Small Business Owners Get Good News on PPP Loan Forgiveness

Posted on 29. Jul, 2020 by in COVID-19, Small Business Tips

Small business owners, self-employed workers and freelancers received some welcome news when Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act. This new law clarifies how businesses can qualify to have all or a portion of its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiven. Here is what you need to know: December 31, 2020 is the new […]

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Help! My Stimulus Payment is Wrong or Missing!

Posted on 27. Jul, 2020 by in COVID-19, IRS, Small Business Tips

Millions of Americans already received their economic impact payment. But what if you’re still waiting or your payment was for an incorrect amount? Here are some common scenarios why you may not have received your payment, or the payment you did receive was for an incorrect amount, and what you can do. Your payment was […]

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Get Rid of Your Kids’ Summertime Blues

Posted on 21. Jul, 2020 by in Children, Family, Gratitude, Misc. Articles

Have some family fun with these activities (while social distancing, of course!) Let’s be honest. This is a strange summer. With many recreation activities canceled or significantly altered because of this year’s pandemic and social distancing guidelines, families need to be creative to keep their kids energized and engaged. Never fear! Here’s a list of […]

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Important Financial Questions to Discuss with Your Aging Parents

Posted on 14. Jul, 2020 by in Aging, Retirement Accounts, Social Security

Many Americans have been focused on their own finances over the past several months. But don’t neglect helping those closest to you with their finances as well, especially aging parents. Here are some questions to ask your parents to help them sort through their financial picture. Have you decided when you’ll start taking Social Security […]

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The New Face of Banking

Posted on 07. Jul, 2020 by in Banking, COVID-19, Mortgage, Small Business Tips

It suddenly just got a whole lot more difficult to buy a home The banking sector is the latest industry to dramatically change how it operates in response to the current economic environment. The most visible change for consumers are new requirements for taking out a mortgage. Here are some tips for working with banks […]

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Keep Cultivating Your Network

Posted on 02. Jul, 2020 by in Customers, Employees, Misc. Articles, Self Improvement, Small Business Tips, Social Networking, Technology, Video Conferencing

Don’t let social distancing get in the way of your personal and professional relationships Keeping up with your friends and maintaining professional relationships is a challenge as most in-person activities have come screeching to a halt. Drive-by birthday parties, video happy hours and pre-recorded commencement speeches are the new normal. Despite social distancing guidelines, here […]

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Ideas to Help Local Businesses

Posted on 26. Jun, 2020 by in Gratitude, Misc. Articles, Small Business Tips

Shuttered businesses are realizing that lifting lockdown restrictions doesn’t mean a return to business as usual. Social distancing guidelines and a public wary of venturing into crowded environments means light customer traffic for many businesses. Here are several ideas to help local businesses financially as they re-open their doors: Continue buying gift cards. For many small […]

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Think Before Tapping Your 401(k) as Emergency Fund

Posted on 23. Jun, 2020 by in COVID-19, IRS, Retirement Accounts

Do you need a quick infusion of cash? Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as […]

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Be Prepared for Pandemic Tax Surprises

Posted on 14. Jun, 2020 by in COVID-19, IRS, Retirement Accounts, Small Business Tips, Tax Tips

Numerous new laws provide economic relief to individuals and businesses hardest hit by this year’s pandemic. This much-needed financial assistance, however, comes with a few strings attached. Here are three potential surprises if you use the available economic relief packages: Getting a tax bill for unemployment benefits. While the $1,200 economic impact payments most Americans received […]

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Are You Prepared?

Posted on 02. Jun, 2020 by in Disaster Plan, Small Business Tips

As small business owners with many of us working from our homes, we do not think about what a disaster can do to our businesses. But over the last couple of months, living through a pandemic, we realize we do need to prepare. With us entering Hurricane season, even those not located in the path of […]

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