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International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors

The International Workshop on Nitride Semiconductors 2018 (IWN 2018) will be held November 11-16, 2018 in Kanazawa, Japan.

IWN 2018 will feature workshops on growth, characterization, optical and electronic devices. Attendees will discuss the fundamental understanding of nitride materials as well as strategies to improve the performance of nitride devices.

k-Space Associates, a leading manufacturer of ex situ and in situ metrology tools for the semiconductor, thin-film, and photovoltaic industries will be represented through R-DEC. Founded in 1992, k-Space tools are used worldwide in research and production facilities to monitor nearly all thin-film deposition processes, including MBE, MOCVD, PLD, PVD, sputtering, and evaporation.

Expanding Your Business

Expanding your business is usually good news. If your profits are growing and your customerbase is larger than ever, this is definitely a reason to feel joyful. With all the benefits that expanding your business brings there are also some responsibilities that need to be taken care of. After all, expanding a business can be a daunting task for those who are inexperienced and have no clue what they are doing. Below you will find a few tips that can help you to make the expansion so much more smoother and under control.

1. If you are unsure whether or not you know how to handle the expansion of your business it is always best to assume that you might not know how to do it. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to ask for help. You will find many friendly people around you who have been there before and who would be willing to offer you a helpful hand, for a price or for free, depending on your circumstances.

2. If you find yourself in a situation when expanding your business means moving to a bigger facility consider hiring one of the many storage units Chicago that can prove to be very helpful before and after the move. This way you will have a reliable place where you can store all your belongings for the duration of your move. You will be able to come there at any time to deposit as well as to withdraw any assets belonging to you and your company.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment and take risks. You won’t be able to achieve anything unless you are ready for a failure, something that happens to a lot of business people. In order to be successful many people need to fail at first. Don’t get discouraged only because things did not turn out to be what you expected. there will be many situations in your life when things will go wrong and turn into something unexpected. Make sure that you are always ready to learn from your failures because this is the way you will need to learn to overcome the obstacles in the future.

Financial Planning Advice

No matter how much money you make each and every single day of your life, what matters is how you manage it. There are some people out there who earn very little, but at the same time they know how to spend their money wisely and don’t lack anything. Very often, you will discover that you might need that extra help to help you to manage your money in this hectic world. below you will find some advice that can prove to be useful to you in case you are looking for some pointers that can add some assets to your fortune

1. Plan early in life so that you can see the benefits for many years to come. It is common for many people to plan their finances later in life when their assets are dwindling, but I strongly believe that the earlier in life you plan, the more years you will have to benefit from your planning and the happier you will be as the result. Very often, it will make sense to plan the financial future of your children or even grandchildren. As a matter of fact, the earlier you do it, the better for everybody.

2. Don’t assume that in this chaotic and hectic world you are on your own. There are many people out there that would be more than happy to offer you their helpful hand. Just look at the example of Woodruff Financial Planning who specialise in all sorts of financial planning for people from all walks of life. It is up to you to decide how you want to use their expertise to your advantage.

3. Don’t assume that financial planning is for the rich and for corporations only. Even people with very little money at their disposal can already benefit from all the goodness that financial planning services offer. Even as an individual with a rather small fortune you have to make various decisions regarding your financial future such as when to retire, what percentage of your debt you should pay off so that you have enough money to pay your bills, whether or not you should move to a better apartment, etc.

Mistakes to Avoid When Trying to Get a Business Line of Credit Loan

As small business owners we often run into unexpected expenses during business operations. These situations could be equipment breakdown, supplies running low or sometimes you find a new income source and you need cash to take advantage of this new business opportunity.

These are the times when you need a good business line of credit to finance the unexpected, both negative and positive, situations that occur in every business.

Access to small-business capital has been drastically reduced due to the recent housing crisis and economic downturn. Luckily this does not mean that you as a small business owner cannot get this line of credit, just look beyond your local bank to alternative online lenders.

