Can you run a business without studying business in school? Depending on when you asked this

Can you run a business without studying business in school? Depending on when you asked this question, the answer would change drastically. During the middle to latter part of the 20th century, it would be a resounding “no.” In the 21st century, it’s a qualified no. However, the question has changed a bit. Looking at where big company CEOs went to college (think Apple, GM, and more), there’s an interesting duality. While about half studied business in undergrad, the other half studied some form of engineering or computer science. This may seem obvious now to study computers, but the CEOs of major corporations today graduated in the 1970s and 1980s – engineering was not necessarily promoted the way STEM education is today. Many of them went on to get MBAs, bringing both business and STEM together. It sends an interesting signal about the types of skills needed to run a business. It also opens concerns for people who studied neither – can they still be entrepreneurs? In an oversimplified way, engineering is all about systems. Not necessarily the fancy buzzword “systems thinking,” but literal systems – step one affects step two, which affects step three, and so on. There could be m...

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Milwaukee — Placon Corp. and Profile Plastics Inc. each picked up three awards, and Plastics Unlimited Inc. won the People’s Choice award, during the parts competition at the Society of Plastics Engineers Thermoforming Conference. Held Sept. 9-11, the conference drew 534 people to the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee for technical presentations and a trade show. Parts competition winners were announced at an awards dinner Sept. 10. Parts competition Chairman Travis Kieffer said 18 parts entered the competition. This year, the SPE thermoforming division added two new awards, for parts that show sustainability and the use of recycled materials, and parts made with automation and new technology, he said. Placon of Madison, Wis., took home the gold for the Orthofix tray package designed to hold two medical screws in place until they are used in the operating room. Placon thermoforms the packaging, which includes a retainer tray and a tray cover, from glycol-modified PET sheet. Placon officials said they allowed the customer to save more than $50,000 — the average cost to validate a new medical package. The key challenge was finding a package that would hold the screws without ca...

PET Packaging Market Growth Factors with Key Drivers Forecast from 2019-2024 | Industry Analysis by Key Players, and Upcoming Trends

This “PET Packaging Market” report 2019 delivers an in-depth impression, describing the Product/Industry Scope and expands market insights and forecasts to 2024. It shows market data by industry drivers, restraints and opportunities, also analyzes the market status, industry share, size, future trends and growth rate of the market. PET Packaging market report is categorized based on application, end-user, technology, the types of product/service, and others, as well as regions. Additionally, the report comprehends the calculated expected CAGR of the PET Packaging market derivative from previous records about the PET Packaging market and current market trends organized with future developments. PET Packaging market research report provides a definite industry standpoint, upcoming trends, and dynamics for market growth rate, market size, and key players of the industry with a forecast period of 2024. The rigid packaging segment occupied the largest share of the market due to their extensive use in bottles, jars, containers, trays, and clamp shells. With plastic bottles continuing to witness a strong growth over the forecast period, the rigid PET packaging is expected to continue t...

Puck Wall Art, the warm eclipse of light by Vibia is dressed now with felt

“The luminous elements composing the PUCK WALL ART are designed so that the light they irradiate softens around them, providing a warm and pleasant effect.” Jordi Vilardell With this latest evolutionary step the elemental geometry of the Puck Wall Art well-known collection by Vibia, has been finished in felt. The textile covers the basic profile lending it a tactile quality and diffusing the light with a warm intensity. The new version transforms the light fitting and echoes the latest trends within interior design and architecture where re-evaluating the use of textures provides new perceptions of space. This is a design that inspires the creation of mathematical configurations with a dynamic spirit. Conceived by Jordi Vilardell as a compositional wall mural that allows interior designers and architects to create freely inspired combinations and groupings. It provides an indirect ambient light and its technical prowess allows for up to forty units to be connected to a single electrical point. Puck Wall Art is based on a light unit with two superimposed discs. Slightly concave and of differing diameter, the larger of the two envelops the smaller both in a physical and lighting s...

