Keep an eye out for things that may help people
in their careers. That is the object of the “watch
out” contributions. Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn.com
was interviewed and offered clear-eyed ideas
on career management that you should know
about. Ellen Schultz wrote about retiree health
plans coverages and information. Photonics Media
reported a timely article for entrepreneurs
interested in SBIRs and STTRs.
REID HOFFMAN AND “START UP OF YOU”
SOURCE: S. E. Ante, WSJ 2-29-12, Boss Talk
Searching for Break-out ideas
“Every individual needs to think of themselves
as the entrepreneur of their own life,” S. Ante
writes. “Do you invest in yourself? Do you
establish good plans and strategy? …adapt to the
future? You don’t do that, you are at serious
“Most people think of themselves as fitting
in a job within a hierarchy, like a career ladder or
escalator. The problem is the ladder and the
escalator are broken. You need to invest in your
skills and your network. Make sure you are
connected to people outside your company.
Figure out the new rules of the game.”
RETIREE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE
SOURCE: E. Schultz, WSJ, 1-28-2012, p. B8
“Saving retiree health plans?”
Loss of coverage devastates retirees who may
not be able to afford open market coverages.
This happens to early retirees who do not
qualify for Medicare.. People whose firms
are in bankruptcy protection have a tax credit
of 72.5% of the insurance premium costs.
It was extended in 2010 till 2013.
Newer Voluntary Employee Benefits Associations
VEBAs which are post-bankruptcy arrangements
are covered in the article.
INNOVATION RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
SOURCE: L. Marshall, Photonics Spectra Feb.
2012 p. 36 Reauthorization SBIR program
Legislative compromise reportedly leads to
6 year extension of innovation R&D. The
article lists critical information about how
to qualify for SBIR:
<500 employees, for profit and independently
owned; place of business in US and at least
51% owned by US citizens.
Firms qualifying for STTR awards requirements
are also described.