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  • Ways to Save on Spring Travel Costs

    Families eager to enjoy some fun in the sun are turning their attention to spring getaways. According to a recent Bank of America survey, nearly half of Americans say the most difficult part of planning a trip is sticking to a budget.

  • Umbrella insurance: Are you adequately covered?

    (BPT) - If you have auto insurance, you probably think you have all the coverage you need for yourself, your spouse and your teenage drivers. Likewise, your homeowners insurance will take care of repair costs in case the pipes burst or there’s a fire. But what happens if you get sued?

  • Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance

    (BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100.

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Monday 04/14/2014
Ways to Save on Spring Travel Costs
Updated: April 14, 2014 - 3:33 am

Families eager to enjoy some fun in the sun are turning their attention to spring getaways. According to a recent Bank of America survey, nearly half of Americans say the most difficult part of planning a trip is sticking to a budget.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
Umbrella insurance: Are you adequately covered?
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - If you have auto insurance, you probably think you have all the coverage you need for yourself, your spouse and your teenage drivers. Likewise, your homeowners insurance will take care of repair costs in case the pipes burst or there’s a fire. But what happens if you get sued?

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Clever tips and tricks to save on auto insurance
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Car insurance can take a bite out of your budget. On average, consumers shelled out nearly $800 for auto insurance for each vehicle in 2011, according to a recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. In some states, the annual cost to insure one car topped $1,100.

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How to protect yourself from uninsured drivers
Updated: April 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Though most states require drivers to have car insurance, there are still motorists who take their chances and drive without coverage or with insufficient coverage. Nationwide, an estimated 14 percent of drivers are uninsured, and, in a handful of states, that figure tops 20 percent, according to the Insurance Research Council.

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Morocco: Promoting Cooperation And Stability
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Development programs that promote a better life for the people in the region continue to be one of the most effective ways to combat extremism.

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Got Student Loans? The Unspoken Burden Of Student Loans
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Shana will graduate this spring with a business degree and a ton of student loan debt. She’s not alone; on average, today’s college graduate will carry nearly $30,000 of debt into the “real” world. Total student loan debt in the U.S. is now more than $1.2 trillion and climbing at a time when the economy isn’t helping much.

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Finding The Money Needed For College
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Young men looking for the money they need to pay for college may want to start their search by checking their Selective Service registration status on the Internet at www.sss.gov.

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Soldiers Looking Out For Their Neighbors
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—The Guard is a component of the Army that is composed of men and women who serve their country, state and community on a part-time basis. These Citizen-Soldiers—sons, daughters, students, neighbors—tend to hold civilian jobs or attend college when not serving and training.

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How Marriage And Divorce Can Impact Your Taxes
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—When it comes to your taxes, marriage changes everything. From choosing the correct filing status to determining what is and is not taxable, tax time can bring some unwanted stress if you’ve been recently married or divorced.

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Financing The Startup Dream
Updated: April 11, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NAPSI)—Many entrepreneurial hopefuls don’t know that having difficulty securing financing—or enough financing—doesn’t have to mean the end of their startup dream.

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Wednesday 04/09/2014
Throw your retirement accounts into the spring cleaning to-do pile
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - Spring cleaning season is here. For most, the garage, basement and wardrobe immediately come to mind as needing an annual review, but what about reviewing that pile of retirement account statements that have accumulated throughout the year?

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Knowledge is power: How the right reporting agency can help you
Updated: April 17, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - With the aftershocks of the massive Target data breach still being felt, consumers are now more vigilant than ever when it comes to perusing their card and bank statements on the watch for suspicious activity. But consumers don’t want to go it alone; a recent Infosys study found 82 percent of consumers want, and even expect, their banks to help detect inconsistencies or irregularities in their accounts that could be indicative of fraud.

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Monday 04/07/2014
Worried about data breach risks? What you can do to help protect yourself
Updated: April 15, 2014 - 3:33 am

(BPT) - For many Americans, recent high-profile retail data breaches have been a wake-up call. Even those who never did business with the breached retailers might have found themselves wondering what they can or should do about data breach risks. While you can’t prevent a breach from occurring or even ensure you’re never caught in one, you can still do a number of things to help better protect yourself from one of the most serious potential consequences of a breach – identity theft.

