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April 14, 2009
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How to Grow a Business
from Inc.
Scaling up your business may look easy on paper, but it can be tricky. Luckily, over the years, plenty of successful entrepreneurs, including iVillage founder Candice Carpenter, have told Inc. all about what they went through. Here are some nuggets of wisdom, plucked from 30 years worth of their stories. More

How to Say Yes to Your Employees in Tough Times
from Forbes
The Kaplan Thaler Group rented an ice cream truck and parked it behind its offices for a day. Employees got any treat they wanted that day. "Nothing brings a company together like free food," says Linda Kaplan Thaler, the company's chief executive officer. She's one of many CEOs who have been finding creative ways to reward staffs that have been working harder in more trying times than ever before. More

Despite 2.1 Percent Decline, Hope for Retail Sales
from Globe Street
Sometimes numbers can be deceiving - though March 2009 comparable-store store sales declined by 2.1 percent from the same month of 2008, retailers’ moods seem to have lightened, and some shoppers may be emerging from hibernation as the weather turns warmer. More

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In This Economy, Everything is (Re)Negotiable
from Entrepreneur
Although there are no hard numbers, Alisa Harrison, a spokesperson for the International Franchise Association, says renegotiating leases is a top strategy for many members looking to cut costs and preserve cash flow. "At our convention, making it through the recession was topic No. 1," she says, "and renegotiating leases is a big part of that." More

Pet Industry Still Seems Recession Proof
from Pet Age
Conventional wisdom says the U.S. pet market is either recession-proof or recession-resistant. That wisdom is being put to an unprecedented test right now - but it’s still holding true, according to Packaged Facts, a division of Total U.S. retail sales rose just 1.4 percent overall in 2008, according to the National Retail Federation, but several leading pet stores, veterinary hospitals chains and pet food marketers reported gains of 6 percent or more at the end of 2008. More

Public Radio: A Good Bet?
from Pet Business
Radio advertising can be full of challenges, such as a declining audience in the face of satellite radio, the Internet, ipods podcasts, etc. But there is one type of radio station that has seen its listener base double over the past decade–public radio. Though these stations were once considered sleepy outposts where senior citizens could hear classical music, nowadays they’re at the forefront of news and talk radio. More

Maine Bill Aimed at Breeding Kennels
from PIJAC
Maine House Bill 666 targets breeding kennels by amending the definition of "breeding kennel" and establishes different categories of kennel licenses. The bill also provides additional requirements for "sellers." More

And for additional information and updates on the Non-Native Species Act, visit the HR 669 Forum.

One Obama Search Ends With a Puppy Named Bo
from The New York Times
For the first time since settling into the White House, the Obama family attended church services in Washington on Sunday, but their closely watched search for a spiritual home was overshadowed by news that a longer quest - for a dog - had ended. In a long-anticipated decision, the Obamas have chosen a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, a gift from Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and his wife, Victoria, to Malia and Sasha Obama. More

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.94   0.00%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 8.83   0.06%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 52.67   0.86%
CLX Clorox Company 53.14   0.94%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 58.55   1.25%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 7.57   0.07%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.42   0.10%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 13.90   0.24%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 22.52   0.17%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 15.88   0.12%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.00   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 15.50   0.49%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 23.00   0.12%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 13.49   0.06%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 48.14   1.05%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 23.38   0.06%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.00   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 24.17   0.46%

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