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Career in Sales Can Satisfy an Entrepreneurial Spirit

(NewsUSA) - On average, over 533,000 new businesses were started each month in 2014. Clearly, the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well, but many Americans are still hesitant to become their own boss. While there are many avenues Americans can take to pursue passions and gain control of their career, one often overlooked possibility is being an independent sales agent.

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Wednesday 09/23/2015
Seeking Fresh Perspectives to Shape the Future of Food
Updated: September 23, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) No matter if you live in a suburban, urban or rural area, new farming innovations are putting food on your plate, clothes on your back and fuel in your tanks. And whether or not you’re a foodie, a gardener or a large scale grower, you’re benefiting from visionary leaders across the country who are changing the way we grow our food, fuel and fiber.

Business owners: 3 things you should consider to avoid fraud liability
Posted: September 23, 2015

(BPT) - About half of the world’s fraudulent card payments happen in the U.S., according to a report from BI Intelligence. Card issuers, payment networks, businesses and consumers pay billions of dollars each year to cover the costs of payment fraud. America’s payment networks are moving toward more-secure EMV chip technology in credit and debit cards in an effort to reduce fraud. As of October 1, if your business isn’t equipped to accept and process chip-enabled cards, you could be on the hook for any costs associated with the acceptance of counterfeit and potentially lost or stolen cards if they were used to make fraudulent payments to your business.

Friday 09/18/2015
Your Carry-On Guide to Enjoying Business Travel
Updated: September 19, 2015 - 4:36 am

(NewsUSA) - If, like most business travelers these days, you are in the air more than in your home or office, it's important to be able to stay comfortable and connected while logging all those miles.

Wednesday 09/09/2015
Office Supplies are Key to Small Business Productivity
Updated: September 09, 2015 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) In today’s recovering economy, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) know the importance of making the right investments to stay nimble and lean. Surpassing advertising and even salaries, SMBs say their top investment is office supplies, according to a recent survey conducted by Office Depot, Inc.  

New Technology Can Help Small Businesses Thrive
Updated: September 16, 2015 - 4:36 am

(StatePoint) Only half of U.S. small businesses survive more than five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. This data underscores that small business ownership is no cakewalk.

Wednesday 08/19/2015
Waste and Recycling Jobs: Opportunities Are Plentiful
Updated: August 20, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Trade and technical positions are the bright, shining stars of the economy these days. They don't require a college degree, do provide the opportunity for a meaningful career, and they often pay very well.

Thursday 08/13/2015
Content Agency Promises the Best Bang for Your Advertising Buck
Updated: August 14, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - These days, there are a myriad of ways to get your company's message out -- if you have the dollars to pay for it. The problem is that small, niche companies need the same exposure (if not more) than the Fortune 500 companies, but are hamstrung by limited resources.

Friday 08/07/2015
The Most Effective Way to Educate the Public
Updated: August 08, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Producing and communicating a cohesive message that's meant to educate a large group of people is a difficult process to set up and put into place, and an even harder one to control. The scope of the message and the action that you want your audience to take can be cast aside -- or worse, not seen at all -- if it's not picked up by the mass media. How can you build on the knowledge that your audience already has to deliver a message that meets your goals?

Tuesday 08/04/2015
Agency Finds Niche for Clients With Small Budgets
Updated: August 05, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - It goes without saying, but the advertising industry has taken a hit over the last 20 years and has had the difficult job of reinventing itself. To its credit, it has found a foothold through the millennium's new favorite buzzword: branding. It's not just a slogan (although the words may be interchangeable), but something short and snappy that embodies an organization, such as "Got Milk?" "Just Do It" or "I'm Lovin' It."

Monday 08/03/2015
5 ways to improve your workday every day
Updated: August 03, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Workdays — over the course of your career there’s a lot of them. Too many in fact to just keep soldiering through when something isn’t working. The good news, however, is improving your workday doesn’t require a dramatic change. In fact, there are plenty of simple things you can do to improve your workday immediately.

Friday 07/17/2015
Today's Convenience Stores are Healthier and Hipper Than Ever
Updated: July 18, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - You're kidding, right? That surely must've been the initial reaction four years ago when Anthony Bourdain -- the chef-turned-TV host who's a god among foodies -- named Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que one of the "13 Places to Eat Before You Die."

