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Three Reasons Website Maintenance is Critical

By Suzie Meier - Red Technologies Inc. | July 25, 2019

If you are a valued client of Red Technologies, or just a fan of our blog (and who isn’t?!), you’ve heard us regularly recommend updating your website.  But what does this really mean?  And why, after spending so much effort creating a cool website, would you need to turn around and update it every month? Your website is often the first impression clients will receive, so it’s crucial to make it a good one. Here are three big reasons why maintaining your website monthly will earn you a big return...

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“Why” Long Term Care Insurance?

By Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota / June 1, 2014

Rising life expectancy means that the potential need for “long term care” grows with every passing year of your life. Current statistics indicate that six out of every ten people in the United States will need some form of long term care during their lifetime. Most long term care expenses are not covered by Social…

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The Small Business: How do you know when you need HR?

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group / May 3, 2014

For the small business owner, conquering challenges like creating new business opportunities, improving the bottom line or finding a new office can seem like small potatoes compared to hiring and managing employees. And as the business grows, entrepreneurs can experience major challenges in terms of finding great people, performance issues and the thing we all…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group / May 3, 2014

Do you dread conducting employee performance appraisals? Is it one of the last things you wish to do during your already pressing week? Are you concerned with conveying negative news to sub-par employees? If so, you’re not alone. Writing and conducting annual performance reviews is ranked as one of the least favorable activities of management.…

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How High Trust In Organizations Leads To Improved Performance

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / May 3, 2014

The author and leadership expert Warren Bennis has said, “Trust is essential to all organizations.” Yes, organizations that operate in an environment of high trust eliminate barriers to performance and stimulate employees to hone their skills and step up their game. You won’t be surprised to know that when your employees trust and have open…

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Minnesota Residents – Intention Does Not Always Win

By Roben Hunter, Hunter Advisors, PLLC / May 3, 2014

Minnesota has residents that consider themselves “snowbirds” – spending portions of their time (usually the long, cold, winter months) in a warmer climate and the summer months in Minnesota. Typically, by the time they are ready to retire, at least one of their advisors will tell them that for tax purposes, they would be better…

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Watch Out For The Worker’s Compensation Retaliation Claim!

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / May 3, 2014

One of the “growth” areas in employment litigation is retaliation claims, and in particular retaliation claims relating to worker’s compensation. Close ties between organizations representing employees in worker’s compensation claims and attorneys who handle plaintiffs’ employment retaliation claims, make it very likely that if you terminate an employee with an outstanding worker’s compensation claim, you…

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Race Car Drivers AND Business Owners Win on the Corners – Not on the Straight

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach / April 1, 2014

Car racing comes down to cornering.  Everything else being equal, the driver that can maintain the highest speeds through the corners will have the fastest lap times.  The whole objective when taking a corner is to have the fastest possible speed when exiting the corner. It’s not about having the fastest speed as you come…

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New Mental Health, Substance Abuse Parity Rules Finalized

By Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota / January 1, 2014

The Obama administration finalized new regulations to expand coverage requirements for employers providing mental health and substance abuse treatment under their group health care plans. The long-awaited final rules are based on the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. They will prohibit large employers — defined as firms with more than 50 full-time…

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Trademarks: Geographical Limitations on Trademark Rights

By Michael Sherrill, Sherrill Law Offices / January 1, 2014

A trademark is any word, design, scent, name, sound, or other thing that is capable of distinguishing one person’s or company’s goods from another’s, and indicating that such “branded” goods come from a single source – even if that source is unknown.  A service mark is the same as a trademark; the only difference is…

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Employee or Partner: How to Decide When to Make a Key Employee an Owner in Your Business

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD. / January 1, 2014

In most small to mid-sized businesses, the question arises at some point in the life of the business whether to bring in a new or additional partner to the company.  Usually the question arises under one of two circumstances: (1) the employee is a dynamic rain-maker and you want to make sure he or she…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group / August 1, 2013

Do you dread conducting employee performance appraisals?  Is it one of the last things you wish to do during your already pressing week?  Are you concerned with conveying negative news to sub-par employees?  If so, you’re not alone.  Writing and conducting annual performance reviews is ranked as one of the least favorable activities of  management. …

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Minnesota Residents-Intention Does Not Always Win

By Roben Hunter, Hunter Advisors, PLLC / August 1, 2013

Minnesota has residents that consider themselves “snowbirds” – spending portions of their time (usually the long, cold, winter months) in a warmer climate and the summer months in Minnesota.  Typically, by the time they are ready to retire, at least one of their advisors will tell them that for tax purposes, they would be better…

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Are All Homeowners’ Contents Coverage the Same? No Way!

By Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota / June 1, 2013

Here are 21 Reasons to Purchase Deluxe Contents Coverage The following are covered by deluxe and not standard (put in simple terms): 1) MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE – Jewelry, furs, silver, gold and guns that are lost or misplaced (up to special limits). 2) EARTHQUAKE – Deluxe contents affords earthquake coverage automatically for contents. 3) BROADER WATER…

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How to Get Your Customers to do Your Selling for You

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach / June 1, 2013

We all hope that if we acquire a new customer and deliver our product or services to their expectations, we have a customer for life and through ‘word of mouth’ they’ll introduce us to many more.  While this happens some of the time, it’s a very passive and re-active way to grow your customer base…

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Are your Key Documents Up to Date?

By Kevin Lanigan, Carlson Estate Planning / April 29, 2013

Estate attorneys were relieved when Congress finally agreed to a long-term resolution of the amount of the federal estate tax exemption. Finally, after a decade of not knowing what would happen to federal estate taxes, lawmakers settled the matter when the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 became law.  As a reminder, the estate-tax exclusion,…

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How to Prevent Air Bag Injuries

By Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota / April 1, 2013

Air bags save thousands of lives each year, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In frontal crashes, air bags reduce deaths among drivers by about 30 percent and among passengers by 27 percent. Air bags, however, can be dangerous. If small children sit unbelted in the front seat, they can be catapulted…

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Think Your Business is Different? Here’s Why It’s Costing You Money

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach / April 1, 2013

If I received a dollar every time I heard that statement well, I’d have a lot of dollars.  There is a simple formula that determines where your current profits come from and how to systematically increase your profits.  And this formula applies to every business, everywhere, every time.  If this is the case, why do…

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The Small Business: How Do You Know When You Need HR?

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group / February 1, 2013

For the small business owner, conquering challenges like creating new business opportunities,  improving the bottom line or finding a new office can seem like small potatoes compared to hiring and managing employees. And as the business grows, entrepreneurs can experience major challenges in terms of finding great people, performance issues and the thing we all…

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Create a Safe Driver Culture in Your Business or Home

By Gary Sorenson, Insurance Brokers of Minnesota / February 1, 2013

Being a business owner involves a lot of responsibility.  When you have commercial autos, you become responsible for the safety of your drivers and other road users. That can be a lot to take on, so the best way to deal with it is to share the responsibility.  To create a culture where everybody shares…

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Success through Failure

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach / February 1, 2013

In business, massive failure should be avoided at all costs except if you want to achieve massive success.  The level of success you have experienced in your business and in your life is directly proportional to the level of failure you are willing to experience.  Most of us only achieve a limited amount of success…

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