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Bringing Joy and Success into 2012

Bringing Joy and Success into 2012

The end of the year is a wonderful time to plan for the New Year. Starting now, we add momentum to our goals.  Here are a few simple ways to bring joy and success into 2012.

Create An Ideal Statement

An Ideal Statement describes that which you would like to accomplish in its ideal form.  For example, let’s take a business goal to increase your revenue in the New Year.  Your Ideal Statement could read:

“The income in my business grows from $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 by marketing to new groups of people who purchase and benefit from our products.”

Once you have the Ideal Statement, you can write down specific action steps to achieve this goal.  An Ideal Statement can be written for every area of your life and work.

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Job search on a deadline

Job search on a deadline

My friend Mike put himself in a precarious position, just in time for the holidays.  He writes, “I received the dreaded call that I didn’t get the job.  I should’ve realized nothing is guaranteed. The interview process was moving so smoothing that I ended up betting the family farm in the process.”  Thinking he was close to an offer, Mike accepted a severance package, giving himself just sixty days to find new work.  Unfortunately, the job offer went to someone else.

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An iHoliday, anyone?

When parents read the holiday classic, The Night before Christmas to their children, assuming of course this is a tradition that is still being followed, are they doing it from a classic picture book? Or from an electronic device that ensures “visions of sugarplums” are literally dancing in full color across a tablet’s screen?  Do little girls still ask Santa for Barbies or Easy Bake Ovens (amazing what a strong light bulb can do, isn’t it)? And, little boys for trucks and action figures?  Do either still ask for shiny new bikes? (I was so excited the Christmas I got a tandem – you know a bicycle built for two – and I begged my mom to let me ride it right then and there in the snow … Best Christmas ever)! But, sadly no. According to a recent Nielsen survey, now when children make out their lists, there is a very good chance they are asking for an iPad.  Yes, you heard me correctly.

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How to stick to your New Year's money resolutions

How to stick to your New Year's money resolutions

 

Each year, Americans make well-intentioned resolutions to improve their lives and livelihood. From eating to exercise, personal growth to professional advancement, we love setting our sights on goals and reaching them.

This year, why not tackle some personal finance hurdles in your search for better living? 

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Not having money interferes with making money

Not having money interferes with making money

Reader Joe G. asks, “Is it really legal to not hire someone because of bad credit? I just heard I am not getting jobs because of my credit history.”

The short answer, Joe, is yes, it is legal to decline to hire someone because of their credit situation.  That said, employers who do make hiring decisions based on credit information are required by law to follow procedures so a candidate is aware of how the decision was made, and to ensure that the information obtained is not used for any purpose other than for hiring and promotion decisions.

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Mpls businesses eligible for grants of up to $10,000

Minneapolis businesses will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help improve their business operations and profitability.   The grants will be provided by the Economic Growth Centers(EGC), a non-profit economic development  organization, with staff assistance from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD).   Businesses will be eligible to apply for the EGC grants if they are located within the City of Minneapolis, have been in operation for at least a year, with sales of up to $500,000. Priority will be given to businesses located in the Whittier and Elliot Park neighborhoods. More information is available on the MCCD website at mccdmn.org or by calling 612-789-7337, ext 14.

Minneapolis businesses eligible for grants of up to $10,000

Minneapolis businesses will be eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to help improve their business operations and profitability.   The grants will be provided by the Economic Growth Centers(EGC), a non-profit economic development  organization, with staff assistance from the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD).   Businesses will be eligible to apply for the EGC grants if they are located within the City of Minneapolis, have been in operation for at least a year, with sales of up to $500,000. Priority will be given to businesses located in the Whittier and Elliot Park neighborhoods. More information is available on the MCCD website at mccdmn.org or by calling 612-789-7337, ext 14.

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