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Common tax mistakes to avoid in 2018
(BPT) - Life changes — getting married, having a baby, buying or selling a home, sending a child off to college or retiring — often come with changes to your tax situation. Overlooking these changes when filing your taxes can lead taxpayers to make mistakes that leave money on the table... Read More

Here's how the tax reform plan could affect you
(BPT) - With the newly passed tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), now is the time to start thinking about how this will affect you so that you can plan ahead for the outcomes you will start to feel in your paycheck as early as February 2018.This tax reform affects virtually everyone;... Read More

Growing your business? These 3 financing mistakes can cost you big
(BPT) - Starting a business can be tough. Growing one can be even harder.Dr. Nacondus Gamble knows this all too well. After her optometry practice, The South Eastern Eye Center, began to establish a reputation for great patient care, Dr. Gamble decided she was ready to expand. So she began looking ... Read More

8 top wow moments of 2017 according to The Red Bulletin
(BPT) - 2017 has been a year filled with twists and turns. But what about those ones beyond the ordinary? The celebrities who admitted their embarrassing moments, the athletes who reached new heights and ordinary folk who pushed boundaries. Here are the top 8 stories from leading magazine The Red B... Read More

Options available to help students pay for college
(BPT) - With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college — and reduce reliance on stude... Read More

Retirement readiness: Hitting the retirement preparation sweet spot
(BPT) - A recent study by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College suggests an alarming state of awareness about retirement readiness: Of surveyed households, 33 percent realize they are not well prepared, 19 percent are not well prepared but don't know it, and 24 percent are well... Read More

Help yourself by helping others: Make a commitment to volunteer
(BPT) - Did you know that 35,000 hours of volunteering is the equivalent of working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year with no days off for 17 years?For American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) member Sarah Brooks, who was recently recognized for volunteering more than 35,000 hours in service to military vete... Read More

Hitting the road? Stay connected on the go
(BPT) - Traveling but worried about being disconnected? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. In fact, plenty of other road warriors are making sure their devices are packed and ready to go so they won’t miss a beat.Intel(R) recently conducted a survey with YouGov to learn more about the... Read More

The time is right to seek new income opportunities
(BPT) - Whether you plan to watch the ball drop in Times Square this New Year’s Eve or be in bed by 10 p.m., one thing is certain: a new year is coming, and with it comes a chance for change. It’s a time to reflect on what works best for you and reset your course for the coming year. Re... Read More

Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
(BPT) - (BPT) – As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture.In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in three people worldwide — more than a billion employees — work in an ag-relate... Read More

It's a Good Day for Quality [Video]
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Simple ways to give back all year long
(BPT) - The old saying, “It is better to give than receive,” is never better illustrated than during the holiday season when gift giving is at its peak. But, how often does the purpose of giving get lost in the rush of shopping and deadlines?It’s easy to forget that there are many... Read More

5 tips for working adults returning to college
(BPT) - Most working professionals want to advance their skills, land that promotion and get a raise. However, some 36 million adults face a significant barrier to achieving their goals and aspirations: They still need to complete a significant amount of coursework in order to earn a college degree... Read More

Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight
(BPT) - It’s that time of year when employees are seeking meaningful and appropriate holiday gifts for their coworkers and clients.While the process should be fun, because such gifts can inadvertently send unspoken messages to their recipients, making the right choice at the right time can be... Read More

A culture of care helps health care professionals thrive
Is your workplace a nurturing professional environment, or does competition and rank often override camaraderie and support?(BPT) - In order for nurses and other health care staff to do their jobs as best as possible, a culture of care can make a big difference. This means creating a workplace that... Read More

Buckle up for the new passenger economy
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Beyond the diploma: Helping teens forge their futures
(BPT) - What’s the key to optimism? From a career standpoint, it’s having a vision where you see yourself climbing and thriving, and you know there will be a place in the world for your skills and knowledge.Unfortunately, there are many teens and young people who have a much bleaker vis... Read More

Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide
(BPT) - As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage.For people seekin... Read More

5 tips for entrepreneurs to keep customers engaged
(BPT) - Entrepreneurs, it’s time to stop and give yourself a pat on the back. Small business owners know it’s a life that can be high stress and sometimes even uncertain. But here’s one encouraging fact: Small businesses are doing a lot to keep Americans employed and the economy h... Read More

Science-based suggestions for self-confidence
(BPT) - A recent study shows your perception of your own image has a profound effect on how you present yourself to the rest of the world.Those findings could be empowering since even small changes to your self-care routine can significantly boost your self-confidence.The study by researchers at th... Read More

