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Posted 9/12/17 at 7:23 AM | Mark John

5 Ways Businesses Can Help Communities Prosper

Recent changes in the way businesses interact with their customers have facilitated a new dynamic that encourages engagement, and close cooperation with the business sector. The impersonal nature of big business has largely been done away with, in favour of closer cooperation between the corporate sector and the private sector. Nowadays, partnerships are being built on a local, regional, and state level. These local businesses offer many benefits that big business simply cannot compete with, by providing the personal touch that is so lacking in large multinational corporations.

Businesses can assist communities in a myriad of ways. Our listing includes 5 of the most effective ways that business and community can enjoy a harmonious, symbiotic relationship:

1. Whether you are self-employed, or working for a company, you will appreciate the value of a health care plan for you and your family. The business sector is best positioned to offer these services to families, and individuals. President Barack Obama pushed through Obamacare as an affordable way (at the time) for Americans to be insured against medical illness, existing conditions, and medical emergency. Employers are mandated by law to provide healthcare benefits to full-time employees, and this is extremely beneficial to the well-being of communities. While the costs are frowned upon, and coverage is somewhat limited, this is still the lesser of two evils that exists in society. Until the Trump administration conjures up a plan with wide-ranging support, Obamacare is the law of the land. FULL POST

Posted 9/11/17 at 5:04 AM | Mark John

Strengthening Unity Between Couples and Singles At Church

There is a push for Christian churches to do better at including singles in activities. Author Gina Dalfonzo has written a book with the purpose of helping churches do better at the inclusion of single adults.

While churches offer many activities for couples and families, there are fewer (if any) opportunities or services aimed at the single population. And this can have an adverse effect, causing singles to feel alienated from their place of worship and their communities.

The following suggestions will help your church become a more welcoming place to singles and couples alike.

1. Realize that relationships have shifted dramatically
Adults are marrying later and having children later than they were 10 or 20 years ago. Some singles would prefer to work on their relationship with themselves, God, and their careers first. Some singles have found themselves single due to divorce or death against their wishes. There are an infinite number of reasons why a person might be single, and accepting their current life state rather than trying to fix or help them is the most important thing we can do. The New Testament has a high view of singleness (some of the many great saints never married!) FULL POST

Posted 8/28/17 at 1:18 PM | Mark John

Top Trading Opportunities for Gold Bugs

The price of gold has steadily been rising towards the end of August. Currently hovering at the $1,300 per ounce level, the price of gold has gained on growing uncertainty in stock markets. The Dow Jones, S&P 500 Index, Nasdaq Composite Index, and NYSE have performed sub-optimally in August, with 1-month declines across all indices including the Dow Jones. Gold naturally benefits from this uncertainty and it has rallied accordingly.

• On August 1, 2017, the Dow Jones was trading at 21,963.92 and by August 28, 2017 was at 21,843.15.
• On August 1, 2017, the S&P 500 Index was trading at 2,476.35 and by August 28 was trading at 2,443.05.
• On August 1, 2017, the NASDAQ Composite Index was trading at 6,362.94 and by August 28 was trading at 6,278.31.
• On August 1, 2017, the NYSE was trading at 12,000.02 and by August 28 was trading at 11, 812.03.

The performance of gold is inversely correlated with the performance of equities markets. As a case in point, gold was trading at $1,298.00 per ounce on August 28, 2017 – for a 30-day gain of 2.04%. On Friday 28 July 2017 gold was trading at $1,268.40 per ounce and the precious metal has appreciated by $30 per ounce over the month. The sharp rise in the gold price is a result of several geopolitical factors, namely escalating tensions with North Korea and the US. Additionally, there are growing concerns about the inefficacy of the Trump Presidency. As the White House battles to find its way – opponents are seizing on the difficulties to delegitimize the Trump administration with a barrage of scathing media attacks. FULL POST

Posted 8/27/17 at 1:16 PM | Mark John

Get a Fresh Financial Start With Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

No one ever plans for bankruptcy, but life's circumstances can get in the way of our finances. A medical emergency, lost job or many other unexpected events can cause your financial troubles to spiral out of control. Making the choice to go into bankruptcy may be an answer to your problems. Through bankruptcy, you can prevent repossessions, stop a foreclosure, creditor harassment and alleviate the burden of your debt.

Proverbs 6:5 talks about a bird's freedom from the snare of a fowler. This verse can be likened to debt. Just like the bird who gets more entwined in a trap, you too can fall deeper into debt, even when you are doing your best to come out of it.
Debt can keep us awake at night, can cause us to spend more time worrying than praying. It creates an unhealthy environment in many homes, but this can be avoided by taking one bold step to become debt free.

Why You Should Choose Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

When people talk about filing for bankruptcy, they are referring to Chapter 7. That’s because it is the most straightforward and common type of bankruptcy.

Not everyone can file for Chapter 7, there is an eligibility criterion which you must meet before your application can be put through. For example, your income cannot be over a certain amount, you cannot have previously filed a chapter 7 bankruptcy in the last eight years, or else the courts will dismiss your case. Typically, Chapter 7 bankruptcy will work best for people who: FULL POST

Posted 8/14/17 at 4:14 AM | Mark John

Ten Ways To Promote Your Digestive Health

Your digestive system is responsible for breaking down the foods that you consume into nutrients and molecules that your body needs. When you neglect your digestive health, you can begin to experience a number of problems, including digestive disturbances, bloating, nutritional deficiencies and trouble digesting food. Let's take a look at ten ways that can promote your digestive health to ensure that it runs efficiently and you remain healthy.

1. Dietary supplements – A supplement specially formulated to promote digestive health will contain antioxidants to help counteract free radicals and inflammation. There are many essential oils like clove oil, thyme oil and oregano oil that can kill parasites, improve circulation, decrease inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and increase digestive enzymes and digestive juices in the gastrointestinal tract.

