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Apr 16th

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Getting to the top of the email hogpile

Remember hogpiles? Kids shout Hogpile! And jump onto a heap of people until the kids at the bottom are screaming and everyone is laughing and it's all a lot of fun. Think about the winners of certain sporting events – everyone leaps in, creating a giant pile of happy victors. A joyful moment, but think about the people at the bottom. They are being crushed and smothered and they are missing the TV spotlight because they can't be seen.
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Better Business Bureau tips for consumers: Watch out for these small business scams

Consumers aren't the only victims of fraud. Every year, thousands of small businesses are targets of fraudulent or deceptive sales practices. Protect your business from scams by learning what to look out for. Often, it's only a matter of identifying suspicious situations and asking the right questions. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection have put together a list of some of the top business scam scenarios:
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Better Business Bureau tips for consumers: New merchant surcharges on credit purchases

Most of us have gotten used to charging purchases, large and small, on a credit card. Just by swiping the card you avoid the hassle of carrying cash. Look carefully; you may notice a new fee on your receipt. Retailers are now allowed to pass along to consumers the cost of processing credit cards – though few have, to date. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is advising people they may be able to save themselves money simply by staying vigilant.
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Better Business Bureau tips for consumers: Tips for driveway improvements

An attractive, well-maintained driveway can help a home make a good first impression, provide protection against flooding, and even add value to your investment. But replacing a driveway can be a costly endeavor. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) advises homeowners to take the time to choose a contractor they can trust. When looking to hire a contractor for your driveway, the BBB recommends the following tips:
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Better Business Bureau tips for consumers: Get the most from your auto insurance

Motor vehicle collisions and other auto-related mishaps result in billions of dollars in property damage, medical and legal bills and lost income every year. Car owners need to protect their vehicle and themselves with auto insurance, but how do you know if you are properly covered? It's not enough to simply have car insurance. Car owners should be aware of what their insurance covers and what it doesn't. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) provides the following advice to consumers:
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"Lean in" for leadership in a nonprofit career

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook has a new book out. "Lean In" has generated a lot of media attention. It's all about women and leadership in the business world. Bottom line: she encourages women to seek leadership-level positions. Listening to the news stories we asked ourselves, "what about the nonprofit sector?"
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Commerce Department enlists CPAs to stop financial abuse of seniors this tax season

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, for the second year, issued a letter to more than 9,000 licensed CPAs in Minnesota, to urge tax professionals to use their expertise to help spot elder fraud and financial abuse. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, under the leadership of Commissioner Rothman has made the protection of elderly and vulnerable consumers from fraud and financial scams a top priority. Minnesota CPAs can help their older clients who may have been defrauded and get them the assistance they need.
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