3 Things I Learned Last Week 10.18.15

This week: Toyota aims to phase out gasoline-powered cars by mid-century; World Statistics Day gives us numbers to notice; Is Paper the answer to online collaboration? LinkedIn changes Group features

Toyota Aims to Put Combustion Engines to Bed by 2050
In business innovation news . . .Toyota is planning to phase out gasoline-powered vehicles and reduce emissions by 90 percent by 2050. Hydrogen vehicles, not electric cars, will be the means by which the company plans to meet its goals. Read more . . .

What Are the Odds? There Really Is a Day Set Aside to Highlight Statistics
World Statistics Day was observed on October 20 to highlight the role statistics play in bettering our lives. A few notable stats released about business:

  • There were 30.5 million businesses in the U.S. in 2013. That includes both non-employer businesses and businesses with paid employees.
  • 85.8 percent of workers commute to work by car.
  • The national mean time to commute to work was 26 minutes in 2014.

And here’s another one, just for the heck of it: The current U.S. population is estimated at 321.9 million. The country’s population in 1776 was 2.5 million. Read more interesting stats . . .

LinkedIn Introduces Changes to Groups
Like it or not, LinkedIn has introduced major changes to its Groups. From what I’ve read online, some users think it’s about time some of the changes were made because they think they’ll reduce the spam that’s become such a hallmark of Groups. Others, of course, are unhappy and letting LinkedIn know about it. Here’s a summary of the major changes. What do you think of them?

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Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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