Finance

Grant opportunities for women!

Grant opportunities for women!

Attention women entrepreneurs! We know that finding money to start a small business is hard, so we want to help. Visit WomensNet and apply for an Amber Grant. Recipients can receive up to 2,500 dollars.

To qualify all you have to do is fill out a short application telling your story. No business dream is too big or too small. A recipient is chosen each month.

Click here to learn more!  […] Read More

Staycate or Vacate?

Staycate or Vacate?

By Ellen Margulies

“The Hulk” twisted and turned above us, soaring into a blue dusky sky. The tracks were as green as my face would have been had my significant other insisted I ride the coaster with him. But he’d learned his lesson early into our visit to Universal Studios theme park when he took me on the Spiderman ride.

For that experience — 3D? Enhanced reality? — well, it was a little too much reality for me. Regardless, we had a blast while he went on thrill rides with teenagers and I geeked out over […] Read More

Five Questions To Ask When Choosing Health Coverage

Five Questions To Ask When Choosing Health Coverage

by Sandy Dimick

Are you or is someone you know not enrolled in a health plan yet?

We’re midway through the Open Enrollment period for 2015 health coverage. Two Open Enrollment deadlines have already passed, but as we prepare to bring in a New Year, don’t forget to mark your calendar for the two remaining 2015 deadlines, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.

Numerous available free resources and educational websites, such as www.getcoveredtenn.org and www.accessbettercoverage.org, can help provide you with the answers you need to ensure that you are choosing the right health coverage for yourself and your loved ones.

After reviewing the Access Better […] Read More

360 Degree Estate Planning – It’s Not Just About Your Will

360 Degree Estate Planning – It’s Not Just About Your Will

by Elizabeth B. Hickman

Do you consider yourself organized or a good planner? Most of us do – women tend to be planners and caretakers. Have you planned for what happens to you, your personal belongings, hard-earned retirement accounts, family heirlooms, pets, children or real estate should you suddenly “not be with us” as my mother puts it? Or what if you’re single and suddenly injured and hospitalized for two months and unable to speak or handle paying your bills or running your business? What if your husband was in that same accident?

Too often people only think about estate planning as […] Read More

Facebook Fraud: how social media is making you vulnerable.

Facebook Fraud: how social media is making you vulnerable.

by Pam Coyle

When I set up my Facebook profile four or five years ago I did not fill in the fields for birthday. Vanity was my initial defense. Most of my life I’ve been told I looked younger than my years and I wanted to keep folks guessing.

I ignore requests for my birthday from well-meaning Facebook friends. Yes, I could simply disclose the month and day and skip the year. Still, I resist.

Turns out I may have preserved more than the illusion of youth. I may have unwittingly erected a defense against identity theft.

A report released by Javelin Strategy & […] Read More

Budgeting: A Necessary Evil

Budgeting: A Necessary Evil

By Ellen Margulies

The last couple of years have been interesting, career-wise and financially speaking. I went from a well-paying career I loved to a low-paying job I struggled with to a temp job I was lucky to get that covered about two-thirds of my bills. All of this was interspersed with months of virtually no income at all. (Unemployment, if you’ve ever been unfortunate enough to need it, is woefully inadequate. The government formula seems to be: your old salary multiplied by number of months it will take you to find work divided by screw you, we’re going to give […] Read More

Budgeting for the New Year

Budgeting for the New Year

by Dana Zukierski

Dana is an assurance partner in theNashville practice of Ernst & Young. She focuses exclusively in the health sciences industry and serves health sciences clients who have SEC reporting responsibilities, private equity backed entities and not-for-profit clients. Dana’s experience includes providing assurance services related to the following: public and private equity and debt offerings, acquisitions and divestitures, private equity ownership matters, SEC reporting matters and the implementation and ongoing evaluation of internal controls under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. She is currently on the board of directors for Life Sciences of Tennessee, Belle Meade Plantation and All […] Read More

Plan Now for Happier Holiday Spending in 2012

The following information came from Practical Money Skills
Q: What should I include in my holiday budget?
A: Set your budget. Make a list of all purchases and events you plan to spend money on next year. Make sure to include gifts, entertaining, meals, and travel. Estimate how much you can spend on each of these things and how much you must save a week throughout the year to reach these goals.
Q: I never seem to have enough money at the holidays and end up using my credit cards. How can I avoid doing that next year?
A: Get creative. Think of gifts […] Read More

Beyond Budgeting Q&A with Melissa Hammel

Beyond Budgeting Q&A with Melissa Hammel

Melissa Hammel, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), and a temporarily Licensed Professional Counselor/Mental Health Specialist, serves as managing Partner and Principal Financial Planner at Hammel Financial Advisory Group, LLC, a financial planning and Registered Investment Advisory firm located in Brentwood, Tennessee. The firm specializes in providing holistic Fee-Only® financial planning and asset management for individuals and families. As Principal Financial Planner, Melissa leads the financial planning process by offering clients broad based financial planning, counseling, coaching, and wealth management services. She emphasizes the importance of reviewing retirement plans, asset and liability protection, and cash flow management. Through her studies and […] Read More

Education for Employment Q&A with Expert Judy Parks

Education for Employment Q&A with Expert Judy Parks

Judy Parks, Staffmark Staffing Services since 1997. Managed both Gallatin and Lebanon Branches most of her career helping both employees and companies by matching the right person to the job through coaching and skills assessment. Currently she is an Account Executive in the Nashville and Brentwood markets, finding companies who are looking for great employees. Originally from Massachusetts, Parks moved to Tennessee in 1991 and currently lives in Mt Juliet.
Q: What are important factor when building a resume?
 

A: The most important piece of information on your resume is the contact information. Be sure that you can be contacted at any […] Read More