Business Efficiency Consultant

Paul asks…

Does anyone know how to open up McDonalds in Mongolia?

There is no McDonalds in Mongolia, but i am sure the business would be very good there.Market is growing extremely. What should i do to open up McDonalds here?. Who should i contact? Does anyone wanna cooperate with me or know who might be interested? What requirements are there?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Total Investment: $506,000-$1,600,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $45,000
Royalty Fee: 12.5%+

You have to buy a McDonald’s franchise. In order to qualify for a conventional franchise you have to have $175,000 (not borrowed). Your total costs to open the restaurant, however, will be anywhere from $430,000 to $750,000 which goes to paying for the building, equipment, etc. Forty percent of this cost has to be from your own (non-borrowed) funds. You’ll pay an initial franchise fee of $45,000 directly to McDonald’s. The other costs go to suppliers, so this is the only upfront fee you pay to McDonald’s. Then, you’ll go through a rigorous nine-month training period where you’ll learn about the McDonald’s way of doing things — things like their standards for quality, service, value, formulas and specifications for menu items, their method of operation, and inventory control techniques. You’ll have to agree to operate the restaurant from a single location, usually for 20 years, following their guidelines for decor, signage, layout and everything else that makes McDonald’s McDonald’s.

Once you’ve completed training and are ready to go, McDonalds will offer you a location they’ve already developed. The exterior of the building will be complete, but you will have to take care of interior additions such as kitchen equipment, seating and landscaping. You’ll get constant support from a McDonald’s Field Consultant, who can advise you on details and will visit regularly. You’ll pay McDonald’s a monthly fee of 4 percent of your sales, and either a flat base rent or a percentage rent of at least 8.5 percent of your sales. How much money you make depends on many things, including the location and its popularity, the efficiency of your operating costs, and your ability to manage and control the business.

Richard asks…

How does one become a consultant to businesses and organizations – to help them improve efficiency etc?

What kinds of career oppourtunties exsist for this type of work? How does one follow this career path? How can I learn more about it?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hopefully you’ll succeed in business before consulting others on how to. Reminds me of the business teachers in school who never ran a business. Perplexing.

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Strategic Business Consultancy

Ken asks…

I would like to export products and services to Brazil, know any expert advice in Brazil?

I am a businessman and I have two companies, one in the production of other products and services in the area, would like to export products and services to Brazil, I learned that Brazil will become one of the largest economies in the coming years, you know some advice specializing in Brazil that can help my company gain market Brazilian and Mercosur.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:


The Nbrax Consulting is a Brazilian company specialized in developing consultancy work for foreign companies export products
and services to Brazil.

Selected sales representatives (agents of Foreign Trade) for your company to sell to customers in Brazil.

Perform commercial representation for the growth of our client in Brazil and develop the work of
consulting for the process of internationalization of the company in the country, creating a planning
proper marketing, identifying all costs and expenses of the project, presented in a
efficient and complete all logistics options in the area of ??foreign trade.
Being a reference for foreign companies in the process of business internationalization and
commercial representation in Brazil, identify and resolve specific issues that hinder the process of
marketing of products and services in international trade.

- Initial process for evaluation of the company in Brazil.
- Plan the company’s internationalization.
-Analysis of cultural differences.
-Analysis and development of the brand in Brazil.
Top-dissemination tools of products and services company.

-Identification of the major shows in Brazil’s sector of activity of the contracting company.
-Analysis and market selection.
-Forms of access to the Brazilian market.
-Analysis and selection of strategic partnerships for the company.
Study-price contracts and

-Consultancy for Mercosur countries – Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Mark asks…

Is there any reputed companies offering final year projects for ECE?

if any 1 can help me with the list of companies..tht wld b usefull to me……….

