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February 17, 2018

How retailers can build trust and relevance in their communities
(BPT) - Over the past decade, technology has reshaped the retail industry in profound ways. Ninety-six percent of Americans are now shopping online, according to a recent study from CPC Strategy. Which means today's business leaders face increasing pressure to keep retail spaces relevant and engagi... More >>

Be wary of adult bullying and know where to turn if you are being targeted
(BPT) - When you hear the word bully, you probably think of the big kid waiting in the school yard to steal your lunch money. However, bullies aren't left behind when you move into adulthood.Not by a long shot.According to a recent Harris Poll, conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Associ... More >>

Growing your business? These 3 financing mistakes can cost you big
(BPT) - Starting a business can be tough. Growing one can be even harder.Dr. Nacondus Gamble knows this all too well. After her optometry practice, The South Eastern Eye Center, began to establish a reputation for great patient care, Dr. Gamble decided she was ready to expand. So she began looking ... More >>

Options available to help students pay for college
(BPT) - With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it's never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college - and reduce reliance on student loans.To ... More >>

Retirement readiness: Hitting the retirement preparation sweet spot
(BPT) - A recent study by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College suggests an alarming state of awareness about retirement readiness: Of surveyed households, 33 percent realize they are not well prepared, 19 percent are not well prepared but don't know it, and 24 percent are well... More >>

Would direct sales work for you?
(BPT) - The Federal Reserve Board discovered in a survey of working Americans that nearly half of U.S. adults don't have enough cash on hand to pay for a $400 emergency. If that's a concern for you, you might be thinking about joining the 44 million Americans who have found ways to make money in ad... More >>

Top trends for the 2018 housing market identified
(BPT) - In the real estate market, springtime is go time. It's the busiest time of the year for home sales, and with this year's stable economy and low unemployment rate, the spring of 2018 has the potential to be especially active.Every market is defined by its trends, and while each year is diffe... More >>

Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight
(BPT) - It's that time of year when employees are seeking meaningful and appropriate holiday gifts for their coworkers and clients.While the process should be fun, because such gifts can inadvertently send unspoken messages to their recipients, making the right choice at the right time can be surpr... More >>

Buckle up for the new passenger economy
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Beyond the diploma: Helping teens forge their futures
(BPT) - What's the key to optimism? From a career standpoint, it's having a vision where you see yourself climbing and thriving, and you know there will be a place in the world for your skills and knowledge.Unfortunately, there are many teens and young people who have a much bleaker vision of their... More >>

Go from vacation deprivation to vacation inspiration
(BPT) - Pop quiz: When was the last time you took a vacation? A real vacation, not one of those staycations where you stuck around town to finish a project at your home? Do you even remember your last vacation? If you don't, then you are officially vacation deprived.And you're not alone.Research fr... More >>

Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for
(BPT) - There are many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you'll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs.Operating System (OS): There are two different operating systems to c... More >>

5 things to know about connected cars
(BPT) - If you could go back in time and tell people that in the near future there would be a handheld device that would allow them to listen to virtually any song, watch virtually any movie or television show and have access to pretty much any book, they would probably think you were crazy.As it i... More >>

5 tips for entrepreneurs to keep customers engaged
(BPT) - Entrepreneurs, it's time to stop and give yourself a pat on the back. Small business owners know it's a life that can be high stress and sometimes even uncertain. But here's one encouraging fact: Small businesses are doing a lot to keep Americans employed and the economy humming.According t... More >>

In the spirit of holiday giving, national food donation partnership feeds needy, not landfills
(BPT) - With the holiday season upon us, Americans are gathering for traditional celebrations and family meals. Even after leftovers have been devoured for days, the amount of uneaten food and overall food waste is overwhelming.According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), during the ... More >>

The hidden benefits of winter road maintenance
(BPT) - More than 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in areas affected by snow and ice. Each winter the average driver in these areas will see more than 5 inches of snow on the roads. And when the snow is falling, there are few things more comforting than the sight of snowplows and salt trucks... More >>

Science-based suggestions for self-confidence
(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.The study by researchers at th... More >>

Considering disability benefits? Answer these questions first
(BPT) - Age and chronic illness can take a toll. A June 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the costliest health conditions in the U.S. include: heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke and type 2 diabetes. An estimated 117 million people have one or more chronic... More >>

Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
(BPT) - About a third of the nation's farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation... More >>

5 ways businesses can collaborate with the education sector to close the skills gap
(BPT) - With U.S. graduation rates being at an all-time high, one might expect employers to have a wealth of qualified candidates to hire. Instead, many employers are finding that these recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce.While many are graduating with technical skills, thei... More >>

4 reasons why a real estate franchise might be the career move for you
(BPT) - Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship - franchi... 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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