The Lure of the Deal

You probably have seen them.  The television ads from Roni Dench, J. D. Wentworth and Tax Masters.  Tax Masters, it was reported in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, is the latest of the three to go bankrupt.

The scam, apparently, was to require you to pay $2,000 to have the firm fix your tax problems.  Tax Masters asked that you call today and that they would get started today.  In fact, they got started never.  They collected the retainers and the forgot about their clients who paid them.

Don’t think that the bankruptcy court will collect any of this money for the scammed.  Tax Master declared thousands of creditors – many who are clients who paid for representation and will not get it or the money back that they paid for it.  They only have $50,000 left with ten or more millions of dollars in debt.

It really isn’t a new story.  People who get themselves in trouble are always a target for other people who claim that they are a savior.

And, con artists!  I’ve been around long enough to know some of them personally.  They not only present a fantasy, they live in a fantasy world.  Con artist builds a con that he knows is a con.  Then he becomes so enamored with his own con that he chooses to live in the fantasy world he has created.  Thus, superficially convinced, he is very convincing as he sells the con to the vulnerable.  When the con is exposed, he becomes very defensive because (deep down) he knows it is a con and is in anguish that his fantasy world is exposed.  But, what about the victims?  Not only do they lose the fantasy, they also lose their money.

There is an old saw.  If it seems to good to be true, it probably is.  This is the thing to remember when someone tells you that they have a sure way to beat the stock market.  This is the thing to remember when someone tells you that you can beat the IRS.  This is the thing to remember when someone tells you that the federal government will give you money to start a business.

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Behlen Manufacturing in Nebraska Tech Showcase

            Behlen Manufacturing of Columbus, Nebraska has been selected to be on the Nebraska Tech Showcase.   The Nebraska Tech Showcase is a new website featuring the capabilities of manufacturers, advanced technology, renewable energy and research scientists in the State of Nebraska.  NTS is a searchable public database which is being promoted to the Department of Defense (DOD) and prime contractors.  The purpose of NTS is to expert companies and researchers in Nebraska with program managers at the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies.  The website, at  http://www.vbasiliconprairie.com/nts/ is funded by a contract from the Office of Naval Research.  It was developed and is administered by Dawnbreaker of Rochester, NY and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

            Behlen Mfg. Co. is a world-class steel fabricator with three diverse business units: 1) Behlen Country – the nation’s leading manufacturer of farm & ranch equipment, 2) Behlen Building Systems – delivering pre-engineered metal buildings through a extensive network of authorized builders, 3) International and Diversified Products (IDP) – International Ag Systems, Metal Stitching Presses, and Custom Fabrication. As part of the IDP business unit, in early 2008 Behlen purchased Distefano Technology & Manufacturing in Omaha, Nebraska. Distefano provides fabrication of more than 1,000 different metal components for a number of industries including agricultural, turf care, renewable energy, and telecommunications

            The Nebraska Tech Showcase features researchers at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), and Creighton University.  It also highlights research and development firms, manufacturers and renewable energy producers throughout the State.  All entities featured have some special expertise of interested to the Department of Defense and their prime contractors.  NBDC consultants assist these companies, and help them connect with each other and the database.  Information about being selected for inclusion in NTS is available on the website.

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Garner Industries in Nebraska Tech Showcase

Garner Industries of Lincoln, Nebraska has been selected to be on the Nebraska Tech Showcase (NTS).  The Nebraska Tech Showcase is a new website featuring the capabilities of manufacturers, advanced technology, renewable energy and research scientists in the State of Nebraska.  NTS is a searchable public database which is being promoted to the Department of Defense (DOD) and prime contractors.  The purpose of NTS is to connect expertise in Nebraska with relevant DOD needs.  The website is http://www.vbasiliconprairie.com/nts/.   Funded by the Office of Naval Research, NTS was developed and is administered by Dawnbreaker of Rochester, NY and the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC).

The Nebraska Tech Showcase features researchers at University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), and Creighton University.  It also highlights research and development firms, manufacturers and renewable energy producers throughout the State.  All entities featured have some special expertise of interested to the Department of Defense and their prime contractors.  The website will also be marketed regionally and used within the State to help connect researchers and businesses to facilitate technology development.  The website also highlights researchers at UNL, UNMC, UNO, Creighton , research and development firms and renewable energy sources.   NBDC consultants assist these companies, and help them connect with each other and the database.

Garner Industries was started in 1953 and is able to provide a wide range of machining, tooling and injection molding services for both government and commercial entities, specializing in short to medium production runs of metal and plastic parts.  Garner is a highly experienced parts contractor with extensive expertise in a broad range of materials, including most metals such as stainless steel, hastelloy, inconel, steel, aluminum, brass and many plastics.

Garner is an ISO 9000:2008 certified facility for quality management.  The company supplies a variety of CNC-machined metal and plastic parts, wire EDM parts, and plastic injection molded parts that meet the stringent requirements of the U.S. government and its military, defense and aviation industries.  Phillip Mullin is the chief executive officer with 42 years experience.  For more information on Garner Industries, email garnerinfo@garnerindustries.com, call 800-228-0275 or visit their website at www.garnerindustries.com.

For more information on the Nebraska Tech Showcase, contact www.nbdc.edu or info@vbasiliconprairie.com.

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