• Business Analysts

    Business Change Academy builds better business analysts

    Zinhle Ndlovu, a business analyst at Dimension Data, has four years of experience in the role. She says she had numerous ‘Aha!’ moments, especially around the business analyst’s core function. “This programme has guided me in all areas, especially the elicitation of requirements. I’ve found this challenging in the past, and what I have learned at the Business Change Academy will now make this task much more straightforward in future.” Her employer sent her on the fast-track, one-course-a-week diploma programme. Ndlovu says the biggest benefit is that all the learnings led to a renowned award. “I’m excited that I’ll be  

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  • Home Insurance

    5 factors that affect home insurance rates

    Shop around to see if your home insurance rate can be cheaper. (iStock) Several factors can increase your home insurance costs, but consumers can shop around and bundle their rates to slash them. Comparing multiple insurance quotes can potentially save you hundreds of dollars per year. And, ​it’s so easy to get a free quote in minutes​ through Credible’s partners here. What causes insurance rates to go up? The environment in your neighborhood can change over time, increasing your risk of flooding and being impacted by wildfires and earthquakes. If you live in a rural area, the closure  

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  • Health Insurance

    Are You Prepared for Health Care Costs While in Retirement?

    There is a simple and unsettling reality in the United States. Many Americans don’t feel financially prepared for health care costs in retirement. In a recent study of U.S. adults ages 50 to 64, nearly 45{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} had low confidence in their ability to afford health insurance during retirement. We’ve all heard these costs are rising faster than inflation, but how do we plan for something that feels so uncertain?   So, how much is health care likely to cost during retirement? The average 65-year-old couple in 2020 will need $295,000 in today’s dollars during their retirement, excluding long-term care, to cover  

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  • Finance

    Adams Hires Finance Director to Replace Retiring Accountant / iBerkshires.com

    ADAMS, Mass. — The town has hired Crystal Wojcik as town accountant/finance director to replace longtime accountant Mary Beverly who is retiring.   “She is a remarkable young woman and thoroughly impressed her interview panel,” Town Administrator Jay Green said. “In addition to the benefit of recruiting a younger generation into local government,  she is ready to take on this critical position and capable of it. She will represent the town well and will introduce a contagious energy in the role.”   Beverly plans to retire at the end of the month.  

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  • Business News

    Black Business Orlando using social media to connect community to minority businesses

    Black Business Orlando using social media to connect community to minority businesses A collaborative group made up of local Black business owners is working to connect Black businesses with consumers to help keep them in business during the pandemic. ORLANDO, Fla. – A collaborative group made up of local Black business owners is working to connect Black businesses with consumers to help keep them in business during the pandemic. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a report by The National Bureau of Economic Research found 440,000 Black businesses shut down last year from February to April. The  

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  • Insurance

    Climate change is increasing flood risk around the country. Insurance rates are not keeping pace, report finds

    Currently, there are nearly 4.3 million residential properties around the country with a substantial risk of financial loss due to flooding. The report defines “substantial risk” as carrying a 1{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} chance of flooding in any year. Some, but not all, of those homeowners have insurance through the federal government’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides more than 90{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} of the flood insurance policies in the US. But the report finds that those homes face losses each year which dwarf the costs of their NFIP premiums. The average NFIP premium cost today for those properties is around $981,  

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  • Loans

    Rep. Davids calls for Johnson County victims of pandemic loan fraud to be ‘held blameless’

    U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas is urging the federal Small Business Administration to investigate claims of fraudulent small business pandemic relief loans, which have impacted dozens of Johnson County homeowners. Davids’ announcement comes after a Shawnee Mission Post investigation revealed nearly $1 million of pandemic relief loans, called Economic Injury Disaster Loans, or EIDL, were distributed to fraudulent businesses in Johnson County. The loans were obtained using the addresses, and in most cases names, of at least 35 Johnson County residents. The EIDL program expanded in the past year to support small businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In  

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  • Business Marketing

    3 Easy Ways to Use Video to Market Your Business

    If you think your industry will not be affected by the video craze, think again. Video is all hot, both for big brand names as well as solopreneurs. YouTube is the number two search engine behind Google and experts predict that 82{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} of all internet traffic by 2021 will come from video. Here are some more video stats if you’re still not convinced: Nearly 50{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} of internet users search for video demonstrations before making a purchase More than 90{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} of shoppers say YouTube videos have given them gift ideas Viewers retain 95{de3fc13d4eb210e6ea91a63b91641ad51ecf4a1f1306988bf846a537e7024eeb} of a message via video compared to only  

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