Archive for November, 2012

Exempting Companies from Obamacare

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

We were sent a letter from Hobby Lobby that is reprinted in its entirety below.  The company’s CEO is asking to be exempt from the law due to conflicts between the law and the owner’s religious beliefs.   We wonder if any person or corporation should generally be exempted from a law of any sorts.

This article lists a large number of organizations that have been exempted from this healthcare law.  Why are these organizations exempted from the law?  What guidelines are there that would allow one organization, city, or state for that matter to opt out of the healthcare bill? Perhaps this website will help clarify the issues.

“A Letter from Hobby Lobby Stores CEO

By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.


David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.”


Ideas That Spread, Win by Seth Godin

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

In an address to the Greater Baltimore Technology Council in 2006, author, entrepreneur, and marketing expert Seth Godin summed up the importance of marketing with a very simple phrase: “Ideas that spread, win.” Godin cites how one of the greatest inventions of all time, sliced bread, wouldn’t be anywhere without marketing.

You+Media invented a great service – the ability for people to create and send their video opinions to us on any subject at any time.  Now that we have it, the goal is to get the word out and create massive awareness, trial and usage.

Elevator Pitches

Monday, November 26th, 2012

What is your elevator pitch?  What do you need to do to start more conversations and build more relationships?  Kathy McAfee shares specific ideas to help you craft and polish a 10-second and a 30-second version of your networking introduction.

Thanksgiving Tips

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Well, why not?  Food, fun, a little sexy, and somewhat distasteful, this video met the criteria we set out to showcase at least one off color video.



What Motivates Us?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

RSA Animate creates a really interesting presentation on what motivates us in the workplace from an adaptation of Dan Pink’s talk at the RSA.

Secede or Multiply?

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Slate posted this article on Texas secession movement.  Inside the article was this little gem.

“A few years ago, while conducting research for a novel I was writing about Lone Star politics, I discovered a short clause in the state’s 1845 annexation agreement that’s well known to any serious state historian, though far less well known to the average Texan. Buried beneath some highly boring details about how the republic’s resources were to be transferred to the federal government in Washington is language stipulating that “[n]ew States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution.”

With five different states, one would think the states of Texas would send eight Republican Senators and two Democratic Senators, for a net gain of 6 Republican seats.  Go figure..

Thanksgiving and Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday, November 18th, 2012
Austin Christianson compiled a thoughtful documentary short film comprised of news clips and film about Martin Luther King.  In our view, Dr. King was one of the great American orators and leaders in his day.
On this Thanksgiving, we give praise and thanks to the efforts of Dr. King and others who led the civil rights movement that was created to ensure equal rights for every American citizen.