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Dale Buss
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.

Plastic Packaging Users Should Get Ahead of Environmental Concerns

Manufacturers have made huge progress in reducing their environmental footprints with everything from water husbandry to slashing carbon-dioxide emissions. But one area where factory chiefs can do much better is in recycling plastic packaging, according to environmental groups that increasingly have the ear not only of regulators but of American consumers.

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Walmart’s 2nd Annual ‘Made in the USA’ Effort Gains Traction Among Manufacturers

Many manufacturers stood to gain when Walmart opened its procurement process to a new wave of suppliers during its two-day “2015 Manufacturing Summit” held last week at its Bentonville, Ark., headquarters. But some manufacturers already are benefiting from the giant retailer’s 2013 pledge to spend an additional $250 billion on products supporting domestic manufacturing and American jobs over a 10-year period.

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3 Tips for Thriving in the Upcoming ‘Industry 4.0’ Transformation

Manufacturing’s history includes three waves of change: the “lean” revolution of the seventies, the outsourcing phenomenon of the nineties and the automation revolution of the current decade. But there is no rest for the weary, as McKinsey consultants are currently warning American manufacturers that they must get ready now for the next big change, which they are calling “Industry 4.0.”

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5 Guidelines for Knowing When to Make an Immediate Decision or When to Wait

In recent news, Apple chief Tim Cook responded to criticism by megastar Taylor Swift within 24 hours, announcing that Apple would begin paying artists royalties on their music sales for all free introductory trials. And South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, within 24 hours of the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, took a stand and demanded that the legislature remove the Confederate flag from outside the capitol building.

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8 Great Family Vacation Spots Recommended by CEOs


Finding and settling on a summer vacation spot for the family can be as difficult as slashing budgets or making that difficult firing. But it’s probably just as important for CEOs and business owners who want to recharge – and take their loved ones with them. Here’s a selection of eight favorite family vacation spots from a handful of CEOs and business owners.

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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Decide to Move or Open Up a Business

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A number of developments have shaken the nation’s economic-development community of late, casting individual states in new or different lights, and underscoring just how heated the competition is among states for major economic-development wins and CEO business. If you are looking for a new location to move or grow your business, make note of these latest events before making any decisions.

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What CEOs Are Reading This Summer

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While every CEO and business owner has his or her own taste, one book that keeps rising above all the rest as one of interest to chiefs is The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. CEOs listed this book the most because of its honesty and helpful lessons on how to survive as a business leader. In addition, one reviewer on Amazon called it “solid advice about running a company from a wartime CEO.” Here’s a handy list of other inspirational books on CEOs’ summer reading list. Print out and stick in your suitcase or on your fridge.

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Starting Up a New Business? Here Are Kauffman’s Top 5 States for Startups

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With the largest year-over-year growth in two decades, American startups overall are on the rebound, according to Kauffman. In addition to a western cluster of Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and Colorado, one eastern state—Vermont—rounded out the top five in the 2015 Index of Startup Activity by the Kauffman Foundation. New York, Washington State and Wisconsin were among states that fared more poorly than a year earlier.

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