The millionaire owner of one Kansas company says his business is stifled — but not from taxes or a sluggish economy. He says he can't find workers to fill open jobs. One problem is that prospective employees won't relocate to rural Kansas, he says.
A five-star hotel in Afghanistan may seem a risky business proposition. But not to the Marriott chain, which is going to manage a six-story hotel under construction in Kabul. Part of the U.S. and NATO security bubble, it will likely draw foreign businesspeople hoping to sign reconstruction deals.
More than half of the long-term unemployed and under-employed have had to borrow money from family and friends to pay their bills, according to a recent NPR News-Kaiser Family Foundation poll. And borrowing from friends and family can complicate the relationships.
While there's no industry-wide data available yet for this year, U.S. gift-wrap makers are expecting to post their strongest sales in years, according to The Wall Street Journal. The industry was shredded during the recession when many stores stopped offering gift-wrapping service.
Holiday gift card or money burning a hole in your pocket? Want to buy an electronic gadget? Linda Wertheimer talks to Rich Jaroslovsky, tech columnist for Bloomberg News, about his top gadget picks for 2011.
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