Consulting Jobs Austin

William asks…

PLEASE HELP,I NEED ADVICE!!!* Should I Take up 60K Sony JOB or MASTERS??

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in south NJ. I had been terminated 6 mos. back from my last consulting job for a tiny company after barely 2 mos, but after looking for work for a while I kinda gave up and got myself admitted into the Masters in Accounting program at UT Austin. Now after 1 month into my new program one of the companies I had interviewed 40 days back and they finally offerred me 60K for a job. I feel that if I was in a finance/ accounting to begin with I wouldnt have to wait for so long to get another job. SO what do you all think…should I continue in the accounting masters or take up the job? I have substantial scholarships for the MAcc program . On the other hand the salary is 60K. WHich would be better in the long run?
Yes the job is in pitman, NJ…does it suck so bad?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Trust me it’s better to continue your education. When you get your Masters you will get paid more than they are offering you now. I know that they are not going to sit and wait till you finish yr education but there are plenty of other jobs you’ll be able to get. Also with tuition fees and expenses rising so rapidly these days it’s better to get everything done now, when you have a chance to pay for your expenses. In today’s job market the average difference between having a bachelor’s degree and not having one is at least $15,000 a year!! Advanced degrees add even more to your earning power. (These facts are taken from a business book that I am reading at the moment). So get going with yr education and I am sure you will never regret it after.

Betty asks…

PLEASE HELP ME WITH THE MOST DIFFICULT DECISION OF MY LIFE!!! 60K Sony job or UT Austin Masters????

PLEASE I NEED TO MAKE A DECISION TONITE!!! 60K Sony job or UT Austin Masters????

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in south NJ (Pitman). I had been terminated 6 mos. back from my last consulting job for a tiny company after barely 2 mos, but after looking for work for a while I kinda gave up and got myself admitted into the Masters in Accounting program at UT Austin. Now after 1 month into my new program one of the companies I had interviewed 40 days back and they finally offerred me 60K for a job. I feel that if I was in a finance/ accounting to begin with I wouldnt have to wait for so long to get another job. SO what do you all think…should I continue in the accounting masters or take up the job? I have substantial scholarships for the MAcc program . On the other hand the salary is 60K. WHich would be better in the long run? PLEASE HELP AS I CANNOT MAKE UP MY MIND!!!!!!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Stay in school and make the money of an accountant. Are you really interested in living in jersey anyway? That place is a dirtball from shore to shore. In the long run, taking advantage of those scholarships at UT and getting your degree would be the way for you to go.

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Austin Web Development

George asks…

IT Major….What is the most profitable degree that I should enroll in?

I will soon become a IT Major. I enjoy working with computers no matter what, but I need to know which degree will be more profitable,,,,Information Application Specialist, Microcomputer Specialist, Networking Software, Web Page Development and Maintenance or Mainframe Programming. Thanks in advance for your help.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I am not trying to be smart or anything. A lot of computer related fields are profitable. It is a bit difficult to pick one out that is the most profitable. I am a web developer myself working in a health insurance company. I have just started my own business to do web development for others too. So, I do find that web development field is profitable.

Have said all that, there are a lot of dependencies that you need to consider:

1) Where do you plan on working? Certain kinds of computer-related jobs tend to be located in certain areas. For example, majority of the programming positions tend to be located in Austin, TX, San Francisco, CA, Houston, TX, NY city, NY, and many other places. I am not saying that you won’t be able to find any programming jobs anywhere else; I am just saying that you may have a hard time finding a programming job in some other places. Do you plan on staying at where you are? How do you like to work in the big cities?

2) Which school do you plan on attending? There are many aspects in computer related fields. While one school may have be strong in one aspect, the other school may be strong in some other subject. So, first, you need to know which aspect of computer related jobs do you want.

3) A field can be profitable but if you don’t like what you are doing, it is just a torture. When I was in university 10 years ago, I double majored in computer science and math. As a comptuer science majored student, I had to take both computer hardware classes and computer programming classes. I absolutely hated the hardware aspect of it and I didn’t like any of those hardware classes. I loved programming and I knew that I would be a programmer someday. I don’t know you and I think the key here is not so much which is the most profitable degree that you should enroll in; but it is which degree you are most interested in. If you are not sure, that’s alright; just take different kinds of computer classes (some programming, some theorectic classes, and some algorithm classes…etc.) and see what you like most.

Note:
1) One of my aunts works in IBM and she is the senior vice president in the research department. When I decided to major in computer science in my first year in university, she only gave me one advice. Because of how rapid things change in the computer field, for the rest of your professional life, you will need to read books, take classes, and do many other things just to keep up with the technology. Now that I am actually in the computer field, I know exactly what she was talking about. I read books every single day just to keep up with the technology. The computer field requires contant learning (for the rest of your professional life). So, the question is, yes, you enjoy working with computers; but do you have the motivation to keep with the technology for the rest of your professional life? Please don’t take me wrong, I am not in any way trying to discourage you.

