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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 >>

Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business f... More >>

Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and s... 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 >>

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 >>

5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.But the predecessors to what's new and hot aren't the only old that needs to go. In fact,... 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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Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially th... More >>

Easy ways to spark your infant's curiosity
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Fighting the good fight: 5 misconceptions about U.S. poverty
(BPT) - Many Americans will pass right by the Red Kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army this season.Some simply have little money to spare for those in need this year. But others will consciously opt out because of misconceptions about why so many Americans - 39.7 million people, a full 1... 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 >>

4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. The answer is false. Car color has no impact on insurance premiums; however, factors like your driving history, annual mileage driven, the cost of ... More >>

The power of play
(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other ... More >>

6 tips to protect yourself from an immigration scam
(BPT) - Navigating the United States' immigration process is not without its challenges, especially for those who are learning to speak English. From the anxiety of trying to decide whether you qualify for a green card or another visa, to navigating the various information sources and the lingering... 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 >>

A senior-year checklist to help parents and students feel prepared for college
(BPT) - As your child is wrapping up their high school career and making plans for college, there is often a mix of emotions for everyone involved. On one side, you and your student may be feeling a sense of pride and excitement for the ambitious plans ahead. However, as with any transition, gradua... 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 >>

Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own... More >>

Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience o... More >>

Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projecti... More >>

5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.To motivate you to challenge yourself and give back, here are five everyday people who will inspire yo... 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 >>

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 >>

Life skills 101: 4-H empowers happy campers
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Best friends walk across America to raise money and awareness for veterans
(BPT) - Snow, Nor’easter storms and too many blisters to count — no challenge was too big for Matt and Trevor to overcome as they journeyed across the country this year. The determined duo began their excursion on March 1 in Delaware and recently celebrated their final steps in San Fran... More >>

Making it count: 5 tips for choosing a health plan
(BPT) - This fall millions will head to the polls to cast their vote in the mid-term elections, but they have another important choice to make as well: their health care coverage for 2019.People will have the opportunity to select or switch their health insurance plans for 2019 during open or annua... More >>

Visiting Philadelphia? Try West Philly for vibrant culture and cuisine
(BPT) - A visit to Philadelphia is sure to be steeped in American history and culture. It doesn't get more American than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776.And it doesn't get more authentically Philly than cheesesteaks a... 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 >>

Know a youth volunteer? Awards deadline is Nov. 6
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Are Americans saving enough for retirement?
(BPT) - The answer you get to this question will depend on who you ask. The amount households have accumulated for retirement is not hotly debated, but the amount needed in retirement is. The Investment Company Institute (ICI) is working to make sure that everyone has the facts through its new webs... 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 >>

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
(BPT) - From a cough that won’t go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what ... More >>

5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pe... More >>

Get there intact: 5 tips toward a safe DIY moving day
(BPT) - Changing residences can call for the coordination of a lot of details, and that's especially true if you're a do-it-yourselfer who's renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.Though the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the average American changes homes 11.4 times in his lifetime, man... More >>

Finding the support teachers need during the school year
(BPT) - The school year has begun, and while the back-to-school expenses of many parents are done for the summer, students will still have ongoing needs throughout the year. But parents are not the only ones who spend their own hard-earned cash to make the school year a success, and they are not th... 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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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 >>

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they c... More >>

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You’ve got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from T... 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 >>

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.While these things are important, it’s just as important to recog... More >>

Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there’s a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.For families that are feeling the schedule squeeze this school year, here’s some news that might make you feel good about... More >>

5 ways to make the most of your first year of college
(BPT) - When you hear people talk about the best years of their life, college will inevitably come up. After all, these are the years when you can first experience the freedom of living on your own and the time when your future will truly be what you make of it.It all starts with your freshman year... More >>

3 tips to make meal prep into an enjoyable family activity
(BPT) - We all love sitting down together for a hot meal. Unfortunately, preparing the meal itself turns into a chore that usually falls to one family member (Mom).Switch up your dinner prep routine and turn it into a fun family activity that involves the kids. Yes, it may take extra time and effor... 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 >>

Battling back-to-school pest problems
(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole h... 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 >>

Donating to your favorite public school classroom is as easy as buy, get, give
(BPT) - Ask any public school teacher, and they'll tell you the same thing: There's never enough money in the school budget for everything they need, and they often reach into their own wallets to make up the difference. They're not talking about extras or nice-to-haves; often it's basic school sup... More >>

Why public transit is a key economic issue for growing cities
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Knowledge is power: Tips to help children better understand our connected world
(BPT) - Technology has rapidly changed the way we live over the past 30 years. Where people once turned strictly to their televisions to watch their favorite shows or play video games, people can now access their favorite entertainment, anytime and anywhere - thanks to smart devices and a WiFi conn... More >>

Take control of your personal information
(BPT) - Understanding and managing your personal information is essential to achieving your life goals such as owning a home, financing an education, getting your next job or simply having the convenience of credit cards for everyday purchases.Banks, landlords, employers and many others need to aut... More >>

Cancer care costs on the rise: How to get help
(BPT) - Cancer patients face skyrocketing costs for their treatment, which adds to the stress of a cancer diagnosis and living with a disease. As an unapologetically patients-first organization, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is finding ways to lessen the burden. “When cancer patie... 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 >>

3 Things You Didn't Know About Chocolate - And Why You Should Care
(BPT) - As you stand in the chocolate aisle of the grocery store, have you ever stopped to think about the story behind each bar?Knowing that your choice of chocolate has a positive impact on the farmers who cultivated the cocoa beans can sweeten the entire experience. When choosing your favorite t... More >>

Paying for college: It pays to have a cosigner when applying for student loans
(BPT) - Adding a cosigner to your student loan application can be a smart financial move, according to a new analysis from online student loan marketplace Credible.com. The research found that borrowers who added a cosigner to their private student loan applications were more than five times more l... More >>

Why leftover opioids are dangerous and what you can do
(BPT) - Want to help protect your family and community from the opioid crisis? Get rid of any unused prescription opioids that may be in cabinets, drawers or anywhere else you store medicine.What are opioids?Prescription opioids are powerful, pain-reducing medicines found in pill forms, syrups or e... More >>

5 simple tips to stay connected during back-to-school season
(BPT) - Back-to-school season is an exciting time for both students and parents, but it can be a stressful time as well. For students, it can be intimidating taking on new classes and settings, all while juggling extracurricular activities. Meanwhile, parents face added financial and emotional stre... More >>

Military move? 5 key tips that can smooth the way
(BPT) - Changing residences can be an emotional and logistical challenge for any family.For military families, that challenge can be recreated many times over. Due to the nature of the work, the average U.S. military family relocates every two to three years — 10 times more than civilian fami... More >>

The proactive parent's checklist for back-to-school success
(BPT) - A new school year is quickly approaching, and while you probably have supply lists and bus schedules in hand, there are a few other things parents should tackle to get a head start on the back-to-school season. Prepare kids for the best school year yet by handling these important tasks that... 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 >>

Kids and screens: Not all screen time is created equal
(BPT) - Screen time. You’ve heard the phrase before, and if you’re a parent, you’ve probably agonized over creating a screen time policy for your family. You understandably want a policy that reflects your family values, and you also want to consider your child’s wants, need... More >>








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