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Business, Commerce & Trade
Business, commerce & trade The term "business" has at least three usages, depending on the scope — the general usage (above), the singular usage to refer to a particular company or corporation, and the generalized usage to refer to a particular market sector, such as "the record business," "the computer business," or "the business community" -- the community of suppliers of goods and services. The singular "business" can be a legally-recognized entity within an economically free society, wherein individuals organize based on expertise and skills to bring about social and technological advancement. With some exceptions, (such as cooperatives, non-profit organizations and (typically) government institutions), businesses are formed to earn profit and grow the personal wealth of their leaders. In other words, the owners and operators of a business have as one of their main objectives the receipt or generation of a financial return in exchange for their work — that is, the expense of time, energy, and money. - from Wikipedia
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Australian Stock Market Prices
Minerva.com.au has a tickertape display of the latest prices on the Australian Exchange

There may be a better way to see stock market prices on line, but until I find it this is the best about.

Added: 11-07-2006 - Updated: 12-07-2006
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Bargains4u
An online auction site in New Zealand

Online auctions, free standard listings, free relists, auto relists, members forums.
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Added: 04-07-2006 - Updated: 29-07-2006
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Dan Pena's Quantum Leap Organization
Business mentor and author who has "been there and done that"

With a mix of conventional and totally radical business strategies, Dan Pena built a fortune from nothing. He now owns a fabulous castle in Scotland and his own golf course - a testament to the success of his strategies. Dan is larger than (and louder than) life, you'd need a large room before Dan needed to use a microphone.
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Date: 14-07-2006


Added: 07-07-2006 - Updated: 04-07-2009
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eBay
Here is where you can search the completed auctions on eBay

eBay's completed auctions constitute a database of tens of millions of auctions of every imaginable kind of merchandise. As such, they provide accurate CURRENT information on values, availability and related information. Price guides are now largely irrelevant because of the availability of this information. For access to the completed auctions on eBay, you need to log in. To log in, you need to be a member/sign up. It's free.
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Date: 30-07-2006


Added: 21-06-2006 - Updated: 29-07-2006
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Notable Names Database (NNDB)
"The Somewhat Official But Always Interesting Notable Names Database Weblog"

"NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)

"But it mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person's otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been associating with.

"Eventually, we will have synopses and analyses of creative works by the people in the database, including their books, films, and recordings."

As at this date, over 18,500 names are in the profile.

Stanley Bing is there.

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NZ CPI Inflation Calculator
The Reserve Bank's CPI Inflation Calculator

This is an invaluable tool for calculating the cost in current dollars of any item in the past.

For example, I have just been discussing a bottle of wine which I was able to buy in 1970 for $5. Using the CPI Inflation Calculator, I can show that the equivalent in current dollars is $64.50.

Here's what the Reserve Bank says about the calculator:

The Inflation Calculator uses Statistics New Zealand's Consumer Price Index ("CPI") to calculate the difference in purchasing power for an amount of money between two dates, as provided by the user. The difference between the input value and the Calculator's output value represents the effect of the inflation or deflation that has occurred over that time, as measured by the CPI. Note that the official CPI data between 1914 and 1925 is incomplete, so interpolated figures have been used to replace the missing quarterly values. Non-CPI inflation estimates for the years between 1862 and 1914 have now been added to the Calculator, but these are not official CPI figures, and should not be regarded as being of the same quality as the official CPI. However, they should provide a fairly reasonable gauge of inflation over this period. For more information on the CPI, the measurement of inflation, the figures produced by the Calculator, and the sources for the pre-1914 data, select the following link: About the Inflation Calculator. An article (PDF 78KB) in the December 2003 Reserve Bank Bulletin discusses further the functionality of the Calculator and its uses.

