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Dec 01st


Johnson launches campaign to end payday lending and encourage low interest rate borrowing alternatives

Johnson launches campaign to end payday lending and encourage low interest rate borrowing alternativesRobert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies announced plans for an education awareness campaign designed to convince minority organizations, elected officials, and public interest groups to support his proposal to end payday lending as we know it today and to encourage lending institutions to create lower interest borrowing solutions that will provide transparent and responsible lending options to meet the high demand and need for short term and emergency borrowing.

Please accept my apologies

"I'm sorry." "I deeply regret what happened." "I apologize." "My bad." In business, everyone makes mistakes once or twice a week. Most go unnoticed, are quickly corrected if they're caught, and the corporate wheel keeps turning. The bigger mistakes come back to haunt, or bite, us, in which case an apology might be called for. Saying you're sorry is never anyone's idea of a good time.

Employers must use Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification: USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-9

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds employers that beginning May 7, 2013 they must use the revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Revision 03/08/13)N for all new hires and reverifications. All employers are required to complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee hired to work in the United States.

Belva Rasmussen inducted into Hall of Fame

Belva Rasmussen inducted into Hall of FameBelva Rasmussen, Chair of Northeast Bank, was inducted into the inaugural Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 25. The Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame honors and recognizes Minnesota's female entrepreneurs and their advocates who have made significant and enduring contributions to impact women's entrepreneurial development in Minnesota. The official induction ceremony took place at Cargill World Headquarters and featured Roshini Rajkumar as the master of ceremonies.

Before you click send

In my not-so-long ago younger days, it was good practice to "hold your tongue" or "count to ten" to avoid saying something ridiculous during a disagreement. The advice was useful, and many professionals will tell you that holding back, even momentarily, propelled them forward in their careers. You will rarely get fired for thinking before you speak.

It Pays To Understand the Different Roles of Financial Professionals


For Immediate Release
April 30, 2013

SAINT PAUL, MN– In recognition Financial Literacy Month, the Minnesota Department of Commerce today reminds investors of the importance of understanding the distinctions between the various types of financial professionals.

Optimists: How do you fill your glass?

During a Leadership discussion last week, we were asked to rank ourselves and our lives on a scale of one to ten in regards to finances, fitness, fun, family and a couple other categories. Under fitness, I gave myself a ten, although I was feeling more like a four. I asked the group, if you say something out loud, does that make it true? Of course, I was referring to my fitness level, wholly personal and no global impact there, I promise.
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