Having the vision to create a corporate specialized event planning company in Puerto Rico, entails a lot of paperwork and most importantly, making sure my insurance is up-to-date and that I am covered from any possible liability. Nevertheless, nothing is certain and things happen.
For example, in 2010 an adult entertainment convention company sued Secaucus’s former mayor, Dennis Elwell and the Meadowlands Expo Center, over being forced to move a 2008 tradeshow from the town to Edison just days before the event. The company sued to regain its $32,500 deposit and an unstipulated amount for their losses for moving the 3-day show to another location. The situation began when Secaucus filed a lawsuit to ban the trade show from the town, citing violations of municipal and state ordinances on alcohol and proximity to a day-care center. The event company representatives say in the lawsuit that everything about the event was approved, and claim that the convention center officials later denied knowing details of the trade show. Situations like these can be avoided with more detailed and more specific contracts.
Other examples include a case where an event planner in Atlanta settled an out-of-court agreement with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the use of a gold statue, which according to the academy infringed on the copyrighted “Oscar” statuettes. Another example is a lawsuit by MGM’s Grand Hotel in Vegas filed against a New York based event planning company for not paying what they owe for a charity event hosted at the hotel in 2007. Both situations can be avoided taking the necessary legal measures and precautions.
Legal situations can be avoided in most cases. Attorneys recommend party planners to always have a lawyer, “especially one that practices intellectual property law” and when in doubt make sure you discuss and clarify any legal matter with them. So, party planners take notes and make sure you protect yourself and your business. Legal information is accessible, so there are no excuses. Good luck and keep it legal.
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In today’s society going green is in. Of course the event planning / convention / conference industry is no exception. New ways of creating exhibitions have been developed in order to save money and support the new trend of becoming environmentally conscious.
These two facets -- lightweight modular exhibits, and more environmentally friendly manufacturing, can be viewed through the lens of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
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The document outlines the FSA's priorities and specific initiatives for the year ahead, which reflect the continuing challenges facing the financial services industry.
This year's business plan has been created against a backdrop of considerable change, with the UK government last year announcing plans for changes to the structure of financial services regulation in the UK.
The FSA will restructure into the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) and the existing FSA legal entity will become the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). This change will occur at the end of 2012 or early 2013.
Until then the FSA will continue to deliver on its statutory objectives and implement the major initiatives that are already underway.
The key areas will include:
Maintaining ongoing supervision in a period of continued fragility in markets.
1. Continuing to influence the international and European policy forums, delivering, in particular, the new prudential regulatory agenda.
2. Implementing the current EU major policy initiatives, including Solvency II.
3. Delivering on the principal national sector initiatives to improve consumer protection: the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) and Mortgage Market Review (MMR).
4. Continuing to improve the FSA's operating systems and the quality of its staff.
5. Implementing the government's regulatory reform agenda.
Reflecting the extensive resources needed for the regulatory reform programme and the need to recognise the difficult economic circumstances for many firms, the FSA is not planning any new discretionary initiatives and is capping headcount at the current level.
The majority of the FSA's resources are utilised providing ongoing supervision. The two biggest policy initiatives are Solvency II and influencing the substantial international prudential reform agenda, especially in respect of Basel III.
The FSA continues to implement key areas of the substantial international regulatory reform agenda particularly in respect of the banking agenda set by the Basel Committee and ensuring that the wider policy agenda primarily mandated by the European Union is delivered.
As SBDC advisors, we help clients write their business plan. While going through the steps to write a business plan, I hear these excuses:
I don't have time for that.
What good is that going to do?
The bank is making me write one, otherwise I wouldn't.
Most of the time, clients never finish their full plan and open without one. Not fully thinking through how you will operate your new business is a precursor to a short-lived business. For all of you procrastinators and naysayers of the need for a business plan, I have good news for you. You truly may not need a business plan.
This, however, does not mean you get to start your business without working through how the components of your business will fit together. Because most people are visual, it makes sense for future entrepreneurs to make a "roadmap" of how they will operate their business. One tool we've recently found is the Business Model Canvas devised by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur. Read more on victoriaadvocate.com.
Although it may sound simple, a good business plan is essential to running a successful business, according to David Conner, assistant professor in the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont. Conner, a former assistant professor and research specialist with the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University (MSU), built upon previous research to provide hoop house growers with a business plan that can be adjusted to meet their specific needs.
"John Biernbaum and Adam Montri were able to show that you can grow high quality vegetables all year round through their work with hoop houses at the MSU Student Organic Farm and on farms around Michigan," Conner explains. "They've been able to work with growers around the state through horticultural outreach. This project rounded out their work, filling the need to have some marketing and economics outreach."
