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December 2016


Trump didn't beat Hillary — flawed assumptions, political arrogance did

Shame on Hillary Clinton’s “honor guard,” the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, for blaming Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump in Wisconsin on a lower-than-expected turnout of African-American voters in Milwaukee County and southeastern Wisconsin.

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5 IT challenges facing small businesses

I frequently work with small businesses facing IT obstacles and struggling to find the right solutions. Many of these businesses experience the same challenges, regardless of industry, and I’ve identified five common IT hurdles most small businesses will need to overcome at some point in their evolution.

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Is your business losing 5% annually to fraud?

You can’t prevent fraud attempts, but you can reduce the risk.

Posted at 09:44 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3


Everything small employers need to know about new health insurance option

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, signed into law on Dec. 13, small businesses with fewer than 50 full-time employees that do not offer a group health plan for their staff can now offer a Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangement (QSEHRA) to facilitate the purchase of individual health insurance coverage (or other qualified medical expenses).

Posted at 09:30 AM | Permalink | Comments: 1


3 business growth tips from the ancient Roman Empire

If you want to see real results — real success — in your business, you have to start with realistic expectations and actionable steps.

Posted at 10:32 PM | Permalink | Comments


6 considerations about charitable gifts this holiday season

As 2016 comes to a close, many will consider making year-end charitable gifts as a way to give back to the community and support a good cause. For those who do it’s worthwhile to think about the tax benefits involved and make sure to take advantage of them — after all, giving back should feel good in more ways than one.

Posted at 10:23 PM | Permalink | Comments


6 ways to gift your employees that increase fulfillment

Before you dole out a holiday bonus or send your assistant to fetch more knick-knacks, slogan-wear, or fruit baskets, you might think about what will be more meaningful to your employees.

Posted at 04:33 PM | Permalink | Comments


1 way to get candidates for public office — ask them to run

Wisconsin not only has a workforce shortage, but in many cases also a candidate shortage. According to the 2016 State of Wisconsin Cities and Villages Report, most local government positions have one or fewer candidates on the ballot next spring. In small communities, the level of competition is even lower.

Posted at 04:17 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2

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