Business Profiles

Business Profile: Beacon Credit Union

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The financial crisis of 2008 was truly a struggle for survival for most in the financial world, but Beacon Credit Union not only survived, they grew. “We chose the path of opportunity and decided to become more aggressive with our lending, reaching out to our membership and auto dealers to let them know we’re still […]

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Business Profiles

Business Profile: Dr. Douglas Farrago

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When it comes to treating patients, Dr. Douglas Farrago has gone old school. This past October, the 49-year-old family medicine physician opened Forest Direct Primary Care, the first clinic of its kind in the area. Farrago (pronounced “fah-ray-go”) doesn’t accept insurance, has a small caseload and even makes house calls. Sometimes called “concierge medicine” or […]

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Financial

Investing in 2015: A look ahead at what to expect as an investor

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If you’re an investor, you probably had a pretty good year in 2014. But what’s in store for 2015? It’s essentially impossible to make precise predictions about the performance of the financial markets—but it is possible to identify those economic conditions and market forces that may help shape outcomes in the investment world for 2015. […]

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Marketing & Sales

5 Easy Hacks to Improve the Social Media Presence of Your Business

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by Hilary Sutton These days it’s a given that your business needs to have a social media presence. So you’ve probably got one. But what can you do to improve it without spending a lot of extra time and energy? Here are five tips you can immediately implement to improve your company’s social media presence. […]

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Real Estate

Just Give Me The Bottom Line: Preparing for the Unknown Costs of Selling Your Home

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I recently had to buy a new vehicle (okay, I didn’t HAVE to, but it was time). Not brand new, mind you—just new to me and my family. We ended up buying this vehicle out of state and driving it back home. Now, if you’ve ever purchased a car, it’s hard to really calculate the […]

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Non-Profit

Goodwill Industries® of the Valleys: Helping People in the Community Get Back to Work

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By James Ebrahim The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” holds true in Goodwill stores across the country in more ways than one. Clothes, books and furniture are interspersed with odds and ends that could prove to be potential gold mines for savvy and frugally-minded shoppers. But Goodwill stores not only provide […]

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Retail

Duchess Bakery To Go: A Bedford Icon Reinvented By Morgan McCarty

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Owning a bakery or café can be a demanding lifestyle. From building maintenance to dish washing, it takes a great deal of time and money to provide an experience that keeps customers coming back. Many entrepreneurs in the food industry have decided to simplify, moving from brick and mortar standalone buildings to food trucks, carts […]

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Technology

Liberty University Adds largest telescope in the Region By Melissa Skinner

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Students at Liberty University now have the opportunity see the universe like never before through a recently added 24-inch pier-mounted telescope, located in the newly opened observatory. Dr. Scott Long, professor of Mathematics at Liberty University, said the observatory’s main facilities were completed in summer 2013, and they included a 20-seat classroom and an enclosure […]

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Human Resources

The Hidden and Significant Costs of Employee Depression

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By Dr. Colleen McLaughlin With rising costs as well as continued changes to our organizations’ healthcare plans, legislation, and volatility in the marketplace, it is important to address one of the most important issues impacting organizations today. This issue is one most employers do not necessarily desire to acknowledge, but it continues to impact the […]

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