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5 Simple and Fresh Ways to Market Your Small Business
October 1, 2014

Did you know that some of the most successful businesses started small in a garage? In fact, giants like Amazon and Apple were started in single-car garages and grew to become the largest in their industries because their owners chose the right types of marketing. As a small-business owner, you know how difficult it can be to work off of a small marketing budget and still put your brand in the front and center on many different platforms. While this can be a difficult feat, it is not at all impossible. 

9 Ways Amazing Leaders Demonstrate Real Authenticity
October 1, 2014

Wouldn't it be wonderful to live a truly authentic life? To have the respect of your family and co-workers, to be well liked, to be trusted by all, to make your work and home life a better place to be, and maybe even leave the world a better place when you are no longer here? Lucky for us, becoming truly authentic, although difficult, is possible.

Here are some ways leaders demonstrate their true authenticity that may help you in your journey to becoming truly authentic yourself.

U.S. Companies Added 213,000 Jobs in September—A Sign of Hiring Rebound
October 1, 2014

U.S. businesses continued hiring at a solid pace in September, according to a private survey. The result marks the sixth straight month of solid gains. Payroll processer ADP says private employers added 213,000 jobs last month, up slightly from 202,000 in August. Job gains above 200,000 are usually enough to lower the unemployment rate.

The figures suggest the government's jobs report on Friday could show a rebound in hiring. 

Superex Expands Home Safety Category
September 30, 2014

Superex Promotional Products, Toronto, recently announced that it has expanded its Home Safety category with the addition of Kidde safety products. The new items include several fire safety products for use at home.

How Your 'Always Busy' Pace Is Ruining Your Decision-making
September 30, 2014

We are expected to make big decisions at lightning speeds, reply to email within seconds of receiving it, and churn out responses to disasters faster than social media followers can spread it.

As we speed through the day, checking items off our to-do list, we assume we're being uber-productive. But is speeding down the expressway of the workday really the key to success?

Kevin Cashman, senior partner at the talent management firm Korn Ferry, says no. He argues flying through the workday is actually hindering our productivity and says rather than doing more, we need to do less with more purpose.

When to Give Business Gifts and Who to Give Them to
September 30, 2014

You don't have to wait for the holidays to send out business gifts. There are several different groups of people that might warrant gift-giving. But if you're wondering when to give business gifts and who to give them to, a general rule of thumb is to send gifts to the people who help make your company great.

In general, this includes clients, employees and certain service providers. Read on for some tips about when to give business gifts and who you should send them to.

California Becomes First State to Ban Plastic Bags
September 30, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.

A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.

Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of large grocery stores starting next summer and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.