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Local jobs picture gets darker in latest month (Progress-Index)
Unemployment in the Tri-Cities edged higher in November as the absence of significant hiring for the holiday sales season meant no added retail jobs to offset seasonal declines in construction and manufacturing employment. And a surge in claims for unemployment insurance benefits in December may indicate that local employment continued to decline going into the end of the year.

Pressure on HRT chief mounts over silence on missing money (Virginian-Pilot)
Some Hampton Roads Transit board members’ frustration over poor communication with agency leaders bubbled over Wednesday when they learned that a possible theft of about $80,000 had not been revealed to them.

Cybercrooks stalk small businesses that bank online (USA Today)
A rising swarm of cyber-robberies targeting small firms, local governments, school districts, churches and non-profits has prompted an extraordinary warning. The American Bankers Association and the FBI are advising small and midsize businesses that conduct financial transactions over the Internet to dedicate a separate PC used exclusively for online banking.

Cautious Plans to Expand After a Grueling Year (Business Week)
Three entrepreneurs from hard-hit industries describe steps they took to survive 2009—and how they’re planning to rebound in 2010.

Structuring Funding From Your Family (Inc.)
How to get start-up funding from relatives that won’t turn off potential venture capital investors.

Local jobs picture gets darker in latest month (Progress-Index)
Unemployment in the Tri-Cities edged higher in November as the absence of significant hiring for the holiday sales season meant no added retail jobs to offset seasonal declines in construction and manufacturing employment. And a surge in claims for unemployment insurance benefits in December may indicate that local employment continued to decline going into the end of the year.

Pressure on HRT chief mounts over silence on missing money (Virginian-Pilot)
Some Hampton Roads Transit board members’ frustration over poor communication with agency leaders bubbled over Wednesday when they learned that a possible theft of about $80,000 had not been revealed to them.

Cybercrooks stalk small businesses that bank online (USA Today)
A rising swarm of cyber-robberies targeting small firms, local governments, school districts, churches and non-profits has prompted an extraordinary warning. The American Bankers Association and the FBI are advising small and midsize businesses that conduct financial transactions over the Internet to dedicate a separate PC used exclusively for online banking.

Cautious Plans to Expand After a Grueling Year (Business Week)
Three entrepreneurs from hard-hit industries describe steps they took to survive 2009—and how they’re planning to rebound in 2010.

Structuring Funding From Your Family (Inc.)
How to get start-up funding from relatives that won’t turn off potential venture capital investors.

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