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November 13, 2018

From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
(BPT) - If you're a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you're far from alone.In fact, entrepreneurs often find that the same characteristics reinforced in the Armed Services - traits like decisiveness, courage, logistical acumen and the ability to stay calm under pressure - serv... More >>

4 Tech Mistakes Stealing Employee Productivity
(BPT) - When you're running a small business, the productivity of your employees can make or break you.That's why it's so important to optimize work environments, using tools and technology to avoid roadblocks that could keep your people from accomplishing their daily goals. The smartest managers c... More >>

3 technology challenges for entrepreneurs and how to handle them
(BPT) - As a small business owner, you face many challenges. From stiff competition for customers to getting your name out there in a crowded marketplace and of course, balancing your budget, there's always something new that needs your attention.Investing in technology can help alleviate many of t... More >>

6 things you should know about your health savings account (HSA)
(BPT) - For many families, health care is a major expense, even with health insurance coverage. There's a great solution that can help financially prepare you for out-of-pocket costs, and it may be right there in your wallet: A health savings account."A health savings account is a valuable tool tha... More >>

The stats are in: Credit card fraud is down 75 percent because of chip technology
(BPT) - The whole idea behind integrating EMV® chips into credit and debit cards was to make transactions safer and more secure for consumers and merchants. A recent report by Visa shows that it has hit the mark. Visa took a look at the numbers, comparing chip card use by consumers and adoption by ... More >>

Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has introduced a special collection of eight holiday gifts to benefit Smile FarmsSM, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing meanin... More >>

Tax franchise owners give back to Nashville [Video]
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Remember your savings? Here's why you should make them work for you
(BPT) - A generation ago, Americans were savers. When the Greatest Generation and Boomers needed to make a major purchase or wanted to take a trip, they put money aside. And then they saved some more. Putting money aside each week or month was an ingrained habit, perhaps as an outgrowth of people l... More >>

The changing face of the American student: The growth of online learning
(BPT) - Today's college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces. Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work fu... More >>

How home dialysis impacted one woman's quality of life
(BPT) - A skeptic at first, 71-year-old Clara Tanner began her journey on dialysis treating in a center even though her son, who is her care partner and an experienced dialysis technician, continually tried to convince her to make the switch to home dialysis. After a year of going into a center for... More >>

Job opportunities in manufacturing benefit America's veterans
(BPT) - Following their military service, many veterans feel overwhelmed by the transition to civilian life and the decision about what's next. While veterans may feel that it's challenging to identify civilian jobs that match their skills, there are job opportunities across the country and in thei... More >>

How women can take control of the retirement income gender gap
(BPT) - Women are a force to be reckoned with in the economy. They own 10 million businesses in the U.S., control an impressive $11.2 trillion in investable assets and are increasingly the primary breadwinner and financial decisionmaker in households.But this clout is not carrying over when it come... More >>

Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of ... More >>

3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.Added to the day-to-day pressures of runn... More >>

Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are... More >>

Financial Planning Month: 5 things you can do to take the fear out of your finances
(BPT) - October is Financial Planning Month, so there is no better time to face your financial fears and make actionable changes to get yourself on track when it comes to managing your money. While nearly half of Americans (47 percent) find the prospect of financial planning scary, it doesn’t... More >>

Open for business but also open for hackers?
(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large compan... More >>

How women business owners cracked the glass ceiling
(BPT) - Today there are nearly 12 million women-owned small businesses in the United States that generate almost $1.7 trillion in revenues. But 30 years ago, it wasn’t the same story — these business owners’ financial futures could have been out of their hands due to sexist lendin... More >>

Why our world needs wood
(BPT) - More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly established World Habitat Day, an important step in acknowledging that everyone deserves a safe place to live.However, housing availability in many cities is at a crisis level, where families have to choose between daily essentials... More >>

5 reasons a legal plan is a voluntary benefit you need
(BPT) - We all know about health and dental insurance, but did you know there is a workplace benefit for everyday legal matters that occur throughout life? Choosing to see an attorney when you buy a home and need someone to represent you at the closing or when you need to handle an issue with a lan... More >>

Top 5 questions to ask your office manager to go green
(BPT) - While office managers are often the biggest champions for keeping their offices environmentally friendly, many may not be aware that being eco-friendly now goes far beyond recycling bins and reusable water bottles.But building a greener office is something we all have a stake in — and... More >>

