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Kadoo | A Local Company Takes on the Big Boys in Cloud

Kadoo | A Local Company Takes on the Big Boys in Cloud

Exclusive interview with Kurt Baumann and Donna Hemmert, owners of Kadoo in Great Falls. To read the full article, visit Modern DC Business Magazine's website.

Your company’s name is Kadoo. How did you come up with it? Is there a meaning or a story behind it?

 We actually acquired Kadoo with its name in place. But, we really loved the name. And, apparently, it means “community” in Chinese, which we really like.

New Credit Rules One Year Later: What Effect has it had?

One year after new credit card regulations were enacted to stop some questionable billing practices and where are we? 

  • Over the limit penalty charges have been dramatically decreased. Previously, card holders could be hit with over the limit charges that effectively kept them over the limit. Now that has been curtailed enough where the monthly payment can be applied to the actual balance owed.

 

  • Before the new rules, card issuers would routinely approve transactions that would cause cardholders to exceed their limits resulting in the dreaded over the limit fees. Now customers cannot be penalized for going over their limits unless they say they want such transactions to go through.

 

National BroadBand Plan: It's Impact on The Underserved Communities Nationally

National BroadBand Plan: It's Impact on The Underserved Communities Nationally

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Media and Technology Institute

Bridging the Generation Gap in Egypt and the American Workplace

The historical transfer of power in Egypt has seen the departure of an entrenched 82-year-old dictator and a movement toward a democratically elected government where young Egyptians will have a major voice in politics and policies of the future.  A major key to a successful transition that will allow Egypt to move forward as a stable, innovative nation lies in respect and understanding between generations.

The same is true with American businesses.

Innovation is the intersection of the past and present that leads to the future.  That’s why it is so important that business leaders publicly acknowledge the contribution of each generation, applaud the unique strengths brought to the table by workers of different ages, and encourage everyone to share their viewpoints as a way to make a strong team even stronger. 

Wisconsin Avenue Giant soon to become a Reality—Demolition to Begin Late Summer

Wisconsin Avenue Giant soon to become a Reality—Demolition to Begin Late Summer

After many long years of small community resistance, and another case of “Not in My Back Yard” politicking, the Cathedral Commons, which will include a more expansive grocery store, shopping options, residential housing, and an enlivened streetscape, will soon become a reality. 

Giant has not yet selected a developer or general contractor for the project but they have several proposals and will make a selection within the next few months.  The construction of the new buildings is expected to begin in the fall.

Unfortunately, the existing stores have to shut down.  The barber's sign says he's leaving at the end of this month and some tenants, like Sullivan’s, have been extended until June.

With Some Businesses Down, Tackle Box in Georgetown Continues To Grow

With Some Businesses Down, Tackle Box in Georgetown Continues To Grow

While many financial analysts are saying that the economy is on the way up, residue of the recession is still reflected all over Washington…even in Georgetown. 

On the neighborhood’s posh M Street strip, sprinkled here and there between high-end boutiques and Zagat-rated restaurants, are the unfamiliar sights of boarded-up storefronts. 

The past few years have been an adjustment period for many Georgetown businesses, realizing that in hard times members of society often abandon what they want to give themselves the ability to afford what they need.  Some shops in the Georgetown community have fallen victim to this shift; others have managed to stay above water.  And then there’s Jonathan Umble and his fish shack Tackle Box---who are expanding.

Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse - finally CLOSING

Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse - finally CLOSING

The Brass Knob Back Doors Warehouse is closing its doors to the public forever.  If you're like me and lived in an old 100-year old historic home, the Brass Knob Back Doors was the place to go for architectural fixtures, odd shaped sinks, tubs, and of course beautiful antiques.  

The store intends to close February 15, so if you think you need that certain bracket or fixture you know you're not going to find at your local hardware store, or just trying to find a great "going out of business" sale, take a trip out to their store.  They are located at 57 N Street NW and their hours are Monday through Saturday from 10-6.  You just might find the deal you are looking for!