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Investing in Visitors: Growing the Pie

Imagine having a community where visitors like to flock and help the locals out with their tax burden. Then imagine leveraging it fully.

Madison has the first point, but it's lagging on the second and probably will continue to lag until the economy rebounds.

Part II: Knowing the Alphabet for the Portfolio as well.

In the last blog, I wrote about the basic starting point for the financial planning process. This time, I write to articulate some key fundamental items that relate to investing. Again, like last week, we are starting with a foundation. An appreciation of these concepts is key to having a basic understanding of the behavior of investment markets.

Controlling the Identity Theft “Pandemic”

Millions of small businesses now are subject to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s “Red Flag” identity theft regulations, and they should not delay in acting to authenticate the people they do business with.

Let’s get acquainted, and then talk... | submitted by Salli Martyniak

I am Salli Martyniak, president of Forward Community Investments, a statewide nonprofit loan fund that provides loans and strategic financial guidance to nonprofit organizations across this state. You’ll hear more about us later, but what’s important for you to know is that my job, my passion, is working with nonprofits.

Carpe Diem!

Yes, not only is 2009 well under way, it is proving to be a historic time of significant proportion. It is changing the way people think, work and act – both in business and personally. The direction in these few paragraphs is not to give any secret to success; however, the sad truth is that many people are either looking over the next horizon or the last one for help, when the real answers lie in the here and now.

You Have to Know the Alphabet First

I remember a quote that read “One must first learn the alphabet before they know the greatest truths.” I don’t recall who said it, but today it seems more important than ever. We are bombarded in all areas of our lives with complex information that lacks reference to any foundation. We are forced to try to translate something without first being able to speak the language.

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