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How to Build a Better Budget 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 9:54:00 AM Categories: Finance

More than half of Americans say they don’t have a personal budget, and nearly 40% report that they live paycheck to paycheck.* While it might seem like a chore to track all your accounts and purchases, you could be taking unnecessary chances with your standard of living if you don’t.

This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Michele Gensel, Senior Vice President Complex Manager in Akron, OH at 330-668-7735.

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Overcoming Procrastination with Positive Actions 

Friday, October 9, 2015 3:12:00 PM

What does it look like to be crowned the King or Queen of BUSY? In today’s fast-paced world, many consider being busy as the rite of passage in order to get ahead. But does it really have to be that way?

Chris Schroeder, LIFE Leadership Independent Member

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Arbitration: A Cost-Efficient Alternative to Litigation of Workplace Disputes 

Monday, July 13, 2015 1:30:00 PM Categories: Finance

For both employers and employees, litigation of workplace disputes in court can be time consuming, drawn out, and very expensive. An often welcomed alternative to litigating disputes is binding arbitration. More and more frequently, employers are asking their employees to sign arbitration agreements. Arbitration agreements require those who sign them to resolve any disputes by binding arbitration rather than in court before a judge or jury. While arbitration does not take place in a courtroom, it does resemble a trial in the sense that disputes are presented to a neutral party (an “arbitrator”) who hears the case and renders a final decision or award.

Tom Green, OSBA Certifi ed Specialist in Labor & Employment Law, Kastner Westman & Wilkins, LLC

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Resistance Bands are for More than Rehab 

Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:44:00 AM

Resistance bands are a versatile piece of strength and flexibility training. Often people forget about utilizing resistance bands or tubing because they associate it with rehabilitation settings. When used properly, resistance bands can be as effective as lifting weights and can also be used to assist with stretching techniques. Resistance bands are also affordable and take up little space. Portability of resistance bands make them ideal to travel with and store if space is limited.

Justin Berthiaume, Membership Manager for Akron general LifeStyles

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Asset Allocation and Portfolio Diversification 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:36:00 PM

Most of us know the expression, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Yet those who invested heavily in technology stocks in the late 1990s did just that, and many lost substantial assets when the bubble burst and concentrated positions in these overvalued stocks declined significantly. On the other hand, risk averse investors who place all their money in conservative investments like bonds and cash miss the long-term growth potential of stocks that can help protect portfolios against inflation. The asset allocation process, or investment diversification across asset classes, determines approximately 90% of investment performance and is the crucial factor for portfolio success, according to a widely recognized study by Brinson, Singer and Beebower.

Article provided by Robert W. Baird & Co. for Paula R. Chesser, CSA®, Vice President, Senior Investment Consultant of Robert W. Baird & Co. Member SIPC.

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Google Offers Mobile-Friendly Sites A Ranking Advantage 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:08:00 AM

In an attempt to stop people from “gaming the system,” Google has recently implemented a series of dramatic overhauls to the way websites are ranked in the company’s search results pages. With each passing change, businesses have to completely rethink the practices they’re using when designing their sites along with SEO in general. One of the major changes that Google has enacted in recent years has placed an increased emphasis on mobile sites - that is, sites designed primarily with smartphones, tablets and other devices in mind. This is important for a number of reasons.

Karen Leonard, VP of Operations - Innovative Global Vision, Inc.

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Juggling the Challenges of the Sandwich Generation 

Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:44:00 PM Categories: Finance

Life expectancies are almost five years longer today than they were 30 years ago,* a fact that increases the likelihood you will provide some form of support for aging parents — through home care, helping out with day-to-day chores and errands, or even covering living expenses. That role can make significant demands on your time, energy and financial resources.

This article was written by Wells Fargo Advisors and provided courtesy of Michele Gensel, Senior Vice President – Complex Manager, in Akron, OH at (330) 668-7735.

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So Long QR Codes, Augmented Reality Has Arrived 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 3:34:00 PM Categories: Technology

When the QR Codes were first introduced as a marketing tool for savvy business owners and their product’s marketers had high hopes that they would be just the thing to extend and promote their brand in a new and lasting way. The QR Code proved to be an in-the-hand marketing material aimed at keeping a product relevant and accessible to the customer. They played a role in the personalization of advertising and the interactive apps have continued to be engaging, but has it been enough?

Karen Leonard, VP of Operations - Innovative Global Vision, Inc.

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To Your Health: 9 Herbs That Make Any Meal Healthier 

Friday, May 2, 2014 3:02:00 PM Categories: Health & Wellness

Conventional thought used to consider fats like coconut oil to be unhealthy and contribute to heart disease. We now know that this isn’t true. In fact, coconut oil is actually a heart-healthy food that can keep your body running smoother in a few different ways.

Studies have shown that intake of coconut oil can help our bodies mount resistance to both viruses and bacteria that can cause illness. In addition, it also can help to fight off yeast, fungus and candida.

Laura Palmer, Weigh 2 Wellness, Ltd.

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The Importance of Wealth Management Planning 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:10:00 AM Categories: Finance

According to a 2010 study from Forbes, only 35% of Americans have a will,1 and many spent less time on it than they did planning their last vacation. In neglecting estate planning, they risk losing a sizable portion of their estate to taxes and fees. Before transferring your estate, develop a wealth management plan that matches your priorities.

Article provided by Robert W. Baird & Co., member SIPC, for Paula R. Chesser, CSA®, Vice President, Senior Investment Consultant at Baird’s Akron office. 

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