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Things to Consider When Estate Planning
Updated: April 07, 2014 - 3:33 am

(StatePoint) You may worry about what will happen to your house and property when you’re no longer willing or able to care for it -- particularly if you own property that has special meaning to you, such as a family home or woodlands. With so many options on the table, it’s important to research the facts, make important decisions and get paperwork started.

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Tuesday 04/01/2014
Smart ways for small business owners to spend their cash this spring
Updated: April 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Tax season is a headache for most people, and small business owners are no exception. In fact, nearly six out of 10 small business owners in America say taxes are one of the top factors affecting their success, according to the Bank of America Small Business Owner Report.

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Is Quick Cash Blinding College Students to Higher Fees?
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Check cashing services may provide convenience for college students when tuition refund checks arrive, but the cons may outweigh the pros.

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April is Financial Literacy Month: Are You Savvy?
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to budgeting and debt, are you financially literate? Over two-fifths of U.S. adults would give themselves a grade of C, D or F on their knowledge of personal finance, according to a recent National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) survey.

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Thursday 03/27/2014
Ticket To Work--Independence Recovered
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—A federal program offers free employment services to people who get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program helps beneficiaries achieve financial independence. The program, run by Social Security, is called Ticket to Work. Ticket to Work supports people who want to earn more through work but who may need assistance in making the transition from beneficiary to employee.

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Shipping Options That Save Money
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—A common task shared by consumers and small-business owners is shipping, and navigating the different shipping carriers and services can be confusing. But it doesn’t have to be, and understanding the options can save time and money.

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Wednesday 03/26/2014
Investors' Interest Is Sparked by Vapor Cigarettes
Updated: March 27, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The cigarette business is changing. While still profitable, the billion-dollar industry has, for the first time in its history, some interesting competition for its marketshare.

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Tuesday 03/25/2014
Flab to fit: The five money moves that can whip your finances into better shape
Updated: April 02, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - By now you’ve abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your energy on a goal that’s achievable at any time of year – financial fitness?

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Monday 03/24/2014
Tax filing and planning tips for small business owners
Updated: April 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - With an April 15 tax deadline looming, businesses across the country are preparing to file their 2013 taxes. Tax season can be both an administrative and financial burden. New data reports that only 41 percent of small business owners feel very confident they are maximizing their tax benefits for the 2013 year, according to a recent Spark Business OmniPulse Survey conducted by Research Now. In fact, 22 percent of business owners plan to file for an extension this year. The survey also suggests small business owners are faced with a lack of resources and tools when it comes to filing their taxes.

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Friday 03/21/2014
Vapor Cigarettes Light Up Investors
Updated: March 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - The cigarette business is changing. While still profitable, the billion-dollar industry has, for the first time in its history, some interesting competition for its marketshare.

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Taxpayer Alert: How to Recognize And Avoid Identity Theft Scams
Updated: March 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Across the nation, identity thieves are using legitimate information to scam honest taxpayers, and frequently posing as the IRS to do so. So, what can you do?

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Thursday 03/20/2014
Save green indoors and out with energy-efficient home upgrades
Updated: March 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to think green. For some it’s spurred by the coming of Earth Day, others the renewed greening of our lawns. And many are motivated by the desire to save a little green in their wallets with a fresh new season of home repairs. If you’re one of these people, you can help save some green for the planet, as well as your hard-earned cash, by making energy efficient upgrades throughout your home.

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How Many Stars Does Your Medicare Plan Have?
Updated: March 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Thursday 03/13/2014
Get Your Tax Refund Fast With A Prepaid Card
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—For those who want convenience and speed when it comes to getting their tax refund, they should consider the option of receiving their refund on a prepaid debit card, a convenient tool to manage everyday finances.

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Building Confidence Through Retirement Planning
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Will you have enough savings to last throughout all your retirement years? If this question is the source of many sleepless nights or one you would rather ignore altogether, you are not alone. In fact, a majority of Americans nearing their retirement years are lacking confidence in their financial preparations, according to the latest research by the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI).

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Wednesday 03/12/2014
Getting cash back from Uncle Sam? Tips to make your tax refund work harder for you
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Tax season is well underway, and many Americans expect to receive a refund, or have already gotten theirs. For many families, tax season is just one part of a broader financial picture for an overall budget.

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Monday 03/10/2014
Money talk: Educating the next generation
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - At a certain age, kids stop listening to their parents on all topics except for one. Money.

