Monday, July 25, 2016

Enterprises TV Reviews the Best Cities for Entrepreneurs

Some U.S. cities are better than others for people who want to start their own business or new venture. What makes some cities better than others? Enterprises TV reviews the criteria.


Local Factors for Successful Entrepreneurial Success
  • The city or town has strong, continuing population growth. More consumers mean more consumer demands which makes the location a good place to set up shop.
  • Low state taxes are a good benefit for entrepreneurs and businesses. Low taxes offers businesses a better opportunity for profitability.
  • An educated population base generally means that the area has a good amount of skilled workers. It also means that the consumers will have more money to spend.



Best Cities for Young Entrepreneurs

MoneyRates.com recently conducted a report on the best cities for young entrepreneurs. Enterprises TV feels that these cities are also good for any entrepreneur.

Austin, Texas – This city continues to be placed on every “best” list there is. It is a friendly, energetic city with a lot of great communities where entrepreneurial growth is ripe. Its population growth is strong.

Raleigh, North Carolina – A growing, educated population accounts for strong consumer spending in an area which is affordable to live.

Houston, Texas – Houston and vicinity has a lot of young, influential residents which indicates a strong, growing consumer base of educated and innovative residents. And Texas is a business tax-friendly state.

Destin/Fort Walton Beach, FLFlorida is business tax-friendly state. This part of north Florida has a high number of young adults who are affluent. It’s located near some major highways, and provides affordable living.

Odessa, Florida – A growing city with lots of young adults who can afford the kind of creative, unique opportunities available that entrepreneurs provide.

No matter which part of the country, which state or city one chooses to start a new venture, entrepreneurship offers freedom, innovation, and a way to carve individual paths.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

Enterprises TV Relays How Smart Phones Can Be Hacked

Smart phones can be hacked and most of us don’t know it even happened. Here’s how to stay on top of smart phone and mobile device security, both with personal and business devices.


Security and Safety Tips

Cloud-based programs are generally good, secure virtual “filing cabinets” for documents, maps, blueprints, photos, and much more. They can also be easy access storage sites for hackers. Be sure your Cloud service has strong security steps in place for you and for them. Also, never save sensitive data where others can open it, view it, and share it without your permission.

Email, contact names and phone numbers, places visited, and location identifying services are all prime for cyber thieves. These are the items that are the most valuable. Unless you really need to use GPS services, turn off location identification and places visited apps on social networks. Also, don’t use unsecure Wi-Fi. Shop for personal Wi-Fi devices which most digital and smart phones come with these days.

Risk Reduction

Even corporate smart phones and digital devices are not 100 percent secure. When assigned these devices, ask what processes are in place to keep all communication secure. Only use these devices for business, and not personal matters. Any function, contact, email or website visited is subject for Information Technology departments, supervisors, managers and CEOs to view. Enterprises TV urges consumers to be careful using smart phones and devices at all times.


Friday, July 1, 2016

Enterprises TV--When to Not Jump Into the Fire

The Internet is a place where anything and everything lives forever. From the good to the bad, there is no denying the number of consumers that have something to say about anything. Social media posts alone can take down dictators, wildlife trophy hunters, and just about anyone else. Before posting a reply to a negative comment on review sites or on social media posts, know when to not jump into the fire.

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Positive versus Negative Posts or Reviews

Which posts or online reviews do you give more credit to: positive or negative ones? Past research has shown that negative posts and reviews are given more credit than positive ones. If you think about it, you can read 20 positive reviews and three negative reviews, and the negative ones hold more truth than the positive ones. Enterprises TV relays that there is often more detail given in a negative reply than a positive reply. However, it should also be noted that not all negative posts or reviews are accurate. Some are just gripes which hold no merit.  

How to Respond to Online Posts and Reviews

It’s tough to know if, how or when to respond to something written about a business, service or product online. Responding should be handled strategically by upper management.  Generally speaking, positive reviews are best left alone. Replying can appear to be bragging. When replying to negative reviews, it’s best to address the facts in the post or review with objective neutrality.  Avoid commenting on inflammatory comments. Also, avoid going into lengthy explanations because they make the business seem less credible.

Small Fires versus Bonfires


Research from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business, posted by Business News Daily, found that a business’ financial performance can be hurt if they reply to a few negative online posts or reviews. It’s best to gauge the size of the “fire” before jumping into it. Enterprises TV has seen positive and negative online reviews for hotels and financial institutions. When reading the replies from management, we found that we were less likely to give credit to the positive management replies than the negative ones. In theory, it is best for management to craft the best reply, if one is needed. A conversational tone is better than a perfectly worded post. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Enterprises TV Summarizes Affordable Retirement Cities

Retirement is a milestone event in people’s lives. It marks the time when workers prepare to leave a lifetime of working to spend their rest of the lives relaxing and doing what they want. The economy has not been all that kind or generous to most people. The recent British vote to leave the European Union sent most people’s retirement account savings into a minor free fall. But as time progresses, these funds and others will settle. With that in mind, Enterprises TV summarizes affordable cities for retirees.

Affordability

There are many great cities in the U.S. to consider for retirement. Some have year-round good weather, plenty of activities for older generations, continuing education classes, and more. Some cities have these aspects. Below is what makes some cities more affordable than others:
  • Housing costs
  • Cost of living
  • State tax burden
  • Free or low-cost activities
  • Good, reliable public transportation

Des Moines Iowa,

Great, Affordable Cities

Scottsdale, Arizona – Great weather all year round, affordable cost of living, great activities for seniors, and it is a tax-free state.

