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Cruising AlongNew ownership group, with Michelle Fee at the helm, moves Cruise Planners forward

Cruise Planners-American Express Travel co-founder and CEO Michelle Fee had a decision to make at the end of 2012. Palm Beach Capital decided to sell its company share and get out of travel.

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ShurTech BrandsJohn Kahl finds the formula of product, people and partners adheres to success for...

There is a reason why you'll pass one location for another to get a product. John Kahl, CEO of ShurTech Brands, tries to create those differences for his customers who buy Duck® brand products, and it's working.

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www.woz.orgSteve Wozniak never stopped innovating and helped Apple become king of computers

Steve Jobs was a visionary and a dreamer who could pitch an idea while Steve Wozniak was content to be an engineer all his life. Together, it defined Apple.

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How small groups can ease into self-funding with a level funded approach

Self-funding is a funding mechanism long used for health benefits, particularly in the large group market with 100-plus members. The Affordable Care Act, however, is creating a sweet spot for smaller groups who can use level funded self-funding plans to save money and gain control over costs.

How to get started on a risk-based approach to third-party management

Companies interact with thousands of third parties, and those relationships carry risk. So, a risk-based approach is needed ensure the most critical risks are considered.

How game-playing techniques motivate employee productivity

One of the newer methods companies use to motivate employees capitalizes on game-playing techniques — bringing out the competitive nature in employees. Called gamification, the program applies game-design philosophies to non-game applications so workers have fun while meeting performance goals. “Maybe some employees thought they couldn’t achieve a certain performance level, but if it’s fun […]

New IRS regulations detail standards on how to categorize property repairs

New regulations from the IRS and Treasury Department went into effect Jan. 1 relating to the deduction and capitalization of expenditures for tangible property. The regulations affect businesses of all types and sizes. “These new rules set more guidelines on what can be done and what you have to analyze to get into the proper […]

ACA means health care entities need help meeting increased demand

The health care industry, for years, has been dealing with a shortage of health care professionals in medical centers, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, hospice and home health care. That issue isn’t expected to go away anytime soon as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded health insurance coverage to millions of uncovered Americans who […]