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August 18, 2018

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 >>

52 weeks of growth: 4 ways Puerto Rico is key to world 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, for example, that the 5,335-square-mile commonwealth is the research and development headquarters for up to 85 percent of the commercial corn, ... 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 >>

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 >>

6 ways nonprofit public broadcasting strengthens local communities
(BPT) - In a time when consumers have more information and entertainment options than ever before, one resource continues to deliver high-quality, well-researched news and engaging entertainment programming that bridges the divide between national events and local activities.Whether you are braving... More >>

What should you be doing to prepare for retirement? Top tips and tactics from financial advisors
(BPT) - You're 10 years or less away from retirement. You can clearly see the next phase of your life down the road and it's coming up fast. Are you ready for it? Do you have a comprehensive plan in place so you don't outlive your savings?If you're not as prepared for retirement as you should be, y... More >>

Small businesses and the benefits of conscious capitalism
(BPT) - What drives someone to take the risk and start their own business?In many cases, it’s the knowledge that they can offer a great product or introduce new solutions to old problems. Passion and determination put entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation.What’s remarkable about ... More >>

Simple ways to earn extra money without owning a car
(BPT) - Whether you’re new to a city and are getting on your feet, or you don’t want the commitment of a longtime lease or loan, there are countless ways to put some dough in your pocket without the need to purchase a car. Working with a flexible schedule doesn't necessarily mean that y... More >>

Five-minute life hack: Tips to boost your career
(BPT) - The rapid pace of change in jobs means the era of one-and-done learning is over. It no longer matters what you learned in the past — to stay relevant you need to upskill. So if you want to improve your marketability and get ahead in your career, it’s time to think about the valu... More >>

5 important tips to recruit and retain millennials
(BPT) - As millennials continue to expand their share of the workforce in this country, they’re using their influence to change the workplace to their advantage.The generation of workers ages 22 to 37 is an important segment for employers as baby boomers retire in huge numbers to create what&... More >>

Take control of your social media experience in 3 easy steps
(BPT) - Does all this talk about data and sharing on social media have you confused? Is your feed too noisy and you're not seeing posts from the people and brands you care about? Social media should be a fun place for you to have meaningful interactions with friends and family. Here are three simpl... More >>

Achieving balance: 5 tips to manage work, school and family
(BPT) - It may not be easy, but many are doing it, balancing school, work and family. It’s a difficult task and those who do it will tell you they sometimes feel as though they are being pulled in three directions at the same time. If you are already struggling to achieve balance, or are cons... More >>

One school's impact on the city of Chicago
(BPT) - One hundred years ago, the poet Carl Sandburg famously called Chicago the “hog butcher of the world,” and the “nation’s freight handler.” The character of the city has changed with each decade, and throughout the years.Chicago has established itself as an educa... More >>

Businesses brace for a summer with record low unemployment
(BPT) - School closing for the summer may mark lazy days for kids, but local businesses are bracing for peak season. With unemployment at a 17-year low, and a record 6.6 million job openings reported at the end of March, it’ll be tougher than usual to serve the seasonal boom of customers as t... More >>

New technology will define the future of farming
(BPT) - When you think of automated vehicles, you probably think of driverless cars. While that particular movement is certainly in the news, it’s not the only place where driverless technology is gaining momentum. Did you know that driverless technology innovations are occurring every day in... More >>

5 reasons to use a financial professional
(BPT) - True or false: You need to be wealthy to use a financial professional. It's a common misconception, but in fact there are financial professionals that can help at various stages in life, whether you’re just starting out or nearing retirement. It can be a huge benefit to sit down with ... More >>

Alternative financing options work for growing small businesses
(BPT) - How businesses access working capital has shifted, as traditional methods haven’t kept pace with the speed of business.Growth is one of the biggest indicators of small business success. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), more than 500,000 businesses have between 20 ... More >>

Looking ahead: 4 tips for scaling your small business
(BPT) - As the U.S. economy continues to move at a healthy pace, many analysts are projecting a 2.5 percent growth for 2018, which would represent the best two-year run since 2005.A big contributor to this growth, and to the high U.S. consumer confidence, which reached a 17-year high in Nov. 2017, ... More >>

If an injury or illness kept you out of work, could you pay your bills?
(BPT) - You helped friends move their furniture; now your back is so sore you can’t move. You could be out of work and unable to collect at least three paychecks.Your doctor says you’ve eaten your last bacon-wrapped hot dog, or your health could keep you out of work for four paychecks.Y... More >>

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers
(BPT) - For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone’s moving proc... More >>

Why small businesses need to think big this summer hiring season
(BPT) - Finding great employees hasn’t been easy for small businesses lately. And this summer, the competition could heat up even more.Thanks to a healthy economy, unemployment levels are low across the country. Many companies will be adding even more jobs as the weather warms up — espe... More >>

3 communities thriving thanks to unconventional partnerships
(BPT) - What helps a community thrive? It’s a question with answers as variable as the people responding. Some might say that healthy communities are safe communities. To others, flourishing communities experience significant economic growth and stability. Still others would insist a thriving... More >>

Step up, America: 5 ways public transportation is crucial to our small towns
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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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