Prior to decimalisation on 10 July 1967, New Zealand used a system of currency made up of pounds, shillings and pence. One pound was equivalent to 20 shillings, and 12 pence made up one shilling. The Calculator presumes that if a date prior to July 1967 is selected then the denomination is pounds; if a date after that is selected the denomination is presumed to be dollars. At decimalisation, £1 = $2. Note that the Calculator only works with decimals, therefore an amount like £5.11.6 needs to be input as 5.575 (£5 + 11.5/20 shillings).


Added: 10-02-2007 - Updated: 10-02-2007
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Randal Pinkett
The official website of Randal Pinkett

Randal Pinkett, entrepreneur, speaker, author, community servant.

Added: 05-07-2006 - Updated: 05-07-2006
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The New Zealand Tariff
The Working Tariff Document of New Zealand

The last task I had in the New Zealand Public Service was to draft and negotiate through officials a Cabinet paper recommending the abolition of all tariffs in New Zealand. This is back in 1998. After two years' debate, the paper got to Cabinet, where its recommendations were broadly accepted although - given that this was a Labour Government - they were slightly watered down. But the principle of our need to progress to zero tariffs was accepted, which was a major victory for those who want the New Zealand economy to work as efficiently as possible, to the benefit of all.

So I'm not sure why anyone bothers with the Tariff any more. The Tariff should consist of one word: "FREE".

David Harcourt
August 2006

Here's what the site says about itself:

The Working Tariff Document of New Zealand is a consolidation sourced from two legislative bases, namely - the Tariff Act 1988 and the Customs & Excise Act 1996.

The Tariff Act 1988 provides for implementation, at the border, of the Government’s policies on Tariff Industry Assistance. The structure of the Tariff also meets New Zealand’s obligations under the international Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (commonly known as the Harmonised System).

The Third Schedule to the Customs & Excise Act 1996 provides for the imposition of an excise tax on certain goods (for example – alcoholic beverages, tobacco, fuel). Such taxes are applied equally to such goods whether they be locally manufactured or imported.

Tariff Rulings Service
The process of classifying goods within the Tariff is carried out by following the General Rules for the Interpretation of Part I of the Tariff, and according to the terms of the Headings and any relative Section Notes or Chapter Notes. Assistance with this is obtained from the Harmonized System Explanatory Notes issued by the World Customs Organisation. Formal rulings on the Tariff classification of goods are available from the New Zealand Customs Service's Wellington based National Tariff Advisory Unit (NTAU). A request for a ruling should be made on the application form. A separate form should be used for each item for which a ruling is requested. The application fee is $40 (GST inclusive) for each particular item. Email ntau@customs.govt.nz for further information.

Added: 07-08-2006 - Updated: 07-08-2006
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Tom Peters
Tom Peters management guru

Leadership guru Warren Bennis, the only person who knows both Peter Drucker and Tom personally, told a reporter, "If Peter Drucker invented modern management, Tom Peters vivified it."

From the Peters website:

Fortune called Tom Peters the Ur-guru of management, and compares him to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and H.L. Mencken. The Economist tagged him the Uber-guru; and BusinessWeek's take on his "unconventional views" led them to label him "business's best friend and worst nightmare." In 2004 the Bloomsbury Press book Movers and Shakers reviewed the contributions of 125 business and management thinkers and practitioners, from Machiavelli and JP Morgan to Tom and Jack Welch. Tom's summary entry:

"Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peter Drucker has written more and his ideas have withstood a longer test of time, but it is Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking."

Tom & Bob Waterman coauthored In Search of Excellence in 1982; the book was named by NPR (in 1999) as one of the "Top Three Business Books of the Century," and ranked as the "greatest business book of all time" in a poll by Britain's Bloomsbury Publishing (2002). Tom followed Search with a string of international bestsellers: A Passion for Excellence (1985, with Nancy Austin), Thriving on Chaos (1987), Liberation Management (1992: acclaimed as the "Management Book of the Decade" for the '90s), The Tom Peters Seminar: Crazy Times Call for Crazy Organizations (1993), The Pursuit of WOW! (1994); The Circle of Innovation: You Can't Shrink Your Way to Greatness (1997); and in 1999 a series of books on Reinventing Work: The Brand You50, The Project50 and The Professional Service Firm50. In 2003 Tom and publisher Dorling Kindersley released Re-imagine! Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age; the revolutionary book, an immediate No.1 international best seller, aims to do no less than reinvent the business book through vibrant, energetic presentation of critical ideas.

