Archive for January, 2009

Video interview with Anil Singh-Molares

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Below a brief video interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with our Fall 2008 guest speaker Anil Singh-Molares talking about entrepreneurship in a global marketplace and the connection between a liberal arts degree and success in the business world. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Mr. Singh-Molares for the September 2008 issue of our newsletter Kaizen here.

Video interview with Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright on New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Below is a ten-minute video interview of CEE’s executive director Dr. Stephen Hicks with our Fall 2008 guest speaker Dr. Emily Chamlee-Wright, discussing her research on entrepreneurship in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Spring 2009 guest speakers

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

The Center is proud to announce its guest speakers for Spring 2009:

Steven HorwitzSteven Horwitz, February 18, 2 PM, SCAR 4

Steven Horwitz is Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University in New York. He is the author of Microfoundations and Macroeconomics: An Austrian Perspective (Routledge, 2000) and Monetary Evolution, Free Banking, and Economic Order (Westview, 1992). He has written extensively on Hayekian political economy, monetary theory and history, and the economics of gender and the family. Dr. Horwitz will give a talk entitled “Wal-Mart to the Rescue: Private Enterprise’s Response to Hurricane Katrina,” in conjunction with Dr. Hicks’s Business and Economic Ethics class.

C. Bradley ThompsonC. Bradley Thompson, March 18, 2 PM, SCAR 20

C. Bradley Thompson is Research Professor at Clemson University in South Carolina. Professor Thompson is the author of the prize-winning book John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (University Press of Kansas, 1998). He has lectured around the country on education reform and the American Revolution, and his op-ed essays have appeared in scores of newspapers around the country and abroad. Dr. Thompson will give a talk on the political thought of John Adams in Dr. Jules Gleicher’s Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era class.

David MayerDavid Mayer, March 25, 2 PM SCAR 20

David Mayer is Professor of Law and History at Capital University in Ohio, where he teaches courses in American constitutional history, English and American legal history, and intellectual property, as well as a seminar in Libertarianism and the Law. He has written The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (University Press of Virginia, 1994) and several articles in law reviews, history and political science journals. Dr. Mayer will give a talk entitled “Thomas Jefferson and the `Holy Cause of Freedom’” in Dr. Gleicher’s Political Philosophy of the American Revolutionary Era class.

The flyer for this announcement is available here (PDF). Please contact us at if you have any questions or would like more information.

January 2009 issue of Kaizen

Monday, January 26th, 2009

kaizen-5-cover-thumbThe latest issue of Kaizen features our interview with Reena Kapoor, founder of Conifer Consulting, a successful marketing company in Silicon Valley. Ms. Kapoor discusses her education in India, her on-the-job marketing training at Procter & Gamble, and gives marketing and general entrepreneurial advice to anyone considering starting a company. This issue also includes the letter from the Executive Director and more CEE-related news.

A PDF version of Kaizen is available here. We will soon post online the full version of the interview with Ms. Kapoor.

If you would like to receive a complimentary issue of the print version of Kaizen, please email your name and postal address to CEE [at] Rockford.edu.

Some tips for moonlighting

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends has some excellent advice for entrepreneurs who want to start their businesses while still being employed elsewhere.

23 Student Innovations

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

The New York Times Education Supplement reports on 23 Student Innovations. Among them, Cooliris, a browser extension that transforms your browser into a 3D wall for viewing images and videos on the web; a walking device for patients in intensive care; and The Next Big Sound, a website where users can vote on upcoming music artists.

Paying Taxes 2009: a study of countries’ tax systems

Monday, January 19th, 2009

PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Bank have published Paying Taxes 2009, a study examining the tax regimes in 181 countries. The study uses three main indicators: the total tax rate (all taxes borne a business must pay), the time it takes to comply with the major taxes, and the number of tax payments for the major taxes. Interestingly, the Maldives have the highest ranking for all three indicators. By contrast, the United States, ranks 26th on the number of tax payments ranking, 65th in time to comply ranking, and 92nd on the total tax rate ranking.

Meet the most impressive innovator of all time

Monday, January 12th, 2009

According to Professor Mark Dodgson, director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre at the University of Queensland, Josiah Wedgwood, who founded Wedgwood Company, is one of the greatest innovators of all time. He discusses Wedgwood’s extraordinary contributions in this interview with Australian Radio National’s Science Show host Robyn Williams. (Via Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness.)

Where doing business is easiest

Friday, January 9th, 2009

The World Bank’s Doing Business report for 2009 ranks countries in terms of how well their regulatory environment facilitates doing business. At the top of the list this year are: Singapore, New Zealand, United States, Hong Kong and Denmark. The report has also been tracking regulatory reforms that are supposed to make doing business easier. This year’s top reformer is Azerbaijan. Since the first Doing Business report in 2004, Eastern Europe and Asia have accounted for a third of all reforms.

Who were the most influential people in business ethics in 2008?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

The Ethisphere Institute, a business ethics think tank, published a list of the 100 most influential people in business ethics in 2008. The honorees include notables in business such as actor and entrepreneur Paul Newman, Costco CEO Jim Senegal, Coca-Cola Chairman Neville Isdell, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott.