My Archives: November 2002

Wednesday, November 27, 2002

I thought that this memo is too good not to share, given that it's almost turkey day and all. Have a great holiday, everyone!

Posted by Chris @ 01:01 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

I have two new assignments to tell the world about:

1) A feature article about the luxury market for small businesses. Why are entrepreneurs getting into the luxury business in a sluggish economy? Should they? What's going on out there?

2) What's happening with federal contracts. A new study has revealed that small companies are being squeezed out of federal contracts by much bigger companies that can offer bids showing how they can multi-task on projects at lower cost. And the federal government, from what I can glean so far, doesn't have a problem with this trend. How can small companies get a piece of the action? Is this true? Is a federal contract still worth the time and trouble to bid on if you're a small company?

For both stories, I'm seeking both experts and entrepreneurs of young companies that have experiences (successful or otherwise) in either area (i.e., luxury businesses or federal contracts).

Posted by Chris @ 03:26 PM EST [Link]

As an employee, you just know the bottom line must not be doing so well when the coffee and water supply goes bye bye.

Posted by Chris @ 03:19 PM EST [Link]

Monday, November 25, 2002


I'm on deadline today for a 2,000-word feature, so I'm swamped. But I'll be posting the details of new assignments this week. In the meantime, here are some stories that are good for a chuckle.

Posted by Chris @ 09:30 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 21, 2002


I'll be starting work on a new assignment about the luxury product industry. I hope to post more information about that soon. In the meantime, here's one of my all-time favorite pieces from The Onion.

Posted by Chris @ 05:13 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 20, 2002


I knew Americans were poor in geography, but I didn't expect us to be this bad. Scary.

Posted by Chris @ 04:54 PM EST [Link]

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

I found this nugget during my morning surf session.
Boy, if were the employees at this company, I'd probably be sending out those resumes right and left. *Every* employee in this company opened their most recent paycheck to find that they were being RIF'd when they were not. Obviously, there was a miscommunication between HR and management. Oy, vey.

Posted by Chris @ 09:07 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 18, 2002

I'm seeking experts and entrepreneurs of young companies for the following topic: How to set pay and benefits packages for new, talented hires after the company has reduced employees' salaries and bonuses as part of an austerity program to cut the company's overall operating costs. To stay competitive and attract a highly-skilled person, small business owners may have to offer a salary that's higher than what their other employees are earning. After all, the best-skilled people always have other options.
I'd like to find out how small companies should navigate this tricky problem. How can they settle on a figure that's competitive on the open market, but doesn't rock the boat internally with other employees? What minefields lay in wait for entrepreneurs who aren't careful? And how should they handle inquisitive employees who are seeking the low down on this new person's salary package? Interviews need to be conducted by Dec. 6.

Posted by Chris @ 09:40 AM EST [Link]

Saturday, November 16, 2002


I'll have some new stories to post next week.
By the way, here's an interesting link to check out:

It's amazing to think that I owe the U.S. Government $21,739.34. But then again, every other American owes the same amount, too. And this number will grow by the time I post this entry. Go figure.

Posted by Chris @ 09:25 PM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Just checking in. I found this little gem that makes for a nice distraction from real work. I can't believe any entrepreneur would actually write a memo like this. Note to CEOs or anyone starting a company: It's not a very good (or smart) idea to ply the employees you've fired for new business leads. Just thought I'd mention this in case it's not obvious (which for this company, it apparently is not). Sheesh.

Posted by Chris @ 02:32 PM EST [Link]

Friday, November 1, 2002

I'm working on a feature article for the Jan. '03 issue of Oregon Business about what's going on with corporate boards now that they're under the microscope. I'm looking for experts who can lend insight into the climate out there. Should CEOs ever be chair of a board? Are people who sought board memberships like crazy two years ago easing off because it's just too much potential trouble? What about the changing nature of compensation for board members? I need leads by Nov. 11.

For QSR: A feature about how healthy food and ingredients options are making their way into quick-serve chains. I'm seeking experts, distributors and representatives of major chains for interviews. I need leads by Nov. 11 for this story as well.

That's 'bout it for now. Take care, and if you're an American over 18, remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5!!

Posted by Chris @ 06:39 PM EST [Link]

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