Health Insurers Warn on Premiums

Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans. [Read full story...]

Small Businesses Still Struggle, and That’s Impeding a Recovery

In the recovery so far, small businesses have largely been left behind. Initially, loans were hard to come by and consumers weren’t shopping. Now, small-business owners say, Washington is throwing up additional roadblocks. In survey after survey, owners of small businesses report unbridled pessimism about the economy. The small-business optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business — a major industry group for small businesses that surveys a sample of its members each month — is stuck at recessionary levels. In January’s report, released this week, expectations for business conditions six months from now were at their fourth-lowest reading in nearly 40 years. [Read full story...]

Google Penguin Update: Don’t Forget About Duplicate Content

Although this is an older article, many companies still have not updated or upgraded their websites. Don’t forget the best way to beat the Google Penguin is to purchase your website through T E G.

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For a better under standing of what these new concerns are here’s an article specifically dealing with the updates: “There has been a ton of speculation regarding Google’s Penguin update. Few know exactly what the update specifically does, and how it works with Google’s other signals exactly. Google always plays its hand close to its chest.” [Read full story...]

Five Signs You’re Losing a Sale — And How to Save It

While going through a clients folder, I found an article I had printed and accidentally put in to the notes section of my client’s file. I remember reading this article almost a little over a year ago and printing it to hang up on my bulletin board. I apparently got wrapped up in my consult and, as so many of us do, disregarded some really ideal information.

This article gives excellent advice on how to keep your sale and should be handed out in a welcome package to every new salesperson you hire or that is assigned to your team.

“Marla Kaye could not afford to lose this deal. She had watched sales at You Name It Promotions, her Oakland, Calif.-based promotional products company, drop by more than half since the start of the recession–from $3.5 million in 2007 to $1.5 million last year. When a six-figure sale to a new client seemed about to fall through this spring, she had to act fast.” [Read full story...]

Rep. Sam Graves: Jobs Report Falls Short Again

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor reported more disappointing news. The economy created only 96,000 jobs in August, the unemployment rate remains above 8 percent, and more than 350,000 Americans have dropped out of the work force. [Read full story...]

Mobile Payment Options Grow for Small Companies

As the retail world increasingly turns mobile, Martinez echoes the sentiment of thousands of small-business merchants drawn to mobile payments as a marketing boost and a salvation from the shackles of expensive point-of-sale terminals and magnetic-stripe card readers. Small merchants are considered ideal testing grounds for new payment products because the businesses are nimbler in experimenting with new ideas and seeking customers in settings beyond bricks-and-mortar stores. [Read the full story...]

When Banks Won’t Lend, There Are Alternatives, Though Often Expensive

After years of a small-business credit crisis, conditions seem to have improved. But with the economy still struggling and new regulations meant to eliminate bad lending, bank loans continue to lag. [Read full story...]

Remembering a Great Man

Thomas “Bud” Gavin, who served as Worth Township clerk from 1989 until his death last Saturday, is being remembered by friends and family as a devoted public servant, engaged family man and an outgoing friend. [Read full story...]

Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling: Upholds Health Care Law, Individual Mandate Constitutional

In a 5-4 vote, Chief Justice John Roberts — a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush — joined the court’s liberal judges to rule the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance is in fact constitutional. The justices ultimately ruled that while the mandate, demonized for years by opponents as an example of government overreach, violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. However, five of the judges agreed that the penalty someone must pay if he or she refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. [Read full story...]

New Housing Crisis: Not Enough to Buy

Sales of existing homes declined in May, according to a new report from the National Association of Realtors, not just because the overall housing market is struggling, but because there are simply not enough homes to buy. [Read full story...]