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Jul 04th


Dislocated worker program to award $600,000 in grants to help laid off workers

The Dislocated Worker Program has awarded $600,000 in grants to provide services for 150 workers who were laid off at three metro area businesses.

The former employees of BAE Systems, Cargill and Quality Wine and Spirits will receive a variety of services designed to help them get back to work, including assistance with exploring new careers, updating skills and learning job-hunting strategies.


Think through your company’s marketing plan

Have you heard?  Best Buy has printers on sale this week.  General Mills was named one of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women.  You can hear Conversations with Al McFarlane on Tuesdays at 9am.  How do I know? Somebody told somebody and somehow the information found its way through to me… it’s called Marketing, and it can be the primary difference between success and failure in business.  Because effective marketing has such a critical impact on a company’s bottom line, marketing is everyone’s responsibility.  Owners and employees alike, who want to keep the doors open and the income flowing in, can contribute by paying attention to what people see and hear and understand about their organization.


10 tips for summer job search success

Summer is no time to abandon a job search. Career Coach Ford R. Myers offers the following 10 tips to keep your search on track during the heat of the summer.

Every year as summer approaches, most job seekers and career changers make the mistake of halting all their efforts.
They believe there is no point in pursuing new opportunities during the summer, and that nobody is making hiring decisions until the fall. 


Are prepaid credit cards helping or hurting consumers?

Amid the still-unfolding effects of the deepest recession since that of the 1930s, one area of financial services is in a skyrocketing growth mode: prepaid credit cards. Initially appealing to consumers who lacked bank accounts to conduct personal financial transactions, this form of plastic is now commonplace. In fact, some governmental benefits are issued on prepaid cards.


Correct Mistakes: Because it might matter someday

In 1847, archaeologists uncovered a King’s library of more than 23,000 clay tablets dating to about 707BC, containing information on everything from business deals to reports from border patrols.  On one of these tablets was written, “The Earth is degenerating today.  Bribery and corruption abound.  Children no longer obey their parents... It is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.” 

Almost three thousand years later, that world hasn’t changed, corruption still abounds, but the world hasn’t ended, either.  Everyone makes mistakes; everyone has moments of less than stellar judgment.


Flex your (political) muscles

November is only six short months away, so the 2012 campaign for the White House is moving full-speed ahead.  Because we live in the miracle of this fantastically dizzying digital age with news and information at our fingertips and coming at us from infinite sources; and because more than 274 million Americans are connected to the Internet, you probably won’t be surprised that we have converged upon the Internet for any and all tidbits surrounding the presidential candidates since the beginning of the year.  Even though Mitt Romney is the presumed Republican nominee, I think it’s fascinating to see which candidates attracted the most visitors to their sites.  Don’t you?  Aw, come on, aren’t you a little curious?


Crystal Barnes named Nielsen's Vice President of Industry Relations

Crystal Barnes named Nielsen's Vice President of Industry Relations

NEW YORK – Crystal Barnes, formerly Director of Industry Relations, was named Vice President of Industry Relations for Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights, effective immediately. In her role, Barnes is responsible for expanding the reach of Nielsen’s thought leadership efforts across the media and consumer industries, focusing on the increasingly diverse and connected consumer.

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