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  • Improving infrastructure might require new thinking

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | January 9, 2015 - 6:19pm

    Dissatisfaction with roads, traffic and congestion is common. When we drive, we’d like to have a smooth road all to ourselves.

  • Resolve financial issues in new year

    By Anthony Engrassia
    Business Columnist | December 26, 2014 - 6:41pm

    A big mistake many people make is procrastinating with planning their financial futures; I see them do it all the time.

  • Leaders must weigh expanding staff in ’15

    By Christy Skojec Taylor
    Business Columnist | December 19, 2014 - 5:26pm

    As the beginning of a new year approaches, the general consensus is that 2015 should be a good year for business.

  • Questions clarify early retirement planning

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | December 12, 2014 - 7:23pm

    While many retirees have to stop working earlier than planned due to health or employer issues, early retirement continues to be a long-standing dream for many.

  • What can you learn from the ‘Oracle of Omaha’?

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | December 5, 2014 - 7:16pm

    Warren Buffet, the “Oracle of Omaha,” is considered one of the most successful investors in history.

  • Go beyond the message and into your customer’s mind

    By Mark Hinson
    Business Columnist | November 28, 2014 - 5:57pm

    Whether you market a business-to-business, business-to-consumer or a nonprofit organization, no doubt you have been encouraged to “think like your customer” when developing your marketing messages.

  • A practical guide for making new business ideas real

    By Dr. Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | November 26, 2014 - 5:54pm

    Are you a business owner, manager or entrepreneur with ideas, frustrated from looking for practical guidance to crystallize one into a street-smart plan?

  • Even facing uncertainty, plan now for filing taxes

    By Mary Currie
    Business Columnist | November 21, 2014 - 5:30pm

    It appears this is another year when we will have late tax changes by Congress.

  • Auto plant competition raises the incentives issue

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | November 7, 2014 - 4:17pm

    Since the United States remains a vehicle-oriented society, whenever an auto company announces it will be building a new assembly factory, most states scramble to get it.

  • Plan now for care needed years later

    By Rocky Speight
    Business Columnist | October 31, 2014 - 5:17pm

    November is Long-Term Care Awareness Month, a time dedicated to educating the public about the need to prepare for the costs of long-term care.

  • Learning culture builds a better business

    By Christy Skojec Taylor
    Business Columnist | October 17, 2014 - 6:30pm

    Study after study has found that supporting and providing development opportunities for employees has major benefits for everyone involved.

  • More women take control of their finances

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | October 13, 2014 - 1:55pm

    As women’s economic, political and social power increase, they’re also taking a more active role in their finances.

  • Open enrollment offers chance to review decisions

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | October 3, 2014 - 4:49pm

    If you work for a medium-size to large company, you might be entering the “open enrollment” period – the time of year when you get to make changes to your employee benefits.

  • ‘Elevator speech’ offers great way to position yourself

    By Mark Hinson
    Business Columnist | September 19, 2014 - 5:17pm

    You’re at a networking function or a social event or online in a social media group, and the question is raised: “What do you do?” Is there a better opportunity to deliver your value proposition to an interested audience?

  • High performance flows from good communication

    By Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | September 12, 2014 - 5:14pm

    Volumes have been written about improving communication between managers and their people in the workplace – and justifiably so.

  • House buying offers economics lesson

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | September 5, 2014 - 5:40pm

    My wife and I enjoy watching “House Hunters” on the HGTV network.

  • Protect your retirement against market volatility

    By Rocky Speight
    Business Columnist | August 29, 2014 - 6:45pm

    As an investor, you’re well aware that the financial markets move up and down over the short term.

  • Four common mistakes trouble investors

    By Anthony Engrassia
    Business Columnist | August 22, 2014 - 6:48pm

    When the market is doing well, two categories of people emerge. Some are reactionary.

  • Create a plan to cover retirement necessities

    By Tim Dameron
    Business Columnist | August 8, 2014 - 6:16pm

    What’s going to happen when your paycheck stops?That is one of the biggest questions that people nearing retirement have.

  • Disposable income's use requires thought

    By Chet Osterhoudt
    Business Columnist | August 3, 2014 - 12:39pm

    It probably doesn’t happen as much as you’d like, but from time to time, you might have some extra disposable income.

  • Put best foot forward in event marketing

    By Mark Hinson
    Business Columnist | July 25, 2014 - 6:41pm

    Event marketing, also called experiential or face-to-face marketing, can take many forms – trade show, special event, conference, sponsorship or street event.

  • Social Security, other issues require planning

    By Mary Currie
    Business Columnist | July 14, 2014 - 9:56am

    When to draw Social Security – early at age 62, at full retirement, or at age 70 – requires you to decide what is best for you and your spouse.

  • Firing up organization is just one step

    By Dr. Mark Frohman
    Business Columnist | July 4, 2014 - 3:08pm

    The purpose of a fireplace is simple: a space where heat can be generated and contained.

  • Size does matter in business, and small can win

    By Dr. Mike Walden
    Business Columnist | June 27, 2014 - 7:12pm

    As a culture, we often have celebrated bigness.

  • Vacation planning steps carry over to investing

    By Rocky Speight
    Business Columnist | June 20, 2014 - 3:04pm

    Summer is here, which means it’s vacation season. As you know, vacations require a fair amount of planning.