Friday Focus: The Rappahannock YMCA

Rappahannock Area Family YMCAThe Rappahannock Area Family YMCA provides opportunities for health, wellness and recreation to many different communities in Virginia. With five locations in King George and Northern Virginia, the organization enriches the lives of people of all ages and abilities through the programs and services they provide. Barney Reiley, the Y’s Chief Executive Officer, chatted with us about the many ways the Y touches the community for this week’s Friday Focus. Continue reading

Business: Learn (and Earn) Through Customer Analytics

Learn through customer analyticsWhat are the most heavily trafficked pages of your website? Can you predict what items are going to be flying off your store shelves this season? With the help of analytical tools and techniques your business can leverage insights from your customers’ behavior and historical preferences to make better decisions and become more profitable. Continue reading

It’s Tax Day!

young coupleTax day is upon us! If you’ve filed your taxes already, congratulations!

If you haven’t, don’t panic—there is still time today to file your tax returns. Forbes Magazine shared these 11 tips for the 11th hour filers out there. Check with your tax professional if you have any last-minute questions, and double check all forms carefully before you submit them. Remember that all tax forms must be mailed or e-filed by midnight tonight, April 15, 2014. Continue reading

Friday Focus: Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland

onprofit Institute at the College of Southern MarylandEvery day, nonprofit organizations face a multitude of challenges, from staffing to marketing to the ever-important task of raising money. The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland works to assist nonprofits in the Tri-County area by providing tools and information to help organizations succeed. Having just wrapped up work for the Institute’s annual conference, Coordinator Tammy Vitale took time out of her busy schedule this week to talk with us about the many resources that are available for nonprofits. Continue reading

Subject: Email Safety

Email account safety and security tipsThere’s no question, email has made written communication faster, easier and more convenient. It allows us to work remotely and instantly connect with friends and family members from all over the world. Unfortunately, email has also opened the door to potential danger as it presents a powerful weapon used in identify theft, the fastest growing crime in America.

So how can you protect yourself from becoming a victim of email fraud?

It may sound cliché, but when it comes to email safety, knowledge really is power. It’s critical to understand where your email is vulnerable and to take steps to protect yourself. Here are some tips: Continue reading

Charitable Giving Tips

Charitable GivingWhat’s your favorite cause? In 2012, CNN reported that Americans gave an estimated $316.2 billion to charity. Along with enabling your favorite organizations to continue their good works, charitable giving can also be a smart tax strategy. Donations to qualified organizations can usually be claimed as deductions on your taxes, and you’ll get the added emotional satisfaction that comes from knowing you’ve done a good deed. Continue reading

Friday Focus: United Way of Charles County

United Way of Charles CountyThe United Way plays a crucial role in providing much needed health and human services nationwide. Locally, the Charles County chapter works hard day in and day out to meet the needs of the community through a wide variety of initiatives and partnerships. As the organization prepares for its largest annual fundraising event, a back-to-back golf tournament at Swan Point Golf Course, we caught up with Dayle Hadden, the United Way’s Director of Administration, Marketing and Communications for this week’s Friday Focus interview. Continue reading

IRA contributions, there’s still time!

Tax filing IRA ContributionsSpring has finally sprung. Well, at least by the calendar. And that means, an important deadline is fast approaching – Tuesday, April 15, 2014. That’s tax day, or for those looking to save for their retirement, the deadline for making your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contribution for the 2013 tax year. Whether you have an existing traditional IRA or Roth IRA or haven’t yet opened one, you won’t want to miss this important opportunity to save for the future. Of course, you can contribute to your 2013 IRA even sooner if you file your taxes before April 15. Continue reading