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Federal Labor Standards Act Changes Blocked

As many of you probably already planned for, today was to be the date the new changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act would go into effect. However, the lawsuit that was filed in September by 21 states, including Iowa, went before a Texas judge last week. At the end of the day on Tuesday, breaking news hit the internet.

How to Create a Business Succession Plan

Business owners are well advised to begin creating a business succession plan as soon as possible. Even if a business owner doesn’t plan to transfer his/her business for many years, the plan should still be in place in case something unexpected arises. That said, picking up the pen and actually creating the succession plan can be very daunting for even the most sophisticated business owners.

Becoming an Entrepreneur - Interview with David Ballheim

I would recommend you really know and trust your financial resources. Of all the challenges I have faced the financial challenges in the beginning were the ones that kept me up at night. Whether you are self-financing your business, borrowing from a family member or going to the bank you must really understand what you’re getting into. If you’re self-financing, be extremely honest with yourself and the potential impact your investment will have on your household. If you’re borrowing from a family member think of what you’d do if that resource suddenly went away.

Five Reasons to Have a Succession Plan

Working to grow and maintain a business is undeniably challenging. Juggling customer and employee needs, dealing with business operations, and remaining profitable are enough to keep any small business owner on their toes. But what happens after you put in the work to make your business a success? What happens when you are ready to retire or move on? Who takes over if something happens to you or your partners? Have you conveyed your long-term wishes and goals for the business?

Work for Yourself@50+

Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation and also pave the way to greater financial security down the road?

SBA to Host Lender Matchmaking Fair for Entrepreneurs

Are you seeking financing to start or expand a business? This upcoming Matchmaking Fair might be for you. But hurry - registration is limited!

How Small Retailers Can Compete with Big Box Stores

Holiday season is here. There is no denying the holiday music in the store or the twinkling, sparkling decorations beginning to take over. And in just a few short weeks, Black Friday will be upon us. But, following Black Friday and gaining steam each year, is Small Business Saturday.

Best Gifts for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? If you’re stuck on what to get your boss, friend who’s a business owner, or sibling that’s a budding entrepreneur, we’ve got you covered. We’re kicking off the list with some of the more common and functional gifts leading into the ones that, shall we say, are more on the zany side.

Holiday Events in Waverly - A Year of Planning

How many of you have attended a community event for a holiday? I’m guessing quite a few of you. This month, we talked to Travis Toliver, Executive Director of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce, to learn a bit more about the behind the scenes planning and preparation that takes place for their community’s holiday celebrations.

Entrepreneurial Spotlight - Designs by Bernie

The holiday season is all about giving, and many times that giving includes a nice floral arrangement. Florists have a unique business that has to gear up differently for each and every holiday, but this time of year is especially important. Bernie Henrich knows this better than most. Next month, she will be celebrating 47 years of running Designs by Bernie, a custom flower shop in Carroll. We talked with Bernie about all of this and here is what she had to say.



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