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NJ pastry chef finds multiple benefits to going grainless

After finding little success with traditional medical treatments for her struggle with ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the colon, Michelle Retik of Short Hills, New Jersey, discovered that adjusting her nutrition was the key to a happier and healthier life. However, Michelle had trouble finding snack foods that accommodated her dietary restrictions. As a professional pastry chef, Michelle took it upon herself to fill this void, and her passion project quickly became a successful business venture.

Common workplace-based retirement plans

Although retirement planning may not always be a high priority for busy small business owners, there are plenty of options available to help you start saving for the future. Read on for an overview of common workplace-based plans.

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it should help you begin to understand the differences among them. We recommend consulting a financial advisor for assistance in selecting a plan based on your business size, capacity, and resources.

New partnership will help small businesses prepare against growing cybersecurity threats

Technology has transformed the way small companies do business, allowing them to find new clients and sell their goods and services all with the click of a button. However, the rise of new technology can lead to severe security issues, and unfortunately many small businesses are unaware of measures they can take to help ensure the security of their and their customers’ information.

Understanding your retirement options: Group trust vs. IRA-based plans

Are you confused or overwhelmed by retirement options for your business? Don’t worry—you’re not alone. In fact, about 30% of small business owners report they’re unaware of their retirement options. To help you grasp the ABCs of retirement, we’ll provide a broad overview of basic retirement paths to help you gain a better understanding of basic options to consider for you and your employees.

This Ohio entrepreneur is taking the world by storm

To say that Columbus entrepreneur Victoria Calderon wears many hats is an understatement. In addition to co-owning two successful businesses with her sister, Virginia Nunes Gutierrez, Victoria is a marketing expert, policy advocate and published author with more than 10 years of experience in the media, corporate, non-profit and small business sectors. Victoria is also a first-generation immigrant from Venezuela who is fluent in Spanish, English and Brazilian Portuguese.

Workplace Wellness Challenge prompts Missouri insurance advisors to evaluate their own health

As a small business that specializes in healthcare benefits, Benefit Management, Inc. (BMI), a third party insurance payer located in Joplin, Missouri, is quick to recognize the importance of employee wellness. That’s why they were so excited to participate in our Healthy Business, Healthy Community Workplace Wellness Challenge this summer.

The Health Care Solutions Small Businesses Need

Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act were like something out of a B horror movie: terrifying at times, very unrealistic and surprisingly difficult to kill. Fortunately for America’s small businesses, conservative lawmakers failed for now to gut the ACA. This development is wonderful news given that small firms like ours struggled with health care costs for years before the ACA led to better health coverage and more choices at lower prices.