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Sep 03rd


Are prepaid credit cards helping or hurting consumers?

Amid the still-unfolding effects of the deepest recession since that of the 1930s, one area of financial services is in a skyrocketing growth mode: prepaid credit cards. Initially appealing to consumers who lacked bank accounts to conduct personal financial transactions, this form of plastic is now commonplace. In fact, some governmental benefits are issued on prepaid cards.


Correct Mistakes: Because it might matter someday

In 1847, archaeologists uncovered a King’s library of more than 23,000 clay tablets dating to about 707BC, containing information on everything from business deals to reports from border patrols.  On one of these tablets was written, “The Earth is degenerating today.  Bribery and corruption abound.  Children no longer obey their parents... It is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching.” 

Almost three thousand years later, that world hasn’t changed, corruption still abounds, but the world hasn’t ended, either.  Everyone makes mistakes; everyone has moments of less than stellar judgment.


Flex your (political) muscles

November is only six short months away, so the 2012 campaign for the White House is moving full-speed ahead.  Because we live in the miracle of this fantastically dizzying digital age with news and information at our fingertips and coming at us from infinite sources; and because more than 274 million Americans are connected to the Internet, you probably won’t be surprised that we have converged upon the Internet for any and all tidbits surrounding the presidential candidates since the beginning of the year.  Even though Mitt Romney is the presumed Republican nominee, I think it’s fascinating to see which candidates attracted the most visitors to their sites.  Don’t you?  Aw, come on, aren’t you a little curious?


Crystal Barnes named Nielsen's Vice President of Industry Relations

Crystal Barnes named Nielsen's Vice President of Industry Relations

NEW YORK – Crystal Barnes, formerly Director of Industry Relations, was named Vice President of Industry Relations for Nielsen, a leading global provider of information and insights, effective immediately. In her role, Barnes is responsible for expanding the reach of Nielsen’s thought leadership efforts across the media and consumer industries, focusing on the increasingly diverse and connected consumer.


General Mills named one of 25 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” in America by Working Mother

General Mills named one of 25 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” in America by Working Mother

Company honored for multicultural, mom-inclusive workplace for ninth consecutive year

Working Mother has selected General Mills as one of 25 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” in the U.S. for its ability to hire, retain and advance multicultural women.

“We’re proud of Working Mother’s consistent support of our long-standing commitment to creating an inclusive workplace for all employees,” said Ken Charles, vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion for General Mills.  “We’ve worked hard to build a culture that is performance driven, yet inclusive and supportive. We believe that our success at maintaining an engaged and diverse workforce directly impacts our ability to compete globally.”


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. 


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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