Applying for a business line of credit is a complex process that can be difficult. Here are tips from successful business owners about how avoid common mistakes that can reduce your chances of business credit line approval.

Don’t Rush Your Loan Application

Small business owners are amongst the most time challenged executives in America! You work long hours and wear many hats to manage your both business and employees. As such you have only a small amount of time to complete the paperwork and gather documentation for your business line of credit application. However do not let this time crunch negatively affect your chances of getting approved by rushing your application preparation.

Put aside a few hours to focus on your credit application. You need to be sure that you are entering the correct information about your sales, assets and expenses for the greatest likelihood of approval. Additionally you may need to include information such as your employer identification number and corporate bylaws. Allow time to be able to look up this information and access these documents.

Also be sure that both the telephone number and email that you list on your application goes to you directly and not to your retail location.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Some business owners don’t plan ahead for their cash flow shortages and don’t realize that they need a line of credit until they are out of money. Instead the very best time to apply for your business line of credit is before you need it.

Not only is this prudent planning,  but also your financial statements will appear stronger to your bankers eyes.

Lenders will closely scrutinize your cash flow as the primary indicator of your ability to repay the line of credit.

Thus you want to show a full 12 months of positive cash flow in your financials. If you wait until you get into a negative cash flow position that lack of credit worthiness will become part of your application and could result in your loan rejection.

Don’t Be Vague About Why You Need the Funds

All lenders will ask you what you plan to do with the proceeds of the line of credit. They want to know how you intend to utilize this cash in your business operations.

Bankers want to understand your strategic business goals and see that you have thought out this process for the next six to twelve months.

If you are vague about how you will use this cash it indicates that you are a poor planner and do not manage your cash flow well. This will send up a red flag to lenders and could get your application denied.

Now that you know some of the mistakes not to make when trying to get a business line of credit I recommend that you read this Kabbage loan review.

 

SEMICON Japan 2018

SEMICON 2018, one of the most important trade fairs for the global semiconductor manufacturing industry, will take place December 12-14 in Tokyo. Since Japan supplies one third of semiconductor equipment and more than half of all semiconductor materials globally, it is not an overstatement that this event takes place in the heart of the semiconductor supply chain. As a result, 750 companies from Japan and other countries will exhibit at SEMICON, among them k-Space, a leading American supplier of in-line photovoltaic metrology tools. Their tools are used worldwide in manufacturing and research facilities for monitoring nearly all thin-film deposition processes.

How and Where to Find the Best MLM Leads

Nobody has any doubt that in order to excel at online marketing one needs to have an edge over everybody else. Getting to know the market takes a while, and to be able to be competitive one needs to spend a lot of time getting to know the ropes. Unfortunately, even if you spend a lot of money making yourself familiar with the market, there is still no guarantee that you are going to succeed and that your income is going to be good enough to justify quitting your day job.

I have been working online long enough to know that the role of the social media cannot be overlooked. These days, it is all about with whom you want to connect, and how to ensure that you have access to the latest information available on the Internet. Social media became easily one of the best ways to know about people’s likes as well as dislikes. It also applies if you want to find best mlm leads provided that you are into this sort of marketing.

I know what you might be thinking: you might be tempted to just buy mlm leads. This way you won’t have to do that much because somebody else has done everything for you. It turns out that this sort of thinking can be wrong for all sorts of reasons. the leads you buy are usually weak leads that will rarely give you any money. The leads you want are carefully targeted leads, not something you can just buy and be happy with. The leads that will lead you to money are all based on social media, because this is where all the information about people lies.

If you are still not sure how to get into generating MLM leads, the Internet is where you should start your research. If you click on the above link, it will take you to the right people who have tons of experience working from home and generating leads with the help of social media. After all, the future of humanity lies in the hands of social media, so overlooking it is not a smart thing to do.