2. Drink plenty of fluids – One of the most important things you can do to improve your digestive health is to ensure you remain properly hydrated. Your digestive tract needs plenty of fluids to function properly. The fiber you eat pulls water from the colon to create bulkier and softer stools which are easier to pass. FULL POST

Posted 8/8/17 at 5:35 AM | Mark John

Answer these 4 Simple Questions Before You Blow Out Your Emergency Fund

An emergency savings fund is smart financial tool that can keep you out of debt, help you sort out emergencies, and reduce your financial worries. If you have an emergency savings funds, you are definitely on a higher rung of the financial ladder than people who live from paycheck to paycheck. However, having an emergency savings fund is only half the battle, the real problem is knowing how to identify expenses that qualify as a true emergency.

For instance, someone might consider an impromptu party an emergency that warrants taking money out of the fund to buy a new dress. To another person, a sudden breakdown in the washing machine is an emergency that warrants taking money to buy a new washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher. Unfortunately, if you don't identify real emergencies, you'll blow out your emergency fund on quasi-emergencies and you'll be left cash-stranded when a real emergency emerges. This piece provides four question you should answer before you take money out of your emergency savings fund. FULL POST

Posted 7/27/17 at 4:04 AM | Mark John

Wedding Gift Ideas- How to Make an Unforgettable Mark with Personalized Wedding Gifts

A good wedding usually involves more than just the partying and fun that comes with it- it is a time when special memories are created and these memories are meant to last for an entire lifetime. Even though the main focus is always going to be on the bride and the bridegroom, they are not the only ones who carry good memories away from the weddings and the people involved, especially friends, relatives and other invited guests also get to share in the same. So, naturally, if you have been invited to a wedding then you want to bring with you a special gift that the wedding couple is going to remember for the rest of their lives, or at least for most of it.

Choosing the right wedding gift is almost always a tough decision especially for people who are not quite used to doing this kind of thing. Of course if you are a billionaire then you could just spend a couple of millions on anything and still make an unforgettable mark. But, if you are like the rest of us then you might want to look for something that is a little less expensive and yet just as hard to forget. Personalized wedding gifts can help you achieve this.

By definition, personalized gifts are gifts that have been specifically made or designed and then customized to suit just a specific person or people. So a personalized wedding gift is a wedding gift customized just for the wedding couple. It has to be something that will hold a special meaning, message or thought that the couple will remember for years, or even decades, to come even though the same gift may not necessarily be of any value at all to a different couple. FULL POST

Posted 7/17/17 at 8:14 AM | Mark John

8 Tips for Successful Business Plan Writing

Entrepreneurs and small business owners often wonder what the key is to write a successful business plan. Obvious mistakes and omissions are quite common - especially for the first business business writer how to write a business plan they do not know. Fortunately, these mistakes are easy to avoid. Here are eight tips to help you write a business plan like a pro!

1. Start with the end in mind - In Alice in the country said the Cheshire Cat Alice: "If you do not know where you are going, a path will take you there." The same goes for your business and your business plan - If you do not have a goal, you do not need a plan.

You already know the importance of a business plan, so sit back and outline your goals before you start writing it. Where should the company be in five years? What is the mission of the company? Do you want a great company, or just live comfortably and pay bills? Would you like to be your company finally acquired? When answering questions like these, and beginning with the end in mind, you should focus your business plan in the right direction in the situation.

2. Learn about your customers through market research - You might think you know your customers, but are you actually sitting down to talk to them? You may be the coolest widget in the world to create, but if no one wants your widgets fresh, your business is going to be a failure. Talk to your customers. Surveys. Lead groups. Find out where customers fail to meet their needs and build a product that meets these needs. A little research can go a long way. FULL POST

Posted 7/11/17 at 3:15 PM | Mark John

4 Honest Ways to Increase Your Church's Attendance

Are the pews looking sparse on Sunday morning? If so, you're not alone. According to the latest Gallup poll, only 26% of Americans attended church once a week in 2016. It can be discouraging when you know you have a great message to share and not nearly as many people as you'd like to share it with.

Fortunately, you can solve this problem by developing a marketing plan. We know—it sounds a little weird to think of "marketing" your church. But just like a business needs good marketing to prompt shoppers to buy its products, you need good marketing to encourage people to visit your church. Here are four tools to get you going, and put more people in those pews.

1. Community involvement

Small businesses get out in the neighborhood for the same reasons as churches: working in the community helps people associate good feelings and develop loyalty to you when they find out all of good things you’re doing. You probably already are doing great work in the community, but it’s time to let people know about it. Design matching T-shirts with your church name on them, so people can easily spot you when you're out and about. You can also publish alerts in the newspaper or post flyers around town to let people know what projects you're working on and even invite them to join you. FULL POST

Posted 7/6/17 at 9:53 AM | Mark John

Why Networking is So Important in Business

Have you built up a network of business contacts that you can call on when you need to? If not, it's something you should consider doing as quickly as possible. Once you start reaching out to other like-minded people, you will start to notice huge differences in your business. Below are some of the main reasons why networking in this way is so important for a modern business owner.

Your Business Will Generate More Sales and Profits

According to business experts like Sam Ovens, many people already have some kind of network, but don't understand how to leverage the contacts they have, so that they can make more sales and profits. Sam says that “When you’re first starting out, don’t forget about your personal network of friends and family”. Many of these people may be interested in what your business has to offer or they can refer your business to other people and companies.

Monetising your existing network in this way could be the start of something much bigger. After developing your existing network, you can then look at approaching other individuals and businesses that are in a position to give your products and services much more exposure. FULL POST

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