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Archive for November, 2011

Do American Consumers Use QR Codes?

In June 2011, 14 million smartphone owners scanned a QR code, according to a survey conducted by Comscore, a market research company.  That is 6.2% of all smartphone users.  Not surprisingly, a demographic analysis of those who scanned a QR code were:

*60% male

*53% between the ages of 18 and 34

*36% have a household income of $1ook or more

If that is your market segment, go for it!

This survey was conducted by Comscore,  a  market research company the measures the digital world.  Their website is


Town of Huntington’s Business Incubator

A joint venture between the Huntington Community Development Agency and Platform C, an independent 501 c3 nonprofit organization,  this new business incubator provides funding, mentorship, and connections to top executives and the local community.  For information contact Doug Aloise, Director of the Huntington Community Development Agency at 631-351-2881 or visit .

Angel Investing on the Rise

Key findings from the the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire  in their quarterly survey of angel investing reveals—

*Total angel investing reached $8.9 billion for the first half of 2011—up 4.7% from a year earlier

*Almost 26,300 companies received angel funding for the first 6 months of 2011

*The largest share of angel funding went to healthcare services (25%), followed by energy (17%), biotech(14%) and software(11%)


Doing Business Globally?

Global Road Warrior, a comprehensive business , travel, and cultural guide to 175 countries, is available at the Half Hollow Hills Community  Library.

For the business traveler this online database has indispensable information for conducting business in other countries. Before leaving for that business meeting in Reykjavik , be savvy about the business culture and society.

 Some of the information available includes:


*How business decisions are made

*How business meetings   are conducted

*Business attire

*Women in business

*Politics, graft, fraud

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS——Visas, passports, customs, tipping, immunization

SECURITY BRIEFING—-Travel warnings, social unrest, street and organized crime

TIPS FOR THE BUSINESS WOMEN—-attire, safety, cultural considerations



SOCIETY & CULTURE——Greetings, courtesies, holidays, customs, superstitions

VOCABULARY——Over 200 essential words in the language

To access Global Road Warrior go to the library’s website, click on Research, click on Complete List of Databases, click on Global Road Warrior.  You have arrived.





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