6 Brilliant Ways to Start Making More Money & Avoid Debt

Money makes the world go round – if you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that already!  Saving and cutting back on costly items and services is all well and good – the more money you can put aside, the better – but what if you were able to make even more money on a daily basis?  Putting time aside to create a healthier cashflow may seem impossible if you’re working a fair number of hours per week, but where there’s a will, there’s a way – there are plenty of ways for you to start making a little bit of extra cash on the side to stash away in your savings pot, and here are just a few of the best ones to get started.

Get Your Debts in Order

Ok– so this first point won’t exactly make you money right away, but what it will do is level the playing field so that you’re able to start making a profit.  If you’re in debt by any means at all – student loans aside – it’s high time you drew up a plan on how you’re going to get rid of what you owe – right now. Paying off your debts sooner rather than later will ensure that you have a clean slate to start upping your monthly income and profits – consult debt advice experts and discuss options such as consolidation, the quickest ways for you to clear what you owe and more besides.  The sooner it’s gone, the sooner you can drum up that extra cash.

Cut the Unnecessary Costs

You may not have the healthiest credit report on the block, but that hardly matters if you’re keen to start living off your own money, and more of it – and the best way to start seeing more money rolling in is to start cutting back on what you’re spending.  Keep your receipts, look at your subscription services, even think about changing your tastes for a month or two. Can you make lunch from home for a few weeks rather than go to the local supermarket for a £2.50 sandwich? Tighten your belt – and you’ll soon start raking in regular money that you can actively save and enjoy at your leisure and discretion.

Sell Your Stuff

If you’re the sort of person who enjoys ‘having things’, you may not have considered or have even entertained the idea of selling on your used items.  There are always going to be a few things we want to keep – for sentimental reasons or otherwise – but if you’re not using something, will you necessarily miss it if you sell it on?  eBay is a great place to start when it comes to selling your old clothes, DVDs, CDs and more besides – it’s an online jumble sale and you set the prices. Selling your old stuff will rack up a nice lump sum that you can put by for whenever you may need it.

Go Freelance

Working more hours may not sound particularly appealing on the face of it, but if you are particularly talented at writing, drawing, managing social media and more besides, there are more than a few sites out there where you can sign up and sell your expertise for anything from £5 upwards.  These sites welcome people of all skill levels and experiences, meaning that providing you can prove your talent, and providing you put the hours in over a few weeks, there’s no reason why you can’t start making a solid second income. Many have even been able to leave their day jobs to focus on their freelancing careers – who’s to say you won’t be next?

Surveys and Competitions

Survey websites and apps have been around for a long, long time, and while they may not give you stacks of cash right away, it does still pay to keep two or three – or even more – sites and profiles up and running so that you can reap the financial benefits.  Rather than rely upon one site where you may only be able to make £5 per month, if you have the time to give, sign up for several – get paid for your opinion and get a nice little windfall every so often if you keep up the interest.

Be Positive

Keeping a positive attitude to making and saving money is absolutely crucial – how can you achieve all of the above without one?  Set yourself goals, targets, and be realistic – but above all, really push yourself to succeed.

 

Inheriting Property: What You Need to Know

Inheritances are always fraught, ambiguous occasions. You could be receiving a lifechanging sum or resource, or something of immense sentimental value even if it’s not hugely significant financially. On the other hand, you’re only receiving it because someone you care for has passed on. The situation is emotionally complicated and stressful, and for larger inheritances leaves you with some significant admin to do at a time when you are least willing to and equipped for it.

Today we’re looking at a few of the key things you need to know about inheriting property to make sure you’re able to do what you need to at this difficult, sensitive time.

Talk to the Experts

If you don’t have a family lawyer involved, it’s well worth finding a local solicitor who can advise you on the situation. They can provide some guidance on what to do in the absence of a will. They can let you know what your obligations and options are regarding inheritance tax, and they can let you know how to divide estates fairly where no enough detail has been left on how to accomplish that.

