Biz Bits: Be choosy when picking business computers http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319825/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 12 Mar 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140312/NEWS/140319825/-1/blogs01 Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.
This may be the post-PC era, but if you're running a business, you almost certainly need traditional computers to stay productive and manage everything from payroll to projects. In short, [...]]]>
Biz Bits: Using outdated technology can impact small-business reputation http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309909/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 05 Mar 2014 09:12:23 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140309909/-1/blogs01 Smart-business owners know how important it is to preserve their company's reputation, but many may not realize the extent to which their current and potential customers care about the technology they use.
According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of consumers said they would - or would consider - taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.
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IRS Publication 590 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229982/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140228/NEWS/140229982/-1/blogs01 IRS Publication 590 outlines the types of investments allowed in a self-directed IRA, including:
Real estate — including apartments, single-family homes and duplexes
Commercial property, developed or undeveloped land
Mortgages/deeds of trust
Publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds
Private limited partnerships
Private stock offerings, private placements
Private limited liability companies
Secured and unsecured notes
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Flappy Bird scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140226/NEWS/140229984/-1/blogs01 Just as your computer can become infected with a virus, so can your smartphone. Stay away from discontinued apps: Don't attempt to download anything calling itself Flappy Bird, since the original version is "dead." This goes for other apps, too.
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Financial planning to make college a reality http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229985/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140224/NEWS/140229985/-1/blogs01 Career growth, job stability and employee benefits have increased the pursuit of a college education, and with it, the cost of earning a degree.
Financial aid experts like Michelle Stipp, director of student finance operations for DeVry University, suggest students explore all opportunities to decrease supplemental student loans that may be needed to cover remaining tuition costs, including:
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Sochi athletes http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229990/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140221/NEWS/140229990/-1/blogs01 Which U.S. athletes have the qualities to cash in as endorsers if they do well in Sochi? Forbes lists:
1. Mikaela Shiffrin
2. Nick Goepper
3. Shani Davis
4. Shaun White
5. Mark McMorris
6. Kelly Clark
7. Gracie Gold
8. Julia Mancuso
9. Ashley Wagner
10. U.S. Mens' Curling Team
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Dating scams http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219418/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 19 Feb 2014 01:01:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140219418/-1/blogs01 Online dating is a great way to meet "the one." Unfortunately, it's also easy to encounter scammers. Be wary of anyone who asks to talk or chat on an outside email or messaging service; claims to be from this country but is currently traveling, living or working abroad; has a suspicious Facebook profile; asks you for money or credit card information; or sends you emails containing questionable links to third-party websites.
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Building your professional brand http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219419/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 17 Feb 2014 00:21:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20140217/NEWS/140219419/-1/blogs01 Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success.
Build your brand by first defining what you want that brand to be. To make this simpler, it should include no more than three or four characteristics that describe what you offer or aspire to offer. It is good to be aspirational but it also must be realistic. If you are having trouble getting started, begin by asking people you trust what they immediately associate with you. Ask [...]]]>
Spoofing scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309979/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 30 Oct 2013 11:21:49 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131030/BLOGS/310309979/-1/blogs01 Scammers have a new disguise just in time for Halloween. 

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Get in the retirement mindset http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289972/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:23:24 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131028/BLOGS/310289972/-1/blogs01
It's no secret that Americans aren't saving enough for retirement. Many people are coming up short when it comes to funding their nest egg. But why is the problem so widespread? Insight can be found in the human behaviors that tend to get in the way of saving adequately.



 
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Success before 8 a.m. http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259978/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 25 Oct 2013 11:21:14 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131025/BLOGS/310259978/-1/blogs01
According to Forbes.com, these are five things "super successful" people do before 8 a.m.

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Scam area codes http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239983/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 23 Oct 2013 11:20:17 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131023/BLOGS/310239983/-1/blogs01 Rumors are circulating about so-called "scam area codes," where consumers are led to believe that they will be charged thousands of dollars for accidentally calling scam numbers.

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Keeping your employees, business healthy http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:22:11 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131021/BLOGS/310219973/-1/blogs01
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year's flu season began four weeks earlier than expected, resulting in the earliest flu season in a decade.



 
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Hip-hop's top earners http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189973/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 18 Oct 2013 11:31:55 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131018/BLOGS/310189973/-1/blogs01
Hip-hop’s top 10 earners, according to Forbes.

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Yellow Pages scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169975/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 16 Oct 2013 11:29:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131016/BLOGS/310169975/-1/blogs01 Scammers are invoicing companies for online ads they never placed and using the Yellow Pages name to lend them credibility. 

