Healthcare

Employee Wellness Programs: How and Why You Need One

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Healthcare reform has brought in a new wave of requirements for large and small businesses alike to provide healthcare coverage for employees. These changes have led to a growing trend among business leaders to look for innovative ways to lower insurance costs and out-of-pocket expenses. With a greater emphasis on preventive care, employers are turning […]

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Marketing & Sales

Strategies to Survive & Thrive Through Purposeful Marketing

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If everyone could satisfy his or her own needs, there would be no marketplace. Marketing opportunities exist when consumers perceive that parting with their money is worth the exchange for a solution that provides a higher value for them—saves time, is a better solution, improves social status, etc. The marketing mission is to proactively locate […]

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Leader of the Month

April/May 2015: Leading Ladies: Jennifer A. Bailey

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Occupation: Director of Possibilities at WebsiteWorkbox.com Hometown: Bakersfield, California Share about the process of establishing your own business. WebsiteWorkbox.com offers high quality, custom web & marketing services for local organizations. That includes websites, SEO, PR and social media services. It is my dream career, and it’s an incredible feeling when I see a business grow […]

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Cover Story

Small Businesses On the Rise

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With reporting from Suzanne Ramsey, Drew Menard, Jennifer Redmond, Marcelo Quarantotto and Melissa Skinner. Vision and tenacity. If you spend a few minutes reading through these business profiles, We think you’ll see those two qualities emerge again and again. Each of the businesses selected have set audacious goals and demonstrated the strength of purpose and […]

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Legal

Employer Wellness Programs: Legal Considerations When Persuading Employees to Get Healthy

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As health insurance costs continue rising, employers look increasingly to wellness programs to control employee health care costs. Given the practical challenges of convincing employees to improve their lifestyles and fix bad habits (e.g. diet, exercise, tobacco use), many employers incentivize employees to improve their health. While it seems simple—employees get healthy, employer saves money, […]

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Financial

How Should You Respond to Higher Interest Rates?

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If the Federal Reserve (Fed) raises short-term interest rates this year, as many financial professionals predict, what will it mean to you? As a consumer, you might experience the “ripple” effects if long-term interest rates eventually follow suit, affecting mortgages and other loans. But as an investor, you might quickly feel the impact of a […]

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Leader of the Month

April/May 2015 Leader of the Month: Marjette Upshur

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Occupation: Director, Lynchburg Office of Economic Development | Hometown: Lynchburg, Virginia What are your goals for this year? A comprehensive economic development strategy in the 21st century has to be multi-faceted. We measure results by job creation, job retention, an increased tax base for the City of Lynchburg, economic sustainability, and an incredibly high quality […]

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Real Estate

Changes In The World Of Real Estate Listing Sites

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In the world of real estate—specifically the world of real estate agents—there’s been a lot of talk lately about the recent merger of Zillow and Trulia. The two companies combined, and although they’ll still maintain their separate brands and identities, they are now under the umbrella of the newly formed Zillow Group. And there’s lots […]

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Human Resources

Employee Wellness Programs: The Legislative Impact on HR Protocol

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With the increased costs of healthcare to both employers and employees, business leaders must find ways to mitigate any financial burden while positively impacting their employees’ personal health and wellness. Today, over 50 percent of organizations are utilizing some form of employee wellness programs. Additionally, organizations are increasingly utilizing incentives as part of wellness programs […]

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