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Five Cool Business Apps for Your Smart Phone

If you are a business person and own an iPod, Blackberry, or Android, you can benefit from a few of the thousands of  business apps available for your smart phone.  The following five downloadable applications are particularly helpful for businesses of all sizes in terms of improving your productivity, profitability, and time management: SQUARE – […]

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When it Comes to Household Money, Both Partners Should Share in Financial Responsibility

Couples often structure their household finances where one partner takes care of all the bill-paying and investments.  But all too often, the non-financial partner is left widowed or otherwise alone and has no understanding or knowledge of household expenses, investments, or what it takes to live on month-to-month.  That is why both partners need to […]

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New Rules for Today’s Workplace: Strategies for Success in the Virtual World

In her newest book, communications expert Sheryl Lindsell-Roberts delivers timely advice for anyone in business – owners, managers, employees – on surviving and succeeding in today’s technology-dependent workplace.  She focuses on the trend toward a virtual workplace and emphasizes that excellent communication skills are more essential than ever to keep up with the pace of […]

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Surviving Black Friday

Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving – known as Black Friday – millions of Americans hit the malls and big retail outlets in search of holiday shopping bargains. This year, nearly 138 million shoppers are expected to swarm retail stores the day after Thanksgiving — most of them lined up and ready to storm […]

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UNTHINKING: The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy

UNTHINKING is Beckwith’s fifth marketing book and is the result of his lifelong fascination with one question: “What unique forces drive us to choose one product or service over another?” His research stems from thirty years of working with hundreds of businesses worldwide, including 24 Fortune 500 companies. Unlike other marketing experts, Beckwith eschews technical […]

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Be Careful What You Share on Social Media Sites; It Could Cost you a Job

According to a recent survey commissioned by Careerbuilder.com and conducted by research firm Harris Interactive, almost half of the 2667 HR professionals surveyed use social networking sites to research job candidates, with an additional 11% planning to implement social media screening in the very near future.  According to the study,  “thirty-five percent of employers reported they […]

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It Pays to Know the Difference Between Credit and Debit Cards

Bank-issued debit and credit cards are used every day, and have become common in shopping and paying bills. Credit cards were introduced in the 1950s, while debit cards came out in the mid-1970s. By 2006, there were more than 984 million bank-issued Visa and MasterCard credit and debit cards in the United States. Whereas debit […]

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Celebrate Financial Planning Week October 3 – 9, 2011

October 3-9, 2011, marks the *Financial Planning Association’s  (FPA’s) tenth annual Financial Planning Week! Financial Planning Week is a celebration to help individuals discover the value of financial planning and make smart financial decisions to achieve life goals and dreams.  There are many topics to consider when thinking about a financial planning strategy, including the following: […]

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What Color is Your Parachute? 40th Anniversary Edition

For forty years now, job-hunters and career-changers have been turning to What Color is Your Parachute for the most current information about the job market and how to find meaningful work – even in the midst of challenging economic times.  The 40th edition of the popular manual has been vastly re-written because job-hunting has increasingly […]

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After-Shock by Robert Reich: a Book Review

After-Shock – The Next Economy and America’s Future is the latest offering by former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich.  Here, Reich reviews the recent recession and asserts his diagnosis that the cause of the current stagnant economy is that too much national income has gone to the rich in the last 40 years, which has induced the federal […]

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Women & Money Series Starts This Week: Money Management Developed by Women For Women

The Women & Money Series sponsored by the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Housing and Credit Council, Inc. (HCCI) begins this Thursday, September 8, from 6-8:30 pm in the Library’s Marvin Auditorium.  Subsequent classes will be held on Thursdays through Oct. 20, 6:00 to 8:30 in Marvin Auditorium. Enrollment is required through HCCI, […]