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Monday 01/14/2019
New Technology is Transforming the Classroom: What to Know
Posted: January 14, 2019

(StatePoint) As a parent, you may be wondering how technology in the classroom is being used to provide a constructive learning environment for your child.

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Thursday 01/10/2019
How to make online learning work for you
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Many students juggle work and family, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, which found that 62 percent of students work full- or part-time, and 29 percent have at least one dependent. Today’s college students are just as likely to be moms and dads themselves, full-time and part-time employees or members of the U.S. armed forces. Needing flexibility and variety in course offerings, more students are turning to online learning to design a path that fits their lifestyle.

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
School Choice Opens Doors
Posted: January 09, 2019

(NewsUSA) - We are just weeks away from the nation's largest annual celebration of opportunity in education. That celebration is called National School Choice Week, and it is taking place in every neighborhood and community, through 40,594 independently-planned events and activities.

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Three fail-safe ways to reach your education goals by earning your degree online
Posted: January 09, 2019

(BPT) - You may have been thinking about going to college, either for the first time or to pick up where you left off. Perhaps you watched one person after another start taking online classes and thought to yourself, “Can I really take that on right now?” The next thing you know, you’re congratulating yet another person on finishing their degree and at that moment realizing, “Wow, I could be finished by now, too.”

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
Promotional products: A smart marketer’s secret weapon
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:39 am

(BPT) - Did you know promotional products are one of the oldest forms of advertising? In fact, the first known use of promotional items in the U.S. dates all the way back to George Washington’s presidential election in 1789. Fast-forward to more than 200 years later, and what was once considered the most simplistic of marketing tools has become the industry’s most versatile form of advertising — which is ultimately where its power lies.

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Thursday 12/20/2018
Why Vocational Education is Critical for Many Young People
Posted: December 20, 2018

(StatePoint) In this high-tech era where a college degree is positioned as a necessity for success, vocational education is often overlooked. But experts say that a vocational education provides the right experience for many jobs that are currently vacant.

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Monday 12/10/2018
The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
Posted: December 10, 2018

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
Junior Achievement Celebrates 100 Years
Posted: November 28, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Ask any young person what they want to be when they grow up and you most likely will get lofty answers, such as a pro-football player or a You Tube star. While admirable, it may be worthwhile to temper these expectations and get kids thinking about a Plan B that incorporates their dreams into the real world.

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Tuesday 11/27/2018
How a College Scholarship Can Change Your Life
Posted: November 27, 2018

(StatePoint) College is a lot of work, from the application process through the last final exam that you take. While applying for scholarships may just sound like an additional task to complete on top of everything else, keep in mind that the potential money you are awarded could just change your life.

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Wednesday 11/21/2018
How to Supplement Classroom Learning at Home
Posted: November 21, 2018

(StatePoint) While school provides children with a wealth of knowledge, parents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home.

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
How Families Today are Paying for College
Posted: November 20, 2018

(StatePoint) The way families pay for college is a good indicator of how much planning takes place before the first tuition bill arrives. A new study by Sallie Mae suggests that while families are feeling confident in their decision making, nearly 40 percent do not have a plan to pay for college.

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Friday 11/16/2018
5 tips for entrepreneurs this Small Business Saturday
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and for shoppers across the country, it means supporting local businesses and taking a day to let them know how much they are appreciated. It’s a day of shopping, sales and an overall emphasis on community as we reflect upon the importance of our local entrepreneurs, who continue to be a driving force in today’s economy. While communities prepare to shop small in a big way, it’s also an opportunity for small businesses to flex their muscles and grow their business. To do so, small businesses need to be prepared for the busyness Nov. 24 will bring this year. Here are some tips to help small businesses achieve the greatest possible success this Small Business Saturday:

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
How to Take Advantage of National Scholarship Month
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) Bargain hunters will spend November tracking down Black Friday deals to save on holiday shopping, but savvy higher education shoppers know November is also National Scholarship Month, a perfect time to find free money for college.

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Monday 11/12/2018
From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - If you’re a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you’re far from alone.

