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Nov. 18, 2008
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10 Tips for Managers
from Monster
Thanks to a soft economy and widespread lack of job security, a manager's job is more challenging than ever. So it's time for leaders to show their mettle. Here are 10 key principles for building and sustaining an effective team. More

Positive Attitude Vital to Business Success
from The Baltimore Sun
Successful small businesses come in all sizes and specialties, but their leaders share one essential attitude - a positive attitude that transcends everything they do. Believing in your ability to succeed does more than simply sustain you in the challenges of getting your business started. It also spreads through your company and beyond. When you "walk the talk" and follow through on your commitments, your managers and employees perform their jobs with more confidence. Vendors, customers and prospects know that you will come through for them as well. More

When E-mail Marketing Works and When it Doesn’t
from Forbes
The cost of stamps keeps going up, but small and midsize businesses still need to mail catalogs, sale promotions, and reminders to clients and customers. Or do they? Online advertising expert Thomas Harpointner, chief executive of e-business marketing firm AIS Media, has some wise words about snail mail vs. e-mail. He addresses customers' online security concerns, the (unavoidable) pitfalls of spam, and the future of online marketing (hint: smartphones). More

Five Steps for Embracing Crisis
from BusinessWeek
With Wall Street and the economy in upheaval, headlines understandably focus on what went wrong and what to do next. But there's another important and generally overlooked aspect of this financial crisis: the unfortunate but clear opportunity it affords to develop better leaders. As this crisis unfolds, the men and women in the middle of it still have the chance to positively influence the outcome. Those of us watching from the outside can pick up valuable lessons on how to lead when crisis comes our way, as it inevitably will. More

California Pet Store Law Takes Effect
from Pet Age
Comprehensive pet store legislation that California lawmakers approved in 2007 becomes effective Jan. 1, 2009. The new law establishes criteria and procedures for the appropriate and humane treatment of pet store animals. Among numerous mandates, the law requires that every pet store offering live animals retain a consulting veterinarian, maintain records and documentation of veterinary care, maintain a written operations manual, and comply with facility standards. More

Ongoing Melamine Woes for Chinese Imports
from The New York Times
Candy, snacks, bakery products, pet food and other Chinese products that contain milk will be detained at the border until tests prove that they are not contaminated, the federal government announced Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration said it issued the alert because of concern about such products being contaminated with the toxic chemical melamine. It was discovered in infant formula in September and has sickened more than 50,000 infants in China and killed at least four. Since that time, melamine has been found in a wide range of other products, including milk, eggs and fish feed. As a result, companies in the United States have recalled several products generally sold in Asian specialty stores, including a nondairy creamer and Mr. Brown brands of instant coffee and tea. But to date, the contamination here was not thought to be widespread. More

Pet Health Care a Growth Industry
from KGO-TV
Spending on health care is the fastest-growing sector for pet owners. Purchases of health insurance for cats and dogs have doubled in the last two years. The latest report by the American Pet Products Association forecasts that you and I will spend $43 billion on pet care like this by the end of the year, an all-time high. The Pet Association also calculates that by 2010, 7% of all US pets will have health insurance. More

FDA Asks Vets to Report Petfood Complaints
from Petfood Industry
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine is encouraging American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) members to report complaints about petfood directly to the FDA, particularly in light of last year's adverse events following contamination of ingredients with melamine. Many practitioners currently report adverse drug events to drug manufacturers, and the law requires drug manufacturers to submit the reports to the FDA. In the case of petfood, however, manufacturers are not required to submit consumer complaints to the agency. Therefore, the FDA may not learn of any potential problems with a petfood until after the manufacturer has investigated complaints independently and notified the agency that the investigation identified a problem. More

Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 34.70   0.01%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 3.05   1.7%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 57.00   0.2%
CLX Clorox Company 59.3722   1.1%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 61.21   1.4%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 5.66   0.0%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.25   0.0%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 18.84   0.9%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 26.50   1.2%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 18.05   0.6%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.35   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.09   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 17.94   1.1%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 15.72   2.8%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 15.77   0.9%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 61.00   2.4%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 14.72   3.0%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.62   1.6%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 17.94   1.6%

from (Stock quotes published at 9:45 a.m. Eastern, Nov. 18, 2008)

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