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Safety Groups Petition Consumer Bureau to Ban Flame-retardant Products
April 6, 2015

Consumer-safety groups want federal regulators to ban products made with the flame-retardant chemicals known as organohalogens.

Groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the International Association of Fire Fighters and the Consumers Union, are petitioning the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban consumer products containing the chemical in four categories—children’s products, furniture, mattresses and the casings around electronics.

The groups say the chemicals, which migrate continuously out from everyday household products into the air and dust, have been linked to cancer, lower sperm count, premature births, decreased IQ in children, impaired memory, learning deficits, hyperactivity, hormone disruption and lowered immunity.

8 Small-business Tax Preparation Mistakes to Avoid
April 6, 2015

Tax time brings with it a sense of urgency and pressure, and mistakes inevitably follow. Tax deductions go unclaimed, paper trails go awry and costly surprises can result.

Here are eight of the most common tax preparation mistakes that small businesses make, plus some tips for mitigating them.

Start a business last year? Write off the expenses

New business owners can write off the expense they incurred before technically opening their doors for business. Don’t overlook this important deduction.

Geiger’s Green Carbon Neutral Initiative Reaches New Milestone
April 3, 2015

Geiger, Lewiston, Maine, two years ago entered into a contractual carbon neutral program with UPS, becoming the first promotional products industry company to do so. Since then, Geiger has shipped 4,373,847 packages weighing a total of 14,094 lbs. The total Geiger UPS CO2 emissions were 2270.74 metric tons. This amount was offset through the purchase of carbon neutral credits.

3 Simple Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success Each Morning
April 3, 2015

The alarm on your phone goes off. You let it go for a few seconds while you search desperately for the snooze button. You hit snooze and try to go back to sleep. You repeat this a few times.

You've finally had enough of the snooze-sleep-snooze-sleep game. You are now awake but you don't get right out of bed. You lay there for a bit and start thinking about all of the stuff that you have to do today. You're sure that there is absolutely no way that you're going to be able to get it all done.

A Smart Bag That Could Be More Useful Than a Smartwatch
April 3, 2015

Our phones make life easier, but that hasn't stopped us from creating all kinds of hacks to make them partner better with our brains. We take snapshots to remember our coat check number. We use screenshots to show friends conversations we had with others. Sometimes, I'll listen to music while walking not because I want the jams, but because I'm expecting a call, and keeping headphones in is the best way to not miss it.

These shortcuts work because they eliminate the taps involved in typing out a thought in notes, or free you from fumbling for your phone...