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Basic listings
Aar em Electronics
Aar-em Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (India) is a leading manufacturer and exporter of Uninterruptible Power Supplies. Aar-em’s endeavor in the years to come is to maintain the excellent standards already set and create global solutions to make the customers businesses even more productive. One of the fastest growing power electronics company in India.
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Andhra Electronics
Andhra Electronics Limited manufactures and markets high precision quartz crystals and a variety of crystal oscillators for telecom, space and Military applications.
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Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
BEL manufactures a wide range of products in areas like Defence Communications, Radars, Telecommunications, SATCOM, Sound and Vision Broadcasting, Opto & Medical Electronics and Electronic Components. Services offered by BEL include contract manufacturing, telecom consultancy and semiconductor device packaging.
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Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)
ECIL is a multi-product and multi-disciplinary organisation providing key technology inputs, system integration and system solutions in the areas of Information Technology, Strategic Electronics, Communications, Control and Automation, Instrumentation and Components.
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Hightension Electrical
Hightension Electrical Industries has made a name for itself in the field of manufacture of High Tension and Low Tension Transmission and Power Distribution Line Materials. Its products are of high standard and are certified by reputed institutes of India. Amongst others, the Company imports and exports products like Earth Rod, HT Stay Set, LT Stay Set, GI Pins, Post Insulator, Pin Insulator, Discharging Rod, Operating Rod, Hardware filling for dish insulator and so on.
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Holoflex Limited
HOLOFLEX LIMITED was incorporated in 1991 and has since then been in the business of holograms and allied holographic products. Today Holoflex ranks as one of the frontrunners in the business of security hologram. We are a member of the International Hologram Manufacturers’ Association and a founder member of the Hologram Manufacturers Association of India.
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O.E.N India
Established in 1968, O.E.N is the market leader for Electromechanical Components. Manufacturing plants are located in the suburbs of Cochin and Bangalore with over 11,000 square meters of factory space. We offer a comprehensive range of products with applications in most segments of Electronic Industry including Communications, Automotive, Strategic Industrial Controls, Instrumentation and Consumer Electronics.
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Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL)
SCL’s vertically integrated semiconductor operations offer design, wafer fabrication, testing, packaging, Quality Assurance and reliability testing, VLSI based system manufacturing and applications support all under one roof.
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Supertron Electronics
Supertron Electronics Limited is one of the top 25 channel partners in Indian computer industry and largest among them in the eastern India. Broad range of offerings including computer systems, parts, peripherals, consumables and networking products, with effective support services have helped Supertron in emerging as the leader.
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The Videocon Group
Manufacturer of Televisions, VCRs, VCPs, Audio Systems, Home Appliances and Business Electronics. Manufactures Televisions and VCRs in technical tie-up with Toshiba Corporation of Japan. Videocon today, is a multi-faceted group, with 9 state -of-the-art manufacturing facilities all over India.

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Consulting Jobs Austin Texas

Lisa asks…

Does it matter what college you go to?

Will that really affect who hires you?

Calm down before you answer, I don’t mean community colleges! I mean state schools vs. the Ivies, like Texas-Austin vs. Harvard, so on and so on…

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Well, anyone who tells you that it doesn’t matter what school you go to is obviously delusional. How about the fact that some of the best companies, such as Goldman Sachs and Bain & Company, only recruit at the most prestigious colleges. If you don’t go to a really prestigious school, you’ll have a hard time not just landing a job, but even landing an interview at some of the most prestigious finance and consulting companies.

From my experiences, going to a top school will land you an interview, but it won’t land you a job. Basically, the more prestigious the college, the more interviews/opportunities you’ll get. Employers want smart and hard-working employees. Admissions to colleges is basically a screening process, where (theoretically) only the best, brightest and hardest working are accepted. In general, the more prestigious the college–>the stricter the admissions standards–>the better the student quality.

As for your example, a UT degree will hold its own against Harvard in Texas. Heck, it might even be more desirable, depending on the employer and their pro-UT bias. But, outside of Texas, the Harvard degree is more prestigious and will (probably) land more interviews. UT, along with UCLA, UVA, Berkeley, Michigan and a few other schools are very prestigious schools that have comparable prestige to some of the best schools in the nation, such as Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt. If one goes to one of those schools, they’ll have roughly as many opportunities as if they went to a prestigious private school. Most state schools though, such as University of Houston or University of Arkansas, aren’t nearly as prestigious as UT and they won’t see as many opportunities as if they had gone to a prestigious private school.

Sharon asks…

University of Texas-Austin Masters in Acc program vs. 60K sony job?

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in Pitman, 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, rated #1 in USA. 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?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

That’s a tough one. Heather_c raises some very good points. Let me add a few more.

