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Can We Put ‘Affordable’ Into the Affordable Care Act?

Many of us are familiar with Rick Harrison from the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars and for years we’ve listened to him gripe about the amount of work he’s able to squeeze out of his son Corey and his employee ChumLee. But on his recent Fox & Friends visit, it was the Affordable Care [...]

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Technology at the Center of the Freelance Revolution

My parents were in business for themselves and they wanted nothing more than for me to go to college, get a good job with a big company, and work there until I retired with a gold watch and a nice pension.  While I tried to live the life they envisioned for me, two forces came [...]

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Be More Than Just Ready For a Harsh Winter

Are you planning for a mild winter, or a long, cold and snowy one? Before we get into the details of what I want to share with you, I’d like to ask one more question: What do you think is the most important word in my first question? If you think it’s one of the [...]

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The Workday is Short: Here’s How to Make the Most of It

When I’m on the road and talking to small business owners, one of the biggest problems they seem to face is a lack of time. Throughout history, the invention of time-saving devices usually ends up creating more work for us. When the time required to complete one task is shortened by a new invention, another [...]

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What You Can Learn From a Bread Stick

Olive Garden has been in the news a lot recently. The chain offered a $100 “pasta pass” to 1,000 customers that allows pass holders to chow down on unlimited pasta for seven weeks. That marketing ploy got a lot of coverage in the press, but more important to the restaurant in the long run is [...]

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Local Planners, Not Big-Box Execs, Blamed For Small Biz Woes

How cozy are you with your local planning commission, city council or county officials? If you want to preserve existing small businesses and the look of a local business district that has evolved over many years, those are the decision makers you need on your side. While it’s popular to blame national big-box retailers for [...]

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How to Prevent Workplace Porn Problems

Pornography in the workplace is a problem in more ways than you might imagine. Here are two examples: In a case that got a lot of publicity, a high-ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency downloaded more than 7,000 porn files and spent as much as six hours of his work day viewing them. A [...]

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How To Take a Slice of the 3D Printing Pie

Some years ago a friend of mine had an idea for a new cross-country ski binding that he thought would be an improvement on what was available then. He made a simple drawing and took it to a local fabricator to get an estimate for a prototype. The cost was so high, he abandoned the [...]

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Planning to Sell Your Small Business? The Time Could be Right

There are four words that I’m always listening and looking for in the news. And when I hear or read those four words, I go into “pay-close-attention” mode. Those four words are: “…more businesses plan to…” These words are important because they mean that some survey firm has talked to business owners about their actual [...]

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How To Set Wages to Reduce Turnover and Optimize Competitiveness

If you were getting paid what you’re really worth, would your paycheck go up, or down? Don’t worry, I won’t make you answer that question, but it does put into focus an important issue: How to determine the pay rate for a position in your small business. A recent PNC Economic Outlook Survey found that [...]

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