NewsFeeds 11.30.10

SEC launches inquiry into Hampton Roads Bankshares (Virginian-Pilot)
The SEC has launched an “informal inquiry” into some aspects of Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc.’s financial practices.

McLeod accounting firm part of merger (Roanoke Times)
The Roanoke company joined up with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland of Richmond.

3 percent bonus going to 96,000 state workers this week (Times-Dispatch)
Full-time state employees will get an early present tomorrow — a 3 percent salary bonus in their paychecks.

Obama proposes freeze on federal pay (USA Today)
President Obama proposed a two-year federal pay freeze Monday that may be as much about increased Republican power in Congress as it is about the size of the federal debt.

B-School Admission Essays, For a Fee (Business Week)
Perfect Words and Essaywriter say they can deliver admission essays that will open the doors of elite business schools. Is it ethical?

6 Ways Companies Celebrate Sales (Inc.)
In order to be an effective sales manager, you have to help your staff celebrate their successes. Here are some ideas for how to do it right.

Startup Lessons From Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley (Fortune)
Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley decided to respond to a user who asked for his top five pieces of advice for entrepreneurs. Among his tips: “Don’t let anyone tell you your ideas don’t work.”

SEC launches inquiry into Hampton Roads Bankshares (Virginian-Pilot)
The SEC has launched an “informal inquiry” into some aspects of Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc.’s financial practices.

McLeod accounting firm part of merger (Roanoke Times)
The Roanoke company joined up with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland of Richmond.

3 percent bonus going to 96,000 state workers this week (Times-Dispatch)
Full-time state employees will get an early present tomorrow — a 3 percent salary bonus in their paychecks.

Obama proposes freeze on federal pay (USA Today)
President Obama proposed a two-year federal pay freeze Monday that may be as much about increased Republican power in Congress as it is about the size of the federal debt.

B-School Admission Essays, For a Fee (Business Week)
Perfect Words and Essaywriter say they can deliver admission essays that will open the doors of elite business schools. Is it ethical?

6 Ways Companies Celebrate Sales (Inc.)
In order to be an effective sales manager, you have to help your staff celebrate their successes. Here are some ideas for how to do it right.

Startup Lessons From Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley (Fortune)
Foursquare founder Dennis Crowley decided to respond to a user who asked for his top five pieces of advice for entrepreneurs. Among his tips: “Don’t let anyone tell you your ideas don’t work.”

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