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Friday 11/09/2018
Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. Over the years, Congress has changed the date on which Armistice Day was celebrated, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Armistice Day to Nov. 11, due to the significance and importance of the date.

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Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and serve countless individuals in countries around the world who face threat or harm from outside forces, and to stabilize and protect citizens and the vulnerable.

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Thursday 11/08/2018
5 Simple Ways to Honor Our Veterans
Updated: November 10, 2018 - 2:30 am

(BPT) - As the air turns crisp with fall in full swing, our thoughts turn to the holidays and all the things for which we are thankful. A perfect way to kick off this season of thankfulness is taking time to honor our veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces by recognizing Veterans Day this November 11. This Veterans Day commands even more attention and reverence as the date marks the end of the World War I centenary, which began Aug. 4, 2014, to recognize the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

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Wednesday 11/07/2018
5 compelling reasons to make prepaid wireless service part of your household budget
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Out with the old and in with the new is the mantra most people live by in the smartphone age. New apps, new styles, new functionality, they all have you running to get an upgrade as quickly as possible.

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Tuesday 11/06/2018
Get a Jump Start on College Financial Aid
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 3:41 am

(StatePoint) With the changing leaves and autumn chill come a few staples students can count on: fresh notebooks, fall festivals, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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Friday 11/02/2018
Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Thursday 11/01/2018
Tax franchise owners give back to Nashville [Video]
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

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Low-Cost Internet Program Helps Connect Families, Veterans
Updated: December 22, 2018 - 2:50 am

(NewsUSA) - Most of us can't imagine life without Internet service at home. We use it every day for news and entertainment, as well as to research healthcare options for our families; to connect with friends and family; to search and apply for jobs, scholarships, or schools; or to shop and save time.

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Wait, What? Scholarships Are Taxable?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 3:40 am

(StatePoint) Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right?

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Tuesday 10/30/2018
Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially the lives of others.

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Easy ways to spark your infant's curiosity
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

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Monday 10/29/2018
Fighting the good fight: 5 misconceptions about U.S. poverty
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Many Americans will pass right by the Red Kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army this season.

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How home dialysis impacted one woman's quality of life
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - A skeptic at first, 71-year-old Clara Tanner began her journey on dialysis treating in a center even though her son, who is her care partner and an experienced dialysis technician, continually tried to convince her to make the switch to home dialysis. After a year of going into a center for treatment, Tanner switched to treating in her home, and she’s stayed with that treatment option for the past 10 years.

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Friday 10/26/2018
4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. 

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Wednesday 10/24/2018
The power of play
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Play is fun for children, but it's serious business when it comes to their health and development. From peek-a-boo as a toddler to jigsaw puzzles, dolls and toy trains as an older child, play enriches not only their lives at the moment, but their brain development and a whole host of other things, too.

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6 tips to protect yourself from an immigration scam
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - Navigating the United States' immigration process is not without its challenges, especially for those who are learning to speak English. From the anxiety of trying to decide whether you qualify for a green card or another visa, to navigating the various information sources and the lingering fear that something was missed, there's always something to consider.

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How women can take control of the retirement income gender gap
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Women are a force to be reckoned with in the economy. They own 10 million businesses in the U.S., control an impressive $11.2 trillion in investable assets and are increasingly the primary breadwinner and financial decisionmaker in households.

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A senior-year checklist to help parents and students feel prepared for college
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:40 am

(BPT) - As your child is wrapping up their high school career and making plans for college, there is often a mix of emotions for everyone involved. On one side, you and your student may be feeling a sense of pride and excitement for the ambitious plans ahead. However, as with any transition, graduation may come with some anxiety because of the unknown. One of these worries might be whether your child is getting into the right college program that will help them find a career worth the time, money and effort invested.

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Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

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Thursday 10/18/2018
3 things small businesses can do to compete in the talent war
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Life at a small company, 50 employees or less, has its upsides. But an employee departure is not one of them. When someone from the team moves on to new opportunities, everyone feels it, whether that means shuffling workloads or working extra shifts.

