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Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

White House Nudges Large Firms to Speed Up Payments to Small Vendors

Small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) are getting some help on an critical issue from a pivotal source: the White House. President Obama is coming to the aid of the legions of small business owners who have become frustrated over the last several years by the increasing tendency of large and even blue-chip corporations to slow down payments to their suppliers.

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CEOs Weigh in on How to Fix a Troubled Company

Many of America’s biggest companies are struggling through some of the most difficult times in their histories—Campbell Soup, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, RadioShack, Target, Wal-Mart and Whole Foods among them. But the most woebegone of all might be Sears.

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Tomorrow’s CEOs Will Be Increasingly Female, and Will Have Different Skills Than Today’s CEOs

Although women’s overall share of this year’s incoming class of CEOs is small, the “2013 Chief Executive Study” by Strategy& shows that more women are rising through the ranks to the CEO position than did five years ago (3.6 percent vs. 2.1 percent, respectively). With 60% of all college students and 40% of all MBA students currently being women, by ...

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Companies Seeing Backlash Over Moving Their Headquarters Overseas

The Lesson: People get upset when a company seems willing to forget its roots out of mere financial opportunism. Company chiefs will have to consider the growing possibility of consumer and political backlash in the U.S. in the face of such moves. Dozens of large companies are contemplating the increasingly popular tax-skirting tactic known as “inversion” because U.S. corporate tax ...

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