In Demand Careers

In Demand Careers

If you are thinking about changing careers, use these employment trends to help you make the right decision. Job opportunities are driven primarily by the demand for certain skill sets organizations need to help them face challenges or capitalize on trends. Looking at the following current challenges and trends is a natural place to start thinking about potential career opportunities: Disruptive technologies Climate change Natural resource limitations Renewable energy The sharing economy The cloud and big data Aging populations Based on these factors and their influence on labor and business environments, here’s what types of skills and expertise experts predict will be in demand by 2020. read...
Climb Every Mountain

Climb Every Mountain

Mountain climbing, also known as mountaineering, is becoming a favorite sport for those seeking an exciting physical challenge. It is a sport that requires significant preparation, however. Whether your goal is a short sojourn or a longer expedition, these tips from rei.com will help you feel secure before you scale your first peak. Know the risks. Participating in any sport brings with it the risk of injury. Mountaineering takes this inherent risk to a whole new level as you face both physical limitations and factors beyond your control such as weather and unwieldy mountain terrain. read...
Your Year-End Tax Planning Checklist

Your Year-End Tax Planning Checklist

We know you’ve probably heard it before, but don’t let repetition stop you from using this tax planning advice to save money come next tax season. Consider it an early Christmas gift… 1) Accelerate deductions. Take steps now to accelerate deductions and defer income for the current year. Deferring tax is a cornerstone of tax planning. If you have income items that you can defer, such as self-employment income, try to do so. 2) Check your withholding and/or estimated tax payments. Checking how much tax you are paying through withholding from your employer or estimated payments (if you are self-employed) now will allow you to make sure you are not paying more tax than you need to. read...
Happy Vegan Holidays

Happy Vegan Holidays

Do you have vegan visitors or family members to entertain this holiday season? We’ve got the help you need to be a vegan-friendly host, courtesy of peta.org. 1) Offer a veggie turkey alternative Meatless birds are becoming more prevalent. Look for brands such as Tofurky, Celebration Roast and Garden Protein’s Veggie Turkey in your local grocery store. 2) Make plenty of stuffing If you’re already planning to make stuffing, a few recipe tweaks will offer one dish that everyone at your table can eat and enjoy. Substitute sausage, bacon or other meat-based broth for vegetable-based.  Then load up your stuffing with your favorite breads, veggies, nuts and fruit to make it your own (and delicious). read...
Cybersecurity Essentials

Cybersecurity Essentials

Cybersecurity threats continue to be an issue. And while many businesses have taken steps to protect against data breaches, it’s often not adequate to fend off today’s aggressive cybercriminals. To help you stay ahead of cybercriminal activity, we’re sharing a few essential strategies your business should implement heading into 2019. Monitor visitors. If you don’t already have one, create a protocol for when visitors come to your business to keep your data safe. Employees should be trained to escort all clients to the person they are meeting with. read...

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