March 23, 2017

6 Ways to Secure Enough Money for a Happy Retirement

Ways to a Happy RetirementAs the song goes ‘You load sixteen tons and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt.’ Well, it doesn’t need to be that way.   In fact, having enough money for a happy retirement is not a mirage. It just takes some planning, hard work, and dedication to make it happen. With that in mind, here are six ways to turn that dream into a reality.

  • Start Investing Early

Don’t wait until your 50’s or early-60’s to start socking money away. Get into the habit of investing early on. Maybe all you can afford is $10 per week, but at the end of the year that is $520 and after 10 years, you will have $5,200 and that is not counting any returns on your investment. [Read more…]

Choosing the Right Payment Processor for Your Business

Credit Card ProcessingIf you are looking at adding credit card processing to your small business, you know you need to choose carefully. After all, having the right processor means many things, all of them important. It means you have made a wise choice for your bottom line, one that reflects the best and most cost-effective combinations of service and support with low prices on your processing. It’s also important to remember that time is money, and to consider carefully how you balance the length of time payments take to process and deposit against the costs of processing to reach the right conclusions.

Knowing you need to take these considerations into account is a little different from actually making the decision for your company, though. To do that, you need a process for breaking down and evaluating your needs when it comes to credit card processing. That means understanding which cards you should be taking and why, as well as which processors are going to offer what levels of service for you. [Read more…]

Boost Your Productivity With Rebecca Howard

There are only so many hours in the day, so making the most of your time is key. As someone who’s been self-employed since the age of 23, Bella Bambino founder Rebecca Howard knows the ins and outs of fostering productivity. Inheriting her late husband’s business put her face to face with plenty of challenges, but with an eye for entrepreneurship and perseverance, she was able to take the company to the next level – watch Rebecca tell her story on MSNBC!

On her journey, she’s learned a few major lessons. First, there’s no magic potion to increase productivity [Read more…]

The Real Pros & Cons of Small Business Loans

Borrowing money is always a tricky situation, because it’s not something anyone is looking forward to, especially in the world of business. Unfortunately, for many small business owners, an SBA is necessary to keep the business afloat. Small businesses are considered the backbone of the American economy, employing more than two-thirds of the workforce over the last 15 years. Still, it’s small businesses that were most hit by the recession crisis in 2008, and it’s been a slow recovery process since. Over the past five years, 53 percent of small businesses have applied for funding; one in four of those businesses have applied more than once.

A small business loan can be a saving grace for your business, but only if the proper precautions are taken. Business owners seeking the best way to get a small business loan should understand the pros and cons before making a decision.  

Small Business Loan Pros [Read more…]

Carmine’s New Restaurant to Open in Bellevue September 12th

Carmine's Bellevue logoCarmine’s is Coming to Bellevue

Carmine’s Bellevue restaurant opening to the public on September 12th at 88 102nd Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004.
Carmine’s will be the newest addition to Bellevue’s fine dining landscape situated against the south side of Downtown Park, just off Old Main. Carmine’s will be run by Carmine Jr. and Philip Smeraldo, who will carry on the legacy of quality and service their late father, Carmine Sr., build Il Terrazzo Carmine on over 30 years ago.
Carmine’s aims to provide an upscale, white tablecloth experience well-suited for celebration, business, or the making of special occasions with loved ones. You can find Carmines on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @CarminesBellevue or online at www.carminesbellevue.com.

Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom

Transgender Employment Law Kandis SellsHow to Work with Transgender People in a Respectful Way

In our current political conversations about transgender rights, bathrooms and locker rooms are getting all of the attention but in the workplace, the respectful inclusion of transgender employees goes well beyond the bathroom. Working with employers who have had experiences with openly transgender employees in the workplace, has generated some important lessons learned that may be helpful to others looking to ensure compliant and inclusive practices. [Read more…]

Mike Shea and Chanel Holman New Managers at Pearl Bellevue

Pearl BellevuePEARL Bellevue SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR WELCOMES TWO NEW RESTAURANT MANAGERS

Chanel Holman and Mike Shea join leadership at Pearl Bellevue seafood bar

 PEARL Bellevue Seafood & Oyster Bar, a locally owned and operated restaurant in Bellevue which features a menu focused on fresh, seasonal seafood and local ingredients, is proud to welcome new restaurant managers Mike Shea and Chanel Holman. Shea will oversee the day-to-day management of the restaurant and Holman will be in charge of marketing, coordinating large events and staff management. [Read more…]

Bloodworks Northwest Hosting Blood Drive at Whole Foods Market in Bellevue Thursday, July 14.

Bloodworks NorthwestBloodworks Northwest Blood Drive Thursday

Bloodworks Northwest is hosting a blood drive in partnership with Whole Foods Market in Bellevue (888 116th Ave NE) on Thursday, July 14.

Those who register to donate to Bloodworks Northwest at the Bellevue Whole Foods Market on Thursday will receive a complimentary pound of coffee. [Read more…]

Local Artists Taking Part in 2016 Bellevue Festival of the Arts July 29-31!

Bellevue Festival of the Arts 2016Bellevue Festival of the Arts Promotes its Artists

This year’s Bellevue Festival of the Arts artist participants include acclaimed local names from across the Pacific Northwest, many of whom are also acclaimed artists on the national scale

Bellevue, WA. As part of Bellevue’s annual, much-anticipated “Arts Fair Weekend” at the last full weekend every July, The Bellevue Festival of the Arts takes place July 29-31, 2016. This year, the BFoA features 49 talented top local Northwest artists among its 160-plus participants from across the country!

2016 Local Eastside Bellevue Festival of the Arts Artist Participants Include: [Read more…]

Microsoft Announces April 21st as Quarterly Earnings Release Date

Microsoft LogoMicrosoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2016 third-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Thursday, April 21, 2016, on the Microsoft Investor Relations website athttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/. A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 p.m. PDT.

Redmond-based Microsoft is striving to be the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.