2) Nowadays, lots of jobs in the US get out-sourced to other people around the world. So, when you are looking for jobs, the competition is not only with the people living in the US; but with people around the world. If you do decide to go into the computer related field, do the best that you can and if you do just that, I can almost assure you that you won’t have to worry about finding job and whatever you do will be profitable.

Mary asks…

IS THERE ANY ONLINE/DISTANCE EDUCATIONAL COURSES AVAILABLE REGARDING AUTISM IN INDIA/ INTERNATIONALLY?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Austin is a brain development disorder that first appears during infancy or childhood, and generally follows a steady course without remission.Impairments result from maturation-related changes in various systems of the brain.

Please visit these web sites for more information;

www.medicalcareerinfo.com
www.austin.com
www.austin-society.org

Hope it will be of help.
Hsj

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Business Optimization Consulting

Lizzie asks…

What should I be looking for when hiring an SEO content writer?

What should I be looking for when hiring an SEO content writer? I know that there are many people on the web claims that they are experts but in reality, they don’t know anything at all. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Having a website that is not easily found is like constructing an elaborate billboard on a deserted island. It may look great, but it’s certainly not going to help you very much.

So by now you have determined you need help and need to hire someone to help. The question is how do you determine which search engine optimization (SEO) company is better then another. They all say the same things but when you try and compare them their approach and skill levels are very different. To help you with this, we have written this article explaining some of the aspects of SEO, including what services are important and what is just sales hype.

Let’s start by defining what search engine optimization is; search engine optimization is the improvement of your websites construction and content in order to improve your visibility within online search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing (MSN). Visibility is often referred to as rankings can be measured in several ways; the problem is that many of these measurements may not be measuring the most important factor in determining your success.

It is an established fact that to be successful on the Internet your business requires a strong visibility (presence) in the ‘results’ returned by search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

Professional SEO companies utilize techniques to make a website more search engine friendly. The easier it is for a search engine to read your website the easier it is to improve your visibility it is very difficult to have one without the other. Accomplishing this task is not easy and that’s why you should carefully research any website promotion and SEO consulting company that you are considering working with; in the long run, it really pays to work with ethical SEO experts who know what they are doing.

Mandy asks…

What is the difference between sms marketing and seo marketing?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Are you looking to promote your business in terms of branding or sales? SMS is part of marketing, but SEO is search engine optimization, which deals with ensuring that your website appears in search results for certain keywords.

For branding you can use SMS (short term) or SEO (long term). The risk of SMS is that you’ll have to comply to do not call lists. For SEO you’ll have to avail seo consulting services of a reputed firm who can give you results.

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Laura asks…

why isn’t anyone suing Obama for campaign fraud?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

GOOD QUESTION
While I doubt Obama is personally involved …..there are some serious problems with his campaign contributions

The Obama campaign has shattered all fund-raising records, raking in $458 million so far, with about half the bounty coming from donors who contribute $200 or less. Aides say that’s an illustration of a truly democratic campaign. To critics, though, it can be an invitation for fraud and illegal foreign cash because donors giving individual sums of $200 or less don’t have to be publicly reported. Consider the cases of Obama donors “Doodad Pro” of Nunda, N.Y., who gave $17,130, and “Good Will” of Austin, Texas, who gave more than $11,000—both in excess of the $2,300-per-person federal limit. In two recent letters to the Obama campaign, Federal Election Commission auditors flagged those (and other) donors and informed the campaign that the sums had to be returned. Neither name had ever been publicly reported because both individuals made online donations in $10 and $25 increments. “Good Will” listed his employer as “Loving” and his occupation as “You,” while supplying as his address 1015 Norwood Park Boulevard, which is shared by the Austin nonprofit Goodwill Industries. Suzanha Burmeister, marketing director for Goodwill, said the group had “no clue” who the donor was. She added, however, that the group had received five puzzling thank-you letters from the Obama campaign this year, prompting it to send the campaign an e-mail in September pointing out the apparent fraudulent use of its name.

“Doodad Pro” listed no occupation or employer; the contributor’s listed address is shared by Lloyd and Lynn’s Liquor Store in Nunda. “I have never heard of such an individual,” says Diane Beardsley, who works at the store and is the mother of one of the owners. “Nobody at this store has that much money to contribute.” (She added that a Doodad’s Boutique, located next door, had closed a year ago, before the donations were made.)

