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Cutting costs during the holidays

Cutting costs during the holidays

Nov. 14 | By Donna Skeels Cygan Contributing Writer     You know “stuff” isn’t what makes the holiday season truly fulfilling. Yet each year, despite your best intentions, you end up shopping too much, rushing too much, stressing too much…and...

Community Action in Ramsey-Washington demonstrates transparency, accountability

Community Action in Ramsey-Washington demonstrates transparency, accountability

Nov. 12 | I wish to utilize this column to share some important information related to the operations and oversight at Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (CAPRW). The recent shutdown of Community Action of Minneapolis has given...

Working women — know your rights!

Working women — know your rights!

Nov. 1 | In the spring of 2014, the Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act provisions were signed into law. This law provides significant benefits to women in the areas of gender pay gap, minimum wage, affordable childcare, paid leave, discrimination in...

Selecting a legal structure for your business

Selecting a legal structure for your business

Oct. 29 | You have decided to start a fulltime business or just a small side business as a second stream of income. When starting a business, one of the most important choices you make is the type of legal structure that you select for your company. Not only...

Ending child poverty would transform the nation

Ending child poverty would transform the nation

Oct. 17 | By Marian Wright Edelman Contributing Writer Just-released U.S. Census Bureau data reveal 45.3 million people were poor in America in 2013. One in three of those who are poor is a child. Children remain our poorest age group, and children of color...

Energy programs especially critical to MN’s low-income population

Energy programs especially critical to MN’s low-income population

Oct. 16 | Several months ago I wrote a column on these pages that referenced a local man whose fortunes had taken a dramatic turn for the worse. A tumultuous economy forced him to close the family businesses that had dutifully served St. Paul neighborhoods...

Credit reports are crucial to your financial well-being 

Credit reports are crucial to your financial well-being 

Oct. 15 |   Information in your credit report may determine whether you will get a loan or other form of credit, get insurance, get a job, be able to rent an apartment, and can affect the amount of security deposits you pay. Clearly it is important to...

How to negotiate in the workplace

How to negotiate in the workplace

Oct. 4 | Once you have been offered a job, its time to think about what you need and how to get it. Oftentimes, job candidates believe that they have to take the offer that is set before them or else risk losing the opportunity. I recently worked with a candidate...

Five reasons to launch a business before the holidays

Five reasons to launch a business before the holidays

Oct. 3 | Fall is here and the holiday season is around the corner. People are looking for a bargain on products and services. What a great time to start a business. Here are five reasons why starting a business before the holidays can be beneficial to an entrepreneur. Reduction...

The tolerance of poverty

The tolerance of poverty

Oct. 2 | Am I not the keeper of my brother and sister?   In his final speech to the court, legendary abolitionist John Brown proclaimed, “I believe that to have interfered as I have done as I have always freely admitted I have done in behalf of His (God’s)...
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