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What’s Going On With Health Insurance?

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As a result of the current election, there’s been a lot of talk about what’s next for health insurance. Although there’s no way to predict the future, Bob Chiesa, president and CEO of Custom Benefits Insurance Group Inc., lays out the ... Read More »

Blish-Mize Executive Chairman Celebrates 55 Years

For many businesses, employee longevity is a rarity. But imagine working at a company for over 55 years, rarely missing any of the last 14,300 days of work. That’s the case for John H. Mize, executive chairman of Blish-Mize. He’s held almost ... Read More »

Retailers Speak on Financial Industry Research

Cost of Doing Business

For 100 years, the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has been putting together the Cost of Doing Business Study annually. The study collects financial information from more than 1,000 independent home improvement businesses. From the data industry averages are determined ... Read More »

Tips for Hosting a Special Event

With summer quickly approaching, it’s a great time to throw a party at your store. Special events can create a buzz around your business and draw customers in the door. How successful that event will be will depend, in large ... Read More »

Lezzer Lumber Holds Expo for Loyal Customers

With all of the new products on the market, updates in building codes and changes in workplace regulations, it can be difficult for contractors to keep up. Lezzer Lumber makes it easier. Every February, the company, which operates 11 retail ... Read More »

Couple Balances Family, Yoga and Hardware


Armando and Ita Reyes are a great example of an entrepreneurial-minded, hardworking couple with a strong family bond. The couple owns and operates Carpenter Bros. Hardware & Rental in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which they bought in 2008. Beyond hardware, the ... Read More »

Sears Replaces CFO, Cuts More Costs


Sears Holdings Corp. has now had three people serve in the role of chief financial officer in less than 12 months, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company named Rob Riecker as chief financial officer, starting this month. He was previously controller and ... Read More »

Dealing With Money Fights in a Family Business

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Disagreements are expected in any family dynamic, but when you add business to the mix, things can get even more complicated. Family businesses experience fewer conflicts that non-family businesses, according to the Harvard Business Review. However, when problems such as financial ... Read More »