Thursday 07/16/2015
Permitting Delays Affecting Economic Opportunity, Says New Report
Updated: July 16, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Of all the developed nations, the United States is afflicted most severely by protracted delays in obtaining mining permits, undermining U.S. global competitiveness and stalling economic opportunity, suggests a new report.

Thursday 07/02/2015
How American-Made Products Benefit Many
Updated: July 03, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - "Made in America" matters; almost 80 percent of Americans would prefer to buy an American-made product instead of one made abroad, based on data from a national survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. The findings appeared in an article in the February 2013 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

Thursday 06/18/2015
7 reasons tablets are good for your customers and your restaurant as well
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - In today’s digital age, more people are enjoying more experiences via mobile screens than ever before. Modern technology is changing every aspect of life and the restaurant industry is no different. Digital offerings, such as tablets, play a vital role in the future of the industry, both in increasing in-store efficiencies and improving the overall guest experience. If your restaurant has yet to embrace tablet technology, here are seven reasons the order’s up.

Wednesday 06/17/2015
6 tips for a successful small business
Updated: June 26, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Since its inception, the United States has always been considered “the land of opportunity” – a place where any individual with the motivation and drive can start a business and succeed. This notion still holds true today as 99 percent of all American companies are small businesses, according to Small Business Administration. But this doesn’t mean being an entrepreneur or running a business is easy.

How to Turn Your Innovative Ideas into a Reality
Updated: June 23, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Have you ever had an innovative idea but was not sure where to turn with it? In a competitive, at-times undemocratic marketplace, brilliant ideas go unheard all the time. And for groups historically underrepresented in the professional world, this can prove even more challenging.

Thursday 06/11/2015
4 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Crime
Updated: June 11, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Network breaches at corporate giants typically make headlines, but nearly half of small and mid-sized businesses have been victims of cybercrime on America’s Main Street. And “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” doesn’t apply. Big companies often survive to fight another day, but many smaller businesses go out of business within six months of an attack.

Monday 06/08/2015
Total loss vehicles are valuable treasures to some
Updated: June 15, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Each year auto insurers declare millions of vehicles to be total losses. This typically happens when an insurance company decides that it’s more cost effective to pay the insured for the pre-damage value of the vehicle rather than repair it. Ever wonder what happens to that vehicle after the insurance company writes the check and takes it away? Most of the time the vehicle is sold through an auto auction.

Thursday 05/28/2015
Looking for a job in business? These 5 insights give you an edge
Posted: May 28, 2015

(BPT) - Are you looking for a job in the business sector? It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or you’ve chosen to re-career, the competition can be stiff. Recruiters want more than just an impressive resume – they want a candidate with real-world skills that will enable them to succeed.

Tuesday 05/12/2015
Business Travelers Get Taste of Ireland at Airline's New Lounge
Updated: May 13, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - Business travelers may feel like they live in the sky, but one airline is working to make sure they have their feet firmly -- yet comfortably -- planted on the ground.

Tuesday 05/05/2015
Expert tips to help small businesses innovate their way to success
Updated: May 06, 2015 - 4:33 am

(BPT) - Management expert Gary Hamel once said that innovation is “the only insurance against irrelevance … the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty.” Achieving relevance and building strong customer relationships is key for any business, and that’s especially true for small businesses. Knowing how to achieve innovation, however, can be a challenge, even for small business owners who know their product, service and industry inside and out.

Friday 05/01/2015
In-Person Meetings Can Drive Government Success
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) At a time when many government agencies are facing tighter budgets, more restrictions, and added scrutiny, leaders in the public and private sectors are asking what can be done to make government more collaborative, innovative and effective. A new poll suggests that the answer lies in in-person meetings.

Thursday 04/30/2015
A Novel Innovation Hub for Africa
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - On April 13, 2015 Angola's Sovereign Wealth Fund announced the launch of five Investment Funds, targeting economic and social development in Sub-Saharan Africa. These will be accompanied by the establishment of a commercial vehicle to set up micro-business incubators for Angolan entrepreneurs.

High OCTANe Event Comes to Calif., Brings Businesses, Investors Together
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 4:33 am

(NewsUSA) - California has always been the "it" state. The go-to location for creativity and the birthplace of innovative ideas, and successful companies. While not always the case (think: more than a decade of economic and social troubles), it remains the eighth largest economy in the world.

