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05/20/15

Economic update: Q2 economic growth looks like it won’t reach 2014 levels

U.S. economic data last week appears to indicate the economy is not yet rebounding from first quarter weakness. Retail sales remain weak, particularly given the benefits to consumers from lower energy prices. Retail sales were flat in April and year-over-year growth slowed further. Coupled with surprising weakness in the preliminary survey of consumer confidence by the University of Michigan, it appears second quarter growth may not accelerate in a similar fashion as we observed last year.

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05/20/15

Put your small business retirement plan to work

If you own a small business, you’ve got a lot on your mind: cash flow, competitors, payroll, and the endless search for new customers. Nonetheless, as busy as you are today, you still need to think about tomorrow. Specifically, are you prepared for the future with an effective retirement plan?

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05/14/15

Economic Update: Jobs rebound, but wages still disappoint

The U.S. jobs market rebounded from March weakness, although the gain was not sufficient to dispel fears in the market that the U.S. economy could be slowing.

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05/12/15

Quick, easy ways to identify customer service problems

Dissatisfied customers usually won’t come back. In fact, we’ve all heard the startling statistics of how a bad customer service story spreads so much faster than a good one. That’s why it’s so important to continually take the pulse of your customers’ happiness.

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05/07/15

Economic Update: Economic fundamentals remain positive despite soft first quarter

U.S. economic data indicated the first quarter was soft, and although fundamentals for the economy remain positive, April data did not foreshadow a strong rebound in the economy.

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