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5 ways for borrowers to keep their cool in a warming mortgage market
(BPT) - Both the weather and the slump of the previous years’ housing markets are starting to thaw. It’s an exciting time of recovery and change. Whether you’re hitting the open houses, fixing up your home for sale, or just renovating, being fully prepared is key to a low-stress ex ...
How to maximize your tax benefits from charitable gifts
(BPT) - You answer calls to support your alma mater, the local animal shelter and the American Red Cross with gifts of money and volunteer time. And after cleaning out the closets, dressers, kitchen cabinets and garage, you take a trunk load of donations to the thrift store.You know your gifts of ca ...
5 things you can't forget when you're catering on the go
(BPT) - Providing warm, delicious food to customers on location is one of the food service industry’s greatest challenges. If you are a restaurateur, caterer, baker or owner of a mobile food stand, you understand how difficult it is to transport and deliver quality food that maintains proper t ...
Establishing a 401(k) at your small business is easier than you think - and helps employees save for the long-term
(BPT) - Over the next 16 years, 10,000 people will turn 65 every day. Social Security alone may not be enough to provide an adequate retirement. Every day you hear about the lack of retirement savings and how ill-prepared many Americans are to meet their spending needs during retirement. Many remedi ...
How workplace flexibility works for your business
(BPT) - With technology rapidly changing the world, people need to embrace an evolving workplace. The workforce has become more diverse and mobile - demanding different needs. And while some existing challenges have crossed over into the modern workplace, opportunities for succeeding have never been ...
The places you'll go: Tips for female graduates on how to lean in to your career
(BPT) - More females are graduating from college than ever before, but does gender still play a role in career success? Does the so-called glass ceiling still exist? The truth is females face unique considerations when it comes to growing and navigating a career.Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.Or ...
How to communicate in today's digital era [Infographic]
(BPT) - The rules of reaching audiences with meaningful communications have changed drastically since people first logged onto the Internet. Digital era communicators must learn new rules to thrive in a time of information saturation. People’s brains are being re-wired as they transi ...
Commercial ventilation systems 101: What every restaurant kitchen needs
(BPT) - Running a restaurant or food service business is complex. Business owners need the right restaurant equipment to cool, cook and properly store food – but a safe and successful kitchen requires more than that. One of the most important pieces to keep a kitchen functioning smoothly, and ...
Librarians: unsung heroes of the digital age
(BPT) - There has been a substantial increase in students taking online college courses, changing significantly how modern learners access information, and librarians have adjusted to keep pace with an ever increasing demand for knowledge in the digital age.Recent data on college attendance show tha ...
4 ways military service members can better manage their move
(BPT) - The military gives individuals and families the opportunity to explore the world, but that exploration often requires frequent moving. Rarely is this a smooth process. Service members can receive assistance through Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and Personally Procured Moves (PPM) program ...
Overlooking insurance during your job search could cost you
(BPT) - An improving economy has many people entering the job market and looking for new employment opportunities. But if job seekers are not insurance-smart in their search, they may end up in worse financial shape than they were in their previous role.Earning a higher salary is the primary goal fo ...
Dress for success: tips for building a professional wardrobe
(BPT) - Whether you are a recent grad or someone re-entering a professional work environment, building a work wardrobe that strikes a balance between professionalism and personal style is key.“Dress for the job you want, not the job you’re being hired for,” says Stephanie Thomas, f ...
From battlefield to boardroom ... jobs report suggests more positive employment environment for military veterans
(BPT) - Employment opportunities seem to be on the upswing for military veterans, which is encouraging for the hundreds of thousands of service members returning from duty and veterans who are looking for new civilian career opportunities.The unemployment rate for veterans dropped to 6.6 percent in ...
Tips to successfully transform from graduate to employee
(BPT) - With the start of summer comes warm weather, vacation planning and an influx of recent graduates on the job hunt. In fact, during the 2013–14 school year, colleges and universities are expected to award nearly 5.3 million degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statisti ...
Learn why 3D printing may not be a viable alternative for stamping and machining
(BPT) - If your project requires high quality, tight tolerance manufactured specialty washers, shims, seals, gaskets or spacers, you may be interested in exploring your options with 3D printing. This process is the new craze in parts manufacturing and while 3D printing is generating a lot of interes ...
5 tips for fighting grime: The squeaky-clean truth about the dish pit and commercial dishwashers
(BPT) - Numerous pieces of equipment are required for busy restaurant kitchens to run smoothly, and one of the hardest-working machines in any kitchen is the commercial dishwasher. Critical to both restaurant flow and sanitation, this piece of restaurant equipment can make or break the dinner rush. ...
The self-employment surge and how professionals can best prepare
(BPT) - One in two American workers are projected to be self-employed by 2020, according to MBO Partners. While the shifting economy has surely pushed some people into independent work, many have chosen it. Career goals for contemporary professionals are changing and given how quickly this trend is ...
How small and medium-sized businesses can stay competitive with larger companies
(BPT) - Some of the latest changes in technology are making it easier for employees to connect with clients and conduct business both day and night, which makes it easier for small and medium-sized businesses to compete against larger companies.Just a few years ago, unified communications (UC) syste ...
Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring
(BPT) - Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report.Yet the potential of ...
Addressing a new era in security: how to protect your business from the inside out
(BPT) - During the first 43 days of 2014, the Identity Theft Resource Center said 91 data breaches were reported by companies across the country, and the full list doesn’t just show household names of big brand retailers – many of these companies were small businesses, family medical pra ...
When freedom rings: top tips to help launch your own business
(BPT) - With summer bringing the celebration of our country’s freedom and a bit more flexibility in our hectic schedules, it’s also a time to reflect on the American dream: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For many Americans, that means seeking success and prosperity by buildi ...
Giving back to the everyday heroes who inspire you
(BPT) - When you think of public servants or people who do heroic jobs, do you picture police officers, firefighters and soldiers? While all those people selflessly serve the public, they’re not the only everyday heroes whose jobs contribute to the greater good. The field of public service is ...
Expert help - not low prices - key to higher sales, more satisfied customers
(BPT) - Online comparison shopping has left you overwhelmed by options and contradictory reviews, and all you need is a little in-person guidance to choose the right product for your needs. At the store, you find a sales floor so deserted, you almost expect to see tumbleweeds rolling by. When you fi ...
Employee engagement is the secret for small businesses to stay productive and make money
(BPT) - One of the biggest worries for a small business owner is training and investing in quality employees and then losing them to a larger company – potentially a competitor – that might be able to offer larger salaries or better benefits.It might look like a no-win scenario for a sma ...
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