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Kill the 9-to-5 by turning your hobby into a thriving business
(BPT) - A beloved hobby can feel like a mini vacation from everyday life. Whether it's gardening for relaxation, photography as a creative outlet or computer coding to exercise the brain, hobbies serve as an escape from stress and boredom.What if rather than a hobby being your escape, it was what y... More >>


3 ways to celebrate Small Business Week 2016
(BPT) - The bakery on the corner. The family-owned accounting firm down the street. The city's legendary cafe that's been around since the '50s. Small businesses nationwide prove the American dream is alive and well.In fact, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, accor... More >>


Certified coders in high demand following ICD-10 implementation
(BPT) - Nine years ago, Peter Esswein, a resident of Sandy Springs, Georgia, enrolled in a health information technology degree program at DeVry University to capitalize on the growing prominence of electronic medical records."I always wanted to work in the medical industry, and the time was right ... More >>


Spring cleaning tricks for small businesses and home offices
(BPT) - Being a small-business owner or home-based professional is hard work. Long hours may come with big rewards, but maintaining a clean and well-organized office might just be one of the many sacrifices. Do you think the mess doesn't matter when it comes to the bottom line? The reality might su... More >>


5 ways businesses can cut energy, save money
(BPT) - Companies across the nation are looking for ways to become more energy efficient, and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are no exception. Reducing energy consumption is one of the top areas where SMB leaders need more guidance — up 14 percent from the previous year, according t... More >>


5 tips for mastering your first phone interview
(BPT) - The path to professional success often begins with a phone interview. In fact, 82 percent of HR managers and working professionals say that phone skills are key to both landing a job and maintaining a sustainable career, according to research from TracFone. For those looking to secure their... More >>


Small business SOS: Majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics [Infographic]
(BPT) - The majority of small business owners want help tracking metrics and admit they don't measure and track as often as they should, according to a Staples survey. Learn more about what business owners said about tracking metrics and how a new app can help grow your business in the below infogr... More >>


Let's celebrate soy
(BPT) - With nearly every aisle in the grocery store featuring products made from soybeans, it’s no wonder we dedicate a whole month each year to celebrating soy foods. Even so, most Americans still associate soy with the sauce that makes their rice, meats and vegetables more flavorful. Of th... More >>


There's no free lunch and most workers don't want one anyway
(BPT) - You’ve probably heard the popular adage that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” underscoring the idea that it is impossible to get something for nothing. Yet most Americans wouldn’t want a free lunch anyway, recent research shows.Only one in five (18 perc... More >>


The entrepreneurial power of women [Infographic]
(BPT) - Women-owned businesses are making significant contributions to today's economy. Women of all ages, races and ethnicities are creating jobs, bolstering economies, strengthening families and communities, and providing creative solutions to 21st century problems. A new study conducted by the C... More >>


3 tips to land a job after college
(BPT) - America’s unemployment rate recently hit its lowest level in seven years. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, that’s just in time for 2.8 million graduates with bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees to enter the workforce.However, a colleg... More >>


5 changes to watch for this tax season
(BPT) - This tax season brings changes you should know about as you’re preparing your 2015 return and planning for 2016 and beyond. Here are five areas to keep in mind.There’s a delayed filing date. If you’re a procrastinator filing at the last minute, this year you have more time... More >>


5 ways to tackle tech trouble today
(BPT) - Your next tech-tastrophy could take many forms. Maybe it’s the quick flash out of your monitor screen, the smoke coming from your printer or that mysterious clunking sound your favorite device keeps making — just because you accidently dropped it one or five times.If you’r... More >>


How shifting supply and demand could end puppy mills and shelter killing
(BPT) - You bring two types of cupcakes to your first-grader’s school party — chocolate and vanilla. The chocolate cakes are gone in minutes, while the vanilla ones linger. Next time, you’ll probably just buy chocolate cupcakes. Supply and demand is a simple economic principle eve... More >>


5 tax tips for small business owners
(BPT) - Starting a business can be intimidating, but with a solid business plan and guidance from the small business community of experts, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Whether you own a local restaurant or an online Etsy shop, one of the biggest things to get used to as a new small business... More >>


Visualizing success: 6 ways to set yourself apart in business
(BPT) - More than half a million new businesses emerge onto the scene over the course of each month, according to Forbes Entrepreneurs. But even more businesses shut down than start up. Whether you’re a new business owner or an employee looking to take your career to the next level, it’... More >>


10 office organization tips to boost productivity
(BPT) - Empty boxes, piles of paper, pens strewn about – everyone is guilty of office disorganization. What most people don’t realize is a messy, disheveled office space can actually dramatically reduce worker efficiency and productivity.A staggering 98 percent of office workers say the... More >>


2015 was a year of passion and progress for nation's no-kill movement
(BPT) - More Americans are embracing the idea that killing shelter animals is not an ethical or viable way to control companion animal populations in the U.S. End-of-year statistics from Best Friends Animal Society, a leading national animal welfare organization, illustrate the no-kill movement&rsq... More >>


3 tips for evaluating what your business is worth
(BPT) - Financial and business education is a critical pathway for the future of America’s small business community.To start with, business owners should ask themselves: “What is the true value of my business?” It’s an important question because the value of your business wi... More >>


Top 5 business strategies for 2016
(BPT) - Continuity planning used be something only companies in highly regulated industries were required to do, but today it's considered a standard for all businesses, regardless of size or reach. It answers the question, "What if...?" and can easily spell the difference between the continued ope... More >>


Your four-step plan to changing careers and becoming a teacher
(BPT) - What’s your goal for 2016? Do you want to lose weight, learn a new skill or quit smoking? Perhaps you’ve decided to set goals around your career instead. Earning more money or getting promoted are common pursuits, but what if your goal is bigger than just moving up in your curre... More >>


6 tips to help your small company get back to business in the New Year
(BPT) - The decorations are down and stored away, the holiday rush is over and it’s time for small businesses to get back to doing business as usual. Many small businesses find they have the time and the inspiration to get their shops in order at the beginning of the first quarter — a t... More >>


American companies embrace a sustainable future
(BPT) - Meeting in Paris, delegates from 195 nations ended 2015 by reaching a landmark agreement to make significant efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The historic pact represents a global effort to curb climate change and a move toward widespread investment in zero-carbon energy sources ... More >>



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