1- What do you WANT to do more right now: more school or take this particular job?

2- What can you expect after you graduate from UTA? Talk to the placement office (or whatever they call it there), some recent grads (easier if you belong to a fraternity with a UTA chapter), and some employers. In the long term, you will probably earn more by having the MBA, but not necessarily.

3- Can you pursue your degree while working for Sony? Maybe they have a tuition program like many large companies do?

Good luck. This is what you call a high quality problem.

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Product Marketing Consultant Salary

Lisa asks…

What are my career options with a degree in sociology?

And also the salary ranges for the job.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Because of the breadth of study involved in obtaining a sociology degree, career choices are diverse. Graduates holding a degree in sociology often find employment as researchers, consultants, or administrators for federal, state, and local governments. A sociologist may also find employment in the private sector with educational institutions and businesses.
It is common for those with sociology degrees to seek employment in one of the following areas or positions.
•Administration: A professional with a degree in sociology is well prepared for administrative positions, particularly in government and public agencies that administer human services. Sociologists in leadership roles help define policies toward groups of people in need of public assistance. By leading teams of researchers and social work professionals, sociologists can reshape their communities.
•Business: A degree in sociology prepares a student for a career in business. Sociologists research consumer trends and work with market researchers to discover new opportunities to meet the public’s needs. Some corporations employ sociologists to impact the social effects of major projects like plant relocations or store openings. Sociologists also help product designers understand the overall trends shaping consumer culture in order to inspire tomorrow’s hot new products.
•Corrections: As the prison population in our country continues to expand, many local governments hire sociologists to understand the impact of tougher laws on neighborhoods. Sociologists also help corrections officials determine the effects of new programs and regulations on the prison population.
•Counseling: Some counselors and therapists study sociology in order to better understand some of the larger trends they see among patients. By using the kinds of pattern analysis techniques that sociologists are known for, counselors can focus their practices on critical needs in their communities.
•Education: A person with a sociology degree may choose to pursue a career in education. A bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate are adequate for teaching classes such as political science, history, and social science at the high school level. Ph.D. Level graduates may pursue careers at the college and university level.
•Investigations: Sociology professionals play larger roles at major investigative bureaus, especially the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Working with detectives and profilers, sociologists help law enforcement officials anticipate crime by identifying obscure patterns. Targeting areas that are likely to be the focus of criminals allows officials to deploy scarce resources more effectively. Therefore, investigators can close cases more quickly while improving the quality of life in previously dangerous areas.
•Journalism: Sociology majors with a proven ability to communicate well may find a home for their talents in a variety of news gathering organizations. Newspapers and local broadcast news outlets employ sociologists to help understand the kinds of stories that engage readers, viewers, and listeners in a particular region. Sociologists work with editors and market researchers to identify the right balance of news that audience members expect with the stories that need to be reported to uphold civic responsibilities.
•Politics: Sociology degree holders can play numerous roles in the political community. Campaign managers hire sociology professionals who can identify critical neighborhoods that can make or break an election. By understanding the traditional voting patterns of key districts along with the crucial issues that concern voters, campaigners can deploy volunteers and activists to win over voters.

At numerous government organizations, sociologists analyze patterns that can affect the political and economic balance of the county. Examining the trends in housing construction and measuring the number of citizens who move to new cities can provide lawmakers with a clear picture of the challenges facing Americans today. Sociologists can also help lawmakers predict the success or failure of proposed legislation based on voting patterns and current research findings.