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Marketing your local business http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149979/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 14 Oct 2013 11:21:29 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131014/BLOGS/310149979/-1/blogs01
No doubt about it, mobile technology is transforming the way consumers live and businesses operate. Today nearly 5 billion people use mobile phones around the world, with 1 billion of those phones being smartphones.



 
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Top-earning dead celebrities http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:26:51 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131011/BLOGS/310119967/-1/blogs01 The top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes.

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ACA phone scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099976/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 09 Oct 2013 11:27:46 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131009/BLOGS/310099976/-1/blogs01 Scammers are exploiting the Affordable Care Act as a way to fool Americans into sharing their personal information. 

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Mentally preparing for a workplace crisis http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079984/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:31:46 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131007/BLOGS/310079984/-1/blogs01
Recent events in the news have reminded us that unexpected, dangerous and stressful situations can happen anywhere: on the street corner, at the grocery store and in the workplace. While these situations are often chaotic, there are steps you can take to mentally prepare yourself to handle them better.



 
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America's richest people http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049975/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 04 Oct 2013 11:26:25 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131004/BLOGS/310049975/-1/blogs01
The 10 richest people in America on the 2013 Forbes 400, ranked by net worth.

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Do Not Call scams http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029969/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 02 Oct 2013 11:33:26 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20131002/BLOGS/310029969/-1/blogs01 Scammers are again making phone calls posing as representatives of the National Do Not Call Registry.

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Hiring your first employee http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309967/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 30 Sep 2013 11:31:12 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130930/BLOGS/309309967/-1/blogs01
For small-business owners, hiring a first employee is a significant milestone — one that directly affects the company's growth, future success and culture.



 
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Youngest billionaires http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279964/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:26:43 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130927/BLOGS/309279964/-1/blogs01 The 10 youngest billionaires on the 2013 Forbes 400.

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Immigration scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259976/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:32:43 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130925/BLOGS/309259976/-1/blogs01 Scammers posing as immigration officials are calling visa applicants to demand money or personal information. 

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New tools shine in online education http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239969/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:12:02 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130923/BLOGS/309239969/-1/blogs01
There is a skills gap in the United States. Thirty-nine percent of U.S. employers report having difficulty finding staff with the appropriate skills, according to the annual Talent Shortage Survey conducted by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consulting firm.



 
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Larger iPhone screen? http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209977/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 20 Sep 2013 11:11:18 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130920/BLOGS/309209977/-1/blogs01 While Apple's iPhone 5S launch grabs headlines, rumors are swirling that the tech giant's long-term plans include large-screen smartphones.

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Explore on business trips http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169970/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:13:16 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130916/BLOGS/309169970/-1/blogs01
More and more, Millennials are on the road for work. In an average month, one in four business-traveling Millennials travel overnight for work at least once per week.

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Still using dial-up http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139975/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 13 Sep 2013 11:11:22 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130913/BLOGS/309139975/-1/blogs01 According to a Pew Research study, in 2012, 65 percent of Americans had broadband connections in their homes, while 3 percent had dial-up connections. 

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Disney ticket scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119978/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:13:30 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130911/BLOGS/309119978/-1/blogs01 A scam travel agency recently tricked a group of Tennessee dance students out of more than $60,000 by charging for Disney tickets and hotel rooms that they never booked. 

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Sell your products online http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099986/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:12:58 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130909/BLOGS/309099986/-1/blogs01 Many small business owners are hopeful that offering their products online will increase their bottom line. But the digital marketplace is increasingly crowded and it can be hard to stand out from the pack.

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Highest-paid models http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069974/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 06 Sep 2013 11:13:19 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130906/BLOGS/309069974/-1/blogs01 The highest-paid models of 2013, according to Forbes.

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New Facebook scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049986/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 04 Sep 2013 11:11:40 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130904/BLOGS/309049986/-1/blogs01 Facebook scammers are at it again.

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A stress-free job transfer http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029963/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 02 Sep 2013 06:00:44 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130902/BLOGS/309029963/-1/blogs01 Businesses often give transferred employees less than two weeks (11 days) to accept a transfer offer and once accepted, an average of 33 days to move and report to the new job, according to Worldwide ERC, a professional association for workforce mobility. 

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Credit score mistakes http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309910/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:00:16 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130830/BLOGS/308309910/-1/blogs01 People make common mistakes that harm their credit scores.

