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With summertime on the horizon, seasonal retailers are beginning to open their doors, while some year-round retailers are preparing for their peak season. The summer can be the busiest time of year for many retailers such as florists, ice cream stores, nurseries, garden supply stores and bakeries. According to Forbes, with retail sales expected to…

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Temperatures are warming up and school is letting out, but one thing that remains constant regardless of the time of year is people in need of help. There are and always will be circumstances that lead people to seek various types of assistance such as counseling, food banks, health care support, special needs services or…

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In the insurance market, like in many aspects of life, the only constant is change. The real estate market conditions, accessibility of the internet, and, ultimately, the wants and needs of insureds all impact the insurance marketplace. Sometimes carriers must be proactive and react to these changes. As a carrier and a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary,…

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Now is the time when millions of families and individuals from all across the country are starting to plan getaways for summer vacations and long holiday weekends throughout the year. You would be one of 115 million Americans, over a third of the population, traveling at least 50 miles from home to enjoy some time…

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According to the State of the Nonprofit Sector study performed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the top challenge nonprofit organizations face is achieving long-term financial sustainability. Nonprofits need funding to accomplish their mission and keep their doors open. The need for budget cuts or potential reductions in funding could impact the financials of organizations significantly….

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In 2017, allegations of harassment, discrimination and molestation went mainstream. Many individuals within the entertainment industry were involved in lawsuits, and, as the year wound down, we saw a high profile suit involving the USA Gymnastics national team doctor. Dr. Larry Nassar graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985; the following year, he became…

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Leadership is hard. In his book, Monday Morning Leadership, David Cottrell reminds us that in leadership, “everything you do matters because your team is watching…and depending on you to do the right thing.” Whether you’ve never been in a leadership role or have many years’ experience, it’s important to reflect and ask yourself, “why leadership?”…

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We’ve all been to a catered party, whether it’s a wedding, a corporate event, or even just a small get-together, but it seems that the party is just getting started. In recent years, more and more corporations and individuals have sought out the services of caterers. In fact, according to a 2017 article, statistics show…

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As the U.S. economy continues to improve, new construction projects are starting up at a rate that hasn’t been seen since before the recession of 2008. According to construction analysis firm Oldcastle, Inc., the construction industry will see an overall growth of 5 percent in 2018 with 9 percent growth in single-family home construction. The…

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