Most importantly, sociologists manage the process of counting citizens in our census program every ten years. Instead of merely counting individuals in the country, as mandated by law, sociologists use the opportunity to conduct deeper interviews that reveal larger trends when compared to past results.
•Public Relations: Some sociology majors with an interest in journalism find jobs as public relations officers for major corporations. By reviewing market research data and understanding historic trends, sociologists can anticipate challenges when rolling out new products or building infrastructure. Sociologists who truly understand the motivations of customers, community activists, and journalists can effectively defuse problems in the media by responding to the public’s concerns with carefully composed solutions.
•Research: Some sociology professionals can carve out careers as independent research consultants who examine trends in human behavior for a variety of clients. By carving out a solid reputation for reliable work, these specialists attract interesting problems without having to pursue grants like their colleagues in the academic sector.
•Senior Services: Over the next few decades, the United States will experience an unprecedented explosion in the number of Americans over the age of sixty-five. Numerous outreach organizations and government agencies are hiring sociologists to study the effects of an again population on our culture. In addition, many researchers hope to anticipate the results of the coming contraction of population as baby boomers die off. Sociologists use scenario planning exercises along with a variety of resources to predict the opportunities for future generations to thrive in a country with far fewer residents.
•Youth Services: Our society places more value on the lives of children than at any point in our nation’s history. A variety of government agencies and nonprofit institutions monitor the impact of policies and parental habits on today’s young people. Sociologists examine the challenges that young people face when interacting with people of other generations. They also examine the significant cultural shifts driven by young people’s tastes in popular culture.

Donald asks…

Can someone tell me what a career in advertising would be like?

I always thought a career in advertising would be awesome, but I don’t exactly know what advertisers for big firms do. I was wondering what their jobs included and other information like that. Also, is the salary good? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I hope this helps

Sales are crucial to a company’s success; without them, no company can survive for long. However, to have good sales results you need to have a good marketing plan. This is where marketing specialists come in.

Marketing specialists are hired to improve the sales of a company’s product or service by increasing consumers’ awareness of it. Sometimes this involves re-marketing an existing product and finding a new way to present it to the public. It can also mean deciding how to position a new product that consumers have been asking for and making sure that they are aware of its availability.

Sometimes, there is no perceived desire for the product at all, possibly because it is a totally new product or service. In this situation, the marketing specialist has to create a market by creating public awareness and convincing consumers that they need what the company is selling.

Marketing specialists do a lot of homework so that they can identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a product and its market. Often, a specialist will try to push what marketers call the “unique selling proposition,” the one characteristic that sets their client’s product apart from all the others.

Once the strengths and the unique selling position of the product have been identified, the product’s price, image, and selling strategy are decided upon. These ideas are then
communicated to an ad agency, or the in-house creative staff. They use the strategy to develop ads and other promotional material, such as pamphlets and promotional events.

Some marketing specialists act as consultants for companies. They undertake marketing audits to monitor a product’s performance, offer an opinion on the success of the product’s current strategy, and propose alternative strategies if necessary. Other marketing specialists manage the distribution of products. This may include organizing the order-taking process, making sure that warehousing and shipping is carried out in an efficient manner, and providing sales support in the form of a 24-hour assistance hotline.

Jobs in marketing are typically divided into a hierarchy of positions with the top of the hierarchy managing a whole campaign and those lower down in the hierarchy overseeing selected parts of a campaign (for example, the placement of billboards).

Approximate Earnings:
Entry Wage

$40.58 Per Hour

$84,410 Annual

Median Wage

$55.59 Per Hour

$115,620 Annual

Experienced Wage

$70.00 + Per Hour

$146,000 + Annual

An example of a day in the life:
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Checking email; responding to a crisis: working on last minute status reports that need to get to the supervisor by the end of the day.

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Checking the status of a project; working on the project plan (web marketing).

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meetings: working with team members to discuss the creative development of brochures and other campaign tactics.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Entering info on computer for company-mandated systems.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing a story line for an announcement of new services offered by the client; working on the status reports for various projects.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Returning phone calls; letting supervisors know the status of projects; calling peers regarding research I need for an idea and seeking their advice; finishing the status reports and getting it to the supervisors.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Finishing miscellaneous stuff; organizing; making sure everything is done that needs to be done for the day.

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Business Optimization Consulting

William asks…

How to promote the website online?

Hi Users,

I have a online greetings website, I do want to know as to what new strategies can be applied to promote the website to multiply it’s traffic.

Please only serious answers.

Thanks in advance.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Well there are a number of things you can do. First, work on your SEO (search engine optimization). This will get you visitors for free, and can often lead to the highest volume of quality visitors.

Second, you can get traffic to your site almost instantly by using a Pay Per Click marketing campaign either through Google Adwords or Yahoo Overture. This will definitely get visitors to your site, however, it can be expensive.

You also need to work on backlinks to your site. This is a part of SEO, but it is a tedious task that must be done to move your site up in the rankings.

