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The cost of a good meal

By Michael D. Wynn, CFE After enjoying a fabulous meal, restaurant patrons in Manhattan’s Chinatown, New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Florida, had no ideal that they would be paying for someone else’s Rolex watch, diamond ring or other high-end merchandise. Waiters from about 40 restaurants were busted in $3 million Identity Theft Ring that ran from November 1, 2005 to ...

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Miller’s Pro Hardware Store

By Eric T. Campbell The Michigan Citizen As winter has finally given way to spring in Michigan, homeowners will surely start turning their attention to warm weather projects. Spring cleaning, gardening and small fix-its will require the aid of a good neighborhood hardware store. If you live in the neighborhood of Schaefer and Seven Mile you’re lucky to have the services and supplies of Miller’s Pro Hardware ...

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Where is your summer teen entrepreneur?

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist With the school year over in June and financial resources lacking, millions of parents are asking — how can my teen or young adult make money this summer? Okay, maybe its somewhere between having a neighborhood lemonade stand and working at a real job, so what should a young teen do? Many states have laws that limit when teens can get a job and how long they are allowed to work ...

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Create your own job

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist According to the U.S. Department of Labor in March 2009, the U.S. registered over 690,000 job losses. Are you looking for a job? Consider creating your own. There are numerous valuable resources to help you connect with aspiring entrepreneurs and get your business ideas off the ground using one of the 57 million social networks and blogs worldwide that generate over one million ...

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Youth economic empowerment

By Farrah Gray NNPA Columnist What are the current and future options for Internet savvy young people reading “the sky is falling” economic news on websites and blogs? The economic downturn is affecting their single or duel-income family households. And parents still want to give every possible advantage to their children. The economic crisis has begun to leave the lives of many in dire straits, especially ...

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YEAR END TAX TIPS

YOUR MONEY MATTERS By. Michael G. Shinn NNPA Columnist There are just a few weeks left before the end of 2008, but there are still some opportunities to successfully manage your tax burden. “To manage your taxes, you have to be on top of it. You have to have a good estimate of your income and tax deductible expenses. Don’t wait until April 15, because it’s too late to do anything about it then,” states Kevi ...

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Your time is priceless

By Michael G. Shinn NNPA Columnist YOUR MONEY MATTERS “‘Time is money’, is an antiquated term. Time is a non-renewable resource. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. In fact, your time is priceless,” states Wayne Bergman, a business coach with ActionCOACH in Cleveland, Ohio. “I consult with small businesses and in many instances, the biggest constraint to future growth may be the individual owner and their inability ...

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Your money really matters

Have you ever stopped to think how much money you will make over a working career? You may not realize it, but you will take home a fortune from earned income alone. For example, if you earn $60,000 per year, over the next 20 years you will earn $1.6 million. That’s a tremendous amount of money! Where did it all go? If you want to achieve your financial goals, you have to manage the major source of your pot ...

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