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Apr 24th

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BBB tips for avoiding rental property scams

Where do you turn if you’re in the market for a new place to live? A lot of people go online to find affordable rental properties. But before beginning your search, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is warning people that there are many unscrupulous individuals using Craigslist and other websites – posing as landlords or rental agents – to scam you or steal your personal and financial information. 

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Getting healthy on the job without breaking a sweat

Curvy Jaleasa was surprised when her new manager described his leadership style as, “Healthy.”  She envisioned the team holding hands around the conference table humming and opening up about their feelings.  Or, worse, could it be jumping rope every morning in the office?  Jaleasa had no interest in changing her lifestyle.  Sure, diabetes was on her radar, friends had been talking about it lately.  But she generally made good food choices, she walked to work on nice days, and she was happy with her full figure.  No changes needed, and certainly no changes driven by a new, granola peddling manager.

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Wells Fargo names Yvette Hollingsworth CCO

Wells Fargo names Yvette Hollingsworth CCO

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) has named Yvette Hollingsworth chief compliance officer. Hollingsworth, who most recently served as managing director and global head of Operations Compliance and Financial Crimes Compliance & Risk Management for Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank, will begin her new role on June 1, 2012. She succeeds Tim Marrinan, who announced his retirement late last year. Hollingsworth will be based in San Francisco, California and will report to Caryl Athanasiu, executive vice president and chief operational risk officer in the Corporate Risk group.

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Dear Graduate

Dear Graduate,

Congratulations.  You have found ways to get up every morning and show up in a classroom or online; you have talked to people, listened, followed instructions, met requirements, overcome obstacles, learned a few things and crossed the finish line.  Graduating, whether from grade school, high school, college or medical school, is an accomplishment no one can take away from you.  It sets you apart from all those who never got there.  You are a graduate.  You have much to be proud of.

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Stay in the game

Job seekers hear a lot these days about the employment numbers going up and down.  The problem with these statistics has always been the same: when discouraged people give up on looking for work, they are no longer in the employment pool.  This lowers the unemployment rate, the number of people who are officially looking for work.  However, it does not make discouraged people any more gainfully employed.  If you’re looking for work, write the name Latisha on a piece of paper and hang it on your refrigerator.  Here’s why.

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Minneapolis awards $322,800 to support small businesses

Minneapolis City Council recently approved funding of $322,800 to help boost vitality in Minneapolis business districts. Grants will be made to business associations, community development corporations and other non profit organizations to support a variety of activities including business recruitment, district marketing initiatives, and business workshops. Funding is through the City’s Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program that supports and promotes neighborhood business recruitment, branding and marketing efforts as well as targeted market analysis, business networking opportunities, and more.

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Show me my money! Understanding payroll taxes

Here’s a math problem for you:  Reba works forty hours a week and earns $16 per hour.  Therefore, she earns $640 in a week.  So why is it that the check she receives is so much less than six hundred forty?  The answer is Taxes.  Understanding how payroll deductions work can help Reba get a handle on how much money she actually takes home on payday.

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