Sunday, March 28, 1999

SMALL-BUSINESS DIARY


Women's group to hear 'Geek'

BY JOHN ECKBERG
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Jeff Brown, owner of home-based Rent-A-Geek and a Web site expert for WKRC-TV, will detail troubleshooting computer tips at the April 12 meeting of Women Home-based Business Owners Support Group. The meeting, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., will be at Johnny Chan 2, 11296 Montgomery Road, Symmes Township.

        “Some people just want to get the thing working and back to doing their jobs,” Mr. Brown said. “Troubleshooting is something I do for a living, but there are certain things individual owners can do to get their computer working when it doesn't behave itself and ways to keep it behaving longer.”

        Mr. Brown is familiar with both IBM-based personal computers and Mac systems. “As home-based business owners, we are always busy with our computers, and his information and knowledge will be invaluable,” said Elaine Milstein, owner of BizBuzz and founder of the group. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Ms. Milstein at 891-2796 by April 11.

Small business still optimistic
        Small-business optimism was unchanged from January to February, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), signaling continued strong economic growth through midyear.

        “Inflationary pressure is still in deep hibernation,” said William Dunkleberg, NFIB chief economist and creator of the NFIB Education Foundation's small-business optimism index, which is based on 595 responses to a national survey of small-business owners.

        “Despite higher labor costs and a virtual absence of price hikes, earnings continue to improve on Main Street. Small firms are making significant pro ductivity improvements as they continue to create jobs without fueling inflation.”

        The index determined that sales remained “hot” in February and that one of three businesses reported having hard-to-fill job openings. About 31 percent of the businesses responding reported that employee compensation has been raised at their company. The index has accurately predicted domestic economic activity for 25 years. Six percent of small-business owners viewed rising labor costs as a major concern. The index also found that because companies were struggling to fill job slots, expansion plans were delayed. The Good Book ... and the tax codes

        The National Federation of Independent Business reports that federal income tax laws and regulations contain 5,557,000 words — seven times the length of the Bible. Business bookshelf

        From The Energy of Money: A Spiritual Guide to Financial and Personal Fulfillment (Ballantine; $24.95) by Maria Nemeth: “The personal power that comes from virtue is the wellspring from which your success will emerge. Despite your best intentions, you will periodically find yourself acting outside your standards in the heat of the moment, when you are angry or anxious. What then? Go back and clean it up, make amends. Move on.”

       



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