(NewsUSA) - While big businesses may command headlines, most would agree that it's small businesses that drive the economy. During the economic downturn, many small businesses were forced to close their doors but since then, with the help and support of American Express and local newspapers, community shops are making a comeback in the U.S.
(NewsUSA) - The recent government shutdown inconvenienced many Americans -- from federal workers, to tourists -- but how did it impact those looking for work? The health care debate was among the main catalysts for the shutdown, with both parties claiming to be the voice of the public, but has the voice of the job seeker been drowned out as a result? A new national poll asked those very questions to find out what was more important to job seekers -- a paycheck or health insurance. The result? The majority of unemployed Americans (77 percent) would apparently take the job, even if it meant no health insurance. Online career network Beyond.com surveyed over 5,000 job seekers from across the country to find out how the government shutdown and the technical frustrations with the health care rollout impacted their employment search. The survey comprised a dozen questions to determine if healthcare was really the main concern for those seeking work, and most respondents, it appears, were just interested in a salary to support their family. * 61 percent of those who participated in the survey said that their top priority when it comes to a job is salary, not health care. * That's despite approximately 32 percent of respondents saying they currently don't have health insurance, with nearly 50 percent of those people citing they haven't had health insurance for more than a year. * 89 percent of respondents said they'd do just about anything to find a job, including working long hours and/or weekends. "With so much speculation about the job market, we decided to go out and ask job seekers exactly what they were thinking," said Joe Weinlick, VP of Marketing at Beyond.com. "A big part of finding a job is confidence, and while health care is certainly an important issue, we've found that those looking for work are more concerned about things like honing interview skills or updating their resume. Health insurance is one of many factors people need to weigh when considering a job offer, but you have to get the job offer first." Survey respondents included job seekers from the Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer generations. Surprisingly, the majority of respondents from each generation reported that they'd consider job offers even if they didn't include health insurance at all -- despite numerous reports citing the increased need for health care across the board, especially with Baby Boomers. What do you think people will be most thankful for -- a paycheck or health care?
McDonald’s golden arches, Target’s bull’s eye and Starbucks' mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer’s experience.
(BPT) - While the Great Recession convinced many big corporations to improve efficiency and reduce spending, small businesses have historically known the value of operating “lean and mean.” Many have never had another option, and have always had to accomplish more with less. Fortunately, technology is making it easier than ever for small-business owners to work smarter and more efficiently – and continue growing their businesses.
When the weather is cold, few experiences warm your soul – or your home – as effectively as sitting in front of a crackling fire. But if you’ve ever avoided building an evening fire in your wood-burning fireplace because you didn’t want to wait up for the embers to go out, you might appreciate Scott Harrison’s ingenuity.
(StatePoint) If you ever work from home or plan to, there are many things you need to consider to make sure your home office is conducive to productivity. From preventing technological snafus to dealing with the social realities of working where you live, preparing yourself for the home office experience is important:
Anti-lock brakes and driver assist systems aim to help motorists avoid an accident, and when one occurs, a host of safety features, like airbags, activate to help minimize injury to the vehicle’s occupants. Cybersecurity for businesses functions much like those assist systems in your car, working to prevent a security breach of sensitive identifying data.
With the increasing popularity of prepaid cards, it is no surprise that businesses are now using these financial products to pay employees. Payroll cards allow employers to skip the hassles and costs of issuing paper checks and allow employees to immediately access their wages without a trip to the bank or the costs associated with costly check cashing services.
The Citizens for Soldiers club will have its monthly meeting and workday from noon to 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Belton Senior Activity Center, 842 S. Mitchell St., Belton.