Biernbaum is an MSU professor of horticulture and Montri is an outreach specialist in the MSU Department of Horticulture and for the MSU Student Organic Farm. As part of his project titled "Business Plan Development for Hoop Houses," Conner created a model plan that growers can complete using their own farm information. The plan also includes some best practices for being successful, such as marketing tips and the best crops to grow. Read more on michiganfarmer.com.
Electrical hazards are one of the greatest threats to workplace safety. Certain work environments, including those that are dimly lit, wet, or in an especially confined space pose even more risk of serious injury or death to workers who neglect to learn and follow safe work practices.
Electrical accidents are largely preventable through safe work practices. Examples of these practices include the following:
* De-energizing electric equipment before inspection or repair * Keeping all electric tools properly maintained * Exercising caution when working near energized lines * Using the appropriate protective equipment. Read more on WORKPLACE SAFETY TIPS.
Some international debit cards are non-PIN protected and can be used even by just the holder’s signature. Since any signature is prone to forgery, these PIN-free international debit cards are very risky and anyone who gets a hold of your card and thereafter learns to forge your signature will be able to easily clean up your bank account. The solution to this risk is quite simple; only get international debit cards that are PIN protected.
International debit cards are indeed far riskier than credit cards. And the federal government has highlighted and clarified the gravest risks. Detailed explanations of the said risks are as follows:
Legally, your ultimate liability for fraudulent use of a credit card is generally only $50. And, when a credit card is fraudulently used, you are also only disputing whether you owe the bank money. Unlike a credit card, if your international debit card is used fraudulently, the thief robs your checking account. Potentially, all your money is drained out of your checking account. It could take the bank 10 days or more to investigate and refund your money.
Worse, unlike a credit card, under the law, your international debit card liability could be as much as $500, if you notify the bank more than 48 hours after you learn of the problem or even up to all the money in your checking account plus your maximum overdraft line of credit if you fail to notify the bank within 60 days. Under pressure from the state PIRGs, banks claim to have voluntarily limited international debit card liability to $50. PIRG has received complaints from consumers whose banks have not honored the well-publicized alleged voluntary $50 limit.
On lost credit cards, your loss is limited to $50 per card. On an EFT card, your liability for an unauthorized withdrawal can vary: Your loss is limited to $50 if you notify the financial institution within two business days after learning of loss or theft of your card or code. But you could lose as much as $500 if you do not tell the card issuer within two business days after learning of loss or theft. If you do not report an unauthorized transfer that appears on your statement within 60 days after the statement is mailed to you, you risk unlimited loss on transfers made after the 60-day period. That means you could lose all the money in your account plus your maximum overdraft line of credit, if any. Read more on
International Debit Card.
“While built-up demand and positive job growth will continue to boost industry sales, the recent dip in consumer confidence and climb in fuel prices are a concern,” said Sandy Kennedy, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association in Arlington. “It remains to be seen how much of an effect it will have on spending and if it will hamper the recent progress the economy has made.”
Consumers are paying more at the pump and higher gasoline prices were partially reflected in the increase in retail sales. The price has increased about 40 cents in the last three weeks in Austin to about $3.40 per gallon. Department store sales rose 1 percent, sales at electronics and appliance stores rose 0.9 percent and sales at restaurants rose 1.2 percent. Read more: Retail sales jump in February.
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, who is worth $56 billion, is No. 2 on the list. Investor Warren Buffet comes in at No.3 with a net worth of $50 billion.
The fastest growing net worth belongs to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who more than tripled his wealth to $13.5 billion, putting him at the No. 52 position on the list, the magazine reported.
How Carlos Slim made his fortune?
Slim had a pretty cushy life growing up, his father became wealthy by working as a real estate salesman. After graduating with a degree in engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Slim began investing in multiple businesses throughout Mexico. Soon, these businesses became the base of his conglomerate Grupo Carso.
It turns out, the economic crash of 1982 was a good for Slim because during that time period he was able to crack into billionaire status. By using some business tactics and savvy negotiating Slim was able to purchase companies at extremely low prices and have a say in their various interests. With strong management skills Slim was able to increase their value exponentially in the next ten years.
Carlos Slim Helú made a great portion of his earnings with his ownership of Teléfonos de México or Telmex. The money earned from Telmex allowed him to broaden his scope to technology and U.S. firms. When Telmex was privatized Slim was able to strengthen the monopoly and increase his earnings. This year, Slim was reported as having a $74 billion net worth which is a $20.5 billion increase from last year.
"I am sorry for what happened last year," he told the lunch crowd at CERAweek conference in Houston today, reports Forbes. "BP is sorry. BP gets it. BP is changing."
"We are determined we will once again restore that trust and I realize this requires action, not words."
He says they've done various things like paying out billions in claims and investing in the Gulf of Mexico Research intiative, as well as independent third party verification of "blowout preventers and better testing for cement jobs, well-integrity, rig safety. The company will no longer take rigs that don't meet safety standards."
