Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

Maximizing retirement compensation for senior executives

By Alan Goldfarb Participation in qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k)s or some other form of a defined-contribution plan, has always been a mixed bag. Often, despite considerable efforts from companies, participation rates among rank-and-file workers fall well below expectations. When this happens, it obviously jeopardizes future retirement-living standards for those workers. A less obvious Continue Reading →

Using Offline Media to Drive Online Sales

By Janet Holian, Chief Marketing Officer, VistaPrint While it may sound counter intuitive with the relative cost of email vs. offline media, with the increase of email saturation offline media can in fact be a valuable tool to help drive high-ROI (Return on Investment) online sales. Whether you are trying to acquire new customers or Continue Reading →

Who Is George Soros?

by Bruce Fenton Born Soros György Budapest, Hungary on August 12, 1930, George Soros has risen to the top echelons of global superinvestors. George Soros survived the Nazi occupation of Budapest and left communist Hungary in 1947 for England, where he graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE). While a student at LSE, George Continue Reading →

Who is Warren Buffet?

by Bruce Fenton Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1930, Warren Buffett is a wealthy businessman and considered as the world’s most successful stock market investor. Through intelligently executed investments, Warren Buffett has amassed an enormous fortune. With an estimated net worth of $40 billion as of 2005, Warren Buffett is ranked by Forbes among the Continue Reading →

Employee Stock Ownership

Any owner of a successful, privately held, small business will tell you that businesses are fun to build, but that the tax system does not provide many benefits to ownership. Short of selling the stock in their company, outright to a third party, they have few ways to derive tax benefits from ownership while operating Continue Reading →

Life Insurance

by Bruce Fenton Congress has been asked to consider cutting estate taxes as part of its annual quest to provide tax relief to the masses. To some, cutting estate taxes is not relief for the “masses”—rather it appeals to the “classes” of wealthy with large enough wealth to qualify for this highest tax in the Continue Reading →

Business Insurance

The last thing a business owner/entrepreneur wants to do is spend a lot of time with an insurance agent. When I came into this business as an agent, I learned quickly that an entrepreneur has a short attention span when it comes to worrying about risks to his property or life. However, an understanding of Continue Reading →

Entrepreneurial Cycle

Joseph Schumpeter would have loved today’s stock market. Schumpeter (1883-1950), an Austrian economist who emigrated to the U.S. and taught the dismal science at Harvard, would have seen opportunity around the corner for those applying his theories on growth in today’s marketplace. Schumpeter focused his studies on the role of the entrepreneur in the economy. Continue Reading →

Financial Planning for the Small Business Owner

The tech bubble burst and subsequent restructuring place in corporate America has cast talented workers out of jobs. Many of these talented workers, armed with a “can do” attitude and entrepreneurial talents honed in the past five years, can be expected to go off and start their own small businesses. The success or failure of Continue Reading →

SEP Plans

Congress made it easy for the self-employed and small business owners to save for retirement with the Simplified Employee Pension (SEP—pronounced “sep”) plan. A SEP allows an individual to put up to $40,000 a year, tax deductible, into his or her retirement account. When an economy is going through a shakeout like ours has these Continue Reading →