5 Tips for Planning a Seamless Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 31, 2016 7:00:00 AM

While the holidays are often depicted as a joyous occasion in which family comes together to share in food and laughter, the reality is rarely so picturesque. In fact, about 69 percent of Americans report experiencing significant holiday stress, with women reporting higher levels of stress than men. This is, in large part, due to the pressure to prepare a large family feast and gathering for innumerable relatives, which can be a lot of pressure for the host. Here are some ways to simplify your Thanksgiving dinner and make for a seamless and stress-free occasion.

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Topics: Family

Preparing Your Business for the Cold Weather Ahead

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The weather has been turning quickly, as temperatures across the U.S. are plummeting. For businesses of all types and sizes, wintertime brings about a lot of changes to store policies, hours, maintenance, and inventory. It’s good to begin prepping your business now, so you’re fully prepared for all that winter brings.

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Topics: Small Business

Is Your Home Ready for Winter? Use This Winterizing Checklist to See

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Around this time of year, most homeowners begin winterizing their home and working their way through their winter checklist. Ensuring all heaters work, turning off the hose, leaving the faucets to drip. Winter entails a lot of extra chores that we are freed from in the summertime. Here’s an easy winterizing checklist to help ensure you have all your bases covered for the chaotic snowstorms ahead.

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Topics: Financial, Home

How Teachers Can Better Serve Low-Income Students

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s always disheartening as a teacher to work with students who come from low-income families and often are ill-equipped with supplies for the school year. Whether they don’t have enough warm clothing, are constantly struggling to purchase lunch, or simply don’t possess the required supplies to complete their classwork effectively, low-income students face a lot of difficulties in their education. Fortunately, there are a lot of simple ways that teachers can support these students and empower them to get the most from their studies.

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Topics: Education and School

3 Ways Schools Can Squeeze More Learning from Their Budget

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

There are few jobs more exacerbating than managing the finances of a school district. With school budgets constantly at a minimum, school districts need to innovate creative ways to offer a great education on limited resources. Here are a few tactics that will help you squeeze more learning from your budget, while setting your financial worries to rest.

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Topics: Education and School

As the Weather Gets Colder, The Nation's Homeless Clamor for Warmth

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 19, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The weather is turning across the nation, with lows of 19 degrees Fahrenheit already being reported and some mountainous regions experiencing their first snow of the year. Add to that the category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, that swept the southeastern United States – the homeless of our country are undoubtedly scrambling for warmth and safety indoors. There are a lot of ways you can contribute to the nation’s homeless populations, enabling them to improve their circumstances in advance of winter.

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Topics: Nonprofits

Is Your Business Prepared for the Halloween Rush?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Halloween is just two weeks away. By now, most people have probably purchased their costumes, decorated their homes, and arranged their Halloween plans. However, there are many last-minute items that people will be scrambling for up until the night of Halloween, and your store can benefit by having these items on hand. Here are the top items to stock in advance of the Halloween rush.

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Topics: Small Business

The Top Factors that Contribute to Overhead Costs

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 14, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Profits are one of the primary performance indicators that signify the success of a company. Yet, oftentimes, business owners find that their profit margin is lower than desired. When analyzing the data of all factors contributing to gross profit margins, overhead costs are often identified as one of the key areas influencing low margins. Here are some of the top factors that contribute to your overhead costs, so you can innovate ways to slash spending and increase your gross profit margin.

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Topics: Small Business

Is Your Employee Turnover Too High?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Change is a natural part of any business model, but when employees are constantly cycling through a business, it can be hard to maintain an efficient and profitable company. Keeping employee turnover rates low is a crucial aspect to designing a highly productive and successful company that benefits both the customers and internal profits.

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Topics: Small Business

Creative Halloween Fundraising Ideas for Nonprofits

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Oct 10, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, stirring excitement in children and teens. Every year, Halloween nets about $2 billion in candy sales and another $7 billion in costume sales. However, it isn’t just for-profit businesses that can cash-in on the Halloween fun. Halloween presents a lot of unique fundraising ideas for nonprofit organizations as well. Here are some creative fundraising ideas for your nonprofit that will enable you to raise money, while cultivating community and togetherness.

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Topics: Nonprofits