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NOT NECESSARILY NEWS

More technology CEOs plan to increase headcount over the next year, but they say finding, and hiring, the right people is getting tougher. Its their biggest operational challenge, according to 41 percent of CEOs surveyed in Deloittes 2006 CEO Survey of the fastestgrowing technology companies in North America as ranked on Deloittes Technology Fast 500. To attract employees, some CEOs say they are returning to Internet-era strategies. Seventy-one percent are offering stock options or some form of ownership interest. Others are dangling lifestyle benefits: 49 percent offer flexible work hours and 23 percent offer additional vacation days. Career track benefits also are important 35 percent offer training and development programs, and 28 percent provide a career growth plan.


Join the Giving Club

Grande Communications 800-plus employees have raised more than $1 million for local nonprofit organizations. Grande runs a matching-contribution philanthropic program called the Passion & Commitment Investment Club (P&C Club), which asks employees to donate a percentage of their salaries and time to charities that provide basic human needs and services, or offer access to Internet technology to lower-income families in the communities where Grande operates. Since its inception, more than 50 percent of Grandes employees have enrolled in the program, and the P&C Investment Club has now contributed more than $1 million to a variety of organizations.


OVERHEARD…

Ive worked with big telecom workers, good people, and theyve warned me that their companies would use the ability to discriminate to hurt the little guys. They will use their power to hurt the little guys, and I dont think that should happen. If there was no net neutrality, this could have been a big problem for craigslist when we started. And it would be a problem for small businesses that innovate online.


Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.com, on joining the SavetheInternet.com coalition, which started in April to mobilize Americans to push for net neutrality legislation.




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Links
craigslist Inc. www.craigslist.com
Deloitte Development LLC www.deloitte.com
Grande Communications Network Inc. www.grandecom.com
SavetheInternet.com Coalition www.savetheinternet.com

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