NewsFeeds 8.11.09

Realtors hit sign snag as homes go on market (Times-Dispatch)
Virginia’s Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act requires anyone who digs — agents included — to notify Miss Utility, so properties can be properly marked, showing where electric, natural gas, cable and telephone lines are installed. People who don’t get the go-ahead can be fined up to $2,500. The push to educate was prompted by an incident last summer involving the installation of a 4-inch-by-4-inch post for an L-shaped “for sale” sign in front of a house in Fairfax County.


TOP GUN for the rest of us (Inside Business)

A great startup story: To fulfill his dream, Ryder nonchalantly says, about 10 years ago he decided to build himself an F-18 Hornet flight simulator. The simulator turned out so well, he soon realized he might be able to sell simulators to the government, possibly carving out a niche in the multi-billion dollar flight simulator industry, which is ruled by some of the largest corporations on the planet.

Two more bids to operate terminals are filed (Virginian-Pilot)
A 140-plus-page proposal from a partnership of Carrix Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would form either an “operational partnership” with the Port Authority, a “financial re-engineering of the balance sheet utilizing Goldman’s extensive knowledge and experience in the capital markets,” or both, according to a cover letter from Bob Watters, Carrix’s vice president/director of business development.

GM to Hawk New Vehicles on EBay in California (Washington Post)
The government-rescued automaker announced on Monday that it is starting a trial in which consumers can buy new cars through eBay, the online sales site, allowing them to purchase Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs or Pontiacs without setting foot in a dealership.

What to do when your business has been stiffed (Slate)
Editor’s Pick. Collecting what you are owed is, sadly, a time-consuming burden for many companies, and it can be a life-or-death problem when things are really tight. Sometimes, the people who owe you money are in the same position you are: They’re waiting for someone else to pay them, and they just don’t have the cash to pay you.

Dentists Step Up Marketing as Patients Skip Their Visits (WSJ)
In the slowdown, even dentists are feeling the pinch.David Wong, who runs a private practice with his wife in Tulsa, Okla., has seen his business slip 10% since the beginning of this year. That has him spending more time marketing and less time cleaning or pulling teeth.

Living with a BlackBerry Addict (Inc.)
My husband, Gary, refers to her simply as his BlackBerry, but I know better. Bond Girl has become the awkward third wheel in our relationship. She sleeps on Gary’s bed table and wakes us each morning. When he reaches to silence her, he can’t resist scrolling down her sleek silver body to check for last night’s e-mails. Bond Girl joins us when we dine and sits on the sidelines at our kids’ soccer games, purring randomly. She knows all Gary’s secrets and contains all his memories. She alone knows where he’ll be today, tomorrow, and ever after.

Realtors hit sign snag as homes go on market (Times-Dispatch)
Virginia’s Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act requires anyone who digs — agents included — to notify Miss Utility, so properties can be properly marked, showing where electric, natural gas, cable and telephone lines are installed. People who don’t get the go-ahead can be fined up to $2,500. The push to educate was prompted by an incident last summer involving the installation of a 4-inch-by-4-inch post for an L-shaped “for sale” sign in front of a house in Fairfax County.


TOP GUN for the rest of us (Inside Business)

A great startup story: To fulfill his dream, Ryder nonchalantly says, about 10 years ago he decided to build himself an F-18 Hornet flight simulator. The simulator turned out so well, he soon realized he might be able to sell simulators to the government, possibly carving out a niche in the multi-billion dollar flight simulator industry, which is ruled by some of the largest corporations on the planet.

Two more bids to operate terminals are filed (Virginian-Pilot)
A 140-plus-page proposal from a partnership of Carrix Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. would form either an “operational partnership” with the Port Authority, a “financial re-engineering of the balance sheet utilizing Goldman’s extensive knowledge and experience in the capital markets,” or both, according to a cover letter from Bob Watters, Carrix’s vice president/director of business development.

GM to Hawk New Vehicles on EBay in California (Washington Post)
The government-rescued automaker announced on Monday that it is starting a trial in which consumers can buy new cars through eBay, the online sales site, allowing them to purchase Chevrolets, Buicks, GMCs or Pontiacs without setting foot in a dealership.

What to do when your business has been stiffed (Slate)
Editor’s Pick. Collecting what you are owed is, sadly, a time-consuming burden for many companies, and it can be a life-or-death problem when things are really tight. Sometimes, the people who owe you money are in the same position you are: They’re waiting for someone else to pay them, and they just don’t have the cash to pay you.

Dentists Step Up Marketing as Patients Skip Their Visits (WSJ)
In the slowdown, even dentists are feeling the pinch.David Wong, who runs a private practice with his wife in Tulsa, Okla., has seen his business slip 10% since the beginning of this year. That has him spending more time marketing and less time cleaning or pulling teeth.

Living with a BlackBerry Addict (Inc.)
My husband, Gary, refers to her simply as his BlackBerry, but I know better. Bond Girl has become the awkward third wheel in our relationship. She sleeps on Gary’s bed table and wakes us each morning. When he reaches to silence her, he can’t resist scrolling down her sleek silver body to check for last night’s e-mails. Bond Girl joins us when we dine and sits on the sidelines at our kids’ soccer games, purring randomly. She knows all Gary’s secrets and contains all his memories. She alone knows where he’ll be today, tomorrow, and ever after.

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