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Important WordPress Website Functionality Updates are Coming in 2019

By Suzie Meier | January 28, 2019

If your business has a WordPress website, you may have heard rumblings of some upcoming enhancements on the horizon. And if you haven’t heard anything yet, all the more reason to read on! Here at Red Technologies, we appreciate the opportunity to serve businesses and innovate online. We are grateful for our clients’ trust, and it is our priority to help ensure the performance, stability, and security of websites we manage. We also work to provide industry knowledge and share information on upcoming changes. As we explore the two upgrades...

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Lead Meetings People WANT to Attend

By Gayle Noakes / January 28, 2019

Is this possible? Can there be meetings people actually WANT to attend? Yes, there can! I have led many of them. There are simple but powerful factors that make meetings effective. In this article, I would like to focus on just one: The Meeting Outline. The Meeting Outline is a simple but critical component to…

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Important WordPress Website Functionality Updates are Coming in 2019

By Suzie Meier / January 28, 2019

If your business has a WordPress website, you may have heard rumblings of some upcoming enhancements on the horizon. And if you haven’t heard anything yet, all the more reason to read on! Here at Red Technologies, we appreciate the opportunity to serve businesses and innovate online. We are grateful for our clients’ trust, and…

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Hiring Mistakes and What to Do About Them

By Sharon Berglund | Bergland HR Consulting / January 28, 2019

Any leader that has hired more than ten people has made at least one hiring mistake. The problem is compounded in a small business because of the impact each employee has on your success. One of the most common concerns I hear from leaders is that the person they hired is technically sound but they…

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Make Estate Settlement Easier for Loved Ones

By Stacey Edwards Jones / January 28, 2019

There are essentially two avenues the estate settlement process can take: through the probate process (if the decedent had a will, or no will, and the decedent’s probate assets totaled $75,000 or more) or through private trust administration (if the decedent had a revocable living trust). LOCATE THE DOCUMENTS If the decedent left a will,…

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What is Your Business Worth?

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / November 1, 2018

A common question for business owners when they start to ponder their exit strategy is how to figure out what their business is worth.  Valuation experts like the Corporate Cranium’s Roben Hunter can give you an expert assessment based upon professionally accepted valuation methodologies.  Roben will assess value based upon multiple factors including past performance,…

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How to Navigate Workplace Relationships in the #MeToo Era: Practical Advice for Business Owners/Leaders

By Sharon Berglund | Bergland HR Consulting / November 1, 2018

Not since the days of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings has there been so much talk about sexual assault and sexual harassment. Just about everyone has an opinion about the Christine Blasey Ford/Brent Kavanaugh hearings and Justice Kavanaugh’s recent confirmation into the Supreme Court. To complicate matters further, divisiveness in our Country is worse than…

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Video is the Future

By Suzie Meier / November 1, 2018

How many videos have you watched online today? 2? 20?! Chances are your day is packed with video viewership; from online ads to educational content, clips from family and friends to your favorite forms of entertainment. Need to fix a faucet? Want to try a new makeup application? Looking for some cute puppies to boost…

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Secrets of Success

By Gayle Noakes / November 1, 2018

Successfully managing and growing a small or mid-sized company is a challenge. Pat Boulay, the President / CEO of New Business Minnesota, recently wrote an article sharing the “Secrets of Success” as experienced by Juan Ramirez, the founder of ZoomingSales CRM and a number of other businesses. I work closely with Juan, as the Senior…

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Real Estate – Ask the Experts!

By BruceMcAlpin / November 1, 2018

Why does it seem like some people are always making money on their real estate transactions while you or others like you are not? It’s our goal to help readers better grasp what type of market conditions, locations, timing, property types and improvements are needed or necessary to make the highest and best returns for you, the seller! As…

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Piercing the Corporate Veil

By Stacey Edwards Jones / November 1, 2018

Many small business owners, including farmers, organize and operate their businesses through separate legal entities such as limited liability companies or corporations. Business owners incorporate for a variety of reasons including management, liability protection benefits and self-employment tax savings. But business owners must exercise caution to demonstrate that they, as business owners, and the entity do…

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What to Look For in the Next Contract That You Sign

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / August 6, 2018

Ok, so you are about to sign a contract with a new customer and they send you a ten-page contract to sign before you can start work; what do you look for in that contract?  While it’s a good idea to have complex contracts reviewed by an experienced attorney, there are some basics you can…

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Growing Profitability for Your Business Through Employee Engagement

By Sharon Berglund | Bergland HR Consulting / August 6, 2018

If you own or manage a business it is no secret that there is a war for talent. With McDonalds paying upwards of $15 per hour for entry-level high school students it is a major challenge to recruit high quality employees. High employee engagement is the solution. While serving in my former role as the…

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How Google Chrome’s Browser Changes Will Impact Your Website

By Suzie Meier / August 6, 2018

You may have heard rumblings about the upcoming Google Chrome 68 changes.  For months, Google has been warning users that all websites will need to have SSL Certification for their Chrome browser, or be forever doomed, “NOT SECURE”.  This update, slated for July 2018, has been in the works for years in an effort to…

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Where Will Your Retirement Money Come From?

By Mark Hegstrom, Waterfront Financial Group / August 6, 2018

Tip: Retiring Older. One survey found 22% of baby boomers have found it difficult to pay mortgages or rent and have postponed plans to retire. Source: Insured Retirement Institute, 2018 For many people, retirement income may come from a variety of sources. Here’s a quick review of the six main sources: Social Security Social Security is the government-administered…

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The Key to Business Success & Financial Independence is…Leverage

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach / August 6, 2018

One of the biggest keys to business success is…leverage.  John D. Rockefeller famously said “I would rather earn 1% off 100 people’s efforts than 100% of my own efforts.”  As one of the founders of Standard Oil and the richest man of his time, John D. Rockefeller had successfully mastered the game of business through…

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Study: Employees Are Financially Stressed and What it Means to your Business

By Mark Hegstrom, Waterfront Financial Group / April 24, 2018

I read in the paper today (Star Tribune, 1/1/2018: “Helping workers solve money angst”) some amazing figures.  According to the surveys that were cited, there are a considerable number – a third – of employees who feel uncertainty about money.  These folks think we will be going into a recession this coming year. This is…

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Preparing Your Business for a Separation Between Partners

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / April 18, 2018

One of the most difficult challenges a business owner can face is when things go wrong with another partner/owner and a separation becomes necessary. Here is a checklist of the preliminary things I would look for as either your attorney or as a mediator/business counselor looking to structure your transition.

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Why Retirement Readiness is Not Just a Catch-Phrase

By Mark Hegstrom, Waterfront Financial Group / August 1, 2017

Many employees are confused about retirement and are unprepared to retire on time.  According to the National Institute on Retirement Security (March 2015), 45% of working-age households do not have a retirement account of any kind (e.g. IRA or 401(k)), and the average working-household has virtually no retirement savings – only $2,500 average – when…

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Changes to Minnesota Estate Tax for 2017 and Beyond

By Roben Hunter, Hunter Advisors, PLLC / August 1, 2017

The Minnesota State legislature has changed the estate tax exemption for 2017 and beyond.  The old law states that Minnesota estates that were valued at over $1.8 million dollars had to file an estate state tax return in Minnesota, with the potential payments to the State at an estate tax rate of 16%.  Under the…

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Managing Relationships in a Time of Discord

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / August 1, 2017

There is so much noise in the air these days about all the things that separate people, the things that make us different and isolate us from one another. Everyone seems focused on their individual concerns without a commitment to the greater good. Managing employees, shareholders and business relationships can be daunting in this environment. …

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