Time off policies

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Vacation. Holidays. Sick time. PTO. Learn how small businesses are handling their employees’ time away from work Ann Au understands that employees have lives and need time away from work. That’s why she’s created a flexible time-off policy for her two full-time employees that allows … Continued

Time off policies

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Vacation. Holidays. Sick time. PTO. Learn how small businesses are handling their employees’ time away from work Adam Obrecht knew that happy employees would be a key to his success when starting his own company in 2010. Part of that happiness would come in … Continued

Succession planning for your small business

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Sooner or later, most people retire. More and more small-business owners are inching closer to retirement age. According to recent statistics from the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of business owners are older than 50. In Iowa, this means at least … Continued

Is your company secure?

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5 ways to keep your small business protected There’s one thing experts agree upon: All businesses, even the smallest, should have a security plan in place as part of their regular business policies. “In a post-9-11 world, we have to be … Continued

Be secure

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5 ways to keep your small business protected There’s one thing experts agree upon: All businesses, even the smallest, should have a security plan in place as part of their regular business policies. “For a small business owner, I think it’s almost more … Continued

People making a difference

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17 business leaders who impacted Waukee or West Des Moines in a positive way in the last year The western suburbs thrive with commercial development and business opportunities. It’s the people behind these businesses that have made much of this development and … Continued

People making a difference

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17 business leaders who impacted Urbandale, Johnston or Grimes in a positive way in the last year The northwestern suburbs thrive with commercial development and business opportunities. It’s the faces behind these businesses who have made much of this development and economic … Continued

Company holiday parties

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5 tips for planning a festive celebration for your small business The employees at Cindy’s Boutique in Valley Junction each year receive a $100 gift certificate, small gifts, prizes and dinner as a holiday season “thank you.” It’s something owner Cindy Lane has done … Continued

Company holiday parties

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5 tips for planning a festive celebration for your small business It’s the time of year when many companies host holiday parties to celebrate milestones and show appreciation to their employees. Done the right way, a holiday party can bond employees through teamwork and fun, … Continued

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