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Still need to file your taxes? Tips for faster, easier filing
Updated: March 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Spring can inspire a renewed sense of confidence and optimism in do-it-yourself activities. For nearly 40 percent of Americans, this includes preparing and e-filing their own income tax return. Like most things DIY, following a few simple strategies can save you valuable time and money at tax time.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Tax Season A Good Time To Update Financial Records
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—April 15 is a date many Americans view with some hesitation as they endure the paperwork needed to file their taxes. But with almost 75 percent of Americans receiving an average annual refund of $3,000, there is positive news for most. And many consumers find this a good reminder to annually update other financial records.

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Seven Ways To Impact College Savings With Tax Savings
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—College can be expensive but it can also pay off in two ways. First, college graduates earn, on average, nearly a million dollars more over a lifetime than non-college graduates, the Census Bureau reports. Second, the money you invest now for a future college education may enjoy tax-free growth or other tax advantages. Here are seven smart reasons to save:

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
IRS audits: 8 triggers to avoid and tips to help you survive
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Ever wonder how the Internal Revenue Service selects which taxpayers to audit? Well, it isn’t always a matter of chance. There are certain factors that can make your tax return stand out from the rest.

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Discover the little-known investment strategy that your advisor isn't telling you about
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Did you know self-directed IRAs allow Americans to invest in assets other than stocks and bonds, while enjoying the tax-free or tax-deferred status of their retirement account? Very few Americans realize that they have the option to self-direct their IRAs, or other retirement plans, into real estate and other alternative assets. Most investors believe that the only IRA investment options are bank CDs, the stock market or mutual funds - often because of inaccurate information from their current IRA custodian.

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Sunday 03/02/2014
Five insider tips to save money when buying a car
Updated: March 10, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - As the weather warms, car buying season gets into full swing. Even though interest rates are still at or near record lows, there are additional ways smart buyers are saving even more cash on their next vehicle and staying within their budgets.

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Friday 02/28/2014
Filing Extensions Without Penalties and Interest
Updated: March 01, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - If Uncle Sam's generosity to offer extensions on filing your tax returns sounds too good to be true, it probably is. So, what's the catch?

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Thursday 02/27/2014
Key Facts About Selective Service Registration
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Young men in the United States often find turning 18 can bring a number of opportunities. It also brings an important obligation-registering with Selective Service.

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New Website Makes Futures Markets Simple
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.

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Thursday 02/20/2014
Top Five Tips For Spotting Fraud
Updated: February 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Investors can sometimes overlook signs that indicate an offer really is too good to be true. This can leave them vulnerable to fraud and financial predators.

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Friday 02/14/2014
How Uncle Sam Helps You Save For Retirement
Updated: February 15, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—If you ever feel your finances are too stretched to save for retirement, there could be good news for you. The Saver’s Credit—a little-known tax credit made available by the IRS to low- to moderate-income workers-could make saving for retirement more affordable than you think. It may reduce your federal income taxes when you save for retirement through a qualified retirement plan or an individual retirement account (IRA).

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Thursday 02/13/2014
Lost dress? No-show caterer? Bankrupt photographer? How to protect yourself from the worst wedding disasters
Updated: February 21, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Your wedding is supposed to be a magical day you remember for the rest of your life. It also is sure to be one of the most expensive days of your life. From the dress to the catering to the photographer, the average wedding costs nearly $30,000. With all that money and emotion on the line, you want to do everything you can to ensure this special day goes flawlessly.

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Smart Tips for Your Tax Refund
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) If you’re fortunate enough to receive a refund this tax season, it’s time to think about sensible uses for the extra income so, as Grandpa used to say, “it doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.”

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Wednesday 02/12/2014
Mind Your B.I.S. - Tips to jumpstart your financial well-being
Updated: February 20, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - In the next few months, high school seniors across the country will be anxiously checking mailboxes for college acceptance letters. With two-thirds of recent high school grads enrolling in college as of 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is the first step on a journey towards personal and financial independence for many Americans. Whether an incoming freshman, soon to be senior or recent grad, it is never too early to get financially fit. The key to success is to make the process fun and manageable.

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Tuesday 02/11/2014
Watch Out for These 6 Common Tax Myths
Updated: February 12, 2014 - 3:33 am

(NewsUSA) - We can all agree that filing taxes can be confusing. Asking questions or web searching for answers only leads to more confusion and misconceptions because when it comes to taxes, one standard answer does not always fit all.

