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Farmers are in dire need of water, as the harsh effects of drought are plaguing a quarter of the country.
8/24/2015
One Quarter of U.S. Experiencing Drought
It isn't just California that's seen limited amounts of rainfall this year, as the East Coast has been hard hit by drought as well.
 
Just because energy use usually increases in the summer doesn't mean you have to pay more compared to other periods of the year.
7/30/2015
4 Reliable Ways To Lower Your Business' Electric Bill
During the summer when energy use often peaks, these tips can help lower your utility expenses.
 
Alcohol ignition interlocks work by preventing drivers from starting their cars if their blood alcohol content is above the legal limit.
7/10/2015
Ignition Interlock Technology Could Spare 59,000 Lives Annually, Study Finds
A new study out of the University of Michigan estimates that 59,000 people could be saved through greater alcohol ignition interlock device use.
 
Winter 'froze' business activity for many companies this past year.
4/9/2015
Winter Puts The Chill On Businesses This Year
New polling data as well as lagging jobs numbers demonstrate what businesses went through this past winter.
 
For the third year in a row, the Toyota Motor Corp. is the undisputed king of the automaking world, selling more vehicles than any other nameplate worldwide.
2/13/2015
Toyota is World's Top Automaker Once Again
Toyota Motor Corp. sold 10.2 million vehicles in 2014, the third year in a row that its sold more than any other nameplate in the world.
 
Replacing the front door offers among the highest returns on investment when it comes to renovating a residential property, according to a study conducted by Remodeling.com.
2/12/2015
Homeowners Should Consider Front Door Replacement, Study Says
Homeowners can recoup nearly all of their renovation spending by upgrading their entry doors, based on a new study from Remodeling.com.
 
Gas prices have really gone through quite the transformation over the past several months.
2/9/2015
Fuel Economy Still Overarching Concern for Car Buyers, Despite Dip in Gas Prices
Gas mileage is the main reason why new-vehicle owners go with their purchase, according to a new J.D. Power and Associates survey.
 
Based on a survey commissioned by Fannie Mae, a substantial number of mortgage executives for large lenders say they've eased credit standards as of late and that this trend will likely continue in 2015.
1/14/2015
Credit Standards to Ease, Lenders Suggest
Perhaps in an effort to encourage buying, many mortgage companies say they're loosening the reins on loan qualification, according to a survey by Fannie Mae.
 
 Based on a recent poll, a substantial number of Americans say that they would pay more for a residence than they originally intended if they found a home that they knew was for them.
1/13/2015
Many Willing to Spend More for the Right Home, Poll Finds
1 in 5 current homeowners went over budget on their residence because they liked it so much, according to a survey from BMO Harris Bank.
 
Real estate near the ocean not only makes for a beautiful sight, but residences tend to be much more valuable compared to properties inland.
12/30/2014
Study: Waterfront Real Estate Prices Double that of Inland Residences
The median value of properties near to an ocean or lake is two times higher than non-waterfront homes, Zillow recently found.
 
Fortunately, there haven't been any major winter storms during this year's holiday sales events, but if there were, having the right business owners insurance policy can provide entrepreneurs with the revenue they would have gotten had they not been forced to close their doors during the holiday rush.
12/15/2014
Holiday Season Reminds Business Owners to Have the Right Insurance
With about a week and half remaining before the festive holiday, small business owners are pulling out all the stops in the hopes that the busy buying season will translate into big sales, as this is typically the time of year where companies go from operating in the red to the black.
 
More than 8 in 10 cyber criminals - 86% - said they're confident about never facing repercussions for computer hacking attempts, Thycotic revealed in a poll.
12/5/2014
Most Hackers Don't Think They'll Ever Be Caught, Poll Finds
More than 80% of confessed hacktivists believe their cyber warfare actions will go unpunished, according to recent polling from Thycotic.
 
If you happen to own an e-commerce company, Nov. 30 has the potential to be your biggest, most profitable day of the year.
11/28/2014
How to Get Your Company Ready for Cyber Monday
Suggestions for how to properly prepare for what is typically the biggest Internet-based shopping day on the calendar.
 
The signature kickoff to the holiday season has the potential to be a stellar 24-hour period for the nation's retailers, hoping to woo shoppers through their doors by enticing them with rock-bottom prices.
11/26/2014
Retailers Prepare for Black Friday
The day after Thanksgiving could be the 11th consecutive year of being store owners' biggest sales period.
 
