#B2Basics: Free Software to Keep Your Business Running From Home

work from home laptopOne of the biggest concerns from so many small business owners scrambling to set up a remote workforce is access, or more accurately, a lack of access. You may suddenly have found yourself at home and without many of the people and tools that help you get the job done each and every day. The good news is that you can overcome the obstacle of distance from your office and your co-workers with these free solutions and get your company back on track.

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4 Tips on Balancing Your (Home) Work Day

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Millions of Americans have begun working from home (WFH) and are adjusting to their lives as remote employees. Those of us who are new to telecommuting may be facing some challenges in the initial period of adjustment between office life and home-office life, so this week we’ve put together a few tips to ease the transition and help you find some balance in your work from home life. It’s possible to stay motivated, focused and productive, even when surrounded by all the comforts (and distractions) of home.

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What the Plastic Bag Ban Means for You


NYS-bag-ban-logoThe New York State Bag Waste Reduction Law

Sunday, March 1st brings the Bag Waste Reduction Law, more commonly known as the plastic bag ban, to those of us here in New York State. With all of the (sometimes conflicting) information out there about the law, it can be a little confusing as to what the ban really means to you as a consumer or as someone whose industry will be affected by the change.
Let’s dig in a little bit to clear it up.

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10 Tried-and-True Promo Ideas for Banks and Financial Services

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As a small community bank, credit union, or financial services organization, competing with large national enterprises can seem like an uphill battle. Fortunately, you have an advantage the big players try hard to replicate: the personal attention you give to your clients. And there’s no better reminder of that personal relationship than a promotional gift that they’ll use on a regular basis — one that keeps your brand at the top of their minds, and one that others will see and ask about.

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Wellness in the Workplace for 2020

working out officeRising insurance costs and sedentary lifestyles have companies large and small looking for ways to save money and keep their employees happy, healthy and at work. This has resulted in a nationwide wellness initiative that began gaining popularity over the past few years and has continued to pick up steam in the HR departments of businesses of all sizes. Creating a wellness program for your workplace can motivate your employees to make healthy choices, demonstrate your commitment to their health and happiness and ultimately keep their premiums low. This week, we’re taking a look at a few ways that you can get involved with your team’s well-being and maybe have some fun in the process. Continue reading “Wellness in the Workplace for 2020”

Celebrate National Flashlight Day with these 3 Fun Solstice Facts!


December 21st is the shortest day of the year and also, and not coincidently, National Flashlight Day!
It’s cold and dark here in the great Northeast but we’re happy to lighten the mood by sharing these 3 fun facts about the Winter Solstice (along with some engraved flashlights that will dazzle your customers). Continue reading “Celebrate National Flashlight Day with these 3 Fun Solstice Facts!”

3 Ways You Can Support Food Banks at Work

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Many of us take the food in our refrigerators and cupboards for granted.  It can be easy to forget that hunger is real, and people all around us may not know where their next meal will come from.  Food insecurity doesn’t discriminate, affecting an estimated 40 million Americans, 12 million which are children. Food banks can help fill the gap for those who face a food shortage by collecting food and then distributing it to various local hunger relief agencies, who in turn distribute to those affected.
With the holidays approaching, it’s important to recognize the work that these organizations do each day and do our part to help support them and those in need in our communities. We spoke with Blanca Tristani who runs the local food pantry here in Amsterdam New York, Catholic Charities, about ways we can all lend a hand.
Here are a few ideas of ways that you can rally the troops at work and help those in need!

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