Lastly, if you have the budget for a consulting service, there are many out there that will do all or most of the work for you. The quality ones will range from about $200 per month ( to about $2,000+ per month ( If you can swing it, I definitely recommend letting one of these companies help. They can really make a difference in your business.

Hope this helps.

Betty asks…

Should I buy a domain name fist to have a website?

I am thinking to have a website for my small family run business. Should I buy a domain name first and give it to some web designer to develop my website?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Let me write the steps
1. Buy/reserve a domain name (domain name should be a good keyword of your business)
2. Buy web hosting account (choose plan as per your requirement)
3. Consult a web designer/developer and start building out website (think of branding your website)
4. Publish your website once it is built out and checked for errors
5. Start search engine optimization (Use free service as much as possible)
Now, you are done! You are on the web.

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Austin Web Development

Thomas asks…

What should I do about this?

I’ve been studying Buddhism for almost 8 months and am interested in attending a meditation class at a local temple. The only problem is, is that the only places nearby that offer classes in North Texas are an SGI and New Kadampa Center. I’ve been warned that these are cults and best avoided. There are two other temples but I believe that they are only taught in Vietnamese. How can I continue learning when all the places around me either don’t teach in English, or are cults?! Help meh Buddhists, help meh!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

SGI is not a cult, Look at our web site and make up your own mind. Don’t be decieved.We are about 12 million members world wide who believe in world peace. Judge for your self. Look at our organization Charter and see if there is anything that you disagree with.

Charter of the Soka Gakkai International
Purposes and Principles
1. SGI shall contribute to peace, culture and education for the happiness and welfare of all humanity based on the Buddhist respect for the sanctity of life.

2. SGI, based on the ideal of world citizenship, shall safeguard fundamental human rights and not discriminate against any individual on any grounds.

3. SGI shall respect and protect the freedom of religion and religious expression.

4. SGI shall promote an understanding of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism through grass-roots exchange, thereby contributing to individual happiness.

5. SGI shall, through its constituent organizations, encourage its members to contribute toward the prosperity of their respective societies as good citizens.

6. SGI shall respect the independence and autonomy of its constituent organizations in accordance with the conditions prevailing in each country.

7. SGI shall, based on the Buddhist spirit of tolerance, respect other religions, engage in dialogue and work together with them toward the resolution of fundamental issues concerning humanity.

8. SGI shall respect cultural diversity and promote cultural exchange, thereby creating an international society of mutual understanding and harmony.

9. SGI shall promote, based on the Buddhist ideal of symbiosis, the protection of nature and environment.

10. SGI shall contribute to the promotion of education, in pursuit of truth as well as the development of scholarship, to enable all people to cultivate their individual character and enjoy fulfilling and happy lives.

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Austin, TX. 78751 US

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2600 N. Stemmons Fwy.
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Dallas, TX. 75207 US

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4821-A Keller Springs Road
Addision, TX. 75001 US

Telephone: 972.250.4445
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2901 North Campbell Street
El Paso, TX. 79902 US

Telephone: 915.534.7022
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2709 W. Berry Street
Fort Worth, TX. 76109 US

Telephone: 817.923.4545
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3465 West Alabama Avenue Suite B
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Charles asks…

what is a chmod? in english please. i dont know what a “unix” is?

I’ve been trying to install an application called MooCow Music Drummer on my iPod Touch, but it says in the manual installation i need to “chmod”. What is that and how do you do it?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The chmod command (abbreviated from change mode) is a shell command in Unix and Unix-like environments. When executed, the command can change file system modes of files and directories. The modes include permissions and special modes.

Chmod changes the permissions of each given file according to MODE, which can be either an octal number representing the bit pattern for the new permissions or a symbolic representation of changes to make, (+-= rwxXstugoa)

The first digit = selects attributes for the set user ID (4) and set group ID (2) and save text image (1)S
The second digit = permissions for the user who owns the file: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)
The third digit = permissions for other users in the file’s group: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)
The fourth digit = permissions for other users NOT in the file’s group: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)

The octal (0-7) value is calculated by adding up the values for each digit
User (rwx) = 4+2+1 = 7
Group(rx) = 4+1 = 5
World (rx) = 4+1 = 5
chmode mode = 0755

chmod 444 file – Allow read permission to owner and group and world
chmod 777 file – Allow everyone to read, write, and execute file


The Open Group holds the definition of what a UNIX system is and its associated trademark in trust for the industry.

