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Research study uncovers small business predictions for 2015

Business/Careers - 13 hours 21 min ago

(BPT) - Small business owners can easily get caught up in the December rush. But once the holiday sparkle fades, business owners and entrepreneurs will need to refocus and make decisions likely to impact their business in 2015.

Before coming to any conclusions, entrepreneurs should be aware of some business revelations uncovered by the Q3 Spark Business Barometer while they feverishly plan during the last few weeks of the year.

Women and millennials’ optimism will drive sales: Do you know an entrepreneur who is skyrocketing to the top? Surveys show that there is a good chance that person is a millennial or a woman. The Q3 Spark Business Barometer indicates that millennial and women business owners are seeing improved sales, and tend to be more optimistic about financial conditions and business prospects, as well as the economy, compared to other generations and male counterparts. Entrepreneurs should seek out diverse points of view from their millennial and female counterparts; a new perspective may help tackle a long-standing challenge or identify a new opportunity.

Employees will be better compensated: The cost of doing business – and doing it well – will continue to rise in 2015. The good news for workers at local businesses is that employers have a renewed focus on rewarding and growing talented workers. Employees can expect to see higher salaries and better training in 2015. Nearly half (46 percent) of small business owners plan to increase funding for employee salaries, while a third (33 percent) plan to spend more on employee training. Employers that have struggled to win and retain top talent should consider investing more in their training and compensation policies. A relatively small investment can pay dividends in worker productivity.

Retirement plans will help business owners attract and retain employees: Where are business owners not investing? Retirement plans. Growth of retirement planning adoption has remained static, as only 24 percent of business owners offered this benefit in 2013 and 2014. However, businesses should realize that replacing an employee can often cost more than investing in current talent. Those looking to attract the best employees should consider offering retirement plans to compete with other employers – you can even save some extra money during tax time by implementing a plan before the year ends!

Main Street will adapt to Silicon Valley: Entrepreneurs recognize that technology can help them streamline their operations, grow their businesses and even cut costs – and they are investing accordingly. According to the survey, nearly a third (29 percent) of small business owners plan to increase spending on hardware and software next year, while 16 percent will invest more in mobile payment technology. Entrepreneurs should consult a technology expert who can advise on the best hardware, software and solution investments that will help grow their business.

As the business landscape shifts constantly, business owners should seek out advice from peers and industry experts. Resources are available to provide businesses with valuable insight on the opportunities and challenges affecting the business community.

Categories: Lifestyle

Ask the Pharmacist: Don't let a bleeding disorder wreck your travel plans

Community Cares - 13 hours 21 min ago

(BPT) - If you or someone in your family, has a bleeding disorder, you know that even the simplest accident can be a cause for major concern. Major developments in care and treatment have significantly improved quality of life. Most patients can now self-administer intravenous clotting factor with education and direction from a trained clinician – like Accredo bleeding disorder nurses – rather than going to a treatment center for each infusion.

“However, many medications have special treatment, storage and transportation requirements,” says Leslie Oygar, a clinical nurse liaison in the Accredo Bleeding Disorders Therapeutic Resource Center. “This means that traveling with a bleeding disorder, especially during the busy holiday season, can pose particular challenges.”

A few precautions can ensure that patients and their families can have a safe and healthy holiday travel season, she adds. Specialist nurses, like Oygar, in Accredo’s Therapeutic Resource Center, can help patients effectively manage their condition.

Here are a few tips for people with bleeding disorders to consider as they plan to travel:

* Plan ahead: If traveling a long distance, make sure to discuss arrangements in advance with a physician or specialist pharmacist. Obtain emergency contact information for both the physician and pharmacy.

* Be prepared: Not all hospitals carry clotting factor or the other medications used to treat bleeding disorders. Make sure to carry adequate clotting factor, other bleeding disorder medications, infusion supplies and, if possible, a few extra doses in the case of a significant bleed or trauma. Many insurance providers require prior notice to be able to authorize extra doses of medication. Allow 3-4 weeks to make sure you have all the approvals in place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has information about treatment centers in the U.S, as well as hematologists who can provide medical intervention at or near travel destinations, if necessary.

* Keep your records current: If traveling for extended periods, make sure the specialty pharmacy has accurate information about how to contact you and where to ship the factor during the travel period.

