UCSB Professor Discusses His New Book, 'The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business'

nelsonnelsonWal-Mart is the world's largest company and it sets the standard, both socially and commercially, for a huge swath of the global economy. On Wednesday, September 8, at the Downtown Library, UCSB History Professor Nelson Lichtenstein will discuss the company's national and international influence.

New Arrivals for Career Assistance

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Top 300 Careers: Your Complete Guidebook to Major Jobs in Every Field is a great guidebook for career changers, job seekers, students and employers. Culling information from the Occupational Outlook Handbook by the U.S. Department of Labor, this book gives an overview of employment projections through 2018, reviews major trends, has explanations of job descriptions and a job-match grid that helps in choosing a career. A fine resource to find out about jobs in every field.

Expert Resumes for Career Changers has over 100 resumes created by professional resume writers for careers in health care, technology, business management, sales, marketing, recreation, sports, education, performing arts, government and law enforcement. Packed with excellent examples and advice, it is an outstanding tool for revamping your resume or creating a totally new one.

Whether you are job hunting or preparing a presentation for work, Successful Presentation Skills is a book you will find very useful. Learn how to present your case with advice on structuring a presentation, choosing the right words and phrases, knowing your audience, understanding body language and gaining the confidence to bring your message home.

Small Business Loans


A major problem facing small business owners today is the difficulty in arranging credit and bank loans to finance ongoing operations. Many financial institutions have been reluctant to lend money at a reasonable rate, if at all.

One retailer, Sam's Club, realizing this situation was impacting their business customer's ability to buy at their stores, has gotten creative. About half of the store's members are small business owners and they account for more than half the revenue at the retailer. As a result of surveying their customer's needs, they will soon start marketing S.B.A. loans of $5,000 to $25,000 for members nationwide. The company that is managing the loans is giving Sam's members a $100 discount on the application fee, and lower interest rates, because of how much business it expects through the arrangement. You can learn about how it works at Sam's Club S.B.A. Program.

The Ann Arbor District Library has many resources designed to help small business owners.

To find potential new business use Reference USA to get detailed information on over 15 million businesses including company size and sales information, stock information, and management biographies. To discover new ways of doing business and up-to-date management techniques use General Business File to find millions of articles on business and finance for analyzing company performance, industry events, and the latest in management, economics, and politics.

Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, Deduct It!: Lower Your Small Business Taxes, The 7 Irrefutable Rules Of Small Business Growth and The Small Business Start-up Kit are just a small sample of the many books we have devoted to helping the small business owner.

The 100 Most Creative


The feature story in the June issue of Fast Company is The 100 Most Creative People in Business 2010. You may know James Cameron, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Jamie Oliver and Elizabeth Warren, who are on the list, but do you know Ping Fu, Dele Olojede, Igor Puseniak, Kr Sridhar, Beth Simone Noveck and Majora Carter?

It's helpful to know that the editorial team tasked with compiling the list couldn't include anyone who was on last year's list or who's been featured in the magazine before. Therefore, you won't see Steve Jobs, John Legend, Mark Zuckerberg and many others who might normally qualify for such a list. Nevertheless, the editorial team feels that their choices still "reflect the breadth of new ideas and new pursuits at play in our business landscape."

Take a look and see who else is on the list. There are 90 more to learn about...

National Outburst Week

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Congressman Joe Wilson, Serena Williams and Kanye West bestowed upon the world the first National Outburst Week, as treating people with dignity and respect seems to have gone out the window. It is a major concern of our time, both in private and work life. A recent book, The Cost of Bad Behavior by Christine Pearson, delves into this timely issue by trying to quantify the effects of rude, uncivilized behavior in the workplace. Just what happens when you’ve been verbally assaulted by a coworker or a customer, tried to communicate with someone while they are texting, or made to feel left out of the loop during a team project? It can cause stress, health problems and weakened commitment.

Pearson looks at companies with strong leadership that implemented policies designed to create an environment where civilized behavior, dignity and respect are taken very seriously. And guess what? When the talk is walked from the top down companies can quantify the positive effects to their bottom line. Three cheers for dignity and respect!!!

Happy Birthday Earl S. Tupper!

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American manufacturer Earl S. Tupper, inventor of Tupperware, was born July 28, 1907 in New Hampshire. In the 1930's, Tupper invented a flexible, lightweight material that was used to make plastic gas masks during World War II. He then turned his attention to consumer products and created Tupperware - a line of plastic, airtight food storage containers. Sales languished in stores until it was discovered that home demonstrations better proved the value of the product, and thus, the Tupperware Party was born. It has since become a global institution in more than 100 countries. Find out the history behind the Tupperware empire by checking out Tupperware : The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America by Alison J. Clarke or by watching the PBS home video Tupperware!, which offers an interesting look at the quirky, and often bizarre, history of this household name.

The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages 1851-2008

The Old Gray Lady has covered all these events and more:

Lincoln’s assassination, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Lindbergh’s solo flight across the Atlantic, WW I, the Normandy Invasion, the Titanic disaster, Watergate, and 9/11.

If you give this book to a history buff you may never see him or her again. About 300 of the most momentous front pages are printed in this mammoth book. Also included are 3 very user friendly DVDs that cover every single front page through 2008.

If you don't ever hear from me again you'll know what happened.

Time For a Garage Sale!

Want to have a garage sale, but not sure where to begin? Check out our helpful DVD Garage Sale Success. This DVD includes over 100 tried and true tips that will help you maximize your garage sale profits. It discusses sale ideas that include; location, items, display methods, marketing, and advertising. If you have never had a garage sale, or want to have an even better one this summer, then check out this DVD. It will set you on the right path toward having the most successful garage sale ever.

Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement

"Employee Engagement" is probably the new buzzword that "Value-Added" or "Synergy" was in the 90's. But it does deserve some respect because it is attempting to describe the sea change that is going on in workplaces.

Company leaders and employers are increasingly aware that they must address employees' need to feel a sense of meaningfulness, choice, competence and progress in their daily work lives. In turn, if a company can create an environment where those feelings truly exist, it will have a powerfully positive effect on retention, creativity and dedication.

Kenneth W. Thomas skillfully explains how to create an environment like this in his recently updated Intrinsic Motivation at Work: What Really Drives Employee Engagement.

It all really points to a variation of the golden rule: care about your work and the people who work for you and they will do the same. This book gives a pretty good outline on how to accomplish this and gives some refreshing ideas in language that doesn't drive you insane with corporate lingo.

Mr. Otis Don't Let Us Down!


Elisha Otis invented the safety elevator in 1852, a steam-powered behemoth I thought of last week while experiencing a bit of a scary ride going to the fourth floor here at the downtown library.

Read about him and other American inventors in They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine.

Mr. Otis invented the escalator too and built a huge company that installed elevators in the Eiffel Tower, the London Underground, the Kremlin, Balmoral Castle, the Washington Monument, the Flatiron Building, the Empire State Building, highly specialized installations for NASA and the Statute of Liberty.

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