In 1994 Novell (who had acquired the UNIX systems business of AT&T/USL) decided to get out of that business. Rather than sell the business as a single entity, Novell transferred the rights to the UNIX trademark and the specification (that subsequently became the Single UNIX Specification) to The Open Group (at the time X/Open Company). Subsequently, it sold the source code and the product implementation (UNIXWARE) to SCO. The Open Group also owns the trademark UNIXWARE, transferred to them from SCO more recently.

Today, the definition of UNIX ® takes the form of the worldwide Single UNIX Specification integrating X/Open Company’s XPG4, IEEE’s POSIX Standards and ISO C. Through continual evolution, the Single UNIX Specification is the defacto and dejure standard definition for the UNIX system application programming interfaces. As the owner of the UNIX trademark, The Open Group has separated the UNIX trademark from any actual code stream itself, thus allowing multiple implementations. Since the introduction of the Single UNIX Specification, there has been a single, open, consensus specification that defines the requirements for a conformant UNIX system.

There is also a mark, or brand, that is used to identify those products that have been certified as conforming to the Single UNIX Specification, initially UNIX 93, followed subsequently by UNIX 95, UNIX 98 and now UNIX 03.

The Open Group is committed to working with the community to further the development of standards conformant systems by evolving and maintaining the Single UNIX Specification and participation in other related standards efforts. Recent examples of this are making the standard freely available on the web, permitting reuse of the standard in open source documentation projects , providing test tools ,developing the POSIX and LSB certification programs.

From this page you can read about the history of the UNIX system over the past 30 years or more. You can learn about the Single UNIX Specification, and read or download online versions of the specification. You can also get involved in the ongoing development and maintenance of the Single UNIX Specification, by joining the Austin Group whose approach to specification development is “write once, adopt everywhere”, The Open Group’s Base Working Group or get involved in the UNIX Certification program.

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Small Business Consultation

John asks…

What’s a ballpark fee for a small business attorney consultation?

I would like to start a business and am calculating costs.

But I cannot find ANY ballpark or fee information online for small businesses attorneys. I’m looking for an attorney who can review/draft contracts and give a good legal consultation…that’s about.

Please ANY rough estimate? (If hourly please state roughly how many hours it would take to draft small business contracts and give basic startup counsel.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Most attorneys will give you an initial consultation for free, in which you describe your situation, and the lawyer will tell you if this is or is not something that s/he’s familiar with, and can help you with, and what his/her charges are (hourly fees, retainers, expenses, etc.). Now, you won’t get a lot of detailed information, but you’ll be able to go shopping for an attorney without racking up thousands of dollars in fees. These consultations will usually be pretty short (a half hour or less).

You can also get free consultations from accountants.

If you’re in the US, I advise you to contact the Service Corps Of Retired Executives (SCORE). This service is FREE (so it’s within your price range), and they will match you up with a mentor who has had experience in your field, or in a similar field, and this mentor can really help you in many ways.

Sharon asks…

How to create invoice numbers for a small business ?

Just need some advice on a system of invoice numbers. I started a small business and I need to create invoice numbers for my customers. Is there any science or system behind invoice numbers ??? How can they be coded so you can store built-in information ??? FYI – I have a small construction contractor business.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1. Add a prefix to indicate the invoice.
It’s better to add a prefix for invoice, like INV. This can help you to organize different types of documents, like quotation, invoice, receipt, etc.
INV – Invoice
REC – Receipt.

2. Dont make it too long.
It is troublesome if you or your customer want to reference it.

3. Add Time field.
You may add the Year or Month into, for example INV200908 or INV081234. You can easily track the invoice accordingly.

4. Start it from somewhere and not 1.
It gives a good impression to your customer.
It is really odd if your invoice number is INV00001.

5. Add Category field.
If you have different types of services/products, you want to differentiate it out in the number.
You can add a suffix. For example, add “C” to represent the consultation job.

