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Build a winning clientele by being choosy

Jim Adkinson, an accountant in Orlando, Fla., has a litmus test for when it's time to part ways with a client: If he sees the caller I.D. and can't bear to pick up the phone. Another tipping point: If a customer repeatedly refuses to heed his advice or becomes too frustrating to deal with, he fires them. Turning away sales can feel like sacrilege for business owners, especially when their ...
Source: The New York Times | By: Caitlin Kelly
Baby Boomers ready to sell biz to next generation

Dan Bizzarro and Bill Jordan were still in college when they went to work at the Bimac Corporation, a castings manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio. After graduation, they joined full time as manufacturing and engineering executives. And eventually they teamed with a third employee to buy the business. (Tweet This) They had a good ride. The company, with 40 employees, has annual sales of about $5.5 ...
Source: The New York Times | By: Stacy Cowley
Citi Trends posts 2Q profit

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) _ Citi Trends Inc. (CTRN) on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $162,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Savannah, Georgia-based company said it had profit of 1 cent per share. The clothing and accessories company posted revenue of $153.9 million in the period. Citi Trends shares have declined nearly 10 percent since the ...
Source: The Associated Press
Blue Bird posts 2Q profit

FORT VALLEY, Ga. (AP) _ Blue Bird Corp. (BLBD) on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $10.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Fort Valley, Georgia-based company said it had profit of 38 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, came to 39 cents per share. The school bus maker posted revenue of $262.7 million in the period. This ...
Source: The Associated Press
Advice from Jimmy Carter: Don't antagonize China

I'm sad to learn about former President Jimmy Carter's cancer diagnosis . Having grown up in Atlanta, where Carter keeps his office, I am blessed to have gotten to know him over the years - and I wish him and his family the best during this difficult time. Occasionally, we would meet in his office or his home in Plains, Ga., to discuss everything from the books that he was reading (most ...
Source: CNBC.com | By: Kabir Sehgal
China textile factories recruit US workers

Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. Now at the Keer's cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in April, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used to do. "They're quick learners," Ms. Ni said after showing two fresh recruits how to tease errant wisps of cotton from the ...
Source: The New York Times | By: Hiroko Tabuchi