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Finance a business venture

Will Hatt |

NerdWallet recently named Maine No. 11 among most entrepreneurial states in the country, based on information from the U.S. Census Bureau’s County Business Patterns and data from Small...

Maximize the value of your company

Doug Packard |

When it comes time to contemplate retirement and sell a company, many business owners wait until a year or two from the transition to evaluate the value. But the ideal time to start thinking about...

Three steps to facilitate teamwork that will produce results

Jim Milliken |

Getting the individuals to do their parts, and getting the group to properly manage its relationships, is the definition of group leadership.

Use your most valuable asset — your contact list

Nancy Marshall |

Ask any seasoned business leader to reveal the secrets to success, and one of the first things he or she will mention is a strong contact list.

How to know when to sell your business

Brian D. Hanson |

When is it too late to sell your business?

How to improve your awareness and security while on business travel

Harding Bush |

As enterprises grow and markets shift, business travel increases. This often includes travel to international markets in some of the less developed or less secure regions of the world. On...

How to avoid common 401(k) plan errors

Matt Prunier |

There's no denying that 401(k) retirement plans are a popular and valued benefit for employees. From an employer's perspective, they're great, too: properly run and managed 401(k) plans...

How to tap the potential of employees with disabilities

Susan Greenwood |

People with disabilities are often overlooked as a source of talent and value as employers work toward hiring and retaining strong employee teams and maintaining a healthy bottom line.

How to cut workers’ comp costs in 6 steps


Frustration reigns with many managers when employees are out with a workplace injury. Absent blood and gore, an air of suspicion hovers over the claim the longer the individual remains...

How to meet the ACA’s new employer reporting requirements

Ellen Mcpherson |

Employers will be busy this fall preparing for new reporting requirements that are obligated by the Affordable Care Act. As you are likely aware, Applicable Large Employers, or ALEs, are...