More than half of employers in a recent poll indicated that they have hired someone in the past who they would consider as a "job hopper."
11/19/2014
4 Ways to Maintain a Happy Workplace
These tips can help you keep a workforce that has no desire to go anywhere else.
 
There's another special sales event that takes place around this time that's getting increased attention any may at some point eclipse Black Friday in popularity: Small Business Saturday.
11/18/2014
Take Advantage of November's Small Business Saturday
In 2013, close to $6 billion was spent on Small Business Saturday, which this year falls on Nov. 29.
 
When it comes to which consumers are the most common purchasers of new vehicles, baby boomers tend to buy more all-new cars than their younger counterparts, based on the results of a new survey conducted by J.D. Power and Associates.
11/12/2014
Baby Boomers Big Buyers of New Vehicles, Report Finds
In year-to-date sales, consumers in their 50s and 60s have purchased the most new cars, according to J.D. Power and Associates.
 
Used car prices are projected to decline rather precipitously in the forthcoming months, largely due to the frequency with which people are buying all-new automobiles.
11/7/2014
Used Car Prices to Lower Thanks to Surging New-Car Sales
Recent analysis indicates used car prices are anticipated to slide to levels not seen since 2008.
 
Zillow economists say that the age in which people become homeowners for the first time is on the ascent.
11/3/2014
More Americans Delaying Entry into Real Estate Market
Zillow economists say that the age in which people become homeowners for the first time is on the ascent.
 
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act, which was up for reauthorization.
10/24/2014
Windstorm Bill Being Considered by Lawmakers
The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety recently recognized the U.S. House of Representatives for passing a bill that would help protect structures from wind-related damage threats.
 
Approximately 99% of temporary and contract employees who want to be permanent workers accomplish this goal, the American Staffing Association reported.
10/23/2014
Poll: Vast Majority of Temporary Workers Go On to Become Full-timers
Contract employment almost always results in becoming a regular worker, according to new polling data from the American Staffing Association.
 
Homeowners insurance provide the funds you need to get things back in order, but as with most other things in life, there's a process and order for how to go about filing a claim.
10/17/2014
4 Steps to Filing an Insurance Claim
Speed up the claims filing process with these tips after property loss.
 
A new study shows more car shoppers don't plan to haggle for a lower price
10/14/2014
Haggling Not a Concern For Many Car Buyers
Less than 20% of auto shoppers say they're 'extreme price grinders,' according to an Edmunds.com poll.
 
With this being the second Monday of October, the nation celebrates Columbus Day - as on this day 522 years ago, Italian discoverer Christopher Columbus set sail to discover the new world.
10/13/2014
The History of Columbus Day
How Columbus Day came to be and why it's still considered to be controversial.
 
In an industry first, sport utility vehicles and crossovers are now more popular among consumers interested in purchasing a new car, according to the findings of a survey performed by IHS Automotive.
10/10/2014
SUV Supplants Sedan as Most Popular Vehicle Body Type
Sport utility vehicles represent a larger portion of the new-vehicle market, according to a new report from IHS Automotive.
 
After a year's that's been replete with automotive recalls due to safety issues, a surprising new study reveals that safety takes a backseat to price when it comes to the factors that consumers consider before purchasing a new vehicle.
10/1/2014
Poll: Consumers Value Price Over Safety
More car buyers say the affordability of a vehicle has a bigger influence on their decision to purchase a vehicle than safety history, according to YouGov.
 
There are five states in which repair costs are extremely expensive, serving as a further incentive to keep your car properly maintained.
9/26/2014
The 5 Most Expensive States to Get Your Car Fixed
A new report shows why you should aim to properly maintain the upkeep of your vehicle.
 
A new survey shows fewer people are shopping around for auto insurance.
9/2/2014
Fewer Consumers Shopping Around for Auto Insurance Coverage
New polling data from TransUnion suggests the rate of auto insurance shopping has declined.
 
Labor Day - which is celebrated the first Monday in September - has long been a part of America's tradition.
8/29/2014
Celebrating the American Worker
Labor Day has been an official national holiday for 120 years.
 
A new poll shows that texting hasn't fallen by the wayside completely, and calls are still the norm.
8/1/2014
People Still Call More Than Text, Poll Suggests
When in-person conversations can't be had, consumers say they'd rather call than text.
 
Anyone looking for a good car for under $8,000 should check out the most recent Kelley Blue Book.
7/29/2014
Supply of Affordable Priced Cars Grows
Kelley Blue Book recently named the best cars that sell for less than $8,000.
 
