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Sep 02nd

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Fortifying nonprofit sector governance through diversity

More and more nonprofit organizations are seeking volunteers from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to serve on their boards of directors, according to a local firm that matches potential board members to nonprofit organizations.

MAP for Nonprofits (MAP) operates the Twin Cities’ only nonprofit board member recruitment program, called Best on Board®.  Best on Board® functions much like a headhunting agency, except that it recruits voluntary board members, rather than paid staff.  Nonprofit organizations tell MAP what skills and attributes they’re seeking in new board members and MAP’s recruiters go to work.
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My boss is a bully! Managing mean managers

My boss is a bully!  Managing mean managers(Disclaimer to my current boss, who reads this newspaper, this isn’t about you.)

37% of all workers have been bullied on the job.  According to one survey, bad bosses come in every shape and color.  Most bullies are male; however, among female bad bosses, 71% choose victims who are also female.  What makes a bad boss?  And what can be done to stop  him or her?

Unfortunately, a bad boss cannot always be redeemed.  Often, it’s the boss who stays, and everyone else has to leave.  Employees caught in a bad boss conundrum would be wise to see it for the minor irritation it usually is, and work around it until the situation changes.
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The new face of group buying

The new face of group buyingThe Black Biz Hookup Launches to Promote Discounted Offerings & Services for Black Owned & Operated Businesses Across the U.S.

Ushering in the start of Black History month, Feb 1, the Black Biz Hookup went into business. The first group buying website whose merchant offerings of ‘Daily Deals‘ are Black owned and operated businesses, the Black Biz Hookup uses the group buying model popularized by Groupon and various other sites.
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MBNA announces roll out of contactless cards

The UK's largest credit card provider, MBNA, has announced the start of its two-year program that will see its 6 million customer base moved over to contactless cards by January 1, 2012.

To achieve this, MBNA will issue a new contactless credit card each time a new or replacement card request is made by a customer, the lender estimates that most of its card-holders will have the ability to pay without a PIN by the start of 2012.
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IBHS Urges Business Owners to Prepare for Winter Weather

Recent record snowfalls and ice storms in many regions of the country are a reminder to business owners to be prepared for severe winter weather that is likely to continue throughout January and February, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

Snow and ice can bring down power lines, resulting in electricity and phone outages. Also, fallen trees limbs or power lines over transportation routes can impede travel, not only for employees traveling to and from work, but for businesses that deliver essential products or services.
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How to prepare for almost anything

How to prepare for almost anythingIf tomorrow’s calendar says job interview, sales meeting, big game or major presentation, giving a toast or initiating a tough conversation, then the cold sweats that wake you up tonight are not going to make tomorrow go more smoothly.  It’s just nerves.  Nerves are a normal part of anticipating something important coming up.  However, it should be only that – a part of what you are feeling – not a paralyzing, sleep-stealing obstacle that keeps you from succeeding on the big day.  The antidote to nerves is the Three Point Strategy, a way to prepare by looking at your situation from three points of perspective.
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Matt Massman is New Assistant Commissioner MN-DoR

Early January, Acting Commissioner Dan Salomone announced the appointment of Matt Massman as Assistant Commissioner of Tax Policy for the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

For the past six years, Massman has served as lead fiscal analyst for the Minnesota State Senate, advising members on budgetary options in the tax and finance committees.  Previously, Massman served as state and local tax policy director for the Department of Revenue.  He advised the commissioner on a range of tax policy issues and assisted in developing the department’s analytical capabilities across all tax types.
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