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April 18, 2012
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  • Eyebrow threading grows in popularity
    Eyebrow threading is attracting more clients, who find it less painful than waxing, practitioners say. Threading isn't traditionally taught in cosmetology school, but those interested can find classes taught by trained and licensed threaders. ModernSalon.com (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Higher gas prices could pose a threat to summer travel
    The travel and tourism industry continues to suffer the effects of higher fuel costs across the country, which some people fear may severely affect consumers' travel decisions this summer, this feature says. Several airlines have already imposed steeper fuel surcharges and domestic ticket prices, further lessening the appeal of travel and raising concerns among travel sellers. Tour operators and cruise lines say they are resisting the idea of fuel surcharges, although it remains to be seen how long they can hold out as the year goes on. Travel Weekly (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Happy Family: A case study in grass-roots marketing
    Happy Family, a line of organic foods for babies, was built with grass-roots marketing, founder Shazi Visram says. Though the brand has made the leap to national prominence, it started through person-to-person marketing and advertising on social media. Visram shares what she's learned about how a startup company can launch its own marketing effort. Inc. online/A Happy Business (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to keep your workers happy
    Most people who quit their jobs do so not because they're underpaid, but rather because they're understimulated and unfulfilled, writes Joel Garfinkle. To reduce turnover and boost productivity, give your team problems to solve and the leeway to make their own decisions. "People tend to enjoy their work more when there is some sort of challenge involved," Garfinkle writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • How to outsource a customer service call center
    For a number of reasons, it's generally a good idea to work with another business to set up a call center rather than creating your own, according to Gere Jordan of Continental Message Solution. It's important to make sure that the company to which you outsource the job is equipped to handle common customer-service issues. SmallBizBee.com (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Poll: Small businesses want a streamlined tax code
    About 56% of small businesses surveyed by the National Small Business Association said the biggest tax problem they have is the administrative work of filing. The burdens of filing outweighed even the financial burdens of taxes, the survey found. The poll also found most business owners want a simpler tax code. "The overwhelming majority of small-business owners support broad reform of the federal tax code -- not tinkering with certain taxes here and there," says Todd McCracken, NSBA president and CEO. Business Finance (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Law students offered yoga, foot massage
    The University of Toronto's law school offered yoga treatments and foot massage as part of its program to help exam-stressed students relax. "Look, stress is inevitable with law, but there's lots of evidence to show that developing some perspective and a healthy lifestyle is part of becoming a great advocate," said Dean Mayo Moran. The Toronto Star (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • The ISPA Conference & Expo Early Bird has landed!
    ISPA members save with the 2012 ISPA Conference & Expo Early Bird rate -- $750 for the first registrant and $550 for each additional member registrant at the same property. Don't miss it! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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