Sarasota, Florida – Tax-free state, excellent weather all year, low cost of living, arts, golf, boating, sailing, hiking and other fun activities are in abundance. One caveat: southeast and southwest Florida are becoming more populated and more crowded.

Des Moines, Iowa – Despite the cold, snowy winters, this city has a low crime rate, low cost of living, and great health care services. Its cost of living is very low making it quite affordable.

Arlington, Virginia – It is an expensive place to live, but it is a great place for health care services, cultural activities, affordable, reliable public transportation, being walkable, and having great health care services.

These are not the only cities in the U.S. which are great places for retirement living. The one which is best for you is the one that offers you most of what you need and want in life. It’s never too early to start looking.



Friday, June 24, 2016

Enterprises TV Shares News from America’s Green Cities

Cities throughout the United States are utilizing alternative energy in a myriad of ways.  From city busses running on clean energy to post office processing centers installing solar panels to generate clean power, America is slowly but surely getting on the “green” train.


Even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have established criteria to rank the environmentally-friendliness of a city, some cities are taking the initiative anyway. Some of the ways in which they measure their “greenness” include:
  • Improving air and water quality
  • Efficient recycling and waste management policies
  • Allotting more land for parks and nature areas
  • Utilizing renewable energy sources in buildings and public transportation
Chicago, IL City Hall with roof gardens


A few of America’s big cities have already taken giant strides toward these goals:
  • Austin, Texas – The city is well on its way to being run by 100 percent renewable energy by 2020 with strong programs by its energy company.
  • Chicago, Illinois – The city initiated a “green roof” plan and now some of its tallest buildings sport gardens on the top.
  • Seattle, Washington – The city currently has 20 public buildings which are LEED-certified or are under certification.
  • Berkeley, California – The city of Earth-loving residents has a growing industry for wind, solar, hydro and biofuel powers.
  • Eugene, Oregon – The city has always been green, but is more so with a hybrid public transportation system, and more than 30 miles of off-street bike paths.
  • Oakland, California – The city has the cleanest tap water, hydrogen-powered public transportation, and the 17 percent of its energy is from renewable sources.

While these great American cities are forging toward a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future, there are more places in the U.S. doing the same. Enterprises TV reminds readers that city power companies have plans, some of which are being implemented , to move toward using renewable energy. Go online and find out what your city and your local power company are doing to become more environmentally-friendly. It may surprise you.




Monday, June 20, 2016

Enterprises TV Examines Early Retirement Strategies

Who doesn’t want to retire early? The thought of being able to stop working before age 70 sounds appealing, even though it is a slim reality for most working Americans. There are, however, some strategies that Enterprises TV can share which might make early retirement a little more feasible.

Start Saving More Now

Every financial adviser will more than likely advise clients to start stashing money from paychecks, bonuses or raises into retirement savings accounts as early in working years as possible. For people who haven’t really saved much for retirement due to family or employment issues, once back on their feet, consider saving anywhere from 35 to 50 percent of annual income. This may seem insurmountable. Make it easy by breaking the annual amount into monthly increments and automatically depositing those funds into savings and retirement accounts. If that is financially difficult, try adding 15 percent of annual income to retirement funds.


Gaming the Savings Plan

Think of saving as if it is a game to strategize and win. Find thrifty ways to save on everything from fuel for vehicles, groceries, vacations, and the occasional big ticket item such as a car, new TV or like items. The Enterprises TV show also suggests not making any major lifestyle changes when receiving a significant raise or extra bonus. Live frugally and put the windfall in an interest-bearing retirement account.

Retirement will come sooner than we think, and we need to be ready for it.




Friday, June 17, 2016

Enterprises TV Takes a Realistic View of Retirement Issues

Many Americans who are over the age of 50 are facing the reality of knowing they will need to keep working to age 70 and up. Previous years brought unemployment to many homes. Savings accounts were depleted and retirement accounts were emptied so daily living expenses could be met. The economy is healthier now, and some people are back at work. The rebuilding of personal and retirement savings begins anew.


Critical Thinking

The older workers become, the more likely they are to feel stuck in a job, with very little discretionary funds in which to enjoy life. This is a tough way to live.  Financial stress is one reason why some employees are not as physically healthy as they’d like to be. Stress can raise blood pressure. It can compel someone to partake in bad habits such as eating poorly, smoking or drinking too much alcohol. It can also mean employees are not as engaged in their job because they are fretting about their immediate and future financial situation.  So how can someone break out of this worrisome circumstance?

Readjustment

Enterprises TV suggests setting aside some time to work finances, immediate and future, with a trusted family member, friend or financial planner. Reevaluate retirement stock option plans regularly and make changes if needed. Scale down living expenses to a moderately comfortable level. Find the small joys in life every day. Plan regular vacations, even if the vacation is to stay home and visit local tourist sites.

The Future


The future is not so frightening when we plan for it. True, there will be ups and down in the stock market, interest rates, and general inflation and maybe another recession will occur. Nothing in life is certain. But we must continue to do what we can to have an enjoyable life, no matter how we define “enjoyable”.