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Fundraiser scams http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289894/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 28 Aug 2013 06:00:59 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130828/BLOGS/308289894/-1/blogs01 With the school year about to start, scammers will stand outside supermarkets or other neighborhood stores asking for donations to help the local football team, band or other cause. 

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Strong financial foundation for newlyweds http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269924/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 26 Aug 2013 06:00:07 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130826/BLOGS/308269924/-1/blogs01 Be open and honest about debt, savings and spending habits, even if they are less than perfect. Financial turmoil is one of the top reasons cited for divorce, so understanding each other's finances today and what goals you have for the future will help reduce stress on your partnership.

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Top colleges http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239890/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:00:42 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130823/BLOGS/308239890/-1/blogs01 America's top colleges, according to Forbes.

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Bogus emails http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219913/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 21 Aug 2013 06:00:07 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130821/BLOGS/308219913/-1/blogs01 In a new round of bogus emails, a fake American Express security service is asking users to provided their banking information, date of birth, user ID and password. 

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Avoiding a nanny nightmare http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199919/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 19 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130819/BLOGS/308199919/-1/blogs01
When you're ready to hire a nanny, you can go through the most rigorous background checks, confirm references, interview extensively and hire the caregiver of your dreams — and still find yourself in the middle of a nanny nightmare if you run afoul of tax laws.



 
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New Yahoo! football app http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169892/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 16 Aug 2013 06:00:06 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130816/BLOGS/308169892/-1/blogs01 Yahoo! has unveiled a new football app, just in time for the fantasy football season.

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BBB Watch: Mac attack http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149922/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:00:22 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130814/BLOGS/308149922/-1/blogs01 A new version of a common computer virus is now targeting Mac users. 

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Prove you’re tech-savvy http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129929/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:00:08 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130812/BLOGS/308129929/-1/blogs01
With a graduation cap in one hand and a newly-inked degree in the other, many grads are hitting the online pavement looking for their first post-college job. But how do you set yourself apart from the masses and quickly land your dream job?



 
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Forbes' Top Colleges http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099937/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 09 Aug 2013 06:00:42 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130809/BLOGS/308099937/-1/blogs01 Here are the top five colleges on the new Forbes Top Colleges ranking.

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Medical alert scam http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079929/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:00:36 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130807/BLOGS/308079929/-1/blogs01 A new scam of automated calls promising a free medical alert system is hitting consumers. 

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How to avoid identity theft http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059932/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 05 Aug 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130805/BLOGS/308059932/-1/blogs01
Identity theft topped the list of national consumer complaints received by the Federal Trade Commission in 2012, for the 13th consecutive year. It accounts for 18 percent of all complaints, up from 15 percent in 2011.

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Biz Bits: Most hospitable cities http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029919/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 02 Aug 2013 06:00:37 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130802/BLOGS/308029919/-1/blogs01 The vacation rental industry is in a prime growth period as travelers look to save money on travel and homeowners look for new means of income, according to Forbes. 

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Biz Bits: Fraudulent Facebook accounts http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319936/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 31 Jul 2013 06:00:27 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130731/BLOGS/307319936/-1/blogs01 Fraudulent Facebook accounts have been popping up, where third parties use someone else’s name, photos or other information to spam the person’s friends list.

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Biz Bits: Max out summer fun http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299907/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 29 Jul 2013 06:00:35 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130729/BLOGS/307299907/-1/blogs01 Summers are rich with opportunities for warm weather fun, and you don't have to go far, or spend a lot, to enjoy the best of the season. 

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Biz Bits: The hardest-working countries http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269909/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 26 Jul 2013 06:00:18 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130726/BLOGS/307269909/-1/blogs01
CNN Money recently took a look at the hardest-working countries, taking into account how many hours workers put in each week, their education and work-life balance, and gender gaps in the job market.

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Biz Bits: Beware Grandparent Scams http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249931/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:00:13 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130724/BLOGS/307249931/-1/blogs01 During the summer travel season, there is an increased potential for Emergency or Grandparent Scams — where someone calls posing as a relative in need of cash — to occur. 

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Biz Bits: How long to keep your tax documents http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229940/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 22 Jul 2013 06:00:09 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130722/BLOGS/307229940/-1/blogs01
Whether you use old-fashioned manila filing folders, a flash drive or cloud storage, tax and personal finance authorities agree on the importance of saving tax documents and records.



 
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Biz Bits: Car features on the decline http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199927/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 19 Jul 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.butlercountytimesgazette.com/article/20130719/BLOGS/307199927/-1/blogs01 Radio knobs are making a comeback as a car feature in the auto industry, but many others are dying or already dead.

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