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the campaign has no idea who the individuals are and has returned all the donations, using the credit-card numbers they gave to the campaign. (In a similar case earlier this year, the campaign returned $33,000 to two Palestinian brothers in the Gaza Strip who had bought T shirts in bulk from the campaign’s online store. They had listed their address as “Ga.,” which the campaign took to mean Georgia rather than Gaza.) “While no organization is completely protected from Internet fraud, we will continue to review our fund-raising procedures,” LaBolt said. Some critics say the campaign hasn’t done enough. This summer, watchdog groups asked both campaigns to share more information about its small donors. The McCain campaign agreed; the Obama campaign did not.

Linda asks…

what are the menswear retailers of Burton in UK?

the Burton Group (menswear) from 1969 to 1975.
auther: Gerry Johnson

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The Arcadia Group is a British company that owns several of the most well-known high street clothing retailers in the UK. These include Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge, Burton, Evans, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis and Outfit. Together, the group is responsible for more than 2,500 outlets in the UK alone, making the group is the UK’s second largest clothing retailer – not forgetting numerous concessions in department stores such as Debenhams and Allders Croydon.

The Beginning

The origins of the Arcadia Group can be traced back to 1900 when Montague Burton, a Lithuanian immigrant borrowed £100 from a relative and set up his own menswear shop in Chesterfield. Within 10 years, the business had expanded to a chain of 14 shops in Sheffield and Leeds and had introduced the bespoke tailoring operation that was to make Montague Burton a household name in the 20s and 30s.

The outbreak of the First World War brought a temporary halt to the rapid expansion of shops. However, production capacity increased dramatically as Burton had won contracts to supply uniform clothing for nearly a quarter of the armed forces. The end of the War brought an enormous unprecedented demand for men’s clothing for which Burton was well placed.

Arcadia Group Plc is the new name for the former Burton Group Plc. The name change took place at the same time as the demerger of Debenhams in January 1998. At that time Debenhams became a separate company with its own listing on the Stock Exchange. The fashion ‘multiples’ – Burton Menswear, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Hawkshead, Principles, Racing Green and TOPSHOP/TOPMAN – were renamed and reorganised into Arcadia Group. In June 1999, the Group consolidated its multi-channel approach with the launch of Zoom, an e-commerce and Internet Service Provider. The acquisition of the Sears womenswear business – the Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Warehouse and Outfit brands.

Post War Years

With the post-war years came rapid growth in mass markets – in housing, furniture, consumer goods, entertainment and clothing. It was the era of ribbon development, the Austin Seven, Lyons Corner Houses, Odeon Cinemas, and it was also the era of the Montague Burton suit.

In the mid-1940s demand for tailored menswear remained high and with 600 menswear shops there was hardly a high street in the country without a Burton. Burton was estimated to be clothing about one-fifth of the British male population at that time. When Sir Montague Burton died in 1952, his company was the largest multiples tailor in the world.

In 1946 the company made its first move into the womenswear market with the acquisition of the fashion group Peter Robinson.

Expansion continued through the 50s and early 60s and in the mid-60s Peter Robinson relaunched as “TOPSHOP” which to this day has maintained its reputation for putting new ideas on the high street first.

In the 70′s, and as a complement to the suit business which was in decline, the Group started to develop itself significantly in mainstream clothing retailing by beginning to target chains to precisely defined markets.

In 1971 the Group acquired Evans – the market leader in larger-size fashion for women. In 1979 the Dorothy Perkins chain was acquired, enabling the Group to consolidate its position in the womenswear markets. In 1984 the Group launched a new chain – Principles; for fashion conscious women with a higher disposable income. Principles for Men was launched a year later in 1985.

Also in 1985 the Group acquired Debenhams, the largest department store group in the UK founded in 1851, and Colliers. The acquisition of Debenhams added another 67 stores bringing a wide range of goods other than clothing to the Burton Group’s portfolio.

By 1991, however, the Group reported a substantial fall in profitability, due to a discount-led pricing strategy and the effect of major diversification into property development. New management was appointed which set about improving the Group’s financial position and long term performance.

In 1996, the Group made its first move into home shopping with the acquisition of Innovations along with the Hawkshead brand in July 1996 and Racing Green in October 1996. Innovations and some related brands were then sold to the home shopping group Great Universal Stores (GUS) in November 1997.

The Group’s Internet sites for each of the brands were launched in November 1996 while e-commerce sites were introduced in the autumn of 1997.

The decision to demerge Debenhams and separate it from the rest of the Group was announced in July 1997. The plan was approved by shareholders in January 1998 and the demerger took effect later that month.

In June 1998 the Group acquired Wade-Smith, the Liverpool-based retailer of designer childrenswear, men’s and womenswear.