So, you may come up with something like this
INV200908501, INV200908502, INV200908503

In next month, you have
INV200909501, INV200909502, INV200909503

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International Business Development Consulting Firms

Donald asks…

What degree would be best to be a Management Consultant?

I am looking to be a management consultant, and I was wondering what degree it would be best to get in order to achieve this wish. Also, which University (UK) would be best to get this degree? And finally, what A Levels should I take to get into the Uni, to get the degree?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

It would depend entirely on which area of management you would like to specialise. Management Consultants are usually hired by businesses because the consultant has some type of specialist knowledge that cannot be found within the company.

A standard management degree would therefore not be the most helpful thing to have. Something along the lines of a HR specialism such as training and development or performance management could be a possibility. The biggest thing that most businesses are looking to buy from a consultant though is experience and coming straight out of Uni into a consulting job is very very difficult unless you work for one of the big firms.

I would suggest that you do the A Levels you feel that you could get the best grades in as this will affect which university you will be accepted at. I studied Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology and German and went on to do a BSc in International Management and an MSc in International HR Management.

John asks…

I need a contact for Raytheon Garland. A project manager in charge of a project who needs my firm?

We are a new consulting firm dealing with systems engineering looking for a foot in the door. I have been working on internet research but cannot find a name and contact number for anyone other than supplier diversity. I am not with a supplier but with a consulting firm. Please help

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Raytheon Garland
Thomas M. Culligan
Executive Vice President
Business Development
Raytheon Company,
Chief Executive Officer
Raytheon International, Inc.
Raytheon Company
1100 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia
22209 USA

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Daniel asks…

Caribbean travel websites?

Is there any type of website that you can plug in what it is you want to do on your vacation and they would direct you in the right direction. For example if I said I want to go to a Caribbean Island In September and I want a nice quiet beach, beautiful scuba diving, and sportfishing for billfish. And an all inclusing hotel. Is there any kind of website that would say where the best places to go would be for that?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The Official website of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) it is jointly owned by all of the Governments in the Caribbean…


– Today’s Press release…
Article: Caribbean’s new website launched in New York
Date: Published on Friday, March 28, 2008
Source: – Caribbean Net News Online


NEW YORK, USA: The Caribbean’s positioning as a valuable and viable brand took a major step forward this month with the launch of the Caribbean Tourism Development Company’s (CTDC) new consumer travel site

CTDC, the marketing and business development unit owned equally by the Caribbean Hotel Association (CHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), presented the new site to members of the travel press, describing it as a colourful and content-rich site designed to be the central portal to all things related to Caribbean travel.

Extending her congratulations to CTDC, Caroline Racine, Director of Caribbean Franchise Development for Choice Hotels International, said the new website represented “another landmark initiative in Caribbean collaboration” as she commended the partners from both the public and private sector.

“The Caribbean has only scratched the surface to increase its share of international travel and tourism revenues, and this branding strategy should help reap rewards not just for the businesses that operate in the region, but for the people and communities who call the Caribbean home,” she said.

The CTDC will soon introduce an interactive consumer web video contest with the theme “Why My Life Needs the Caribbean,”offering Caribbean vacations as prizes for winners.

“Our goal with is to create a one-stop shop for travelers and travel agents with all necessary information, images and vacation offers at their fingertips,” said Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, co-CEO of the CTDC and Secretary General of the CTO. “Our goal since day one of the creation of the CTDC has been to create buzz and business for the Caribbean,” said CHA Director-General Alec Sanguinetti, who doubles as co-CEO of the CTDC.

Choice Hotels International, the strategic hotel partner of the Caribbean Hotel Association, seeks to help increase the profitability of Caribbean small hotels with state-of-the-art revenue management systems, a powerful reservations system, a US$175 million marketing campaign, and dedicated Brand Performance Consultants.[-End]

Mary asks…

does anyone know what SAP is and does anyone progam it (ABAP) is it hard? what is it similar to?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

SAP means Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung. This is german for System analysis and program development.
The name was later changed into Systeme, Anwendungen und Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung: Systems, application and products in the data processing.

The company is specialized in large application supporting large corporations.
SAP is well known for its ERP solution R/3. The modularity of the product allows a certain fexibility in the implementation and use.