Auxiliaries at NPE2018: Packing More Functions in Less Space : Plastics Technology

Auxiliary equipment suppliers are building more and more technology into their products, packing more physical and virtual functions into the same or smaller footprints. Conair says its revamped Carousel plus platform is the first dessicant-wheel dryer that doesn’t require water for the after-cooler throughout the entire size range. Novatec and Advantage Engineering have teamed to create the DryTemp+, a machine that combines a portable desiccant-wheel dryer and a fluid temperature-control unit (TCU) in a single footprint. Motan’s Luxor EM A dryers with integrated conveying are self-contained mobile units with a small, monitored cyclone dust filter and collector. As a new Dri-Air 4.0 dryer is installed, it is automatically added to the group display, updating the list of spare parts required. Novatec will take collection and sharing of data a step further with the DigiTwin, a virtual electronic twin of a physical machine that measures (green sensors) and follows every behavior of the physical machine and every key component. Pelletron has completely redesigned its C-20 DeDuster, which can process up to 100 lb/hr of dry, granular material and requires no additional floor space. T...

Wall mount specialist Sanus has introduced its Advanced Full Motion S4 range, for ultra slim TVs

Wall mount specialist Sanus has introduced its Advanced Full Motion S4 range, for ultra slim TVs both large and small. Sanus says its designers have focused on four alliterative elements: Style, stability, slimness and simplicity. Sansus has worked with custom installers to create a three-strong range of brackets which cover all TV sizes, from basic 19-inch models to 90-inch giants. An ultra-strong solid steel frame provides maximum support for the TV, and has been UL listed for peace of mind. Its steel frame is incorporated into brushed decorative covers, which conceal the wall plate. All mounting hardware and drilling templates are included with the mount. One key characteristic of Sanus wall mounts is there simplicity of installation. Technologies such as Virtual Axis allow fingertip tilt of the brackets, while FluidMotion provides seamless movement of the TV. Once positioned, a Steady Set function holds the TV in the perfect position, eliminating drift and unwanted movement. For added convenience, the mounts may be tilted through 15 degrees and can swivel left and right between 57 degrees and 90 degrees depending on the size of mount and TV selected.The VSF716-B2 (black) and...

Entrepreneur faces uphill climb in a quest to take out competition | Business Observer

The gutter industry isn’t high on most entrepreneurs’ lists of sexy and sizzling businesses to grab onto.    But Jon Sjostedt and Bobby Jackson, after more than 20 years in medical device and products, believe gutters are ripe for disruption. The pair aims to prove it with One Gutter Guard, their recently patented product that uses an interchangeable mesh — a technological innovation in gutter guard design — that helps solve gutter clogging problems. “All the companies in the medical device space always looked for that aha moment, where a physician would look at something and say, ‘This is going to change the standard of care,’” Sjostedt says. “We want something like that, which would really set us apart. There are plenty of ‘me too’ products out there.” The trick now with One Gutter Guard and the company that makes it, Palm Harbor-based Universal Manufacturing & Design, is to build traction in its underdog battle against bigger competitors. A main target is what Sjostedt calls the industry leader: Ohio-based LeafFilter, which had around $160 million in sales in 2017, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Top 550 list of the largest exterior contractors nation...

At Insider Picks, every review we publish reflects our real experience with a great product, but

At Insider Picks, every review we publish reflects our real experience with a great product, but each year there are always a few outstanding ones we think are worth highlighting again. After testing countless products and services this year, we thought about the best of the best and came up with the following list of our 2019 favorites.  Because we’re a group of product reviewers with diverse needs and interests, you’ll find everything from beauty, home, kitchen, and clothing, to tech and entertainment recommendations. We’ve also included the original reviews if you’d like to read up on each product or service in more detail.  The latest Switch console from Nintendo strips a ton of key features from the core concept of the device, like detachable controllers and TV play, but it focuses on the way I’ve played with Switch 90% of the time anyway: in my hands on the trains to and from work. As a husband and a father with a 90-minute commute both ways, this is about the only way I’m able to get my game time in these days — at least until my son is old enough to join my gaming escapades. It helps that Switch has become the ultimate retro gaming con...