In June 1999 Arcadia Group again proved itself to be among the most forward-looking of UK retailers with the launch of Zoom, an e-commerce and Internet Service Provider that forms a key part of the Group’s multi-channel approach to retailing. Shortly after Zoom’s launch, Associated Newspapers Ltd acquired a 50% stake in Zoom, allowing both partners to benefit from the increased joint marketing opportunities.

In July 1999 Arcadia Group increased its share of the UK womenswear market with the acquisition of the Sear womenswear businesses, comprising the Warehouse, Wallis, Miss Selfridge and Outfit brands from the defunct Sears Ltd.

In 2002, Arcadia Group plc was bought by Taveta Investments, controlled by billionaire Philip Green who also owns Bhs & Tammy (Tammy now appears in Bhs stores nationwide). Together Bhs and Arcadia form Britain’s second largest clothes retailer, after Marks and Spencer.

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Marketing Strategy Consulting Jobs

Lizzie asks…

What jobs are out there for a marketing major?

I recently graduated with Bachelor’s in Business Administration and concentration in Marketing. I have tried one of the leading rental car companies and decided it wasn’t for me. Also, are there any jobs that my education might help me in besides sales?

Any advice is appreciated.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The great thing about marketing is that it leads into so many routes, the least of which is sales.

With your educational background, you could get a fine start in management consulting, strategy consulting, corporate marketing, marketing consulting, advertising, public relations, corporate business development, and so much more.

Good luck to you. Marketing people are typically very confident and people-oriented. If you’re that type of person, you should have no problem moving fast in this field.

William asks…

What exactly does a person with an MBA do on an everyday basis?

What does a person who has an MBA from a top school do everyday (duties/responsibilities etc.) Also what would be there job title?
Ex. If you get an MD you are a doctor. So what do you refer to a person with an MBA as?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The MBA is a general business degree preparing students for management positions in any level of a business, up to CEO. MBA students study accounting, finance, marketing, management, statistics, economics, law, strategy, policy, and other courses. Therefore, what an MBA does in a business is manage. What the MBA manages can vary among hundreds of different fields or tasks.

Just a an MD may specialize on heart surgery, internal medicine, podiatry, ophthalmology, and dozens of other specialties, the MBA may wind up in many different management positions.

MBA programs accept students with a bachelor’s degree in any undergraduate field. They prefer students who do not have a business major because they give you the business training but they cannot provide the broad background that managers should have. The best majors are in the sciences, technology, engineering, or math, but other majors are also suitable. Any field of endeavor can use good management. The reason for avoiding a business undergraduate degree is that it results in too much duplication with the MBA and leaves you with a narrow focus. On the other hand, companies hiring MBA graduates are looking for those who earned the MBA but can also communicate with the people that they have to manage as they advance in their jobs.

MBA programs prefer students with 2-4 years work experience after the first degree. Some accept students right out of college if they have good grades and a high GMAT score. Some MBA programs are designed specifically for new college graduates without work experience. But in those programs you don’t get the benefit of learning from other students who have work experience. A lot of valuable learning takes place through class interaction. Also when you graduate your job offers will be about the same as a business undergraduate gets because you have no work experience, and you’ve been two years out of your undergraduate field so it’s hard to get work in that area. You get a lot more value from a graduate degree if you have a few years of work experience before you start it.

Consult the Official MBA Guide. It’s a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria.

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Nancy asks…

What to charge to consult on the building of an iphone app or website?

I have been a developer of mostly websites and web-apps, but also iPhone and android apps, for about 15 years now. I am getting asked more and more by colleagues and friends to help them, or someone they know, with their businesses or ideas. Whether that be a website or iPhone app or both.

I am not actually doing much programming or development and am more just giving my advice, coming up with some designs and then managing outsourcers who are actually doing the development.

My question is do I, or should I, charge for what the developers are doing? Whether it be like 10% of their cost or add an extra dollar amount to their rate?

I have pretty much determined that an acceptable rate for my services that I am involved is $50/h. But the thing is, the majority of the hours on a project like building an iphone app comes in the development stage. So I might spend 2 hours working on something that takes 50 hours to build. In that case I am only making $100 and the developers are making $1000.

Is this just part of the price of working as a consultant in this field? If I had a developer working for me directly I would be charging for that work, how can I also do that for outsourcing? Should I act as though the outsourcers ARE working for me and just have the client go through me for everything? Just have the outsourcers charge me and I charge the client adding onto the cost?

I was getting the outsourcers involved as a separate entity and almost stepping out of the picture once I set everything up. I’m thinking this was a bad move.

Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I would suggest you to work directly with your client, so that you can keep relationship with them too. And at the back you work with your outsourcer. Based on the project, your outsourcer should provide you a quotation based on the project or hourly. And then it’s up to you to charge your client depend on how much profit you need. Ex: if your outsourcer charge you $1000 for the project, you can mark up 15% – 30% on top for your profit. Usually, your outsourcer will give you discount or lower rate if you have more projects.

If you are looking for affordable and reliable offshore web or software development, you can check us out at http://abi-technologies.com; we are currently looking for partner too. We are specialized in web development, WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PHP, MySQL …

Paul asks…

What to charge to consult on the building of an iphone app or website?

I have been a developer of mostly websites and web-apps, but also iPhone and android apps, for about 15 years now. I am getting asked more and more by colleagues and friends to help them, or someone they know, with their businesses or ideas. Whether that be a website or iPhone app or both.

I am not actually doing much programming or development and am more just giving my advice, coming up with some designs and then managing outsourcers who are actually doing the development.

My question is do I, or should I, charge for what the developers are doing? Whether it be like 10% of their cost or add an extra dollar amount to their rate?

I have pretty much determined that an acceptable rate for my services that I am involved is $50/h. But the thing is, the majority of the hours on a project like building an iphone app comes in the development stage. So I might spend 2 hours working on something that takes 50 hours to build. In that case I am only making $100 and the developers are making $1000.

Is this just part of the price of working as a consultant in this field? If I had a developer working for me directly I would be charging for that work, how can I also do that for outsourcing? Should I act as though the outsourcers ARE working for me and just have the client go through me for everything? Just have the outsourcers charge me and I charge the client adding onto the cost?

I was getting the outsourcers involved as a separate entity and almost stepping out of the picture once I set everything up. I’m thinking this was a bad move.

Anyone have any advice? Thanks.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I would suggest you to work directly with your client, so that you can keep relationship with them too. And at the back you work with your outsourcer. Based on the project, your outsourcer should provide you a quotation based on the project or hourly. And then it’s up to you to charge your client depend on how much profit you need. Ex: if your outsourcer charge you $1000 for the project, you can mark up 15% – 30% on top for your profit. Usually, your outsourcer will give you discount or lower rate if you have more projects.

If you are looking for affordable and reliable offshore web or software development, you can check us out at http://abi-technologies.com; we are currently looking for partner too. We are specialized in web development, WordPress, Joomla, OpenCart, PHP, MySQL …

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Linda asks…

Getting an MBA from a regular state university?

I am interested in earning an MBA from San Diego State or San Francisco State. The 25th-75th GMAT for SDSU is 570/650 and the average GPA is a 3.3. The 25th-75th GMAT for SFSU is 540/620 and the average GPA is a 3.4 according to Princeton Reviews. Both are rated “moderately difficult” to get into. I plan to either specialize in Finance or Accounting.

I graduated with a degree in Psychology (finished with a 3.36) and have found it so difficult to secure satisfying employment. There are virtually no professional jobs for Psychology graduates. Will an MBA be the pickup that I need to get a secure job?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Some MBA programs accept students right out of college if they have good grades and a high GMAT score. Your GPA is just average for MBA applicants and you don’t give your GMAT score, but it should be well above 600 to qualify. Some MBA programs are designed specifically for new college graduates without work experience. But in those programs you don’t get the benefit of learning from other students who have work experience. A lot of valuable learning takes place through class interaction. Also when you graduate your job offers will be about the same as a business undergraduate gets because you have no work experience, and you’ve been two years out of your undergraduate field so it’s hard to get work in that area. You get a lot more value from a graduate degree if you have a few years of work experience before you start it.

MBA programs prefer students with 2-4 years work experience after the first degree. It does not have to be what you call “satisfying employment.” The job has to show that you can handle responsibilities, make decisions, satisfy your supervisors and customers, and in general understand the work environment. You should advance in the job and not remain at the same level after several years.

With a degree in psychology, you should be able to find work that uses your background. Have you looked for work as a car salesman, retail store employee, or retirement home assistant? There may be jobs in the service industry. Thousands of people are unemployed right now, but many businesses are looking for help. There is nothing shameful in working for a minimum wage. You need work experience for the MBA, so your goal should be to get some.

Consult the Official MBA Guide. It’s a comprehensive free public service with more than 2,000 MBA programs listed worldwide. It allows you to search for programs by location (US, Europe, Far East, etc.), by concentration (finance, marketing, aviation management, health management, accounting, etc.), by type of program (full-time, distance learning, part-time, executive, and accelerated), and by listing your own criteria and preferences to get a list of universities that satisfy your needs. Schools report their accreditation status, tuition cost, number of students, class sizes, program length, and a lot of other data. Schools provide data on entrance requirements, program costs, program characteristics, joint degrees, and much more. You can use the Guide to contact schools of your choice, examine their data, visit their web site, and send them pre applications. You can see lists of top 40 schools ranked by starting salaries of graduates, GMAT scores, and other criteria.