Using data to deliver better customer experience
(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino's, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition's crust and remains one ... More >>

13 moving hacks that could save time, money and sustainability
(BPT) - Changing households can be a time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and boundless opportunities.But those good things tend to come after the moving process itself, which can take a lot of planning, organizing and old-fashioned elbow grease. And many people start the process unprepared.... More >>

How one state is fighting food waste
(BPT) - Up to 40 percent of food grown, processed and transported in the United States is never eaten, yet one in eight Americans suffers food insecurity. The average four-person family wastes $1,500 a year on food.Food waste in manufacturing and packaging costs corporations $2 billion each year &m... More >>

What does the shortfall of truck drivers mean for the economy?
(BPT) - To truly understand the impact the trucking industry has on our economy, walk into any business, retail shop or grocery store and take a look around. Nearly everything you see was delivered there by a truck. In fact, according to the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Freight Trans... More >>

6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.Community radio stations, public broadcasting and non-commercial outlets bring a content-focused approach to their d... More >>

Want better workplace results? Research says take it outside
(BPT) - From standing desks and team-building events to onsite services and remote work opportunities, companies have adapted over the years to adopt new solutions that will grow their company, improve employee retention and increase productivity.However, while all of these initiatives have their b... More >>

Unretire yourself with these 10 hot jobs (Slideshow)
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7 savvy ways to save on your next trip
(BPT) - Looking to spend time away without spending a ton of money? Your wanderlust doesn't have to directly compete with your desire to save. With a few smart tips and tricks, you can cut costs and make the most out of your trip. These seven savings strategies make travel more accessible, enjoyabl... More >>

Life-saving dialysis at 19 leads to career in nursing
(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was 19, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person's kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her diagnosis, Bell began... More >>

A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, ... More >>

Study finds small businesses have a big impact on the economy
(BPT) - When small businesses get the financing they need to grow, it creates a ripple effect throughout the entire economy, according to a new report.Small business is anything but small — there are more than 30 million small businesses across the United States, and these companies create tw... More >>

Top 5 tips to maximize your conference room [Video]
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Three tax savings strategies for a secure retirement to try right now
(BPT) - Individuals who rushed to prepay property taxes after the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may have saved some money in 2018 — but that’s pennies compared to the long-term tax savings taxpayers should take advantage of before the TCJA’s individual tax provisions are ex... More >>

3 trends that can stimulate small business growth
(BPT) - Small businesses are far more influential than most people may realize.That influence is felt well beyond Main Street. Small businesses make up 99.7 percent of all businesses in the U.S., and these firms employ nearly half (48 percent) the workforce, according to the 2018 Small Business Pro... More >>

Switching gears and succeeding: Inspiration to find your next career
(BPT) - It's never too late to feed your passion and discover a new career. Take, for example, Julia Child, who left OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, to become a chef; Sara Blakely, a door-to-door sales woman who went on to create Spanx; and Andrea Bocelli, a former attorney who left the courtroom f... More >>

Why Puerto Rico plays a vital role in agriculture
(BPT) - For a region the size of Connecticut, Puerto Rico packs a big punch when it comes to its contribution to world agriculture.Many people are unaware, that the 5,335-square-mile commonwealth is the research and development headquarters for up to 85 percent of the commercial corn, soybean and o... More >>

Millennial women and money: 5 things that might surprise you
(BPT) - Now more than ever, women are speaking out on a variety of issues, from social inequality to inadequate representation to harassment, but there is one thing that’s still taboo: money.In order to get a better understanding of how millennial and Gen X women think, feel and act when it c... More >>

Wisconsin landmark celebrates 100th birthday
(BPT) - Many travelers seek out cultural enclaves to explore the fascinating stories of how Americans lived, thought and dreamed in the past. That helps explain the $762 million in revenues logged by U.S. historic sites in 2013, according to Statista. Other research predicts the revenues realized b... More >>

3 reasons why small and medium-sized businesses should consider digital
(BPT) - In today's digital world, there's an app for that — whatever "that" may be. Devices like smartphones and tablets are becoming the dashboards of our lives. Depositing a check? Snap a picture of it and tap the button on your bank's app. Does your son or daughter at college need money? T... More >>

Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening
(BPT) - You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and pr... More >>








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