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Seeking a small business loan? What you should know
(BPT) - Small businesses still struggle to obtain credit; nearly half of those who applied for credit in 2016 didn't get all the funding they sought, and 17 percent of those who didn't apply for financing skipped it because they didn't think they could get what they needed, according to the Federal... Click to read more


Finding success in direct sales
(BPT) - What's better than being your own boss, setting your own hours, determining your own salary and having an office wherever you happen to be? It's a Utopian idea that is reality for tens of thousands of people working independently in direct sales worldwide. But getting there isn't easy. It t... Click to read more


5 ways businesses are turning old problems into new opportunities
(BPT) - Today's business environment is characterized by excitement as much as it is by anxiety. As new technologies are constantly introduced into the workplace and transform how employees work, managers need to adjust in order to retain employees, streamline processes and stay competitive.'Compan... Click to read more


5 big changes for today's small businesses
(BPT) - A generation ago, the notion of a small business owner meant something very different. You pictured a person who owned their own storefront, often named after themselves, and every day they were the first to arrive and the last to leave. They worked tirelessly for their customers, and their... Click to read more


Health and Wellness Benefits of Volunteering
(BPT) - In the business world, we hear a lot about the bottom line and quarterly reports. For those in the nonprofit sector, it's often a matter of reaching fundraising goals and achieving their mission statement. No matter what kind of organization you work for, there are big-picture goals, but of... Click to read more


5 essential soft skills for a job interview
(BPT) - Picture this: After months of networking and polishing your resume, you managed to make the necessary connections, get in front of the right people and land an interview.You deserve to be here. After all, you have an impressive background, great experience, fantastic references and are conf... Click to read more


Working like a dog: Companies find benefits in going pet-friendly
(BPT) - It's fair to call Charger a bull in a china shop. Well, at least a pit bull. The charming nine-year-old has a full-time job in the marketing department at dinnerware giant Replacements, Ltd.'Charger's been coming to Replacements since I rescued him from the side of a road as a puppy, so he'... Click to read more


4 simple ways to stay productive and conquer your to-do list
(BPT) - Did you know that in an average week, 75 percent of Americans skip doing something for themselves because they didn't adequately plan or allow enough time for it? Does looking at your to-do list feel so daunting that it discourages you from making any progress at all?You're not alone. A new... Click to read more


5 tips to find the financial advisor to match your retirement goals
(BPT) - The idea of retirement may start out as a distant dream. You have hopes and plans for that special time that seems so far away. Sooner or later that time will be here and hopefully you'll be ready.However, recent research shows many people are not prepared to enjoy a financially stable reti... Click to read more


5 steps to creating happiness in your workplace
(BPT) - Each workday, the average American spends 8.8 hours at work or on work-related activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's even more time than people spend sleeping. And because we spend so much time at work, it's in your and your employer's best interest to make workpla... Click to read more


Roots run deep for American growers
(BPT) - The trend of home and community gardens is on the rise in the U.S. A 2014 study by the National Gardening Association found 1 in 3 households now grow their own food to help put breakfast, lunch and dinner on kitchen tables. While more and more people are helping to provide for themselves, ... Click to read more


How to find a hotel that can cater to your technology demands
(BPT) - You arrive at your hotel and pull out your smartphone. After an incredibly long sign-in process, you connect to the Internet. It works fine in the hallway but not in your room, so you go to the business center to check email and print tickets to tonight's show. The center is packed, so you ... Click to read more


Finding relevance in the evolving consumer environment
(BPT) - You could call this a story of dreamers. Of taking chances, tempting fate and daring to take a blind leap of faith. The first chapter began because Bob Page found himself stuck in a job he hated.'I lived for my weekend hobby, going to flea markets searching for vintage china and crystal,' s... Click to read more


Boost home office productivity with a pre-holiday freshening
(BPT) - You engaged in spring cleaning and organization earlier this year, but with the holidays approaching, your home office could probably stand a bit of freshening up. Fall is the perfect time to make sure your office is a well-equipped and appealing workspace that boosts your efficiency and pr... Click to read more




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