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Oct 20th

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Right-to-Work may be on 2012 ballot

Minnesota Free Market Institute at Center of the American Experiment last week released a new study proposing Minnesota residents would have a higher income and standard of living if the state had a Right-to-Work provision that allowed workers the freedom to join, or not to join, a labor union. 

Minnesota legislators are considering such a provision as a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would be placed on this November's general election ballot.

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Dayton Administration tackles financial literacy

Ten state agencies collaborate on financial literacy efforts

Following through on the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Financial Literacy Action Plan released last October, Commissioner Mike Rothman invited the heads of nine state agencies to the Department for a first of its kind Interagency Work Group on Financial Literacy Monday January 30. Agencies invited to participate in the work group have existing programs, outreach efforts, or other interests in financial literacy. 

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Business leadership profile: Dr. Tara Watson

Business leadership profile: Dr. Tara Watson

 Since 2003, Watson Chiropractic has been specializing in chiropractic holistic healthcare with an emphasis in rehabilitative care, most commonly sports, car, and work-related related injuries. Dr. Tara Watson, owner of Watson’s Chiropractic, became interested in rehab care through her experience as a Division One college athlete at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. 

On Opening a Business in North Minneapolis
“North Minneapolis is a diamond in the ruff; it is a hidden secret,” Dr. Watson described her experience, “Once this community believes in you they will support you and your business.  A presence in the community, willingness to work, and the commitment to stay goes along way in North.  When there is a need for a particular service or product, the community will support you once it’s known that you are committed.”

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Working from home? Make it work for you

Working from home?  Make it work for you

 

Telework, flexwork, ROWE.  Call it almost anything and it usually comes back to, “Working from home.”  According to a variety of surveys, 85% of companies offer flexible work arrangements to their employees; only 38% of companies allocate one desk per one employee; one company saved $195M in one year thanks to the increased productivity of its flexible workforce.  Flexibility is good for companies and good for employees, but best practices are only starting to emerge.  Following are some tips for making a work-at-home arrangement work for you.
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Insourcing American jobs

Thank you.  Thank you, everybody.  Please, please have a seat.  Thank you.  Well, welcome to the White House, everybody.  And Tim, thank you for that introduction.

I could not have enjoyed more the meeting that I had this morning, because what these companies represent is a source of optimism and enormous potential for the future of America.  What they have in common is that they’re part of a hopeful trend:  They are bringing jobs back to America.

You’ve heard of outsourcing.  Well, these companies are insourcing.  These companies are choosing to invest in the one country with the most productive workers, the best universities, and the most creative and innovative entrepreneurs in the world, and that is the United States of America.  That’s worth applause.

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Need help with taxes? Ask U.S. Bank

With tax season right around the corner, employees at U.S. Bank stand ready to help low- to moderate-income families in the Twin Cities with their taxes.



Beginning in January through the end of the 2012 tax season, 67 U.S. Bank employees will volunteer three to four hours of their time per week to assist AccountAbility Minnesota, a local nonprofit that provides free tax preparation and financial services to qualifying individuals. The volunteers will serve at the 12 Twin Cities tax clinics operated by AccountAbility Minnesota.

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Distracted? Help yourself stay on task


Distracted?  Help yourself stay on task


People talk about ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder.  My personal version of ADD is RADD:  Radio Attention Deficit Disorder.  Pandora is a great app because it introduces fresh music all the time.  However, naturally curious, I listen to two-thirds of a cut and feel ready for the next one.  Unfortunately, if you know Pandora, you know it allows you to pass on a few songs and then gently cuts you off because its license requires you to actually listen to each song in its entirety.

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