Helen asks…

Is there a loan I can apply as first-time business owner that offer from government or state of Calfironia?

Hi all,

I have question regarding to startup a business (maybe a fast food restaurant, around 100k – 150k). Since this is my first startup business, my first question is money. I wonder if there loan from government or state that I can qualify as the first-time business owner? If there is loan available for fist-time business owner, do I have to be solo owner to qualify or I can be partner with friends and still qualify for the loan? BTW, I plan to have business in southern California.

Thanks in advanced,

JL

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I have not heard of “first time business owner” loans, but SBA can lead you to low-cost loans that you can check

You can check with SBA http://www.sba.gov . Read SBA’s document “CREDIT FACTORS A POTENTIAL BORROWER SHOULD KNOW” http://www.sba.gov/financing/preparation/qualify.html

Given that this is your first foray into entrepreneurship, I suggest you consult with your local Small Business Development Center. Part of the assistance they can give you is to help you find low cost loans and financing for your business. In many cases, they even help in preparing the loan application documents.

SBDC Los Angeles
California – Los Angeles Region SBDC
Ms. Sheneui Sloan, Interim Lead Center Director
LONG BEACH COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
3950 Paramount Boulevard, Ste 101
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone: 562-938-5004
Fax: 562-938-5030
E-Mail: ssloan@lbcc.edu
Website: http://www.lasbdcnet.org

SBDC San Diego
California – San Diego SBDC
Ms. Debbie P. Trujillo, Regional Director
SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
900 Otey Lakes Road
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Phone: 619-482-6388
Fax: 619-482-6402
E-Mail: dtrujillo@swc.cc.ca.us
Website: http://www.sbditc.org

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Austin Tx Newspaper

Susan asks…

How do I start my own nonprofit/volunteer program for teens?

When I was 13 I started my own teen volunteer group in my hometown. It was very successful and I was very good at organizing it and actually loved what I was doing. It’s been more than 10 years now and I’m living in Austin TX. I would really like to start a legitimate volunteer teen outreach program to get kids involved with their community but don’t know what steps I need to take to get this idea off the ground. Any suggestions?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1) Arrange for the local newspaper to run a story about your new community volunteer program. Provide them with your plans and arrange a date for an initial meeting of interested parties.

2) Determine which projects you want to pursue first. A volunteer program can exist to support a specific venue, like a hospital or a home meal-delivery program, or it can expand to offer services in many areas, even in school classrooms and animal shelters. Make a list of your top 6 choices, then whittle it down to the 3 most important. Start there and diversify as your numbers grow.

3) Elect officers from the parties that show up at the first meeting. You will need a secretary, a treasurer, a president and vice president. You may want to serve in one of those positions, or remain as an active coordinator that oversees the progress at this point. Set tentative dates for regular meetings once or twice a month, and determine where they will be held.

4) Start recruiting volunteers. You will need to provide clear and concise training and guidelines to follow. Screen candidates for your community volunteer program carefully, making notes about the time they have to donate, and their background in volunteer services. You need to determine the level of their commitment to your volunteer program.

5) Thank everyone who offers their time and plan an end-of-the-year awards ceremony to honor the top volunteers. As your membership grows, so will your program’s good name in the community.

Ruth asks…

How do I look up people that died in the areas?

Ex: Somebody died around the area awhile back and want to find out how they died. Tried researching but did not find anything. It is located in Austin, TX. Is there a specific words I have to use in order to get an accurate info.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

If you know when they died, your best bet is to go to the local public library and look up the dead person’s name in the local newspaper’s obituaries page.

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Global Strategic Business Consultancy

Susan asks…

what is cultural imprints?

geography

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Cultural imprints

Who we are
We are an international organisation, with offices in the UK, USA and Australia and representative offices in Sweden and Brazil. We have been operating in the United Kingdom since 1988.

What we do
We offer a specialised service that provides key knowledge for: brand building, new product development, identifying new segments, tailoring messages to consumers and organisational change and integration.
Our process fulfils two roles; one is to provide key knowledge for companies’ strategic planing process. The other is to develop client teams who will implement this strategic knowledge on an ongoing basis.

How we do it
We have developed a systematic process that translates the contradictions of human behaviour into something concrete, identifying people’s emerging needs with remarkable accuracy. During a project the members of the client team become experts in using this strategic knowledge. The ‘core competence’ remains within the client’s organisation.

