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A chance to rein in payday loan abuse

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally turned its regulatory gaze to short-term lenders — think payday loan and automobile title loan companies — that build businesses around loans that can't be repaid. The bureau floated a potential rule last week that addresses the...

FTC Report Shows How Google Skewed Search Results

Rolfe Winkler and Brody Mullins, reporting for the WSJ: In a lengthy investigation, staffers in the FTC’s bureau of competition found evidence that Google boosted its own services for shopping, travel and local businesses by altering its ranking criteria and “scraping” content from other sites. Show More Summary

Valve on Customer Service: 'We Have to Do Better'

According to the Better Business Bureau, a lot of consumer complaints have yet to be settled.

Now or Never: Signs You Should Relocate Your Business

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 40 million Americans relocate annually. Though no one keeps the exact counts of business moves, there's always a bunch on entrepreneurs admiring the greener grass at the other side. Art Petrosyan,...Show More Summary

Valve Knows Its Customer Service Is Unacceptable, Trying to Improve

If you search for Valve's profile on the Better Business Bureau's website you might be surprised to find that Valve has the lowest possible rating, an F. People are not happy with Valve's customer service, and the company knows it. But...Show More Summary

Valve Is Not Psyched They Got An 'F' In Customer Service

Not too long ago, I stumbled across a curious fact: Valve, maker of the world's biggest PC gaming service, was given an F by the Better Business Bureau. Other major gaming companies largely have A's. The culprit? Poor customer service. Read more...

Former WSVN Anchor Blake Burman Heads to Fox Business

Blake Burman has been named Washington correspondent for Fox Business, the network announced today. Burman replaces Rich Edson, who will move to Fox News as a correspondent, while remaining in the Washington bureau. Burman previously worked at Miami Fox affiliate WSVN, as a weekend anchor and reporter. Show More Summary

Mashable Names Business Editor

Mashable has hired Heidi Moore as its business editor. Moore most recently served as The Guardian US’ finance and economics editor. Prior to The Guardian, Moore served as New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for American Public Media’s Marketplace. Show More Summary

BLS: Jobs Openings at 5.0 million in January, Up 28% Year-over-year

From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary There were 5.0 million job openings on the last business day of January, little changed from 4.9 million in December, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.......Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Show More Summary

"Colossal" credit bureau changes for consumers

Credit reporting agencies will have to make major improvements in how they do business, thanks to a settlement with New York

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David Korbelik has joined Beck Ag as Director of Business Development. The winner of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet announced at the American Farm Bureau Federation FUSION Conference in Nashville earlier this month is Levy Randolph of California. Show More Summary

With Brand Relevance Fading, BBB Strikes Deal With Porch to Distribute Ratings

last monthMedia / New Media : Screenwerk

While the non-profit Better Business Bureau (BBB) may still have some relevance to some consumers and businesses in terms of dispute resolution, its brand has become almost totally diluted and irrelevant in the digitally dominated world of local business search. For years there has been a dormant opportunity for BBB to do something online that would reinsert […]

5 Ways to Balance Business With Family

Left unchecked, your business could ruin your family life. Here’s how to keep balance. — The Bureau of Labor Statistics, as reported on Inc.com, found that the average American works just 33.8 hours per week. The average small business owner, on the other hand, reports working at least 50 hours per week. Show More Summary

Former New York State senator tells Albany Times Union journalist he needs to get laid

Casey Seiler, the Albany Times Union’s Capital bureau chief, reported Monday that former New York State senator Greg Ball’s campaign paid $2,470 to Ball’s current business partner. Ball, who is CEO of Black Stone Global LLC, tweeted: @TUCapCon @CaseySeiler you really need to go get laid. Your fixation on me is scary. — Greg Ball … Read More

CFPB Orders Mortgage Company To Pay $2M Penalty For Deceptive Advertising & Kickbacks

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continued its ongoing crackdown of companies deceptively marketing products to U.S. veterans by ordering NewDay Financial, LLC to pay $2 million and revamp its business practices. The CFPB announced...Show More Summary

BLS: Jobs Openings at 5.0 million in December, Up 28% Year-over-year

From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary There were 5.0 million job openings on the last business day of December, little changed from 4.8 million in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.......Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Show More Summary

Bob Orr Gets a Festive CBS Send-off

2 months agoIndustries / Media : FishbowlDC

CBS Newsers packed Oyamel Cocina last night for a Bob Orr send-off. The longtime justice and homeland security correspondent is retiring after 22 years with CBS News and 40 years in the business. CBS News bureau chief Chris Isham, deputy...Show More Summary

State Says Bakery Discriminated Against Same-Sex Couple By Refusing To Make Wedding Cake

Two years after an Oregon bakery refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries says the business discriminated against the two women and as such, will have to pay up to $105,000 in fines. The bakery shut its doors in September 2013, and is now on the hook for … [More]

'Bad Girls Club' Star Judi Jackson -- Yes, My Customers Got Screwed ... But Let's Makeup

2 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : TMZ.com

"Bad Girls Club" star Judi Jackson is getting pounded by the Better Business Bureau for allegedly leaving a ton of customers in the lerch -- so, now she's firing up the bus and throwing it in reverse.BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEPJackson tells TMZ...…

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