Deeper than grassroots: Playing field surfacing decisions go beyond looks
(BPT) - Often an afterthought for spectators, the choice of playing surface – natural vs. artificial – is a major decision for sports teams and field managers that goes far beyond aesthetics.According to Don Follett, director of fields and grounds for the Baltimore Ravens, the decision ... Read More

10 tips for entrepreneurial success from women, for women
(BPT) - More women than ever are entrepreneurs. However, while women continue to make strides in business ownership, the path to success is still significantly more difficult for women than men. A recent study reports that female entrepreneurs receive only about 2 percent of all funding, despite ow... Read More

Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes
(BPT) - About a third of the nation’s farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the ... Read More

5 ways businesses can collaborate with the education sector to close the skills gap
(BPT) - With U.S. graduation rates being at an all-time high, one might expect employers to have a wealth of qualified candidates to hire. Instead, many employers are finding that these recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce.While many are graduating with technical skills, thei... Read More

5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Embrace Risk Taking
(BPT) - Every child learns best when they have the courage to explore, to ask, “what if…?” and to take small risks. By creating and testing their ideas without fear, by constantly remaking and remodeling, they are paving the way for a breakthrough moment. It is important for pare... Read More

How do you know if a school is right for your child?
(BPT) - Public, private, charter, virtual and more — deciding what school is best for your children can feel overwhelming. You want them to have an education that prepares them for a challenging world while fitting their unique learning styles. How do you know the best option to ensure they t... Read More

Changing careers and learning the law: Stories of pursuing passions and personal transformation
(BPT) - A professional could have many reasons to choose to make the switch into law later in their career — a personal passion, a current skill set that can transfer to a legal position, or simply a new way to earn a living and provide for family. Whatever the reason, making a major life cha... Read More

5 steps to making annual enrollment the most wonderful time of the year
(BPT) - It’s that time of year again. But before you plan your Thanksgiving menu or check off your gift list, it’s time to think about employee benefits.VSP Vision Care surveyed employees about their attitudes around that special time of year when they must choose a benefits package and... Read More

Veterans Day: More than just a day
(BPT) - Each of us, as citizens of the United States of America, wake up each day and go about our lives and schedules. Not one person here is the same, and none of us live the same life as the person next to us. What each and every one of us do share are our fundamental rights and freedoms. Not on... Read More

Get in the know about this hidden, dangerous form of bullying
(BPT) - Bullying is never acceptable, but food allergy bullying — which happens when children and teens living with life-threatening allergies (LTAs) are teased, ridiculed or even threatened or assaulted with food to which they are severely allergic — is especially dangerous. On the sur... Read More

Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice
(BPT) - For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. “Once a singer, always a singer,” she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker’s perspective on what it means to hav... Read More

'Untold Stories of the Desegregation of Baseball' documentary premieres
(BPT) - Did you know, that as a young man, Abraham Lincoln was a formidable wrestler and out of 300 matches, only lost one? Or that Congress voted for our independence from Britain on July 2, 1776, not on the Fourth of July?Like these facts, there are hundreds of other little-known stories of Ameri... Read More

Don't get hacked! Time to get serious about password safety
(BPT) - We all know hiding your house key under the doormat is a terrible idea, but we do it anyway because it’s a convenient backup. When it comes to safeguarding passwords, especially in a family setting, people often choose convenience over safety.As families manage their digital informati... Read More

7 job titles that didn't exist before millennials
(BPT) - Advertising and marketing agency job titles used to be a lot more concise and straightforward. A marketing assistant was someone who had a supporting role on marketing projects. Didn't matter what type of project it was. If the marketing director needed help, the assistant got pulled in.Tod... Read More

Freelancers: Are you grabbing the best possible tax relief?
(BPT) - If you earn all or part of your income these days from freelance or contract work, you’re far from alone.A CNN report this year estimates some 34 percent of the U.S. workforce is now part of the so-called gig economy, a segment expected to reach 43 percent — representing some 7.... Read More

5 student-friendly apps that beat any college care package
(BPT) - Soon after back-to-school season ends, a new one begins for parents of college-age kids: "send-me-something" season lasts for the whole school year. This year, instead of sending your college kid yet another care package filled with cookies and other stuff they may not use (or will have to ... Read More

Trading Spaces star and working mom Genevieve Gorder is helping schools across America earn cash [Video]
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Beyond the blue ribbon: Why 4-H is a golden opportunity for your child
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