How Are Retail Sales in 2017?

National Retail Federation, economic forecast, online sales, e-commerce sales, Matthew Shay, Michael Kors, Taxes, Trump

  How Are Retail Sales in 2017? E-Commerce Reigns by Amy Lignor   Despite consumer uncertainty, as well as a very sluggish beginning to 2017, the U.S. retail sales industry is projected to increase 4% this year. Headlines show that many retailers and companies posted “soft” holiday sales to end 2016, which caused some notable […]

Business Industries to Explore in 2017

Software Development, children's services, senior care, financial advisors, quirkiest businesses, business opportunities, profits

  Business Industries to Explore in 2017 by Amy Lignor   It’s no surprise that with the popular TV show “Shark Tank” taking over the headlines, promoting small businesses and giving people the chance to ‘make it big,’ that the industry researchers have gotten together a list of the very best opportunities when it comes […]

Spotlight on Africa

Africa, Amina Mohamed, Agenda 2063, social change, the vision, climate change, social justice, peace

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission […]

We Are Still…All in This Together!

Wounded Warrior Project, Remember, Honor,Teach, Trees for Troops, Armed Forces, Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, Toys for Tots, Donate

  We Are Still…All in This Together! by Amy Lignor   December 7, 1941. Sunday morning was lovely on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A typical Sunday, in fact, where people were moving calmly and in a relaxed “weekend-mode” stance at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet Headquarters. Just before the clocks struck 8:00 a.m., however, […]

Charity Begins at Home

Americans buying illegal products, EPA data , antique ivory, illegal killing of animals, wildlife trafficking, Buyer Beware, United States

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop […]

Black Friday May Turn 100% Digital Very Soon

Black Friday, Online Specials, Cyber Monday, shopping in your pajamas, Internet shopping, hottest gift ideas

  Black Friday May Turn 100% Digital Very Soon by Amy Lignor   Boy, have times changed. There were millions once upon a time who waited in line until the doors opened on Black Friday in order to get that perfect gift they just had to have that was on sale for that one day […]

That’s Right: Silly Makes Money

Squatty Potty, Post-it notes, great ideas, catchy jingles, pet rocks, Shark Tank, Magic 8 Ball, billionaire brains

  That’s Right: Silly Makes Money by Amy Lignor   One of the most often seen headlines of late comes from the world of entrepreneurs: how up-and-comers with silly ideas are raking in the dough and living large. Whether this is because there are no jobs out there and people have to take it upon […]

Millennials Struggle with the Theory of Hard Work

hard work, millennial billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg, Kenny Troutt, Ken Lagone, Howard Schultz, entrepreneur, technology, success, passion

  Millennials Struggle with the Theory of Hard Work by Amy Lignor   With the political fight that’s occurring out there, the theory of what hard work really means is a subject of discussion. Take the present-day billionaires in the millennial category. There are those out there who are extremely jealous of those people who […]

The Business of “Fear” Brings in $8 Billion a Year

Halloween, big bucks, entertainment, The Horror Dome, HauntWorld, Room Escape Adventures, Business of Fear

  The Business of “Fear” Brings in $8 Billion a Year by Amy Lignor   There are aspects of Halloween everyone knows about. From the scary boogeyman to the haunted houses set up in cities and counties from sea to shining sea, the world certainly understands that the “frightening” is also the “entertaining” when it […]

2016 Brings About Layoffs to a Variety of Industries

layoffs, Altria , Anheuser Busch, Golden Age, Walmart, Halliburton, job market, buy-out packages

2016 Brings About Layoffs to a Variety of Industries by Amy Lignor   From tobacco to alcohol, with brand names that have incurred huge amounts of cash during their long-term years in business, layoffs have still been announced at a rapid pace in 2016. Even from those companies that have increased their profits. Altria is […]