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Voting vulnerability

or as little as a few thousand dollars, online attackers can purchase enough personal information to perhaps alter voter registration information in as many as 35 states and the District of Columbia, according to a new Harvard study. Dubbed “voter identity theft” by study authors Latanya Sweeney, professor of government and technology in residence, research

2017-09-13T07:55:50-05:00Tags: |

30 firms earn half the total profit made by all US public companies

There were 4,819 public US companies in 1975. Forty years on, that number has fallen by more than a fifth, hitting 3,766 in 2015. This peculiar dwindling is but one of the dramatic changes in US public corporations described in a new study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. How else, then, have they evolved? Increasingly, it

Von Tobel, A Company That Champions its Employees

Von Tobel is known in the region for helping their customers with projects big and small, whether they are contractors or a homeowner looking to start a project. What lies behind that? A strong commitment to teamwork and its employees, says Marketing Director Bill Kaye. “We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary a couple years ago,”

2017-07-31T05:05:07-05:00Tags: , , |

Knickerbocker Group becomes an E.S.O.P.

As of April 2017, Knickerbocker Group is pleased to announce the transition of the company to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). After years of considerable thought and planning, Steve Malcom, Owner/CEO, decided the optimal course for Knickerbocker’s future is to essentially convey the company to its employees in the form of an ESOP. Malcom

2017-07-30T14:42:16-05:00Tags: , , , |

Just 100 companies responsible for 71% of global emissions, study says

Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report. The Carbon Majors Report (pdf) “pinpoints how a relatively small set of fossil fuel producers may hold the key to systemic change on carbon emissions,” says Pedro Faria, technical director at environmental non-profit

Barbour Publishing Goes Employee Owned

Barbour Publishing announced that its employees have now become owners under an Employment Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) that took effect June 30. Timothy Martins, who bought Barbour in 2000, will continue to serve as CEO and chairman, and the management team will remain the same under complete employee ownership. “At some point, owners of small,

6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among

New ESOPs Are Created Each Year

As of 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, there were 6,717 employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs) in the United States, holding total assets of more than $1.3 trillion, according the National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO). These plans cover over 14 million participants, of whom 10.6 million are active participants—those currently

The next big corporate trend? Actually having ethics.

As San Francisco celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the city (and its now nearly indistinguishable sibling, Silicon Valley) are watching a very different summer play out: A Summer of Ethics. In yet another iteration of a story that’s feeling all too familiar, three female entrepreneurs accusedBinary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck of sexual