The major components within R/3 are

Financial system (FI-Co)
Project system (PS)
Logistic system (LO)
Human ressource (HR)
Customer Relation Management (CRM)
Developpment system (ABAP)

The major components outside R/3 are :
SAP Business Warehouse (BW) and Strategic Entreprise Management (SEM)

Great SAP sites

a piece of the information there:
Welcome to the SAP Help Portal

The SAP Help Portal provides web-based documentation for all SAP Solutions.
This enables you to search the online library for the right information where and when you need it.

SAP Help Portal

This website houses and makes available all online documentation (SAP Library) for SAP solutions.
It also has additional information about documentation, education services, and information design at SAP.

The SAP Library is a comprehensive collection of information about the relevant SAP products.
Its contents can be accessed either from the SAP System via the help menu items SAP Library or Application Help or directly from the CD-ROM on which it is delivered.

The SAP Library is created, translated, and managed using SAP’s standard authoring and translation environment, SAP Knowledge Warehouse.


a piece of the information there:
Welcome to We have just started this web site with a great intension of helping sap abap job seekers and sap
abap developers. In this web site you can get information regarding all sap abap.
Areas we are trying to cover in this website includes:
areas like reports, sapscripts, smartforms, sap abap faq, bdc, conversions, ale, edi, idoc, bapi, badi, alv, user exits, sox, lsmw,
enhancements, customer exits, rfc, and modules like sd, mm, pp, pm, hr, fico and new technologies like netweaver, xi, scm, sem,
crm, apo, sap abap faqs etc..
As we have just started this web site, we may not be able to cover all the topics specified , but we are sure that in due course of time
we will publish all important information. We wish you all the best.


a piece of the information there:
122. DON’T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB YET. One day you are a drone, slaving away for an employer. The next day you are a glamorous free-lance pursued by affluent clients. No, it does not work that way. The best approach is for you to get some consulting engagements while working on a regular job that makes your mortgage payments. Gradually accumulate enough reputation and long-term projects to make a transition to full-time consulting. Don’t be sneaky, though. Inform your employer and get permission. Some of my successful consultant-friends have a mutually-beneficial arrangement that enables them to work part-time both as an external consultant and as an internal consultant for their corporation. (ST)

A piece of the information there:
SAP and ERP – Business Software Application information including ABAP – SAP Training in India and SAP Training in USA
ERP stands for -Enterprise Resource Planning (in English)

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Mary asks…

Shouldnt Liberals crowd the Republican poll stations to watch over them for fraud, The way theyre doing poor?

@Then why is Romney training poll watchers for Democratic voters?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

A lot of it is happening in the voting machines themselves.

This traces right back to Romney:

‘RNC Official’ Arrested for Trashing Voter Registrations in VA Worked for Romney Consultant, ‘Fired’ GOP Operative Nathan Sproul

Limiting the franchise was a key tactic for Apartheid South Africa’s government under Boetha, which was run as a capitalist dictatorship on behalf of the white Cape Town business classes.
Top Five Signs of Capitalist Dictatorship in the Romney Campaign

The man arrested today was 23-year old Colin Small of Phoenixville, PA. As it turns out, he does not only work for the VA Republican Party. According to an online profile, he appears to be working for the Republican National Committee and, prior to that, served as an Intern for Congressman Mike Kelly (R-PA) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was first hired, says Tanfani, by Strategic Allied Consulting, the firm owned by the disgraced GOP operative and paid Mitt Romney political consultant, Nathan Sproul.


Mark asks…

Where can we find strong Sales Executives?

What is the best way to recruit top sales people? I have a small consulting firm with about 30 people and we are looking to grow our sales team with experienced sales executives that can grow our business. Our customer base is made up of Pharmaceutical and Financial firms in the Mid-Atlantic area.

We have tried the typical advertising venues like Monster, Dice, Carreer Builder, etc. with very limited success. We are also pushing our professional network but haven’t really turned up anyone.

We are looking for a couple people that can break us in to new accounts.

Any thoughts?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

1. Hire someone from a competitor or business similar to yours.

2. Identify your best current salesman, use the book, “Now Discover your Strengths” to find his work strengths, then hire people with similar profile.

3. I can tell you from 25 years of business experience that this is the most difficult hire to make successfully.

Good Luck,
Dana B.

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