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Gut Checks and Entrepreneurs
Do you have the courage to own your own business?
by Peter Mehit

A friend of mine, once honored for his business accomplishments, was asked what advice he would give to those starting a business. With a wry smile he said, “Don’t do it.”

Laugh Your Way to Better Productivity
How to create a fun and inviting workplace

Business owners today are looking for creative ways to increase employee satisfaction and decrease turnover. Some companies are actually having fun with it – literally – by seeking ways to bring fun and laughter into the workplace. Many companies have recognized that a happy workforce can have a substantial impact on business profits and success. Studies indicate that laughter at work can enhance creativity, increase productivity, build teamwork, make employees mentally and physically healthier, and relieve stress. When employees are happy, it’s contagious; their customers and fellow employees will be happier just being around them.

Understanding Venture Capital
Is it the right choice for your business?

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Is your business considering assistance from an investor in order to grow? Perhaps you’re in the process of developing the next “must have” gadget but require financial assistance to see your project through to completion. In cases like this, a venture capitalist, or VC, might be able to help you. But it’s not a simple process. In many cases, you need to be seeking more than $200,000 in backing to interest investors.

Start Your Tax Planning Early
Don’t wait until April to create strategies that can benefit you

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Think that worrying about your taxes before April will gain you nothing but prolonged stress? Actually, planning your tax strategy early can help alleviate the stress of filing taxes altogether. Even better, it can help you save money and make the best year-end financial plans. Early tax planning will also ensure that you fully acknowledge and understand your financial situation, which can help you plan for the future in more ways than just tax preparation.

Tucson, AZ
Get healthy and enjoy yourself in this Southwestern city

History, culture and a stunning Sonoran desert landscape surround Tucson. Visit Arizona's second largest city during the winter, when weather proves perfect.

Fuel-Efficient Car Options
Many 2013 model cars can save you money at the pump

When gas prices rise, many of us take a closer look at the fuel efficiency – or lack thereof – of our vehicles. “Just how much gas money would I save,” we ask ourselves, “if I bought a newer, more fuel-efficient car, truck, minivan or utility vehicle? Moreover, how can I find the most fuel efficient vehicle in my price range?”

Turkey Leftovers: Try Something New
Elevate leftover turkey with unique flavors

A hostess likes nothing better than to roast her Thanksgiving turkey and then watch her family dig into the meal with gusto. The day after all the work is over, tom turkey delivers another benefit — leftovers! While turkey sandwiches are always a favorite the day after, there are ways to elevate turkey leftovers when you try something new.

Movies and Miniseries about Presidents
Catch a presidential flick this election year

America is known for its fascination with the life stories of presidents. Following is a list of recent or soon-to-be-released films about U.S. presidents. There is no better time to catch up on your presidential viewing than now, while the election season spirit is in the air.

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain
Try these eight simple tips to keep your waistline in check without depriving yourself

Every holiday season, we’re surrounded with tempting treats from Halloween through the New Year: overflowing candy pails, lavish holiday feasts, decadent desserts, calorie-laden (and delicious) drinks. And after months of indulging, our waistlines often show it. So how can you enjoy the tastes of the season without packing on the pounds?

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