6 Lasting Ways Your Business Can Start Giving Back To Its Employees

6 Lasting Ways Your Business Can Start Giving Back To Its Employees

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Attracting and retaining key employees is essential to the success of an organization. When employees are working for organizations that give back, their sense of pride, trust and commitment strengthens.  When employees feel valued and appreciated their dedication is enhanced with a wonderful influx of motivation which contributes to the vitality of the organization.

Here are 6 ways that businesses can invest in good employees.

1. Helping employees earn graduate degrees and MBAs

Olivet Nazarene University in Chicago offers a program where they will come to your office to fulfill certain program requirements onsite.  “Our model is to offer our programs in a variety of settings that essentially take Olivet to the student. We partner with over 20 hospitals and numerous school districts to offer our nursing and education programs onsite at those locations. In addition to our offices in Bourbonnais, Oak Brook, and Rolling Meadows, we have classes running over 100 different locations in Chicagoland and throughout Illinois.”

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The Skinny on SHOP: The Small Business Health Option Program

Under the new laws, affordable healthcare is right around the corner.

Is it me, or do you feel like all of your business expenses are going up? Rent is higher, payroll fees are up, taxes in California, healthcare costs. These are all fixed costs, meaning that they don’t go down. They stay where they are and that means less money flows to your bottom line.

Check this out. I’ve got a fixed cost for you that could go lower! Like 10-30% lower — now that’s a ballpark.

Your healthcare costs. Yep! Whether you are self employed, a small business with employees, or an individual, you need to know what is coming down the pike on Jan 1, 2014.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Fitness and Nutrition Business

The Great Recession seems to finally be turning around – albeit slowly – but many people are still having trouble finding jobs, and other have realized that the security they once thought working for a corporation brought them is an illusion. Because of this, more and more people are looking to start their own businesses and build something for themselves. But what if you’re just not sure what kind of business you’d be qualified for, or which ones have the best chance at succeeding?

One industry that a lot of people don’t give a lot of thought to is fitness and nutrition – but they should, because success stories happen all the time in this industry. Since its birth in the mid-90s, Zumba has spread to 110 countries and 90,000 locations. The Fresh Diet, a healthy meal delivery service created in 2006, has quickly grown to become the “largest U.S. food producer in the freshly-prepared, daily delivery category,” according to their website. Why? Read on and see. Continue reading

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Taking Your Business to the Top!

What inspires big business leaders and entrepreneurs? How do the best leaders at the top, the Donald Trumps of the business world get their drive and motivation? The beginning of a new year is a great time to get your inspiration on and grow your business. How do you do it and not lose sight of what you started along the way? These 4 tried and true tips are the ultimate to keep in mind that successful entrepreneurs everywhere use to get to the top!

1. Set Football Field Goals

Picture a football field. The goal is to run the ball to into the end zone and score, right? Along the way you hit different field markers, 5 yards, 10 yards, 15 yards and so on. You can’t get to the end without passing these markers. The same rings true with goals. What about a Hail Mary you ask? The receiver must run past and the ball must fly over each yard before they reach their destination. Continue reading

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Trend Watch: Up and Coming Industries

The months from February to April can be some of the slowest of the year. After the excitement of the holidays, winter can feel endless while waiting for summer. Spice up those short winter days with a new business venture or by taking your business to the next level of success. To give you some inspired ideas, here are some of the newest industries that are taking off this year.

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