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Wednesday 10/17/2018
Respite care: What it is and how it can change your life
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - Caring for an aging loved one, especially a parent, can take more commitment than any full-time job. Being on call 24 hours a day is physically and emotionally draining. In many cases, caregivers soldier on without complaint while their stress grows, their relationships weaken and their own health often suffers. If you are your parent’s primary caregiver, you likely already know how hard it is to find time to look after yourself and other family members, run errands or simply rest. Chances are, you just need a break.

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Tuesday 10/16/2018
Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:42 am

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

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Monday 10/15/2018
Even During School Year, Fun Reading Important for Kids
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:36 am

(NewsUSA) - Most young kids love reading, but when the busy school year starts, it can be challenging to find the time to encourage them to read for fun.

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Cultural Center Breathes Life into Historic School
Updated: November 29, 2018 - 2:52 am

(NewsUSA) - A former Nevada school for Indian children continues its mission of education, but now as a museum and educational center for tribal arts and culture.

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Wednesday 10/10/2018
Simplicity and savings trigger flip phone comeback
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - The good old-fashioned flip phone is enjoying a quiet resurgence, with sales having increased by 5 percent in 2017. While they’re not exactly poised to overtake the popularity of the iPhone, these venerable devices retain a timeless appeal for those who prefer the simple convenience of using a cellphone primarily for making and receiving calls, and with older users who find smartphones unnecessarily complex for their needs.

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Tuesday 10/09/2018
Fun and accessible STEM resources for kids
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Inspiring kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now could help prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that occupations related to STEM are projected to grow 13 percent by 2022 — faster than projections for all other occupations over the same time.

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Friday 10/05/2018
5 Real-life Examples of Ordinary People Who Made an Extraordinary Difference
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:42 am

(BPT) - The idea of making a difference in our communities may sound impossible to many of us. With busy schedules, family demands and homes to care for, it can be hard to find the time and energy.

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Wednesday 10/03/2018
Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are not only safer, but often work better.

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Financial Planning Month: 5 things you can do to take the fear out of your finances
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - October is Financial Planning Month, so there is no better time to face your financial fears and make actionable changes to get yourself on track when it comes to managing your money. While nearly half of Americans (47 percent) find the prospect of financial planning scary, it doesn’t have to be.

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Open for business but also open for hackers?
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Protection against cyber attacks is crucial for any small business. A surprising report says that the average small business website is attacked by bots 44 times a day; however, many small businesses can’t picture themselves as a target. It’s easy to think that only large companies are subject to cyber threats, and therefore, overlook developing cybersecurity systems and tools due to cost and lack of resources. Thus, this is the exact reason why hackers will target small businesses — they are expecting to find weaknesses. It is essential for small businesses to protect their data, develop backup measures, and build recovery plans to counteract cyber threats in order to reduce the risk of losing everything they've worked so hard to build.

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Monday 10/01/2018
How women business owners cracked the glass ceiling
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - Today there are nearly 12 million women-owned small businesses in the United States that generate almost $1.7 trillion in revenues. But 30 years ago, it wasn’t the same story — these business owners’ financial futures could have been out of their hands due to sexist lending practices, incomplete government data and limited advocacy on their behalf.

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5 reasons a legal plan is a voluntary benefit you need
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - We all know about health and dental insurance, but did you know there is a workplace benefit for everyday legal matters that occur throughout life? Choosing to see an attorney when you buy a home and need someone to represent you at the closing or when you need to handle an issue with a landlord can be a costly endeavor. Rather than trying to wade through complicated legalese on your own, or paying thousands of dollars in attorney fees, you may have access to a benefit at work that allows you to see attorneys for common legal issues.

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Top 5 questions to ask your office manager to go green
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:36 am

(BPT) - While office managers are often the biggest champions for keeping their offices environmentally friendly, many may not be aware that being eco-friendly now goes far beyond recycling bins and reusable water bottles.

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Tuesday 09/25/2018
Using data to deliver better customer experience
Updated: January 18, 2019 - 2:41 am

(BPT) - Today, food delivery competition has expanded from traditional restaurants to include local grocery stores and data-driven giants like Amazon. To stand out, companies need a competitive differentiator. Domino’s, founded in 1960, cut through the increased competition’s crust and remains one of the largest pizza companies in the world because it recognizes this.

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