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Stories by Jeff Barrett

Creating equity versus debt

There are a number of useful resources designed to help people get back in the black. Mint is probably the most recognizable free online financial tool.

Rising cost of college education creates need for potential alternatives

WASHINGTON, June 9, 2014 — A recent study by Yconic/Abacus, commissioned by Canada’s Globe and Mail, revealed just how damaging the rising costs of education are becoming. Only 17 percent of Millennials are financially independent from their parents, while 43 percent of the oldest Millennials — 30 to 33-year-olds — are still not financially independent. That ...

Want to get in shape? Eat natural ingredients

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2014 — BioTrim Labs, a maker of natural weight loss supplements, wants people to be doing something better with their bodies. It’s no secret that diet and exercise both play a role in getting in shape. Most diets focus on the quantity of food consumed. However, quality plays an even more important ...

How social media and technology are impacting residential construction

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 — In today’s competitive housing market, it is vital to remain progressive and maintain a real-time awareness of what consumers want. This is where utilizing social media and other technology sources become extremely beneficial.  Businesses can use technology and social media to stay ahead of trends including Pinterest, Houzz and HGTV as well ...

Should lawyers be required to do pro bono work?

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2014 — There is an increasing demand for pro bono work nationally. Low and middle-income individuals continually have unmet legal needs. States like Maryland, Virginia, and New York have each explored making pro bono work mandatory. In debt-collection cases or custody battles, low-income individuals often have to represent themselves. Most often, they go ...

Giving back helps businesses move forward

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 85% of consumers in the United States think a company has a more positive image when it contributes to a cause

Importance of recruiting the right employees

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 — Finding and retaining the right people for your business is important. It’s not just about finding the right people to do the work, as companies are becoming increasingly focused on reducing turnover. Addressing long-term goals during the recruitment process becomes necessary, if not vital. READ ALSO: Building a business from ...

Americans continue to take on more debt

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2014 — Some may ask how bad debt really is in America. Debt can be avoided. It takes better consumer education. READ ALSO: How much risk should you take in business? There is a perception that after the latest recession, people have changed habits, started spending smarter, and that everything has improved. However, statistics ...

Building a business from scratch takes the right ingredients

WASHINGTON, February 12, 2014 — Every business has a why factor. There is a reason why someone starts a business. Whether they are following a passion, see a need that isn’t being met or something in between, there is always something that gets the process started. Not every business has a how factor. This is the ...

How much risk should you take in business?

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 — Venture capital expert Andis Harasani isn’t afraid of risk. In fact, he credits it with getting him to where he is today. “Embrace risk. I consider being a risk-taker one of my strongest characteristics. It’s helped me move up and go further in each of my professions,” said Harasani. Every entrepreneur ...

How nonprofits can stay competitive

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2014 — Maro Zagoras, an experienced nonprofit coach, is improving the sector one nonprofit at a time. Not every nonprofit operates like a business, but they should. Gone are the days when the mission was enough to sustain a nonprofit. It is easier than ever for the average person, the consumer, to become ...

Why frontier markets are different from emerging markets

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 — Frontier markets are their own specific subset. They are investable, but have less stable economies than an emerging market. Once labeled a frontier market, it is possible that a country will become an emerging market over time. However, it is not correct to assume that is necessarily the case. By 2015, ...

New blood test checks for heart attack in the E.R.

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 — A new blood test is being used in emergency rooms to quickly assess whether or not the patient is having a heart attack. Because of the accuracy and efficiency of the test, patients that are having a heart attack can be treated more quickly. The new test, a simple blood test discovered ...

Dangerous heavy metals in our diet: How healthy are the foods you eat?

MILWAUKEE, April 8, 2014 – According to the health site Natural News, many popular everyday foods contain heavy metal contaminants, including mercury. So just how healthy are the foods you eat regularly? ”Our research shows that many common foods contain mercury and other contaminants,” said Natural News. “We are finding and documenting heavy metals in all ...

Everything is bigger in Texas, even home sales, says Megatel Homes

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2014 — Texas-based home construction companies like Megatel Homes have seen a recent increase in consumer demand for their product. Texas now leads the nation in new home sales. In 2013, 30 percent of all homes purchased in Texas were new. That’s nearly double the national average of 16 percent. The 2014 Texas ...

Stock loans a different option for financing

Every startup wrestles with how to secure funding, and lenders like Equities First Holdings LLC are exploring creative alternatives. When applicable, stock loans are a smart way for many entrepreneurs to fund a business. In the early stage of a business, it’s important to hold on to equity. Venture capital isn’t the right option for ...