.
Hundreds of tech industry founders and executives have formed the Founders for Change coalition to demand that venture capitalists make diversity a priority. In a statement released Tuesday, the group, which includes Drew Houston of Dropbox, Brian Chesky of Airbnb and Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe, invited others to make a commitment to improving racial and gender diversity in the VC industry.