Thinking about starting your own business? You’d be in good company. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), there are “23 million small businesses in the U.S., which account for 54% of all U.S. sales.” What’s more, at a time when big companies are downsizing, small businesses are growing, growing, growing. Continue reading
Guided by a vision to make Southern Maryland “the best place to live and give”, the Community Foundation of Southern Maryland is a driving philanthropic force in Charles County. Incorporated in 2005, the Foundation provides advice on all types of giving and uses its in-depth knowledge of the community’s needs to help direct funds to a multitude of organizations. We talked with the Foundation’s executive director, Gretchen Hardman, for an inside look at the Foundation’s work and what visitors to the upcoming Annual Potomac Waterfowl Festival can expect this year! Continue reading
How do you measure happiness outside of work? Friends? Family? Relationships? Hobbies?
Now comes the hard part. How do you balance the two? Continue reading
The answer is, it shouldn’t be! Continue reading
The 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
What 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
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
Every 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
There’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
You have a brand new car and you’re determined to treat it right, so it’ll last longer and stay in better shape than the vehicle you just traded in. And, now that you have a car payment again, you want to control your expenses — both at the pump and at the repair shop. Continue reading