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Sep 16th

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Minneapolis to launch new program to help long-term unemployed back to work

Minneapolis to launch new program to help long-term unemployed back to workPlatform to Employment program serves workers
50 plus and veterans under 30

The City of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) have partnered with The WorkPlace, a Connecticut based workforce development organization, to launch Platform to Employment (P2E), a new program that provides a pathway to employment for long-term unemployed workers ages 50 and above and veterans 30 and below.
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Fundraising Good Times: Nonprofit values and efficiency

Fundraising Good Times: Nonprofit values and efficiencyBoard members with experience and connections in the private sector can help nonprofit organizations grow and think in new ways. And nonprofit service can help board members from the private sector to grow and think in new ways, too.
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Harmony as a strength: Just keeping the peace

In the long list of recognized Strengths people might identify in themselves and their co-workers, one of the more interesting gifts might be Harmony. Harmony describes a personality which avoids confrontation and conflict and basically tries not to make waves. It's a peacemaker, a diplomat, an arbitrator. To others, this person, whose personality constantly seeks agreement, might seem to be passive aggressive or simply chicken. But Harmony is not the same as Pushover. A person who constantly seeks to find the common ground in tough situations or among diverse groups of people can actually save an organization a lot of time and money.
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BBB tips to guard against online scams

BBB tips to guard against online scamsWhile there is no foolproof way to protect against all emerging technology-based scams, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) says consumers can better defend themselves by understanding the two major objectives of online criminals: cheating people out of money and tricking them into divulging personal information with which to commit identity theft.
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BOOM: How to get hired when you're old, and why companies should hire baby boomers

Most job interviews start with the "tell me everything" question. The toughest candidates to interview are those who answer with some version of, "Well, I'm over 50 now." Sometimes, the words come out apologetically; sometimes, they have an undertone of, "I dare you to continue this conversation." Often, they are used as an explanation for why someone hasn't found work after a layoff, restructuring or recession. The "over fifty" reference is, indeed, a red flag for me in hiring.
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Advice to small business owners on how to be a leader

Advice to small business owners on how to be a leader5 Ways to Develop Leadership Skills:

1. Be patient with yourself. The process of becoming an effective manager and leader takes time and can be a real challenge. People used to achieving goals through their own efforts can be demanding and impatient with others, tempted to just do everything themselves. When I first became a manager, I had to teach myself to slow down, pay attention to others and be more nurturing with employees. I continue to work on those skills.
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FUNdraising Good Times: You can't sell what you don't know

FUNdraising Good Times: You can't sell what you don't knowPart one of a two part interview with Mike Bruns

Mike Bruns possesses the characteristics of an ideal board member: deeply engaged with the organizations he supports, generous as a donor, and he treats his nonprofit involvement with the same seriousness he applies to business ventures. He has a great sense of humor, a kind heart and a warm smile. He's also the founder of Comtrak Logistics, a national transportation and logistics company headquartered in Memphis, and chairman emeritus of Youth Villages, a national nonprofit. We recently talked with Bruns to learn the secrets to his success as a nonprofit volunteer leader.
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