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Strategic Alliances that Can Help Your Small Business
Learn how partnering with other businesses can ease pressures and increase profits
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Reaching your customers, negotiating better deals with suppliers, reducing expenses by sharing resources — strategic alliances can be a big boon to business. They aren’t just for large corporations either. Small businesses and even “solopreneurs” can benefit from the right alliances, as well.
Why Small Businesses Need Their Financial Institution
Local financial institutions offer important services to small businesses

There are many necessary ingredients that are part of the recipe for creating a profitable business. A good location, motivated employees and great service are some of the more obvious ingredients, but when you look closely at a thriving small business, it becomes obvious that its financial institution plays a huge role in its success. Forming a relationship with a financial institution in your community can help your small business grow and stay successful in a variety of ways.

Seven Types of Business Insurance
Do you know about all the different types of insurance for your small business?
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There are many risks associated with running a small business. Fortunately, there are also many types of insurance to help you plan for and recover from those risks. Many small business owners are already familiar with the Business Owner’s Policy (BOP), which is a great introduction to the world of business insurance because it provides a comprehensive coverage plan that includes many of the basic types of insurance that all small businesses need.
Why You Should Have — And How to Keep — A Financial Notebook
Keeping track of your financial spending has never been easier
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Being the 21st century, you’re probably inclined to keep track of most things via an electronic device. And whether you log your financial spending via an iPad, Excel document or physical notebook is up to you. The latter may be a better option than you think.
Financial Skills That Are Good for Your Career
Get ahead at work with these financial skills
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Keeping your financial skills up-to-date is an important aspect of being successful in many areas of your life; however, you may not realize that your career is one of those areas. In fact, there are several ways in which your financial skills impact your career.
Guide to Buying a Motorcycle
Top tips to follow when purchasing your first motorcycle
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Some people dream of owning their own car or home. But if your fantasy is revving the engine on your very own Ducati or Harley Davidson, you may be ready to take the plunge and buy your first motorcycle. But where do you even begin? There are many things to consider when making the big purchase. Ask yourself these questions when motorcycle shopping:
Eco-Friendly Cooking
Why choosing local products can help your health and affect the world around you

As health and environmental concerns increase, more families are taking notice of the food they eat. Where does it come from? How is it harvested or processed? What ingredients are included?
Five Steps for Preventing Kidney Stones
An ounce of precaution keeps a lot of ouch at bay

Chances are, you've either had a kidney stone or know someone who has. According to the National Kidney Foundation, one out of 10 people develops a kidney stone in his lifetime. That's a lot of excruciating pain — and doctors say they're seeing more kidney stones all of the time, thanks to rising obesity rates.
Top Five Country Artists Who Made the Crossover
Check out these genre-bending favorites

Country music has long been the domain of veteran performers like George Strait, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and a list of others that goes on for a country mile. Other more recent up-and-comers have made country music a mainstay on our radios and Internet streams. But some artists who were successful in other styles of music, decided to give country a chance as well. Here are five stars who did just that.
South Padre Islands, Texas
Enjoy a beach vacation in the Lone Star State

South Padre Island sits on the coastal tip of Texas, drawing visitors from the Lone Star State, Mexico and beyond. While it remains a budget-friendly destination, you can also easily elevate a vacation to upscale status by following these suggestions.
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