* Carry documentation: A letter from the hematologist is an important document of introduction and information for anyone treating the patient if medical intervention is necessary. This letter will also provide an emergency physician with treatment guidelines specific to the individual, and the contact information of the patient’s personal hematologist and nurse coordinator.

* Know the rules: When using public transportation, whether air, bus, train, or anything else, call ahead to ask about requirements associated with traveling with needles, syringes and other medication administration equipment. Sharps boxes are usually acceptable even if they contain used syringes. If traveling by air, download and complete the TSA Notification Card 72 hours prior to air travel and contact TSA Cares at 855.787.2227 to help facilitate your trip through airport security.

* Keep the original packaging: Keep all medications and supplies unopened and in the original boxes especially when traveling by air, which requires an inspection of carry-on bags or coolers if appropriate. Medications and equipment should be accompanied by a letter from the physician and carried by the patient while traveling. Wear a Medic Alert at all times – especially when traveling.

* Store carefully: Mini-fridges in hotels and other accommodations can have poor temperature control, which increases the risk of freezing the factor. Be careful to store medications at the appropriate temperature.

For bleeding disorders patients traveling internationally, the World Federation of Hemophilia website can provide information about treatment centers outside the U.S. For more information, visit lab.express-scripts.com.

Categories: Lifestyle

Judge denies request to release Steve Jobs trial video

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 11:40pm
A California judge has denied a request by media companies to release a videotaped deposition of Apple's Steve Jobs, taken six months before his death in 2011.

Selma protesters invoke Ferguson but police say no comparison

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:22pm
The chants of protest heard across America in recent weeks echoed Wednesday in the small city where the civil rights movement reached a crescendo five decades ago.
Categories: National News

205 more charges for kidnapping suspect

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:04pm
A 34-year-old man originally charged in the kidnapping of a New Hampshire teen is now facing 205 additional charges, according to two grand jury rulings.
Categories: National News

Johnson Matches Career High Of 20 Points In Loss To ASU

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:03pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Roquez Johnson tied his career-high with 20 points for the fourth time, but it wasn't enough as Arkansas State rallied to beat Mississippi State 69-55 Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Six charged in West Virginia water contamination

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:02pm
Almost one year after water for more than 300,000 West Virginia residents was contaminated because of a chemical spill, six former officials for the company responsible for the leak are facing federal charges.
Categories: National News

14 arrested in deadly meningitis outbreak

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:58pm
Fourteen people have been arrested in connection with the deadly 2012 national outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts, a law enforcement source told CNN on Wednesday.
Categories: National News

Sony downplays digital 'Interview' possibility

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:19pm
"The Interview" got into trouble thanks to the Internet. But maybe the Internet can save it, too?

Watch Thursday's show!

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:53pm
December 18, 2014
Categories: National News

Three Football Players Earn All-America Honors

Bulldog Beat - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 6:34pm
Starkville, Miss. – Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney, offensive guard Ben Beckwith and quarterback Dak Prescott earned All-America honors.

Americans send $2 billion a year to Cuba

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:52pm
Trade with Cuba has been blocked for decades, but nearly $2 billion was sent to Cubans last year from within the United States.

Mitt Romney to speak at MSU Jan. 28

MSU News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:37pm

Oops! College accepts rejected students

CNN - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 5:25pm
Almost 300 students who had been rejected by Johns Hopkins University received a joyous shock over the weekend when the prestigious Baltimore school said they'd been admitted after all -- but they hadn't.
Categories: National News

Thank you, Fed! Stocks have best day of 2014

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:26pm
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Cuba poised to join the Internet age

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 4:15pm
Millions of Cubans could soon be able to get online.

Yellen: Cheap oil is good for America

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:59pm
The dramatic plunge in oil prices might be spooking some investors, but Janet Yellen isn't worried at all.

Quinoa: Now part of a complete, balanced, breakfast

Business News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:46pm
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Debilitating outbreak hits Americas

CNN World - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:34pm
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Categories: International News

The debilitating outbreak sweeping the Americas

Health - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:34pm
Its name means "bending over in pain." It has no treatment or vaccine. Its symptoms resemble Dengue fever. And it has infected more than 1 million people -- 155 of them fatally -- since spreading to the Americas one year ago.
Categories: Health
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