When it comes to more time or more money, most Americans would take a bigger check over more personal time.
7/28/2014
Pay Raise vs. Vacation Time?
An overwhelming majority of Americans say that they'd rather be compensated more robustly than additional time to themselves.
 
This year's Kelley Blue Book outlines the greenest cars on the market today.
7/24/2014
'Greenest' Cars of 2014
Kelley Blue Book says fuel-efficient buyers can't go wrong with the 2014 BMW i3.
 
For those who are number savvy, a career as a mathematician is looking like a good choice.
7/22/2014
2014's Best Job Is…
Mathematician has been declared 2014's best job. The growth rate for math teachers is expected to surge 23% by 2022, according to a new CareerCast report.
 
Americans 'Going Green' When Remodeling
7/21/2014
Americans 'Going Green' When Remodeling
A survey done by the National Association of Home Builders finds that remodelers are increasingly doing projects that improve home efficiency.
 
In a test asking respondents some basic questions about rental laws, roughly 47% of tenants and approximately half of landlords, on average, answered the queries incorrectly.
7/11/2014
Poll: Rental laws still unclear
Approximately two-thirds of renters erroneously believe that their landlord can end a leasing agreement prematurely for family-related reasons, according to Zillow.
 
There are certain parts of the country where traffic congestion is particularly high, prompting workers to give themselves plenty of extra time so that they can be more punctual.
6/30/2014
Traffic used as justification for tardiness
A new CareerBuilder survey reveals some of the more common and unusual excuses Americans use to explain why they came in late to work.
 
A new report has confirmed that pickup trucks and mid-size SUVs have the highest retention values.
6/23/2014
SUVs and pickup trucks retain value
The midsize pickup truck with the highest retention value is the Toyota Tacoma, according to new analysis from the National Automobile Dealers Association.
 
A new study has found Americans are willing to spend higher amounts on their wedding day than in the past.
6/17/2014
Americans broaden budgets for wedding expenses
Not including the honeymoon, the average couple spent nearly $30,000 for their wedding last year, according to The Knot.com.
 
Workers compensation insurance for business owners can help provide entrepreneurs with the funds needed should an employee be out of work for an extended period of time due to injury.
6/13/2014
Most employees say they've worked while being ill
An OfficeTeam poll indicates that approximately 70% of Americans have put in an eight-hour day on the job even though they were sick.
 
They also stressed that business owners should better examine the failures that occur when injuries happen at the workplace and what potential solutions might fix the problem.
6/9/2014
Entrepreneurs to delve deeper into injury reports
The American Society of Safety Engineers indicates that businesses should be more analytical when drawing up on-the-job injury accounts.
 
Spring is flood season, which puts property owners at risk if they don't have a plan in place.
6/5/2014
Should the NFIP be privately owned and operated
Governor Chris Christie says the National Flood Insurance Program would be better off if the government weren't involved, but experts say that costs may rise as a result.
 
The more than two decade streak of the Lab being the most popular breed is the longest reign for any one variety of dog in AKC's history.
5/29/2014
Labrador Retriever maintains dominance in breed popularity
Large breeds were preferred over smaller ones in 2013, according to numbers released by the American Kennel Club.
 
For more than half a century, America has been officially celebrating entrepreneurs through the annual Small Business Week.
5/14/2014
SBA launches 2014 National Small Business Week
The Small Business Administration kicks off the 51st annual event that pays tribute to the U.S. Entrepreneur.
 
The report found that more than half of U.S. companies experienced fraud that was at least a $100,000 hit, with nearly one in 10 being impacted to the tune of $5 million or more.
5/13/2014
Report: U.S. companies more frequently on receiving end of fraud
Nearly half of business owners in the U.S. say they've been affected by fraud, higher than the global average, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
 
She added that they also want to personalize their cars by adding special features to it that are in line with their personality types.
5/12/2014
False alarm? Young people still interested in driving
A J.D. Power and Associates study adds to the evidence suggesting that young people are, in fact, desirous of vehicle ownership.
 
The average flood insurance payout last year for those who filed a claim was roughly $22,400 between March and June.
5/9/2014
Spring season brings flood risk, PCI advises
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America reminds homeowners to be mindful of the chance for flooding.
 
Approximately four in 10 U.S. business executives consider cyber attacks to be a top priority, versus only 20% of company owners in Europe.
5/7/2014
U.S. companies outperforming Europe in cyber alertness
New survey data indicates business owners in the U.S. are taking hi-tech threats more seriously compared to Europe.
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