Most importantly they can do all of this with the detachment of a legal professional, not someone caught up in the emotional maelstrom of loss. They can see clearly and guide you towards a future where you are able to move on, not be stuck, paralysed in the present.

Deciding What to Do

It’s important not to make any decisions immediately: they are born of intense, painful emotions and in the cold light of day you may well rethink them. Selling the house you’ve inherited may at first feel very attractive as it’s a painful reminder of the person you’ve lost, but as your initial wave of grieve subsides, you might regret it. On the other hand, regardless of the wisdom and practicality of the situation you might decide you want to move into the house you’ve inherited even if it becomes clear that the best solution is to sell or rent it out.

Selling or Renting

If you do decide to sell or rent the house, you have a lot to weigh up. Selling gets you a lump sum there and then, whereas renting could mean greater financial security in the long term. On the other hand, if you rent out a house you do need to make sure it’s fit for tenants, which a house might not be at the end of a long life. If you don’t know how to renovate a house, it’s difficult to judge the cost and scope of the work, so make sure you speak to a builder or other professional before you make any long term decisions.

What Businesses Must Do Before They Send Their Employees Abroad

Not every opportunity will be local, and not every opportunity can be secured online in a few minutes. There will come a time that, in order to expand or to further your business, you will need to travel abroad to conduct said business yourself. The larger your company becomes, the less viable it is for you to leave your company for every opportunity that arises. When this happens, you need to start sending your employees in your stead.

There are so many benefits to sending others to further businesses connections and deal with clients directly. Not only do you show your best employees how valuable they are to your company and give them the opportunity to further develop their talents, you also put a key player in a place of opportunity. Here are a few examples when you may need to send an employee abroad for business:

  • A conference where your employee can report back new information appertaining to your business or industry.
  • A conference where your business is represented, allowing a team you trust to make new connections, and to spread the word of your business to potential partners.
  • Meeting directly with a client or meeting new clients.
  • Making sales to new institutions, businesses, or individuals.

There are so many reasons why having a team you can trust to send out is imperative for your businesses success. As the CEO, you cannot be everywhere at every time, but you cannot just send anyone in your place. You need to choose the best of the best.

Before you think about sending your employees anywhere, however, you need to first give them the tools that they need to succeed. Sending someone who is untrained, unprepared, and who doesn’t have the necessary resources, simply means your company will not get the most out of the trip. Instead, follow these steps to ensure maximum success out of every business opportunity:

Migrate to the Cloud

One of the most important steps a business must make before it starts sending employees abroad is to migrate to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud allows all of your data to become centralised, meaning that an employee on the other side of the world will have real-time data updates, wherever they log-in. You can even configure your cloud account to give your employees restricted access, so that they only have access to the information they need.

This means that all the information will be accurate, and most importantly, current. If your employee is going to a conference, he or she can write notes that are immediately uploaded and accessible by you, so you can monitor their progress as they go. Being on the cloud has many benefits for a business, but what it means for your employees is the ability to have all the information they need in one place.

Train Them Yourself  

Once you have migrated to the cloud, it is time to pick a select few employees that you want to represent you and your company. Sending them out on their own to begin with won’t help you get the results you want. Instead, bring them with you so that they can watch you and learn from you. Your mentoring will be a vital part of their training, so be sure to part with as much advice as possible. This means training them in introductions, in foreign etiquette, and even how to properly treat a client to a meal. There are many rules and tricks you yourself will have picked up as the years have gone by, and it is now time to impart that wisdom onto the next generation.

Give Them the Means to Stay Connected

There are two portions to staying connected with you go for business trips. One, the ability to be connected when you are abroad, and two, the ability to reconnect with clients who are abroad. Each scenario will require a different set of tools, and as the CEO it is up to you to ensure that your employees have all the right tools at their disposal.

