Small Business Agency Offers Help Writing Business Plans The Small Business Administration recently posted a tutorial on business plan writing. This free online course is aimed at assisting small business owners with securing financing as they start or expand their businesses. The tutorial only takes 30minutes and may be accessed at  https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.   To take the tutorial, [...]

Small Business Agency Offers Help Writing Business Plans
The Small Business Administration recently posted a tutorial on business plan writing. This free online course is aimed at assisting small business owners with securing financing as they start or expand their businesses. The tutorial only takes 30minutes and may be accessed at  https://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/how-write-business-plan?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.   To take the tutorial, all you need is Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player, both available for free as a download. Another example of the Federal Government helping small business. Could this be a Trump, smaller government cassuality?

Swiss Researcher Finds New Use For Old Drug
Bioengineer Els Torreele recently found a new use for an old drug, fexinidazole, that drug company scientists had given up on. Torreele found that this forgotten drug appears to combat the lethal illness, African trypanosomiasis also known as sleeping sickness. This disease is endemic to 36 African countries which puts 13 million people at risk. Current treatment relies on an arsenic-based drug that kills 1 in 20 patients shortly after doctors inject patients with the drug. To read more about this medical breakthrough, click on  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/els-torreele-sleeping-sickness_us_5833698ce4b099512f845007?section=us_impact.   To contribute to this research, click on  https://www.crowdrise.com/projectzero/.

Education Statistics Reveal Hate Language Use Down in Schools
Data from the School Crime Supplement prove that hate speech heard by students K – 12 fell during the period 2001 to 2013. The percentage of K- 12 students viewing hate graffiti at school fell from 36% in 2001 to 25% in 2013. In addition, only 7 percent of students reported being called a hate-related word in 2013. This percentage was the lowest during the study period. To read more about this issue, surf over to  http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016166.pdf.   Some good news to end the year.

Research Reveals That More Money Does Improve Education
Research conducted by Northwestern University and the University of California at Berkeley examined student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP, in 26 states that increased education funding in poor districts since 1990. The researchers compared student scores in these states with student scores in 23 states that did not increase funding to poorer school districts. The research comparison revealed a consistent pattern: states that increased funding to the lowest-performing districts had significantly higher student performance than states that did not increase funding to poor performing districts. To read more about this research, click on  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/in-education-money-matter_b_13787022.html.   In spite of conservative naysayers, money does buy better education. Now you know.   Additional data may be accessed at two additional sites  http://educationnext.org/boosting-education-attainment-adult-earnings-school-spending  and    https://rossieronline.usc.edu/u-s-education-versus-the-world-infographic/. This last URL offers a world-view of education spending.

Public Speaking Apps
Most people dread speaking in public. In fact, people would rather do anything than speak in public. So, if you have to deliver a presentation, there are 5 apps that will help you get through the task more easily. The following smartphone apps will make you a public speaking winner. For iPhone users the following will help you calm down and pace your presentation: Azumio monitors your heart rate so you can employ breathing exercises to reduce tension. To time your speech, use Metronome for iPhone and Android to slow down your presentation. Promster for iPhone and Android helps you write your speech and then serves as a teleprompter at various speeds to pace the presentation. To learn more about these useful smartphone apps, click on  https://www.ethos3.com/2014/10/5-apps-that-can-make-you-a-better-presenter/.    And so it goes. Happy New Year!