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5 Types of Company Mergers

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Types of MergersThere are five commonly-referred to types of business combinations known as mergers: conglomerate merger, horizontal merger, market extension merger, vertical merger and product extension merger. The term chosen to describe the merger depends on the economic function, purpose of the business transaction and relationship between the merging companies.

Conglomerate

A merger between firms that are involved in totally unrelated business activities. There are two types of conglomerate mergers: pure and mixed. Pure conglomerate mergers involve firms with nothing in common, while mixed conglomerate mergers involve firms that are looking for product extensions or market extensions.

Example

A leading manufacturer of athletic shoes, merges with a soft drink firm. The resulting company is faced with the same competition in each of its two markets after the merger as the individual firms were before the merger. One example of a conglomerate merger was the merger between the Walt Disney Company and the American Broadcasting Company.

Earth Day Survey Shows Eco-conscious Companies are Growing on Job Seekers

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In celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd, TheLadders released a new survey revealing that job seekers go for the green when making a decision about their future employer. In fact, when offered two equal job opportunities, 72 percent of candidates would choose the more eco-conscious company versus 10 percent who said that they would not. Less than a fifth (18 percent) said it would not influence their decision. TheLadders surveyed more than 100 professionals in the following industries: construction, education, engineering, finance, human resources, law, marketing, medical/science, operations, real estate, sales and technology.

TheLadders Earth Day survey also revealed other key learnings:

New Intellectual Property Resources Available

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IP Awareness AssessmentThe U.S. Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) unveiled a new web-based intellectual property (IP) Awareness Assessment Tool designed to help manufacturers, businesses, entrepreneurs and independent inventors easily assess their knowledge of intellectual property (IP). 

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Seeks Comments On JOBS Act Rulemaking

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The Securities and Exchange Commission announced it will begin accepting comments from the public as the agency sets out to make rules required under the recently-signed Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act.

Under a process first utilized with the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the public will be able to comment before the agency even proposes its regulatory reform rules and amendments.

SBA Announces Small Business Video Contest: Tell Your Story!

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Do you have a small business story to tell? Every business has one. Tell your story to the SBA and your video may appear at National Small Business Week, SBA’s marquee event that attracts hundreds of small business owners, Fortune 500 company executives, Members of Congress and Obama Administration officials.

In celebration of National Small Business Week 2012, SBA is looking for creative videos from small businesses that show how they have been helped by an SBA program or service.  The contest will raise awareness of the importance of SBA programs, and the impact the small businesses that use them have in their local communities.  

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