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  • EBA's top advisers under 35

    March 20, 2014

    EBA’s 10 Rising Stars in Advising are younger than age 35 and bringing much-needed talent and innovation to an industry that desperately needs it.


  • Cloud-based recruiting software streamlines small business hiring

    March 20, 2014

    The 2013-2014 winter season has dumped record snow amounts on the northeastern United States, which has made it a rough go for public works agencies and employers to clean up. It also presented an opportunity for snowplow contracting service Xtreme Snow Pros to bulldoze its competition; however, the company was feeling increasingly hampered by its management and recruiting practices.


  • A day in the life of Jacqueline St. Hilaire

    March 19, 2014

    St. Hilaire, a broker sales representative at Colonial Life in Plano, Texas, balances new clients and cold calls while she tries to master social media.


  • 2 ERISA requirements most employers fail to meet

    March 19, 2014

    Benefit brokers can better position themselves as a trusted adviser by helping clients maintain compliance with these ERISA requirements.


  • 10 best jobs for shy people

    March 18, 2014

    For introverts, the communication that's required to network and interact with others creates intense fear and, in some cases, makes it impossible to job hunt. To help shy people succeed in the working world, Careercast, a job search portal, has identified 10 of the best jobs that play to introverts' strengths while avoiding an overload of interactions each day. The best jobs for shy people include archivist, astronomer, film/video editor and, perhaps ironically, social media manager, says CareerCast's new report.


  • 12 most outrageous business tax deductions

    March 17, 2014

    The Minnesota Society of CPAs recently conducted its annual certified public accountant member survey about the strangest and most unusual tax deductions proposed by clients. Don’t try these deductions for your small business, as most of them resulted in failure. [Photos: Fotolia]


  • The last goodbye: voluntary benefits can ease end-of-life planning

    March 13, 2014

    While it’s difficult to discuss your eventual death with those you love, it’s imperative to plan for it, not only for your sake, but for theirs. Employers can offer several voluntary benefits to help make this end-of-life planning and transition easier for their employees and the loved ones they leave behind.


  • 7 tax-saving tips for small and home-based businesses

    March 13, 2014

    There’s still time left in tax filing season. If you’re a small business entrepreneur or run a home-based business, there are some key ways to save money on your returns, according to Meisa Bonelli of Millennial Tax. Here are the managing partner’s tips for “tremendous tax advantages.” [Photos: Fotolia]


  • 5 ways to keep your identity safe during spring break

    March 12, 2014

    Before you pack your bags and head for the beach this spring break, remember the most common ways identity thieves steal personal information are more likely to happen when you’re traveling, ARAG warns. The legal insurer offers five of the most common travel-related identity theft tactics and how to protect yourself from them.


  • Personalities play key role in preventive health care: APA

    March 12, 2014

    When it comes to helping young adults avoid serious health problems later in life, assessing their personalities during routine medical exams could prove as useful as recording their family medical histories and smoking habits, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.


  • Protecting employee personal data is a ‘team sport’

    March 10, 2014

    A panel including a security specialist and FTC privacy staffer talked Monday at an American Payroll Association meeting about common mistakes employers make with their employees’ personal data and what the right make-up of a privacy team at a company should look like.


  • Get a mentor to succeed in benefits

    March 10, 2014

    EBA is introducing our 2014 Rising Stars in Advising throughout the month of March. Next up is Justin Hanratty, 32, of Hanratty & Associates, Inc., with three more tips for other young advisers in the field.


  • Specialize in something to succeed in advising

    March 10, 2014

    EBA is introducing our 2014 Rising Stars in Advising throughout the month of March. Next up is Matthew Glaros, 29, of Employer Benefit System, Inc., with three tips for other young advisers in the field.


  • 7 steps to an effective business rebrand

    March 7, 2014

    Many brokerages may be thinking about a rebrand at this transformative time in our industry. “Execute poorly and suffer extreme consequences,” says Steve Blue, CEO of Miller Ingenuity, adding that the stakes are very high. Here are his seven tips for making the changes successfully. [Photos: Fotolia]


  • Have patience in establishing your brand

    March 7, 2014

    EBA is introducing our 2014 Rising Stars in Advising throughout the month of March. Next up is Brad Sutliffe, 34, of ISG International, with three tips for other young advisers in the field.


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