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Small Businesses: A fresh perspective on short- and long-term success.


As a small business owner, you balance the ability to quickly solve short-term problems while realizing long-term goals. That’s why we’d like to offer a new perspective on your goals for the coming year: Don’t plan for 12 months. Plan for 18. [. . .]

What’s keeping Rhode Islanders from their dream home?


By Patricia Placencia Housing market conditions over the past few years haven’t helped—but one of the biggest obstacles is misinformation: Myths and lack of awareness of the home lending help readily available in our state. Let’s do a reality check. You may be surprised. [. . .]

Cybercrime and Small Business: How to Address Evolving Threats

That’s a common misperception: that cyber thieves only go after big targets, like Equifax, the Pentagon or, yes, Target. Those massive data breaches might convince you that your company can escape notice. [. . .]

Time to remodel? Upgrade your borrowing know-how.


Thinking of tapping into the equity in your home for ready cash and tax deductions? Bear in mind: The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated deductions for mortgage interest on home equity loans—unless you’re using the money for “substantial” home improvements. [. . .]

Keeping It Real: Five Authentic Ways Women Can Lead More Effectively


Today more workplaces are consciously striving to become more diverse and inclusive. Yet women are still far too underrepresented among our leadership ranks. [. . .]

Why law firms need a Cyber Awareness Plan today


Consider the cutting-edge intellectual property and privileged client information in your firm’s data files. They’re a prime target for hackers. Nowadays, criminals are especially interested in obtaining personal and financial information that can be sold on the dark web. Even though law firms maintain the highest possible standards of confidentiality, their cyber security can be an entirely different story. [. . .]

Why Health Care Companies Need a Cyber Awareness Plan


As the industry transitions from paper-based to electronic health records, cybersecurity has never been more critical. HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, sets the standard to protecting sensitive patient data. [. . .]

6 Tips to Help Business Owners Clear the Q4 Home Stretch


If you’re like most business owners, you’re preparing to wind down 2018. Now is the optimum time to review your financial position with your accountant, attorney and banker. [. . .]

How many ways can hackers attack your business today?

The answer: Plenty, with new threats evolving all the time. Cybersecurity isn’t an IT issue. It’s a business issue. And the cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of recovering from a cyber fraud event. [. . .]

Why employers are taking a closer look at ESOPs


Why is the Silver Tsunami creating a sea of change in closely held businesses? What makes an Employee Stock Ownership Plan a timely alternative ownership transition strategy? How does the new Main Street Employee Ownership Act make ESOPs more attractive than ever? And what four key factors can make or break your plan? [. . .]