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Seasonal flu costs $16.3 billion a year in lost earnings

We haven’t heard as much about the flu this year as we did during last season’s swine flu pandemic scare. To protect Americans, vaccination clinics were hosted everywhere from elementary schools to shopping malls. It is important to remember that ...

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Many banks left on sidelines while nontraditional lenders step up

By Nick Bjork PORTLAND, OR — When Ken Griggs, executive vice president of mortgage banking at NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson, searched for a lender to finance a $4 million industrial property transaction earlier this year, he was shocked to ...

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Telecommunication stocks rock in 2010

Advice to telecom investors who are worried about the economy: Don’t worry, be happy. The proliferation of smartphones such as the iPhone and BlackBerry plus a general increase in Internet activity are boosting data usage dramatically. That has telecommunications firms ...

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Mayors support airport bond amendment

As elected officials, our main job is to protect our citizens and preserve our communities – and that means doing all we can to attract and retain strong businesses and family-wage jobs. That’s an even higher priority these days, as ...

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Rethinking how you motivate others

If you try to motivate people through insults and intimidation (and I know a few of you do), you may want to think about the ripple effects of your actions. As has been widely reported in the media, a second ...

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Why should you care about your ’employment value proposition’?

The promise of an effective employment value proposition is expanding for businesses. Not only are there the perceived benefits of employee loyalty, but today’s studies can back up those perceptions with hard data that demonstrates increased production. For example, in ...

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Don’t let ‘em leave before they ‘test-drive’ your product

According to the guru of automobile sales, Joe Verde, 99 percent of the people who walk onto a dealership lot actually want to take a test-drive. However, only 31 percent of those potential customers actually test-drive a vehicle. How many ...

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Health care reform is now in effect

Sept. 23 is the six-month anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the date that many of the health care law’s provisions go into effect. This fall, employers have been scrambling to ensure their plans are compliant, ...

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