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 Facebook could cost you a future job 
Facebook could cost you a future job
Finally, you land a killer opportunity, pass the phone screen and show up to an interview with a hiring manager. Just as you think you are about to close the deal, she spins her computer screen around and asks you to login to your Facebook account. What do you do? This is common enough that it now has a name: Shoulder Surfing. According to Lori Andrews, a law professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law specializing in Internet privacy, this practice is “coercion if you need a job”. Not to men....

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 Taking notes in the Job Interview 
 Taking notes in the Job Interview
Job interviews are all about exchanging information, information about the job, yourself, your past and your industry expertise. At times, a job interview can feel like an examination. Better study. There is also a lot to take in during a job interview. Since our school days we have been trained to take notes, to study them and refer to them in our discourse. It is the best way to acquire and retain critical information. You might be inclined to take notes during a job interview. You might....

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 Will Walmart pay raises spread? 

 
Will Walmart pay raises spread?
Some big box store employees soon will make more money, and enjoy some other benefits, too. The question now is whether that will spread. Beginning in April, Walmart employees' starting pay will be $9 an hour. By February 2016, U.S. associates will earn $10 an hour, new associates will still start at $9, and after a six-month training period will earn $10 an hour, according to the company. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson applauds Walmart’s bold, new initiatives that would, in part, ra....

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 Tax credit brings changes to your 2014 tax returns 
  Tax credit brings changes to your 2014 tax returns
When filing your 2014 federal income tax return, you will see some changes related to the Affordable Care Act. Millions of people who purchased their coverage through a health insurance Marketplace are eligible for premium assistance through the new premium tax credit, which individuals chose to either have paid upfront to their insurers to lower their monthly premiums, or receive when they file their taxes. When you bought your insurance, if you chose to have advance payments of the premium t....

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 Checking for errors on your taxes can help you avoid fines 

Checking for errors on your taxes can help you avoid fines
For many small businesses, tax form filing season can be one of the most dreaded times of the year. But there is one simple step that can save you and your business headache, and money: double-check all reporting documents and deadlines. While checking these easy-to-find facts seems like a simple thing to do, it is one of the most neglected actions among small- to mid-sized companies. It is vital to double-check the information on tax forms for accuracy, while also making yourself aware ....

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 6 Tips: Who should file a 2014 Tax Return
6 Tips: Who should file a 2014 Tax Return
Most people file their tax return because they have to, but even if you don’t, there are times when you should. You may be eligible for a tax refund and not know it. This year, there are a few new rules for some who must file. Here are six tax tips to help you find out if you should file a tax return: 1. General Filing Rules. Whether you need to file a tax return depends on a few factors. In most cases, the amount of your income, your filing status and your age determine if you must file ....

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 IRS helps you understand the Health Care Law
IRS helps you understand the Health Care Law
The new IRS publication will help you learn about how the Affordable Care Act affects your taxes. While the health care law has several parts, this publication breaks down what is new for the 2014 federal tax return you will be filing in 2015. This new publication provides important information for taxpayers who: Had health insurance coverage for the entire year, did not have health coverage for each month of the year, and purchased health insurance from the Marketplace. Might be eligibl....

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 Highlight your business with the 8(a) Business Development Highlight your business with the 8(a) Business Development Program
If you have a small company that is not earning enough or is at a disadvantage, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a program that can help your business be more competitive. The 8(a) Business Development Program provides assistance for small, disadvantaged businesses. It helps entrepreneurs who want to strengthen their companies and also helps them get exclusive government contracts. Program benefits. Businesses that participate in the 8(a) program can: Receive sole-source....

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Gas prices are down a dollar in 47 states
All but three states have seen average gas prices fall at least $1 during the second half of 2014, according to data provided by AAA. Gas prices dropped the most in Ohio, where the average price for a gallon was $2.03, a full $1.9 lower than it was on June 1, according to data provided by AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report. A number of factors have contributed to the plummeting price of crude oil worldwide since June, which has resulted in lower prices at the pump. Generally, money save....
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Hispanics are optimistic about their financial future
Hispanics are fairly optimistic about their financial future, believing they have the power to make their dreams a reality and that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed, according to the Elements of Success Study, commissioned by Northwestern Mutual. At the same time, Hispanics are financially motivated by the need to be prepared for the unexpected, knowing their families will be protected. The study suggests there are definitive differences in how Hispanics view their education, c....
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2014 MED Week concludes with Awards Banquet
Philander Smith College was the setting for the final event of the Little Rock Regional Chamber's 32nd Annual Minority Enterprise Development Week, the college presented and hosted the Little Rock Regional Minority Business Awards Luncheon. The event was held on September 22, featured founder and producer of Private Stock Studio LLC, and nationally-known actress and comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney. Little Rock Chamber Executive Committee member Myron Jackson, whose company, The D....
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Hispanic Women learn at Business Boot Camp
Accion Arkansas an extension of Accion Texas Inc., a nonprofit, multi-state micro-and small business lender that specialized in credit and services to small businesses and entrepreneurs who do not have access to loans from commercial sources empowered Arkansas Hispanic women with the first financial workshop 'en Español'. Organized by the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, “Emprendedoras 2014" a Hispanic Women Conference was a sounded success with over 30 entrepreneurs attending a....
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Blacks, Hispanics and women lose ground at tech companies
Tech giant Apple earned some embarrassing headlines after releasing data revealing that they are still employing primarily white and Asian men in their best-paying jobs. It appears that, for all of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s tweeting about how “inclusion inspires innovation,” significant disparity between the rhetoric and the reality remains. While Apple’s striking demographic data is not unlike that of many other tech firms, the report was an uncomfortable reminder of how the tech world one of....
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CGWG, Borkowski to offer free legal training in Spanish to Hispanic community
The law firm of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus, P.C., (CGWG) is known for preventive law strategies and exceptional educational programs. These trainings are offered to employers and human resources professionals around the state to help minimize exposure to lawsuits and liability in the workplace. For the first time ever, CGWG is offering its popular Basic Supervisor Training in Spanish for Central Arkansas employers. The basic Supervisor Training, developed by the attorneys at CG....
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Ben E. Keith expanding, adding jobs
Ben E. Keith, a distributor of food service products, announced plans to build a new, expanded North Little Rock facility. The company will invest $60 million in a new 300,000-square-foot facility that will be the company’s Mid-South Regional Headquarters. Through the expansion, the company will add 74 new jobs and retain 260 current jobs at an average wage of $33.75 per hour. The expansion is made possible through a $1.5 million grant through the U.S. Commerce Department’s Econ....
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