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Allowances Don't Teach Kids About Money - You Do

Published on August 23, 2017

Many parents tell me they feel guilty about allowances. They aren’t consistent about when and how they give their kids money. They wonder if allowances should be tied to chores. Even how they dole out money can be a problem. Cash is easiest, but much of what kids want to buy — downloads of a favorite show, a toy on Amazon, a realm in Minecraft — requires plastic.

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14 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks

Published on August 09, 2017

Ransomware attacks are the fastest growing malware threats. On average, more than 4,000 ransomware attacks have occurred daily since January 1, 2016. Ransomware, a type of malicious software that infects and restricts access to a computer until a ransom is paid, affects businesses of all sizes. The good news is that there are best practices you can adopt to protect your business.

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Fed Hikes Rates Again

Published on June 28, 2017

For the second time in 2017, and the third time within seven months, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark Federal Funds Rate at its June 13-14 meeting. As expected, the increase was set at 0.25 percent, bringing the new target rate range to between 1 to 1.25 percent.

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Director's Corner: Steve Bargiacchi

Published on April 24, 2017

For Steve Bargiacchi, owning his own business was not a matter of if but when. 

“Growing up I was either cutting yards or painting house and having my friends help,” Bargiacchi says, “Whatever was going on, I usually had some business opportunity in the works.” 

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Customer Spotlight: Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes

Published on April 17, 2017

Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes takes great pride in having been a family-owned-and-operated business for 35 years. And this sense of family throughout the culture of Billy Hardwick's All Star Lanes is consistently evident when Rebecca Hardwick, widow of the late Billy Hardwick, and her daughter, Kelly Frasure, talk about their bowling center and its history.

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