This Burger’s Got Pride, Target-ing Firearms and ADP Jobs Report = Best. Month. Ever.

No shirt, no shoes, no firearms no service…

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Image courtesy of vectorolie/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Next time you run out to Target, don’t worry if you forget to bring your assault rifle at home. The Minneapolis-based company just posted a friendly little announcement that says “…starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target.” Which is sort of a relief because they can really weigh a purse down. Target feels that guns are “at odds” with the family shopping atmosphere at the store. An organization called Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense started circulating a petition to get Target and its nearly 1,800 stores to ban open carriers of firearms which drew 400,000 signatures.  Chipotle took similar actions against firearms as guns kind of put an uncomfortable damper on the Chipotle dining experience.

Royally proud….

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Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Burger King has a new item on its menu, “The Proud Whopper” presented in a rainbow colored wrapper. But once you bite into the sumptuous hamburger, you wont be able to distinguish it from classic perennial fave “The Whopper.”  Can you guess the moral of the buger? We are all the same inside. A beautiful but also tasty message. Fernando Machedo, Senior Vice President of Global Brand Management at Burger King said, “It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.” Burger King also believes it needs a little fiscal lift and hopes this move will attract millennials who tend to appreciate – and open their wallets to – socially conscious business establishments.” The Proud Whopper” sets you back $4.29 – the same as a regular Whopper, except proceeds go to the McLamore Foundation. You can also check out the YouTube video made to introduce the burger (and raise a little social awareness, I suspect).

Payrolling up…

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The excitement can hardly be contained over the latest jobs report from human capital management company, ADP. No that was not oxymoronic! Job growth didn’t just merely increase. Job growth didn’t just surpass expectations. What jobs growth did do was put the forecast to shame as over 280,000 jobs were added in June. Expectations by really intelligent economists predicted job growth of 213,000. Last month, jobs grew by 179,000. It’s even better news if only because numbers like that tend to signal impending wage increases. And who doesn’t love a little (and big) wage increase? This month every single industry had jobs growth, even the pesky, fickle, temperamental housing market. But the big winner was small business (50 employees or less) that gained a whopping 117,000 jobs. Now we just have to keep our collective fingers crossed that the report from the Labor Department due tomorrow confirms all this with growth of 200,000 jobs. But considering ADP has over 400 clients that employ 24 million people, there seems to be little doubt on Wall Street that tomorrow will disappoint.

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