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Wednesday
Oct 22nd

Business

This year’s resolution: Be resolved

It's a good word, Resolve. It covers a lot of ground and carries multiple meanings. This week, every other commercial, headline and status update refers to someone's New Year's Resolution. You might resolve to lose weight, stop smoking, dance more, cheat less or finish something you've started. But what is resolve, really? Among Resolve's definitions, you'll find these: make decisions, solve difficulties, settle arguments, dispel doubts, change. During 2013, let the concept of Resolve be a focal point, taking you from where you are to something better.
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Decrease 2012 tax liability

Despite an uncertain tax code future, taxpayers can still lower their tax liability. H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) advises on five strategies taxpayers can use in December to lower their 2012 tax bills.
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Stay warm with energy efficient windows

Many consumers strive to winterize their homes and save money through better energy efficiency. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) advise consumers to balance cost effectiveness with energy efficiency, as more efficient windows, doors and skylights can make a big difference in energy consumption over time.
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Preventing colds and flu in the work place

Beginning in late November each year, the flu affects millions of us. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says this germy bug costs businesses nearly $10 billion in employee medical visits every year. The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is urging businesses to help keep their employees healthy by maintaining a clean and productive work environment.
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African businesses grow jobs

African businesses grow jobsWith minority communities accounting for more than half of Minnesota’s population growth over the last decade, the state’s economic future rests in Building Cross-cultural Commerce.
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Wiggle Room: Why employers pay what they pay

Is there any wiggle room in the salary? Can they go any higher on the pay? Will they bend at all on the dollar amount? Not surprisingly, people considering accepting a job offer commonly ask for “a little more.” Some people think they have to. They want to tell their friends and former colleagues about their negotiating prowess and to feel the power that seems to come with starting a new job on one’s own terms.
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Purchasing a gift card? Read this first!

Gift cards make excellent presents, especially during the holidays when you’re unsure of what to buy for a family member or friend. But like everything else, gift cards may have hidden fees and strings attached. The BBB reminds consumers it’s important to read the fine print before making your purchase and presenting gift cards to co-workers, friends or loved ones.
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