Holiday parties and alocohol

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Balancing the rewards and risks when offering cups of cheer to the employees of your small business Brad Phillips knows that some of his employees or their guests will likely drink a few alcoholic cocktails at the annual company holiday gathering. That’s why the … Continued

Pay up… or else!

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Learn how to avoid a cyberattack on your small business and how to respond to ransom threats. The email from Amazon may look completely legitimate. It includes the same Amazon writing and gold smiley face arrow. It says it’s from the Amazon billing department, … Continued

Pay up… or else!

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Learn how to avoid a cyber-attack on your small business and how to respond to ransom threats. The email from Amazon may look completely legitimate. It includes the same Amazon writing and gold smiley face arrow. It says it’s from the Amazon billing department, which … Continued

How much?

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5 things you should know about your commercial property’s tax assessment Scott Carlson’s restaurant on Eighth Street in West Des Moines has done well in the first two years since it’s been open. It was one of the first new businesses to open and stay … Continued

How much?

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5 things to know about your commercial property’s tax assessment When James and Debbie Stephens opened their tax notice, they found that the assessment of the value of their Johnston auto repair business and automotive dealership had increased by $36,000 — from $426,000 in 2015 to … Continued

Who can benefit from Continuing Education?

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Learn how ongoing training can improve you and your employees. Amy Seidelman takes a few minutes to scan through almost every email she receives to see if there’s an opportunity for her team to receive free training, awebinar or other professional development opportunity. … Continued

Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Nan Earll records her baked goods and candy store’s income and expenses two to three times a week. While she doesn’t have a strict budget, Earll knows which products do well, … Continued

Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Most experts agree that a budget, specifically an operating budget, is a critical component to being in business. “If you’re a new business getting ready to start, you want to have a budget … Continued

Help Wanted

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Learn how to utilize apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training and more Iowa’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than a decade. That’s good news for many but bad for businesses that struggle to find and retain workers with fewer people in need … Continued

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