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I (heart) Small Business

Small Businesses in Missouri grow 6%.

A major trend, almost impossible to measure, but one affecting the employment outlook in St Louis is the growth of independent businesses.

In Missouri, there were 347,644 establishments with no paid employees in 2003, up 5.4 percent from 329,854 in 2002. Receipts from those businesses increased nearly 10 percent in 2003 to $13.6 billion from $12.4 billion in 2002.

My fiancee is one of them - willing to pay the full 13% for Social Security and Medicare, covering her own employment taxes and health insurance, and skipping out on company-financed benefits for the chance to run her own life.

There are a lot of people out there like her - and I think they all are living the American Dream. 

Tuition Reimbursement Aggregator

With a hot job market, the perks of employment have started warming up.  Candidates want to know what you can offer besides salaries.

I'd like to compile a list of companies in St Louis that offer certain benefits.

If you work for, or know for sure that a company in St Louis provides full tuition reimbursement, please leave a comment, send me an e-mail, or post it on your own blog and link to this post with a Trackback to your own site.

Serenity: The Blog Promotion

Serenity:  The Movie

Observe how quickly bloggers turn into shills when free stuff is offered.  In this case, Serenity is offering free screenings of their movie to bloggers (you can watch a trailer on your TiVo box as I did with the fiancee this weekend.

I didn't get the chance to watch Firefly on Fox, but I heard good things about it, and the movie sounds promising.  So the screening will be down at Ronnie's tomorrow night - and this post is a prerequisite to get in - though it doesn't guarantee a seat - which I find very strange.  If I went and didn't get a seat - I'd probably come out and trash the PR company doing the work.

But maybe they're afraid of people signing up and not showing.  Probably means they overbook like airlines.  The synopsis is below (another requirement)

One very cool thing is they let you access the artwork to post on your blog, which I (try to)do below. This is very cool - giving us access to the artwork.  Truth is, if I like the film, this would be a pretty cool way of getting to see it - and my little audience would get an earful of "Must Sees."

I'll even tell you if it's a date movie.

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Outsourcing a Bust

I've been saying this since I first encountered it in 2002.  People are finally catching on.

At least the India Daily is saying it's not so great.

And the Herman Group says.

Customer complaints are now joined by employee complaints in the host countries. Increasing challenges are pushing employers to slow the flow of jobs overseas and to begin bringing jobs back for efficiency and stakeholder satisfaction. Even stockholders are questioning whether the alleged cost savings justified.

What should be interesting to managers and executives who read this is how far ahead of the curve recruiters are in the game of competitive intelligence.  To be clear - outsourcing is not all bad - but I could tell you offline who is doing it right and who is doing it dead wrong in St Louis.

But why would I?  No executive has asked me - so unless you get me drunk at a Christmas party...