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Dec 19th

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1.5 percent Social Security benefit increase in 2014

1.5 percent Social Security benefit increase in 2014Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced last week.

The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31, 2013.
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Go for the gold on your resume

Go for the gold on your resumeHave you seen that TV show Gold Rush? It's about these guys who spend everything they have to go up to Alaska to prospect for gold. Every week they face new challenges: weather, federal regulators, broken machines. And they keep at it because (it's a TV show and because) somewhere under all that mud is the gold that will change their lives. If the gold were easier to find, would they bury it to keep the show interesting? Doubtful.
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Edina Realty no longer a drop-off site for Dress for Success

Edina Realty no longer a drop-off site for Dress for SuccessEdina Realty offices will no longer serve as clothing donation drop-off sites for Dress for Success Twin Cities.

"With the increase in real estate activity over the past year, it's become more difficult for our offices to handle the large amount of clothing that's donated to Dress for Success," said Barb Jandric, president of Edina Realty. "But that doesn't mean our support for this great organization has diminished. What they do to help women with career development is remarkable."
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FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising needs to be front and center

FUNdraising Good Times: Fundraising needs to be front and centerThe first 16 days of October were a demonstration of "governing by crisis." The federal government was shut down, hundreds of thousands of government employees were furloughed; small businesses, nonprofits, and individuals were impacted in ways big and small; and the business of governing was brought to a standstill because Congress could not pass a budget.
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Professor impacts Black entrepreneurs outside of the classroom

Professor impacts Black entrepreneurs outside of the classroomAtlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Devin Robinson, widely known for his activism in the beauty supply business continues to use his experience for a broader audience of blacks. In 2007, he founded Beauty Supply Institute to train aspiring store owners how to run a successful store after writing the book, Taking it Back: How to Become a Successful Black Beauty Supply Store Owner. The book sold over 25,000 copies in its first year with no major publishing deal. He did it with the help of the Michael Baisden show, where he acted as a quarterly subject matter commentator.
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Coaching: The job interview tune-up

Coaching: The job interview tune-upSome call it coaching. Some call it criticism. Whatever. Like vaccinations and weekday morning workouts, if it's supposed to be helpful, it's probably going to hurt... just a little. But it's worth it. Last week, Bella came into my office with excellent qualifications. And a typo-filled resume. And a letter of recommendation dated 1993. When the bleeding is coming from every orifice, where to start to stop it?
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Get ready for the year end

Get ready for the year endFUNdraising Good Times

Are you and the nonprofits you are involved with ready for the year end? Many nonprofits seek to raise a meaningful percentage of their funds during the last two months of the year. Planning usually begins in August, but it is not too late to make a plan and implement it.
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