Two Tom Peters biographies have been published: Corporate Man to Corporate Skunk: The Tom Peters Phenomenon and Tom Peters: The Bestselling Prophet of the Management Revolution (part of a four-book series of business biographies on Peters, Bill Gates, Peter Drucker, and Warren Buffet). In an in-depth analytic study released by Accenture's Institute for Strategic Change in 2002, Peters scored 2nd among the top 50 "Business Intellectuals," behind Michael Porter and ahead of Peter Drucker.

Leadership guru Warren Bennis, the only person who knows both Peter Drucker and Tom personally, told a reporter, "If Peter Drucker invented modern management, Tom Peters vivified it." In fact, as even Tom's book titles indicate, his passion is passion: Destruction & Disruption & Re-imaginings ... Talent Liberation for a Brand You/WOW Projects World ... Creativity, Game-changing Innovation & Sustained Entrepreneurship. Tom's newest passions are for Women-as-Leaders; the Supreme Role of Design in product and service differentiation; the Creation of Customer Experiences that rival a Cirque du Soleil performance; capturing the enormous, underserved market represented by Women and Boomers-Geezers; Re-imagining Education for a Creative Age; and reorienting healthcare from "fix-it-after-the-fact" to Wellness-Prevention. And pursuing Excellence Variety2005 ... Tom's first "return to excellence" in 22 years.

Tom writes, reflects, and then presents about 75 major seminars-"happenings" each year, half outside the U.S. His other passion is creating and participating in Web-based and "live" radical learning communities—in an effort to induce leaders to vigorously embrace the "Technicolor Times" and partake of a diet of audacious, disruptive re-imaginings and excellent adventures.

Born in Baltimore in 1942 and residing in "crazy Northern California" from 1974-2000, Tom now lives on a 1,600-acre Vermont working farm with his wife, the artist and entrepreneur Susan Sargent. Tom is a civil engineering graduate of Cornell (B.C.E., M.C.E.) and business graduate of Stanford (M.B.A., Ph.D.); he holds honorary doctorates from several institutions, including the State University of Management in Moscow (2004). In the U.S. Navy from 1966-1970, he made two deployments to Vietnam (as a Navy Seabee) and survived a tour in the Pentagon. He was a senior White House drug-abuse advisor in 1973-74, and then worked at McKinsey & Co. from 1974 to 1981, becoming a partner and Organization Effectiveness practice leader in 1979. Tom is a Fellow of the International Academy of Management, The World Productivity Association, the International Customer Service Association, and the Society for Quality and Participation.

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trademe
An online auction site in New Zealand

Online auctions, free standard listings, free relists, auto relists, members forums.

Added: 04-07-2006 - Updated: 29-07-2006
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Translation Software Solutions
Typing the accents above the letters is easy using your keyboard.

From the home page:

"Below is a chart of characters that can be produced by using your Alt key and Number Pad. This is not a complete list but it will give you a quick referrence for many of the European language characters.

"To create the Foreign Language character hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and type in the appropriate ASCII Code number."



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Universal Currency Converter
"The world's most popular currency conversion tool"

"At the Universal Currency Converter you can perform interactive foreign exchange (FX, or forex) rate calculations, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates. You simply type the value of currency to convert in the amount box and select the source and destination currencies using the scrolling selection boxes. When you are finished, you push the "Perform Currency Conversion" button, and the results of your conversion are displayed. The top ten currencies sorted by popularity are listed first and then the top 85 currencies sorted by country name. Special units and precious metals are listed both alphabetically as well as in their own sections at the end of this list. If you need more currencies, you can get every world currency in an allied site."

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