Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Should You Trademark Your Company Name?

Should You Trademark Your Company Name by Jonah Engler 

Deciding whether or not to trademark your company name depends on a variety of factors. A trademark sets apart the origin of the word, symbol or other item it represents. Many businesses do it to protect their name from fraudulent use. So how do you know if it’s a good idea to have your company name trademarked? 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nonprofit Steps Up to Help Families of Slain NYPD Officers

NYPD - Jonah Engler

Newlywed NYPD officer Wenjian Liu was gunned down by a maniac for simply doing his job. Here’s what Frank Siller, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, had to say: “When you see somebody in despair, you bring them some joy. When you see somebody that is in darkness, you bring them light.” Siller went on to say that his organization and the community will be there for the family of the murdered officer. In fact, the foundation has pledged roughly $800,000 to pay off the homes of both Liu and officer Rafael Ramos, also killed. Siller said he understands that paying off those mortgages will not erase the pain that the families of these slain officers are facing.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beware Of Investment Scams

Beware Of Investment Scams by Jonah Engler

The idea of turning one's cash into a larger amount of money is a common wish. With investing, this becomes possible in the free market system. Unfortunately, there are many different types of scams that criminals have created in order to take advantage of this desire. Being aware of the common versions of these schemes will give one a greater defense against falling victim to one of these crimes. Many investment scam artists use the telephone to make the initial contact with their victims.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Creating Personal Responsibility On Your Team

Creating Personal Responsibility On Your Team by Jonah Engler

If you want to achieve any success as an entrepreneur at any age you need a team backing you that you can trust. They need to be good at their jobs, great at rolling with the punches and able to think on their feet – without you there to help them make that decision. That’s huge. Leadership is not about getting your own house in order and just being a tremendous example and inspiration to others. Yes, YOU need to get things done, but you need to do so in a way that encourages and empowers other people to get things done as well.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Becoming an Angel Investor

Jonah Engler - Becoming an Angel Investor

Working as a successful angel investor in New York requires the ability to connect with others while still having something to offer for those who are interested in seeking out investments for their own businesses. When you want to become an angel investor, there are a few tips and tricks that can help you to get started in the ever-busy Big Apple. Brand Yourself Professionally It is important to brand yourself professionally to stand out among other angel investors near you and what they have to offer. 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Cop Cameras and Privacy Laws – the Great Debate

Cop Cameras and Privacy Laws – Jonah Engler 
After nearly every major media event involving a police presence, from one-on-one interactions to riot control, there comes a cry from some circles and social media - to put cameras on all cops. It sounds like a viable and reasonable solution. The “least we can do” according to many victim advocates. Still, is that the solution, and will it really solve the problem, both actual and perceived?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jonah Engler: Personal Finance - Crystal Ball or Solid Direction?

Jonah Engler NYCThe future of personal finance needn't be guided by the whims of a crystal ball. It can have a solid direction that provides financial security with minimal risk. The fluidity of personal finance depends entirely on the individual. Each person makes the final decisions on the direction their personal finances will take. What constitutes solid financial direction is less mysticism than it is astute financial wisdom.

Jonah Engler shares his thoughts on the future of Personal Finance.

Plot a Personal Finance Future Sooner than Later

In the early 1980s, the first company-provided 401Ks became the new financial vehicle that would plot a personal finance future. Those new to 401Ks soon learned they could invest in their futures by a simple 401K payroll deduction. Yet, the future of personal finances isn't totally enveloped in these types of retirement savings plans. For example, at the outset of these plans, employer contributions were a near match to that of the employee. Over time, that match has been reduced in many companies to under 10% of the employees contribution. Always, there are issues beyond the control of the individual that often create an impact on their personal financial future. Inflation is one, economic slow down another and changes in employee benefit like the 401Ks is yet another.