It is rocket science! STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - NASA's Shamin Rahman knew he wanted to be a rocket scientist ever since he was 6 years old in 1969 and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.
"That is when the thought triggered in my mind: Wouldn't it be neat to be part of the team that made that happen," he said.
'Human Resources Tool Kit' prevents potential legal woes Startup companies come into existence with a business plan/business model, some very enthusiastic entrepreneurs and some financial backing. At this point, no one is thinking legal compliance. The founding person/team is thinking about leasing space, buying equipment and starting to reconnect with potential employees who might very well have been "waiting in the wings." All are anxious to get to the business of designing, implementing and selling that product.
Attorney makes case for education, women's rights WASHINGTON - When Neena Chaudhry headed off to Yale Law School she didn't think she would end up working on her passions - education and women's rights - for many years. Nor did she imagine she would end up working on landmark legal cases.
'Motivational human resources' gives company solid backbone "Motivational human resources" is a philosophy of bringing out the best in people. It starts with recruiting the right people, inspiring them, training them and putting the programs in place to evaluate and reward them. Here's how it works:
Patel turns financial expertise on failing graphics store FORT WORTH, Texas - Anand Patel, 25, is AlphaGraphics Inc.'s youngest storeowner, but the road he took with the franchise company wasn't exactly the easiest approach to joining the chain. He took over a bankrupt store and turned it around.
Put franchisors on the spot - ask tough questions before buying Is there such a thing as a perfect franchise? No. Businesses are like the people who run them - they have both good points and bad. What may be a great opportunity for you won't work at all for someone else. That's why doing your homework before buying a franchise is so critical.
SBA has record year for loans WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration set out to ease the process of giving loans this year - and its efforts paid off.
SBA unbundles federal contracts WASHINGTON - The U.S. Small Business Administration has published a final rule on contract unbundling, which will allow small business to better compete for federal contracts.
Professor's virus research gets prestigious $1m grant RIVERSIDE, Calif. - A.L.N. Rao believes his research on viruses is important and he's not the only one - the National Institutes of Health recently gave him $1 million to fund his work for the next four years.
Rao, a professor in the department of plant biology at the University of California Riverside, will use the money to study the way viruses assemble inside the cell before they can be transmitted.
Impath reels with delisting, investigations NEW YORK - Impath Inc. has been in a downward spiral that began publicly last February with the resignation of Anu Saad from her position as company chairman and CEO. It hit bottom recently when the company filed for bankruptcy.
Corporate Notes SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Speedera Networks, the emerging leader in global content delivery services, announced that it has integrated Apple's Darwin Streaming Server technology with Speedera's global distributed delivery network in support of QuickTime as well as open standards such as MPEG-4, the next generation, global multimedia standard delivering audio and video streams. This is available over a wide range of bandwidths from cell phone to broadband. Ajit Gupta is CEO of Speedera.
Personnel File MILFORD, N.H. - Degree Controls Inc. founder, Rajesh Nair, has turned his company over to three new executives and changed his role to chairman and chief technology officer.
Non-profit 'think tank' aims to test international waters LOS ANGELES - For almost a decade, Rohit Shukla's Larta was the non-profit organization Southern Californian entrepreneurs could turn to for getting their businesses off the ground and making them flourish. Now he's aiming to take Larta's services global.
Managers, don't wait for ax to fall Sometimes managers feel like the last of a dying breed. Downsizing, cutbacks and corporate shutdowns have, indeed, cut management staffs to the bone. If you're one of the few left standing, you know it's a lonely feeling. And, let's be honest, it's also a scary one. You don't know how to best ensure your own survival, so chances are you're lying low, taking care not to make waves, and hoping the ax-wielders simply won't notice you. But this is not the time to toe the status quo line.
IT group: Outsourcing here to stay and that's not bad BOSTON - In an attempt to quell the backlash against outsourcing and the fear that it's taking American jobs, the Information Technology Association of America hit the road with a panel discussion of industry heavy hitters including Tata Consultancy Services America President Arup Gupta.
At Reebok, marketing is $300m celeb fest BEDFORD, Mass. - Sometimes, the marketing means more than the merchandise.
To underscore his point, Muktesh "Micky" Pant, chief marketing officer of Reebok International, noted: "I have a budget of $300 million. From tea bags to top-selling sneakers, Pant pointed to cases illustrating marketing's central role in boosting sales to consumers. For Reebok, marketing means linking its products to rap stars, and wrestling laughs from SuperBowl audiences with a zany "Office Linebacker."
80-year-old CEO still going strong; says retiring has no appeal HOUSTON - Like most Indians who immigrated to the United States, B.S. Chowdhry came to pursue his professional career. Unlike most, he didn't come fresh out of college in India or enter a college program here - he came, at the age of 60, to avoid retiring.
Numtv challenges satellite with South-Indian focus BOSTON - Numtv.com got off to a hot start in the late 1990s, but has struggled in the last few years - and been down for over a year. Now its Web site is back with nine Indian TV channels and the company is ramping up marketing efforts in the United States.
Sanyo chooses Tripath's amplifier SAN JOSE, Calif. - Tripath Technology Inc., a semiconductor company that develops amplification products for the digital media and electronics markets, will provide an audio amplifier for Sanyo Electric Co.'s new plasma and liquid crystal display television lines.