State-of-the-art technology is no longer reserved for high-end corporations, secret government agencies, and sci-fi movies. Invisible “clouds” and “streams” of data have enveloped our analog world; virtual reality has blurred the border of actual reality; and lifeless, nonhuman eyes watch us wherever we go. Every day, many of us interact with the ‘latest and greatest’ technology, with devices and processes that even a few years ago weren’t yet possible.
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
The premise behind the centuries-old idiom suggests that saving money you already possess is just as beneficial as earning more; that a person or business should not only focus on making money, but also secure and retain some of the money earned.
1. South Korea, 2. Germany, 3. Finland, 4. Switzerland,
5. Israel, 6. Singapore, 7. Sweden, 8. U.S., 9. Japan, 10. France
Curious about this list? Could it be the top ten countries with the most registered cell phones? The countries that consume the most sea bass? Perhaps those with the largest population of professional chess players? Nope.
You are a savvy business owner. Part of your business acumen includes knowledge of potential tax credits that can benefit your bottom line. However, the words “potential for audit” linger in the back of your mind.
“The Greatest Trick the Devil Ever Pulled…
…was convincing the world he didn’t exist” explains Roger “Verbal” Kint in the 1995 cult classic The Usual Suspects, a gripping crime drama depicting the deceptive power of hiding in plain sight.
As one of its primary themes, the film emphasizes how often we fail to perceive what’s right in front of us when it flies in the face of our preconceived notions. This mental barrier causes the film’s lead detective to ultimately let a golden opportunity—catching a shady criminal mastermind—slip through his fingers.
Fifty-four years ago, the U.S. government established the Agriculture Improvement Act – or ‘Farm Bill’ - to address agricultural, conservation, forestry, nutrition, and food policy. Since it’s implementation, congress reviews and updates legislation approximately every five years.
The mythical unicorn. A magical, winged equine distinctively ornamented with an elegant horn protruding from its forehead. Fabled to be rare and elusive, this peaceful creature has galloped from long ago tales of enchantment into modern reality as a common moniker for the uncommon or scarce.
The first industrial revolution – still often referred to as simply the Industrial Revolution - altered the pace and face of manufacturing forever. Beginning in the 18th century, water and steam-powered machines took production out of human hands and galvanized the U.S. and Europe to manufacture materials and goods at volumes and speed never before attainable.
Have you ever known a fervent coupon clipper or a devout sale-shopper? They snatch up copious amounts of merchandise in single outings, free of personal spending-limit guilt. They know once the sales are tallied and the discounts deducted, they’ve comparatively ‘saved’ cart loads of cash with their deal-seeking dedication. They can frequently be heard proclaiming that anyone can buy and save big, you just need to know how to find the deals.
When I hear or see the term “start-up,” for some reason my mind’s eye conjures images of fragile, slender vegetable plants that have just recently tunneled their way up through the dirt and into the light. They’re teetering just inches above the soil, still closer to their origin than their destination. At this stage, they require attentive care to afford them every advantage to grow and prosper.