You had us at "blowout preventers," but yeah, making sure unsafe rigs are no longer floating around ready to gush tons of oil is also probably a good idea.
Dudley is going even further and creating a new group that dispatches safety specialists around the globe, which has already shut down a production platform in Azerbaijan, and another in the Gulf of Mexico for infractions that needed to be addressed before they continued to operate. He hopes that the changes BP makes will spread to others in the industry, in order to make sure no one else causes such a calamity. View full post on BP's CEO Is Super Sorry About That Oil Spill. In othernews, Alice in Chains Bassist, Mike Starr Dead at 44.
Metrico Wireless Inc., a leading provider of mobile device performance information and solutions, just unveiled one of the most comprehensive evaluations yet of the end user experience offered by the Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless versions of the iPhone 4.
How did they stack up? It depends on how the customer is using the device. For instance, the AT&T iPhone experienced double the mean data download speed of the Verizon iPhone, but the mean load time for an average Web page was about the same on both devices.
In addition, the findings showed that when the iPhone is mobile, the AT&T iPhone successfully completed around 10 percent more data download sessions than the Verizon iPhone. The results were opposite when the iPhones were stationary; the Verizon iPhone was more consistent uploading data when stationary in comparison to the AT&T iPhone, with a 10 percent better success rate.The iPhone 4 is the latest of more than 80 smartphones evaluated to date as part of Metrico’s unique Smartphone Mobile Experience (M.E.) evaluation program. “The mobile industry is competing on performance, and anecdotal performance information isn’t good enough to drive management and marketing decisions,” said Richard McNally, VP, Information Products, Metrico Wireless. Source: The Mobile Industry is Competing on Performance.
Wen, 68, confirmed targets of 4 percent for full-year inflation and 8 percent for economic growth, as the Communist Party seeks to maintain support for its 61-year rule. In the past two weekends, the government has deployed hundreds of police in Beijing and Shanghai after Internet calls for so- called Jasmine protests, inspired by revolts in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Inflation is a potential trigger point for social discontent,” said Liu Li-Gang, an economist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Hong Kong who formerly worked for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the World Bank. The government needs to boost lending and deposit rates by 0.75 percentage point by year-end, as well as raising wages and giving subsidies to the poor, he said.
Wen identified illegal land seizures, food safety, “exorbitant” house-price increases and “rampant corruption” in some places as among top public concerns. The government will “decisively” counter inflation and make it the “top priority in macroeconomic control,” he said. View full post on businessweek.com.
Stocks rose as the figures supported the Federal Reserve’s assessment that the labor market is on the mend following the loss of 8.75 million positions during the recession. Brighter prospects about personal finances are bolstering consumer confidence, another report showed, increasing the odds that Americans will keep spending at stores like J.C. Penney Co. and Macy’s Inc. See more about Jobless Claims Drop.
“You’re getting a picture of an economy that is quite strong already and perhaps gathering momentum,” said Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Pierpont Securities LLC in Stamford, Connecticut. “Sentiment has been picking up over the last two or three months and that stands to reason -- the stock market has done better, the economy has certainly done better, and, most importantly, the labor market is improving.” The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 1.7 percent to 1,330.97 at the 4 p.m. close in New York for its biggest gain in three months. The index is up 21 percent in the past six months. Source: businessweek.com
|Fajardo, Puerto Rico|
|Atlantic Conference Center|
|Grand Atlantic Ballroom - 21,090 sq ft|
This is ultimately one of the top 5 resorts in the Caribbean, with top-of-the class facilities and services. Remember U.S citizens: you don’t need your passport to travel to Puerto Rico, we are a U.S territory. (For more information on Puerto Rico's culture, climate, location and more Click Here) This is a great option for your company or corporation's events to be unique, fun and entertaining. For more information on the resort visit their website or click here. I urge you to consider this great venue and destination; I guarantee you won’t regret it. “ Life is anything, but square. So, why think inside a box? – Unknown
Enjoy the following clip with a more inside look of this great resort.
|El Conquistador Resort Official Website|
El Conquistador Resort - Puerto Rico - Waldorf Astoria Collection
Call it free speech 101. The hard part about the First Amendment is that you have to allow people to say all manner of annoying, vulgar, and inappropriate things at the wrong times.
Not that Justice Samuel Alito thinks so. Alito was the lone dissenter in this case. Alito was also the lone dissenter in the Stevens case — the one that overturned a ban on animal crush videos on First Amendment grounds. But he voted with the majority in Citizens United.
I can’t wait until Sam “Not True” Alito writes a book or something about exactly why regular people don’t deserve the free speech given to American corporations and sitting Supreme Court Justices. Most reasonable people agree that these Westboro people are distasteful nutjobs. But what can you do. This is America, and everybody has a right to make an ass of themselves. We can’t take away the right of people to act a fool, isn’t that right Alito?