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Say It Ain’t So? OPEC Reaches Agreement to Curtail Production

Stunning markets everywhere, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) actually delivered an agreement that has been in the making for a while. According to Bloomberg, the cartel members agreed to reduce output by about 1.2 million barrels a day by January 2017, fulfilling a plan sketched out in Algiers in September to cut its … Continue reading

Leaders: We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us, we have just over a month remaining in Calendar Year 2016. For many of us, the next 30+ days will be jam packed with holiday parties and other events, shopping, Christmas, Hanukah and other religious celebrations, and hopefully, some R&R if you can fit that in. I’m not one … Continue reading

Small Business Saturday 2016: Shop Small In A Big Way on Saturday, November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday is just two days away! Holiday shoppers are encouraged to patronize local small brick and mortar on Saturday, November 25, 2016. It is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores, respectively. Small Business Saturday was first observed in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts on November … Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2016: Nine things I am thankful for

We are just five short weeks away from closing out Calendar Year 2016. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day – an annual national holiday in North America that is marked by religious observances and a traditional meal including turkey. Add to the above football, shopping, and parades. The holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in … Continue reading

Lower Gas Prices Greet Holiday Travelers for Thanksgiving 2016

We are less than two days away from “Turkey Day” and Thanksgiving travelers are preparing to hit the roads (vehicles and buses), rails (trains), sky (airplanes), and water (boats). This week’s travelers are in for a special treat! Why? Because today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.13 – six cents less … Continue reading

Unconscious Bias: Guest Post – The Hidden Cost of Unconscious Bias

Guest Post Author: Sondra Thierderman, PhD We all know there is a high cost for bias in the workplace. Some of those costs are obvious: managers fail to hire valuable employees, the target of the bias is deprived of career opportunities, and the organization is at risk of legal ramifications. Those are the costs that … Continue reading

Zika Virus Updates: Holiday Travel Warnings and A Conundrum in Columbia

  About three months ago, Zika Virus Updates: CDC Issues U.S. Travel Warning and Other Activities, was published on this blog.  We were heading into the Rio Summer Olympic Games and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) had issued a travel warning within the U.S. to the State of Florida. Since then, the 2016 Summer Olympic … Continue reading

Colonial Pipeline Does It Again and #Tanksgiving for Your Gas Tank

Since my last post on petroleum related prices, What Causes Gasoline Price Spikes?, there has been a second rupture to the Colonial Pipeline in as many months. However, before we get into that discussion, here’s a bit of good news: GasBuddy has partnered with Corner Store [Ref 1], one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels … Continue reading