Scientific Background
We draw on the latest discoveries in the neural sciences, linguistics, psychology and anthropology and apply them in the world of business.
Recent discoveries in the field of the neural sciences teach us that:

• Emotion is the trigger to action
• The rational system follows the emotional system
• Present actions are driven by past experiences
• Present experiences dictate our emerging needs

The Imprint analysis incorporates this knowledge of the human mind to determine people’s emerging needs and ‘entry-points’ for effective communication.

What makes Cultural Imprint unique

• We have a systematic process to identify people’s emerging needs and ‘entry points’ for effective communication
• ‘People say one thing and do another.’ We find out what they really want!
• The process serves as a ‘truth detector’ to reveal how consumers feel about brands
• Client participation allows companies to reconnect with their audiences
• Development of a client team enables the results to be implemented on an ongoing basis

Management

Cristina Afors – President and Founder
Cristina is a graduate in economics from Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil. She studied social psychology at the London School of Economics and psychoanalysis at the Tavistock Institute, London. Cristina founded Cultural Imprint in 1988 and has extensive experience working with large multinational companies across a wide range of industries and services

John Evans – Vice President
John obtained a PhD in psychology from the University of Western Australia. He has taught in psychology departments at several Australian universities, and has also lectured in personnel management, business and human resource, micro computing, management science and business related courses at the David Syme Business School. He began consulting in 1981, where he worked with a number of corporations, providing an array of consultancy services. John joined Cultural Imprint in 1993

Marilyn Zuckerman Michaels – Vice President
Prior to joining Cultural Imprint in 1999, Marilyn led AT&T Solutions’ Management practice, where she provided consulting services for Global 2000 companies. She specialised in building and managing worldwide change management initiatives, enabling successful business transformation. Marilyn has also held management positions in AT&T Bell Labs, American Hoescht, ITT and RCA, and is the author of the successful book ‘Incredibly American’

refer to www.culturalimprint.com

Sandra asks…

Why System Design, UML ?

Hi friends,

I have a project in .NET ( VB.NET & ASP.NET ) for which I am supposed prepare an effort estimate, convince why .NET is the best option to the client (because I know only Microsoft technology! :) , design the system into HLD & LLD, prepare the schedule & assign it to the team. All these days I was more into programming and now I have accepted this new responsibilty. Though there are few colleagues who can help me, I would first like to know the following in lay man’s language:

a) What is UML ? Why should I use it ?
b) How to prepare an estimate for a project based on the requirement specifications ?
c) What tool should I use for HLD & LLD ? How should I design the database ?
d) First of all, why design is required ? Cant we code directly from the requirement specification ?

Please help me. Advance thanks to all ..

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Whats UML?
The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a standard language for specifying, visualizing, constructing, and documenting the artifacts of software systems, as well as for business modeling and other non-software systems.

Why Use UML?
As the strategic value of software increases for many companies, the industry looks for techniques to automate the production of software and to improve quality and reduce cost and time-to-market. These techniques include component technology, visual programming, patterns and frameworks. Businesses also seek techniques to manage the complexity of systems as they increase in scope and scale. In particular, they recognize the need to solve recurring architectural problems, such as physical distribution, concurrency, replication, security, load balancing and fault tolerance. Additionally, the development for the World Wide Web, while making some things simpler, has exacerbated these architectural problems. The Unified Modeling Language (UML) was designed to respond to these needs.

How to prepare an estimate for a project based on the requirement specifications ?
The estimate should made from manpower used, time taken, consultancy charges, hardwares required and etc…

HLD,LLD?

HLD may content ‘use cases’ up to ‘structural’ classes may be with operations but without ‘true’ details (unavailable to generate code) available to define sequence diagrams. A (part of the) deployment may also be given at this level.

LLD give the design and may be used to produce source code, to give the deployment etc …

Depending on the HLT level the classes defined at the HLD may exist or not in the LLD.

Design?
In the design phase the architecture is established. This phase starts with the requirement document delivered by the requirement phase and maps the requirements into an architecture. The architecture defines the components, their interfaces and behaviors. The deliverable design document is the architecture. The design document describes a plan to implement the requirements. This phase represents the “how” phase. Details on computer programming languages and environments, machines, packages, application architecture, distributed architecture layering, memory size, platform, algorithms, data structures, global type definitions, interfaces, and many other engineering details are established. The design may include the usage of existing components.