A Local SIM Card or Wi-Fi Pocket Device

So that they can stay connected via the internet wherever they go, the best way is either by obtaining a local SIM, or with a Wi-Fi pocket device. This won’t address the issue of international calling, but at the very least they can receive emails as they arrive. If in doubt, turn on roaming charges and have your employee turn off data connection to all devices except their email.

A Calling Card

For international calls, either back to you when they are abroad, or to their clients when they are back home, a calling card is the best way to go. You could opt for Viber international calling cards, for instance, and benefit from being able to call any mobile or landline number. This doesn’t allow incoming calls of course, but it will allow your employees to make affordable calls across borders as they need to. If a client is frustrated or confused in an email, for instance, matters can be cleared up much more effectively on the phone, and this is where an international calling card comes into play.

Give Them a Custom Business Card

If you want your employees to look professional when they represent you abroad, you need to do more than insist on a dress code. A custom-made business card, both for your business and for your employee, are essential to alleviate their professionalism and give clients and prospective partners the means to contact you.

Set a Budget Beforehand

If you want to stick within a budget, you have to give your employee a budget. As they are on a business trip for you, you will be responsible for their business-related expenses. This includes the plane, the hotel, transportation, and even covering for any business lunches or dinners. If you set a reasonable budget beforehand, your employee can follow it, and you can spread your funds out more evenly.

Preparing your business to send employees out on business trips is no easy task. You cannot just pick one person and expect them to do a better job than you can. Instead, prepare your company, prepare a team of employees, and prepare your budget. Combined, you can expand your operations and gain more business abroad than ever before.

The 4 Biggest Threats to Your Business

Every business comes with a certain amount of risk, but some threats can be avoided to ensure the longevity of your company. However, you cannot prevent them from transpiring if you do not know what they are.

If you want to ensure your business is fully prepared for any obstacles in the near or distant future, read about the four biggest threats to your business and how to stop them in their tracks.

  1. Your Employees

Unfortunately, the biggest threat to your business could be your employees. While you might be filled with passion for your business, your employees might not share your love for an industry, or might have less motivation to make your company succeed. Unfortunately, this lack of passion for your brand could pose a serious threat to your company.

For example, your employees might be tempted to steal your sensitive data, or they may deliberately or unwittingly share your files with third parties. This is a critical issue for business owners to be aware of when storing files online. Most cloud solutions focus on shared responsibility. Their responsibility is to free the software of vulnerabilities and intrusions, which can prevent data loss, while the customer must ensure compliance of their internal policies. That’s why you should read about Office 365 DLP security practices to prevent employees from sending the files to third parties or preventing sensitive data from being unknowingly uploaded to the cloud.

  1. Cyber Criminals

While many business owners might fear a physical intruder, there is currently a much higher risk of a virtual intruder damaging your business. Cybercrime is increasing at an alarming rate, and unprotected infrastructures are unfortunately falling vulnerable to cyberattacks. The best way to deter a virtual intruder is through preventative measures. For example, managed network security services can effectively secure your digital presence.

  1. The Business Owner

It might surprise you to learn that you could be one of the biggest threats to your brand’s success. While your business will be the product of your blood, sweat, and tears, it does not necessarily mean you always know what is best for your company. While it should go without saying that you should have the final say, it’s crucial you stop believing you know it all and start listening to your directors, employees, and consultants. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for your brand is to simply listen to what others have to say, so you can learn from their knowledge and experience to make an informed choice.

  1. Supply Chain Disruption

A supply chain disruption could potentially slow your business down or grind it to a halt. It’s vital to realize that your business will only be as strong as its weakest link. If a travel disruption or low inventory impacts a supplier’s business, it will impact your business as a result. That’s why it’s so important to choose reliable suppliers for your business who are not based hundreds or thousands of miles away, if possible. Otherwise, your brand might be forced to pay the price for another company’s shortcomings.

I am discussing all kinds of business and finance topics on this blog and I hope that the information I provide will prove to be useful.