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To Combat Rising U.S. Poverty, Banks Are Taking Lessons From The Developing World

Posted on 5/29/2013 by Ray Lamboy

Poor people in the U.S. need help, too, and banks are finding ways to give it to them by following models set up in places like Bangladesh.

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15 Ways to Stay Healthy While Working Insane Startup Hours

Posted on 5/28/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Managing Your Business

Working at a startup is awesome...and often, utterly exhausting. As a CEO or founder, you’ll be forced to wear so many hats at your new business that it’ll feel like your to-do list multiplies whenever you DO sleep. Burnout is a very real problem, though, and one no new startup can afford to withstand.

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The Biggest Trends in Business for 2013

Posted on 5/22/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business & The Economy

Remember when virtual reality was all the rage? What about the daily-deal explosion? We love a good story and a quick cash infusion, but when it comes down to it, we're far bigger fans of businesses built on a solid foundation -- those that can weather the economy's fits and starts; that can embrace what's trendy but don't crash when kids move on to the next big thing; that address the wants and needs of America's increasingly diverse population. Our list of the trends we've got our eyes on will help anchor your business, present or future, in reality. From cooking up goodies that satisfy America's growing taste for all things spicy -- a sign of our shifting demographics -- to helping workers who are locking the door on traditional office setups, these trends are built to last (at least for a while). Consider this a jumping-off point as you envision new products and services -- and look at it as a heads-up on evolving ways to manage your current business. Now, to your future.

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New Employee? Use the New I-9 Form

Posted on 5/21/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Managing Your Business

It is quite likely you missed the fact that USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) issued a new Form I-9 with a requirement for use by employers beginning on May 9, 2013. Here are answers to some common questions HR professionals and business owners may have about this form.

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America’s Gen X Independents: Working to Live, Not Living to Work

Posted on 5/15/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Managing Your Business

Gen X is the first generation to add “on-my-terms” to the job equation. Hailing from the first real latchkey generation, Gen Xers fiercely protect their own time, work independently and self-identify as creative and resourceful. Reaching adulthood during one of the longest economic expansions in US history, Gen Xers faced few uphill employment battles and rolled out of school right into the workforce. Yet, having witnessed their parents’ layoffs in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s, Gen X lacks the trust and confidence that jobs are the cornerstone to overall well-being. They’re successful at work, but unlike their workaholic parents, their work identity has never been key to their personal brand. Until now, that is.

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10 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Business

Posted on 5/14/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

What's in a name? When deciding what to call your company, the answer is plenty. A business name can be too broad or too confining. It can be too quirky or not memorable enough. The challenge is to pick a name that's catchy, but also fits well with your particular type of business. Here are 10 questions to ask as you ponder various names. Remember, this decision could be the difference between success and failure in your business!

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ON THE GROUND: Call For Artists in Camden, NJ

Posted on 5/8/2013 by Ray Lamboy in LAEDA News

Flying Kite Media is accepting proposals for art in the vacant storefront of 433 Market St in downtown Camden, NJ for display from May 16 to July 30.

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Top 5 Expenses a Startup Cannot Avoid

Posted on 5/7/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Small Business Planning

Initiating a business is exciting, fun even. But startup dreamers shouldn’t forget the business of starting a business. Sure, it’s enjoyable to pick out a cool logo, a mission statement, a team of professionals to back your vision and a sweet office rental. But don’t let the looming, obligatory startup expenses involved in getting your startup off the ground get lost in the excitement.

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Money Rules for Small Business Success

Posted on 5/2/2013 by Ray Lamboy in Personal Finance

Small Business Owners are among the most optimistic people on the planet – I think you have to be to do what you do. But according to recent research, you aren’t feeling particularly great right now. In March, the National Federation of Small Business Index of Small Business Optimism turned downward.

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LAEDA Partners with Comcast to Clean Up Von Neida Park in the Cramer Hill Section of Camden, NJ

Posted on 5/1/2013 by Ray Lamboy

Cramer Hill, Camden, NJ – On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Latin American Economic Development Association, Inc. (LAEDA) partnered with the Salvation Army, St. Anthony of Padua School and Cramer Hill CDC to host Comcast Cares Day in the Cramer Hill section of Camden, NJ.

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