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Feb 13th


BBB, MN Cyber Crime Task Force warn small businesses foreign hackers are targeting them

The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF) are issuing a warning to all small businesses that process credit cards. Foreign hackers are targeting smaller U.S. businesses with outdated or no online security software, stealing customer credit card information and then turning around and selling it on the Internet.

Businesses that are targeted by these cyber intrusions could be liable for any losses involving stolen credit card data, which could potentially bankrupt smaller businesses. All small businesses that process, store or transmit credit card information are urged to update their security software and become PCI compliant immediately.

Fashion or distraction? Dress your best at work this summer

Fashion or distraction? Dress your best at work this summerThe recent string of perfect summer days has many people trying on flipflops and short shorts. Who doesn’t want to be comfortable? When dressing for work success this summer, remember that the most common and most often overlooked fashion rules apply whether you work indoors or out, in a professional office or a casual art studio: cover your backside… and your shoulders and your toes.

At work, always cover your back. When planning office outfits, ladies, that means no elephant ears where your waistline falls below your thong; wear a long-enough shirt and tuck it in or pull it down in back. And men, you’ve heard it before, pants on the ground is a good song, but a bad look for anyone hoping to keep a job through the summer.

Stay in Your Home: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity offers foreclosure prevention services

Stay in Your Home:  Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity offers foreclosure prevention services Foreclosures have hit record highs in Minnesota, leaving thousands of families homeless and neighborhoods in chaos. Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (TCHFH) wants residents to stay in their homes. Since 1993, its free Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program has helped over 5,000 families, providing information, referrals to other agencies, and counseling to homeowners struggling to make payments.

$2 billion toward ending hunger in America

$2 billion toward ending hunger in America Walmart and the Walmart Foundation last week announced a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment stepping up their efforts to help end hunger in America, said Margaret McKenna, president, The Walmart Foundation.

According to a November 2009 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, hunger rates in the U.S. are the highest since 1995 with nearly 15 percent of households lacking access to an adequate supply of nutritious food.

President Obama has referred to hunger as a problem “we can solve together.”


Finding the best and the brightest

Skill building at the Ramsey County WorkForce Centers

The real cost of hiring a person who cannot learn and perform a job is prohibitive, both for the employer and the worker. The National Career Readiness Certificate solves that problem. It is a work-related skills credential issued by ACT, the nationally-known testing service based in Iowa. The Certificate provides fair and objective measurement of workplace skills.

“A skills mismatch is eating away at productivity and revenue across all businesses, industries and government agencies,” says John O’ Phelan, Business Services Representative for WorkForce Solutions of Ramsey County, “To not fall further behind, we must address skills deficiency with urgency.”

Ramsey County WorkForce Centers are taking the lead by offering a nationally recognized assessment and development system for job seekers and businesses.


Sabathani sponsors estate planning fair for seniors

Sabathani Senior Center will sponsor an Estate Planning Fair from 10 am to 1 pm Friday, May 14 at Sabathani Community Center, 310 E. 38th St., Suite 106. The event is free of charge and is geared toward senior adults.   

Teams of lawyers from Dorsey & Whitney LLP and UnitedHealth Group will be available to draft simple wills, health care directives and financial powers of attorney. Pre-registration is required. All participants must bring all documents related to their needs, including relevant information about their assets, insurance and the names and addresses of designated beneficiaries. Documents will be prepared for completion and signature on the day of the event.

Pre-register for this event by calling the Senior Center at (612) 821-2306 to make an appointment. Sabathani Senior Center is a program of Sabathani Community Center, Inc.

Free life coaching service empowers women to succeed

Free life coaching service empowers women to succeed
Sometimes, all somebody needs is a leg up. Kids, parents, work, laundry… Women today face a long list of challenges. Many have overcome the setbacks of divorce, mental illness, substance abuse or poverty. Finally ready to move forward and put the past behind them, these courageous women may find closed doors at every turn. Fortunately, an organization exists that offers women the encouragement and support that can help them move from “Ready” to “Successful.”

I first heard about One to One: Women Coaching Women, from a friend who is also a coach in the program. She said, “We never have a waiting list, and we should.” One to One’s mission is to enable women to “achieve sustained success by creating the life of their dreams” through free one-to-one life coaching. Targeting its services to women from challenging social and economic backgrounds, One to One provides an upbeat, affirming relationship where a struggling woman’s hopes can be translated into “practical, realistic and actionable life plans.”
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