Monday 04/20/2015
Five tips to make your 2015 small business goals happen
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:34 am

(BPT) - Spring is in the air and small business owners are excited for all potential growth opportunities this year. In fact, they're feeling more optimistic about the economy than in recent history. Growth opportunities might include developing a new product or service, hiring more people or expanding the business.

Monday 04/06/2015
Hate Waiting? Businesses Target Improved Customer Experience
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - Often the most frustrating aspect consumers experience with businesses isn't directly related to the service or product itself, but instead the long wait time to receive it.

Breaking Down the Walls -- Improve Your Connection Outside the Office
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 4:34 am

(NewsUSA) - In the modern business age, many companies are doing away with physical office space altogether. In fact, experts say that enabling employees to work from home is doing a 180-degree turn from the perk it once was, to a business necessity.

Wednesday 02/04/2015
Productivity Tips for Business Travelers
Updated: February 04, 2015 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Frequent business travelers may get more work done than their in-office counterparts, according to new statistics.

Monday 02/02/2015
Five Tips to Save Money and Time in Your Small Business
Updated: February 02, 2015 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) There are two things most small business owners have in common: limited time and limited finances. If you’re an entrepreneur, finding ways to make the most of both is crucial for your sanity and success.

Saturday 12/20/2014
Job Seekers: Resolve to Make a Better Impression in 2015
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) First impressions matter, particularly when you’re in the market for a new job. While a top notch resume and cover letter can help get your foot in the door, only you can seal the deal.

Thursday 12/04/2014
How to Dress for Success in the New Year
Updated: December 04, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) When it comes to professional success, the way you present yourself in the workplace should complement the quality of your work. Whether you’re looking to advance your career or simply make a great impression, a useful New Year’s resolution is to refine your office look and style -- take everything into account, your wardrobe, your accessories and your workspace.

Wednesday 11/19/2014
How International Trade May Be Impacting Your Local Economy
Updated: November 19, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Many new jobs in local towns nationwide are coming from a somewhat unexpected place, according to new statistics. Local jobs nationwide are increasingly tied to consumers and businesses abroad, say researchers.

Saturday 11/15/2014
Demand for U.S. Minerals on the Rise
Updated: November 15, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) Minerals are vital to manufacturing products and technologies that propel the U.S. economy, fostering innovation and supporting U.S. industrial competitiveness. A growing global population, and development of new technologies and products that rely on greater combinations of minerals, have increased demand for raw materials.

Monday 11/10/2014
Innovation Improves Lives: How to Get Your Idea Heard
Updated: November 10, 2014 - 4:34 am

(StatePoint) From the light bulb to the smartphone, innovation has the power to improve lives, and big ideas are all around us, say the statistics.

Friday 10/31/2014
Seasonal Temporary Jobs Help Workers Earn Cash and Find Permanent Positions
Updated: October 31, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) The holiday season helps put millions of people to work in jobs that may begin as temporary employment, but often turn into permanent employment, according to Express Employment Professionals, which having employed nearly 400,000 people in 2013, is the largest franchised staffing company and second largest privately held staffing company in the United States. 

Monday 10/13/2014
Cancer Survivors Face Workplace Challenges
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) Cancer affects more than a person’s health, it can impact his or her working life. While nearly four-fifths of survivors say they need to work for financial reasons, nearly half worry that prospective employers would treat them differently if they knew about their diagnosis, according to survey results from Harris Poll on behalf of Cancer and Careers, an organization dedicated to supporting the growing number of people working during and after cancer treatment.

Wednesday 10/08/2014
The Big Winners in Politics? Local Host Communities
Updated: October 08, 2014 - 4:33 am

(StatePoint) The political process is all about face-to-face meetings. From casting a vote in Congress to attending a national convention, political leaders know the critical role of in-person interactions.

Monday 10/06/2014
Tips for Being Your Own Boss
Updated: October 06, 2014 - 4:32 am

(StatePoint) If you’ve ever thought about starting your own business, you may have found the prospect of starting from scratch overwhelming, particularly after reviewing statistics about the success rates of new start-ups. But there are ways to become your own boss while eliminating some of the intrinsic risk that comes with this territory, say experts.

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