Best dash cam 2019: 8 car-ready cameras for peace of mind

Picking up one of the best dash cams isn’t merely for capturing footage of an asteroid strike or an escaped herd of cows causing havoc on the M4 – the imagery captured by these diminutive devices can be essential in the unfortunate event of an insurance claim and can even help lower premiums. There is an enormous amount of choice currently on the market and finding the best dash cam for your needs can seem exhausting, with myriad features and price points making the decision to splash the budget feel pointless when there are cheaper options that appear to do exactly the same thing. But the reality is, the more you spend on a top quality dash cam, the more built-in features you receive. These include auto record and save functionality, a CCTV mode when the vehicle is parked, and even the ability to control other smart devices via Amazon Alexa skills. We’ve sifted through a number of the best performing dash cams on the market to decide which brands really offer the best of the best, covering a number of price points and built-in features that should appease an array of budgets and requirements. Video quality: 1440p | Viewing angle: 140 degrees | GPS tracker: Yes | Memory: MicroS...

Crimping Tool Market Research Study including Growth Factors, Market Key Players, Types, Application And New Developments Analysis (2019 – 2026)

Crimping Tool Market 2019 Global Research report added by Research Industry US, offers a thorough analysis of the Crimping Tool market growth, size, share, segments, top vendors, technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, opportunities, deployment models, future roadmap and forecast till 2026. This report also comprises the overall and comprehensive study of the Crimping Tool market with all its factors manipulating the growth of the market. This report is a quantitative and qualitative study of the Crimping Tool industry and offers data for making strategies to proliferate the market growth and effectiveness. The domain experts worked on this report have broken down the keyword industry in numerous segments that make clients easy to understand the insights about the report. Those segments can be penciled down to raw materials, type, application, end-users, distribution channels, etc., market dynamics, regional analysis, and major companies operating in the market. Moreover, they have created a chapter on every aspect for these segments and have filled those chapters with various charts, graphs, tables, and figures along with content for each one of them. Get Sample P...

Fire Department officials deliver Christmas gifts in Manhattan

The Uniformed Fire Officers Association presented bags of toys to Council Speaker Corey Johnson this morning at a Midtown Manhattan firehouse for distribution to underprivileged children at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen in Chelsea just before the Christmas holiday. The toy drive is part of a larger program by Johnson to collect and distribute toys throughout the city. The union — represented by their President Jake LaMonda, an FDNY battalion chief, and union trustees, — presented numerous bags of toys, gathered by firefighters and FDNY officers on Tuesday at Ladder 7 on West 31st Street. Johnson’s office staff then delivered the toys this morning to Reverend Anna Pearson at the church at 296 9th Ave. so they can be provided to children in time for Christmas. “We are proud to be part of this to help make a children’s day brighter,” said Johnson. “Year in and year out, Jake and his team give back to the community and they came to me saying they are organizing this toy distribution to children in the neighborhood and they give back to the community. These wonderful toys, the UFOA chipped in, is about gratitude and giving back to others. These are their values every single day.” LaMond...

LONDON, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage

LONDON, 2016-Oct-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group plc, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has consolidated its position in the Thai market with a number of new contract wins. At Phuket International Airport, SSP has been awarded a four-year contract to operate eight concepts in the new international Terminal 2. Valued at approximately 1.5 billion THB (£33 million*) the new deal will make SSP the leading concessionaire at the airport. Landside, SSP will run all food and beverage operations on the mezzanine floor. Its offer will include Burger King, Bill Bentleyn Pub, Ajisen Ramen, Thai Express, Airport Kopitiam, Dairy Queen and The Coffee Club. Airside, passengers will be able to choose from Burger King and Bill Bentley Pub. Commenting on the win, Chris Rayner, CEO SSP Asia Pacific said; “We have been running food and beverage concessions in Thai airports, where we are the clear market leader, since 1995 in cooperation with our Thai partner Minor Food Group. SSP Thailand’s strong track record in delivering great brands, great customer service and great sales all contributed to us being awarded the contracts in Phuket, and we are delig...

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