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Headhunters Austin

Helen asks…

what are some of your favorite country songs?

im burning a cd and i need a few more songs to put on it. im open to all kinds of country songs, but i like 90s country the best, and the more twang in their voice the better :)
feel free to name as many as you want!
i like all the ones that have been mentioned so far but theres only a few i havent already downloaded so keep em comin, thanks! :)
wow, i think im gonna have to make a cd just for the ones you all have mentioned, thanks! im gonna keep the question open for a little while longer and hope i get some more suggestions :)

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

You Won’t Ever Be Lonely – Andy Griggs
Stuck – Ash Bowers
Destination You – Austin Cody
Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
Goodbye Says It All – BlackHawk
Good Little Girls – Blue County
They Don’t Make Them Like That Anymore – Boy Howdy
Pull Up A Tailgate – Brian Davis
Carolina Rain – Carolina Rain
Yes! – Chad Brock
The Man I Want To Be – Chris Young
Makin’ Hay – Clay Davidson
God’s Up To Something – Clay Underwood
If I Could Make A Living – Clay Walker
A Good Run Of Bad Luck – Clint Black
Little Red Rodeo – Collin Raye
Tight Fittin’ Jeans – Conway Twitty
Redneck Yacht Club – Craig Morgan
Honky Tonk Heartache Of The Year – Daron Norwood
Too Much Fun – Daryle Singletary
Sweet Distraction – David Adam Byrnes
Boys Will Be Boys – David Kersh
9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
It Must Be Love – Don Williams
In A Different Light – Doug Stone
Countrified Soul – Emerson Drive
Two More Bottles Of Wine – Emmylou Harris
Hang On To Your Heart – Exile
Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks
Workin’ On Ten – George Canyon
Twang – George Strait
Blame It On That Red Dress – Gord Bamford
It’s A Man’s Job – Greg Hanna
Exception To The Rule – Greg Holland
Redneck Woman – Gretchen Wilson
Eight Second Ride – Jake Owen
I Knew I’d Need My Heart Someday – James Bonamy
100% Cowboy – Jason Meadows
I Can Sleep When I’m Dead – Jason Michael Carrol
Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
Lovin’ Like That – Jeff Bates
Shine On – Jeff Carson
All I’ve Got To Say – Jerry Kilgore
Bye Bye – Jo Dee Messina
Prisoner (Of The Honky Tonks) – Jody Jenkins
Pickup Man – Joe Diffie
Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off – Joe Nichols
Sold – John Michael Montgomery
Nothin To Lose – Josh Gracin
Firecracker – Josh Turner
Back That Thing Up – Justin Moore
She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy – Kenny Chesney
Dumas Walker – Kentucky Headhunters
Pound Sign (#?*!) – Kevin Fowler
Again – Lane Turner
Houson (Means I’m One Day Closer To You) – Larry Gatlin
Sumter County Friday Night – Lee Brice
God Bless The USA – Lee Grenwood
May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose – Little Jimmy Dickens
You Gotta Kick A Little – Little Texas
Here Comes Summer – LoCash Cowboys
Amazed – Lonestar
Rain Is A Good Thing – Luke Bryan
Bubba Shot The Jukebox – Mark Chesnutt
From Here To Eternity – Michael Peterson
Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda – Michael Stacey
Lucky Man – Montgomery Gentry
Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On – Neal McCoy
Fishin’ In The Dark – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Diggin Up Bones – Randy Travis
Why Haven’t I Heard From You – Reba McEntire
Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex
I’m Gonna Find A Way – The Remingtons
Kiss My Country Ass – Rhett Akins
Daydreams About Night Things – Ronnie Milsap
Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On – Sammy Kershaw
Suds In The Bucket – Sara Evans
The Race Is On – Sawyer Brown
Next To You, Next To Me – Shenandoah
Real Good Man – Tim McGraw
Get Drunk And Be Somebody – Toby Keith
Honky Tonk Badonkadonk – Trace Adkins
Baby Likes To Rock It – The Tractors
I’m From The Country – Tracy Byrd
Irresistible You – Ty England
Steam – Ty Herndon
Sweet September – Williams Riley

Laura asks…

Name these lyrics! Hard!?

1. He stood there lost in her eyes
2. When that heart inside is crying out for love
3.To hear the words I’m scared she’s gonna say
4. If you get an ear pierced, some will call you gay.
5. Like a clown I put on a show
6. They’ll be shootin marbles in the back of the store
7. She let the law take it from there
8. I held a picture of our wedding day
9. I’m fighting back the tears as she fights for her life.
10. Ive heard thunder talkin up a storm

FIRST TO ANSWER ARTIST AND SONG WINS 10 POINTS!
GOOD LUCK!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1.tim mcgraw- somebody must be praying for me
2.faith hill- when you cry
3.Blackhawk- I Sure Can Smell The Rain
4.Pirates Of The Mississippi – Feed Jake
5.Kevin Sharp, also sung by Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows
6.Headhunters Kentucky – Dumas Walker
7.Dixie Chicks – Goodbye Earl
8.Patty Loveless or Laura Branigan – How can I help you to say goodbye
9.Sherrie Austin, Streets of Heaven
10.Chad Brock, also sung by R Kelly – Lightning Does The Work

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