NewsFeeds 6.21.09

Council looks at landfill sale (Petersburg Progress-Index)
City Council could sell the landfill tonight. Several questions were raised about the possible sale, including the impact on the environment, the impact on citizens and whether other businesses would be able to bid on the property.

‘Chrysler made a big mistake’ – one dealer’s story (Fortune)
For starters, we have tools and parts that are still sitting in the shop, unused. Chrysler is not buying them back. They sent us a letter, listing the closest dealers to us so that we can try to sell our stuff, but that’s not much of a help. A nearby Chrysler-Dodge dealership is interested, but we have no guidance on how much we should expect to get — 10 cents on the dollar? Twenty cents?

Hotels, airlines offer treats to lure customers (USA Today)
This is not your mother’s fare sale or rate cut. British Airways, for instance, is holding an essay contest for grown-ups. It’s offering free round trips to those who make the most compelling argument for why they need to travel overseas for business.

Entrepreneurs Strive to Turn Buzz Into Loyalty (WSJ)
Companies with cult status push array of giveaways and contests to build long-term business from first rush of success.

The True Cost of Expertise (Inc.)
Talent may be cheap right now, but if that new hire works out, don’t expect the bargain to last. Even in a weak labor market, salaries rise–often steeply–as employees gain experience. We asked PayScale to calculate the annual increase in employee compensation, based on seniority, for 20 different job descriptions.

Council looks at landfill sale (Petersburg Progress-Index)
City Council could sell the landfill tonight. Several questions were raised about the possible sale, including the impact on the environment, the impact on citizens and whether other businesses would be able to bid on the property.

‘Chrysler made a big mistake’ – one dealer’s story (Fortune)
For starters, we have tools and parts that are still sitting in the shop, unused. Chrysler is not buying them back. They sent us a letter, listing the closest dealers to us so that we can try to sell our stuff, but that’s not much of a help. A nearby Chrysler-Dodge dealership is interested, but we have no guidance on how much we should expect to get — 10 cents on the dollar? Twenty cents?

Hotels, airlines offer treats to lure customers (USA Today)
This is not your mother’s fare sale or rate cut. British Airways, for instance, is holding an essay contest for grown-ups. It’s offering free round trips to those who make the most compelling argument for why they need to travel overseas for business.

Entrepreneurs Strive to Turn Buzz Into Loyalty (WSJ)
Companies with cult status push array of giveaways and contests to build long-term business from first rush of success.

The True Cost of Expertise (Inc.)
Talent may be cheap right now, but if that new hire works out, don’t expect the bargain to last. Even in a weak labor market, salaries rise–often steeply–as employees gain experience. We asked PayScale to calculate the annual increase in employee compensation, based on seniority, for 20 different job descriptions.

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