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Monday 02/10/2014
Don't let crooks steal your tax refund: Identity theft prevention tips
Updated: February 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - To itemize or not to itemize, deductions, exemptions, interest income and capital gains – you have a lot to think about when you’re doing your taxes. While you’re preparing your return, don’t overlook a consideration that’s every bit as important as whether you owe or are due a refund – tax-related identity theft.

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Thursday 02/06/2014
New Franchise Opportunity Designed To Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs
Updated: February 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—There is good news for veterans. A successful franchise operation believes the skills that military veterans gained during service have prepared them to be successful franchise business owners. Because of this, the company, Home Franchise Concepts (HFC), has created an opportunity that makes it easier for veterans to own a franchise.

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To Work Better, Take A Vacation
Updated: February 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NAPSI)—Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets for staying happy and efficient at your job may be what you do outside office walls.

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Wednesday 02/05/2014
Building your professional brand
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

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Five things they don't teach you in school about how to secure your financial future
Updated: February 13, 2014 - 3:32 am

(BPT) - Anyone over a certain age has heard about the “the three Rs” of education - reading, writing and arithmetic. The thinking is that if you graduate from school knowing how to read, write and solve basic math problems, you’ll have the fundamentals for a successful life. But these days much more is required, especially when it comes to making sure you have the financial resources to take care of yourself and your family.

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Thursday 03/06/2014
Engineers as Entrepreneurs
Updated: March 14, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Engineers have given the world many of the great innovations we live by today -- Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, the Wright Brothers and Henry Ford, just to mention some household names.

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Wednesday 03/05/2014
3 Ways Small Businesses Can Save Money on Their Taxes
Updated: March 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Running a small business can be tough, and keeping the money you earn in your pocket can be a challenge, especially at tax time. Check out these tips to help ensure you don't give more money to the government than you must:

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Monday 03/03/2014
Chiropractic Care Seen as One of the Best Career Opportunities
Updated: March 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - With the economy still so tepid that about 75 percent of all new jobs created this year were part-time, guess which occupation is expected to see an employment growth rate that's faster than the average of all others?

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Thursday 02/27/2014
Consejos para mantener su factura mensual de telefonía móvil bajo control
Updated: February 28, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Para las familias que buscan ahorrar dinero, reducir los gastos domésticos es una forma de generar dinero extra y maximizar el ahorro. Un gasto en el que tal vez no ha notado que puede haber un ahorro importante es en su factura de telefonía móvil.

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Monday 02/24/2014
Big Changes to High School Equivalency Exams: What You Need to Know
Updated: March 07, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) In today’s job market, having an edge is crucial. The right credentials can mean the difference between living paycheck-to-paycheck and having a meaningful career. More than ever, a high school diploma or equivalency credential is essential to landing the job or career you want. In fact, approximately three out of four U.S. jobs required at least a high school diploma or equivalent in 2012, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

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Friday 02/21/2014
Why Product Standards?
Updated: February 22, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Imagine traveling cross-country and having to change trains at each state line because of varying railroad track gauges. Or imagine owning a car for which replacement parts, like tires and oil filters, can be obtained only at a dealer 50 miles away in the next town.

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Monday 02/17/2014
Vapor Cigarettes Seek to Take Bite out of Big Tobacco
Updated: February 18, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - For decades, tobacco companies have signified big business. Now, however, with the continuing decline in U.S. sales, the once booming industry has been working to protect its multi-billion-dollar bottom line by relying on its global reach into Asia and other continents.

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Thursday 01/09/2014
What Every Small Business Needs to Know this Year
Updated: January 09, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) For small businesses, adapting to the changing times is crucial. Periodically, it’s important to review what’s working and where there’s room to transform.

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Monday 01/06/2014
Secrets for Generating a Second Income
Updated: January 06, 2014 - 3:32 am

(StatePoint) In today’s tumultuous economic times, extra income is not just a luxury, but a necessary safety net, according to many financial experts.

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Friday 01/03/2014
2013: The Year of the Unemployed Worker
Updated: January 04, 2014 - 3:32 am

(NewsUSA) - Despite the economic gains of the past year, millions of Americans are still spending a tremendous amount of time and energy trying to find a job. The ability to quickly apply to multiple positions online has made looking for work a full-time job -- leading some to refer to 2013 as "The Year of the Unemployed Worker."

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