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With more workers delaying retirement, today's companies are faced with the challenge of managing employees from multiple generations, from Baby Boomers to members of Generation Z, each with its own set of worldviews, experiences and expectations.

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Human resources professionals will tell you there are plenty of job openings in Greater Cincinnati. But employers often have trouble finding the right employees for the jobs they have available. 

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In today’s fast-paced world, efficiency is key to success in the workplace. 

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As traditional advertising has become less effective, many companies have turned to content marketing, a strategic approach to reach and retain customers. 

Year-End Tax Tips And Financial Planning

Dec 6, 2016
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With hosting parties, visiting family and preparing holiday meals, December can be a busy month. Probably the last thing you want to think about this time of year is your finances. But with the December 31st deadline looming for certain financial activities, tax and financial experts say the time you spend now will reap benefits in the New Year and beyond.

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The ads for Black Friday, that huge shopping day after Thanksgiving, have been out for weeks now. In fact, they seem to arrive earlier and earlier each year. 

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The National Minority Supplier Development Council'’s annual conference, the largest gathering of minority-owned companies in the country, takes place next week in Chicago. 

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New technology devices, from smartphones to whole-home communications systems, are being introduced to the market at an increasingly rapid pace. It's almost impossible to know which products will best meet your needs, much less keep up with all of the technology now available. Which is why we asked the Consumer Technology Association’s “Digital Answer Man,” Jim Barry, to join us for a look at latest in high-tech products.

Tech Products Reviewed by Jim Barry:

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The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has been providing leadership, direction and support in efforts to advance our region since 1969. 

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What do a berry farmer, beautician and the creator of a purse organizer all have in common? They'’re self-made entrepreneurs who produced thriving businesses all on their own.

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There is a new program in Cincinnati helping women turn their passions and hobbies – whether that’s baking, arts or ceramics – into businesses. MORTAR Indigo is a partnership between MORTAR, an entrepreneurial training program, and Indigo Hippo, a creative reuse store, gallery and mentorship program in Over-the-Rhine. The program helps teach women the skills they need to successfully build their businesses.

More and more companies are requiring job applicants to take a pre-employment drug test — and more and more individuals are failing, according to a New York Times article published this May. This is due in part to an increase in the use of drugs such as marijuana, which is becoming legal in more areas of the country, or opioid drugs, which have swept the nation as an epidemic.

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Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor released its new overtime rule, which is expected to make millions of salaried management, administrative and professional employees eligible for overtime pay.

The Business Of Creatively Reusing Art Supplies

May 19, 2016
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You’ll find feathers, paint, wood chips, natural materials, yarn and more at Indigo Hippo, a first-of-its-kind creative reuse center located in Over-the-Rhine. The items are donated, cleaned up and sold at affordable prices so that anyone – students, artists and community members alike – can utilize art supplies. This is also good for the environment, as these items stay out of the waste stream.

Improving Your Knowledge Of Social Security

May 17, 2016
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Social Security plays a big role in the retirement plans of millions of Americans, yet many people don't have the faintest idea of how it works. A recent survey by Mass Mutual showed what the insurance company called a "concerning knowledge deficiency about Social Security retirement benefits." The survey included a 10-question true/false quiz about this key source of retirement income that only 28 percent of the respondents were able to pass.

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Change can be difficult. What's true on the personal level is especially true at the business level where 70 percent of efforts to change fail. Authors Lisa Hillenbrand and Ellen Auster say change is one of the most critical and one of the most difficult challenges businesses face.

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Marketing professional Ann Handley says that if you have a web site, you are a publisher; if you are on social media, you are in marketing. And that means we are all writers. Chief Content Officer for MarketingProfs, Ann Handley is also an author and monthly contributor to Entrepreneur magazine.

Cincinnati Co-op Movement Growing

Apr 6, 2016
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  The National Cooperative Business Association has identified about 29,000 co-ops in the United States, employing more than 2 million people and generating more than $650 billion in revenue each year. Co-ops offer a wide range of goods and services, including childcare, healthcare, food and housing. Advocates point to them as a way to change the economic landscape of struggling communities.
 

Here  to discuss the potential of cooperatives, how the co-op movement is growing in Cincinnati and an upcoming conference at Xavier University on the cooperative economy are Director of Interfaith Business Builders Tim Kraus; founding member and President of Cincinnati Union Cooperative Initiative, Kristen Barker; and Professor of Community Justice and Social Economic Development in the Department of Africana Studies at John Jay College, City University of New York, Jessica Gordon Nembhard.

Xavier University will host The Cooperative Economy:  Building A Sustainable Future,  April 21-22 at the Cintas Center.  Click here for more information.

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Have you filed your tax return yet?  If you haven't, you're not alone. The IRS says about one-third of Americans wait until the last minute to file their federal taxes. And, if you're counting it down, you've only got about two weeks left until the filing deadline, unless you get an extension.

Reclaiming Conversation

Mar 15, 2016
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Media scholar and MIT professor Sherry Turkle has spent thirty years studying the psychology of our relationship with technology. In her book, RECLAIMING CONVERSATION: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, she shows how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity, and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground. We recently talked with Sherry Turkle about the importance of conversation in our digital world. 

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