Lucy and the Aluminum Football

photo credit: vramak Lately, there has been a lot of talk in the news and around the Flathead Valley about the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) offering a four year power supply deal to Columbia Falls Aluminum Company (CFAC). The deal is subject to environmental review and other what-ifs, so it isn’t a done deal quite […]

Maker, Taker, Patriot.

photo credit: Michel Filion Wall Street Journal senior economist Stephen Moore recently wrote a column about “takers and makers“, revealing that “More Americans work for the government than work in construction, farming, fishing, forestry, manufacturing, mining and utilities combined.” Twice as many people (22.5 million) work in government than in manufacturing (11.5 milion). Upon hearing this, […]

Election time. Job creation time. Your time.

photo credit: kevindooley As I sat in the Montana House District 3 candidate forum last night at Discovery Square, my angle on “fixing” the economy was reinforced repeatedly. As the candidates talked about the predominant concerns people have these days (jobs, the economy, taxes, education, roads) and, on rare occasion, the things that only politicians […]

What’s that creature in the water?

photo credit: Jasmic Is it the Creature from the Black Lagoon or worse… a Humanoid from the Deep? Nah, it’s just me. Since junior’s Montana summer swim league started back in June, I’ve been going to lap swim at the end of the work day. Aside from the obvious benefits, it’s a great way to […]

How to cut costs and eliminate waste in your business

photo credit: Koshyk Today’s guest post comes from the US Chamber of Commerce, where John Tschohl of the Service Quality Institute offers a smart way to find and eliminate waste from any small business: Ask your staff. Simple, but effective. Check it out here.

Measurement and the fine art of bidding

photo credit: eyeSPIVE Ever messed up a bid? Even after 25 years in the IT business (much less other stuff), I find that one of the hardest things to do accurately is bid a sizable time and materials-based project. If you’re in IT, you know all the reasons. Stuff changes. Requirements aren’t necessarily what they […]

DeMint gives CPSIA instructions to small business owners

Look what happens when you step away from the CPSIA bonfire for a couple of days to get some work done…after all, *someone* has to bail out the country, may as well be me. Senator DeMint from South Carolina is working on some legislative fixes to the CPSIA, but more importantly, in his blog he […]

A slight edge to improve your website’s contact page and calendar

This morning I got a note from Keith Lee at American Retail Supply in Seattle regarding our contact page discussion about from earlier this week. He mentioned that his site’s contact page includes directions to his retail locations. That’s a simple idea that can save you and your clients a lot of time. Let […]

CPSIA: I’m from the government and I’m here to help

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown One of the natural reactions to a CPSIA discussion with store owners, manufacturers, the press and other business people that I speak to about the Act is “Oh, the government would never do anything to shut down an entire niche of businesses, especially in this economy.” Well, they would be […]