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Dec. 23, 2008
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Payroll for Dummies and Other Free Online Tools
from Inc.
PayCycle, the California-based online payroll services firm, and Wiley Publishing, best known for its "For Dummies" series of how-to books, have teamed up to offer a free payroll guide for small-business owners. "Payroll for Dummies, PayCycle Special Edition" is a pocket-sized booklet offering payroll basics and tips on how to avoid costly errors. It includes information about top payroll responsibilities, payroll taxes, and automating tax filings and payments. More

Feds Adopt Rules on Credit Card Abuses
from USA Today
In the most sweeping changes to credit cards in decades, federal regulators on Thursday approved new rules to crack down on so-called unfair and deceptive practices by card issuers, such as raising interest rates on existing debt. The rules were approved Thursday morning by the Office of Thrift Supervision, a Treasury Department division. John Reich, the agency's director, says the rules "will enhance public confidence in financial institutions and establish a level playing field for institutions that want to do business fairly without suffering competitive disadvantages." More

Best Business books of 2008
from strategy+business
Social critic John Ruskin once wrote, “Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.” Agreed, but that’s easier said than done when the production output of business books exceeded 7,600 titles last year. This annual review can help. It whittles the towering stacks down to three dozen books, covered in 10 essays written by a stellar group of commentators, including distinguished newcomers like Margaret Wheatley and seasoned veterans like James O’Toole. More

Stay on Top of Mobile Advertising
from Entrepreneur
Since its release in 1978, the mobile phone has become more of a dependency than a convenience. With its wild growth, new techniques to market and advertise replace the older archaic methods, while the underlying needs of advertising remain the same. Here's how entrepreneurs can adapt to this new environment and some of the trends emerging within it. More

Two New Jersey Bills to Affect Pet Shops
from PIJAC
Two pieces of legislation have been introduced in the New Jersey Assembly relating to pet stores. New Jersey Assembly Bill 3491 calls for a dramatic increase in the amount of fines pet stores may face if found in violation of state laws, while Assembly Bill 3488 requires all licensed kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds and any person in the business of selling pets to provide written notice to consumers about the availability of pet health insurance in the state. More

Sharing Holistic Knowledge
from Pet Product News
Learning isn’t always easy. And it’s not always fun. But learning about holistic pet care and passing the information to retail staff is essential for keeping health-conscious customers happy. More

Animal Charities Hopeful for Year-End Goals
from Veterinary Practice News
Many charities are bracing for a drop in year-end gifts because of the economic slump, according to a survey by Charity Navigator, which evaluates nonprofit groups. Survey respondents indicated that year-end gifts, roughly from Thanksgiving to New Year's, account for more than one-fourth of their annual take. Still, 50 percent of animal charities are somewhat confident that they will reach their year-end goal, according to the survey. Thirty-two percent reported they are not very confident and 8 percent are not confident at all. Only 3 percent feel completely confident and 7 percent feel very confident. More

How Pedigree's Philanthropy Helps Brand Message
from On Philanthropy
The historic moment of President-elect Barack Obama's victory in November was not lost on the PEDIGREE Foundation. The organization seized the moment to issue a New York Times ad encouraging Mr. Obama to adopt a shelter dog when fulfilling his campaign promise to daughters Malia and Sasha. According to Kellie A. McElhaney, Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business at the Haas School of Business, University of California and author of Just Good Business: The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand, PEDIGREE is among a small set of corporations that has done an exceptional job of communicating its citizenship efforts successfully to the general public. More


Symbol Name Last Change
ALO ALPHARMA, Inc. 36.30   0.41%
CENT Central Garden and Pet Co 5.42   0.73%
CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 54.39   0.91%
CLX Clorox Company 55.00   0.59%
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company 66.70   0.85%
DLM Del Monte Foods Company 6.94   0.14%
IAX International Absorbents, Inc. 2.80   0.00%
JAKK Jakks Pacific, Inc. 19.99   0.15%
KFT Kraft Foods, Inc. 26.85   0.04%
ODC Oil-Dri Corporation of America 18.30   1.72%
OPCO OurPet's Company 0.26   0.0%
PECD Pet Ecology Brands, Inc. 0.06   0.0%
PETS PetMed Express, Inc. 16.42   0.49%
PETM Petsmart, Inc. 17.61   0.34%
PFE Pfizer, Inc. 17.23   0.29%
PG Proctor & Gamble Company 60.76   0.50%
SGP Schering-Plough Corporation 16.83   0.72%
SPC Spectrum Brands, Inc. 0.08   0.00%
WOOF VCA Antech, Inc. 18.22   0.83%

from Forbes.com (Stock quotes published at 9:45 a.m. Eastern, Dec. 23, 2008)





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