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October 20th, 2014

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Tips for branding your small business

McDonald’s golden arches, Target’s bull’s eye and Starbucks’ mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer’s experience. “All of these things work...

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Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders

What will be the world’s next big innovation? Whether it’s a cure for a disease that has plagued the world for generations or a new tool that makes life easier, one thing is for sure: science and technology will play a role in its creation. To encourage high school students and passionate teachers to step up to the plate and take on the...

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Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?

As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough – even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is “who needs a 1099 or a W-2?” To he...

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Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement

Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” you’re far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully engaged. What exa...

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The energy efficient, safe and warm solution to evening fireplace challenges

When the weather is cold, few experiences warm your soul – or your home – as effectively as sitting in front of a crackling fire. But if you’ve ever avoided building an evening fire in your wood-burning fireplace because you didn’t want to wait up for the embers to go out, you might appreciate Scott Harrison’s ingenuit...

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Preparing for the holiday rush: small business pre-holiday planning tips

Financial optimism is on the rise, but data shows that many small business owners are still trying to turn the corner.  In fact, according to Capital One’s Spark Small Business Barometer, while small businesses across the country are expressing optimism about the national economy and expect to see continued improvement in financial perfo...

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Avoid the flu this season: Tips for keeping your employees and business healthy

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade. While the early arrival proved to be tough on families, it was especially difficult for small businesses and start-ups that rely on their staff to stay profitable a...

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Weathering the storm: disaster preparedness tips for small business owners

As a nation, we learned several hard lessons following the recent natural disasters in Oklahoma and along the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged East Coast. While we often think of the devastation inflicted upon individual community members, we can’t overlook the effects that natural disasters have on the backbones of our local economies: small business...

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How to mentally prepare for a crisis in the workplace

Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store, and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better, whether you are an employee, a business owner...

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Taking the stress out of a job transfer move

A job transfer usually is a good thing. Hopefully the transfer signals a promotion as you take your career a step further up the ladder, bringing about new and fun challenges in the workplace. But the transition itself is often not easy, especially if it involves moving your home and family to a new location. Businesses often give transferred emplo...

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