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October 15, 2018

Personal exemption is no longer available on your tax returns. In prior years, each person claimed on a tax return was able to get a personal exemption amount — for 2017, that was $4,050 for each person.

Standard deduction amounts have gone up for the 2018 Federal Tax Return. Those amounts…


Paying yourself first key to consistent investing

October 08, 2018

Consistency is a key ingredient of success in many activities — including investing.

And one technique that can help you become a more consistent investor is paying yourself first.

Many people mistakenly wait until they've got some extra cash before they start investing — but as…


Take steps to build a strong 'family' work culture

October 01, 2018

Do our workplaces have an employee friendly culture?

Many of us 45 years or older were raised in authoritarian family and work environments. If we were fortunate, we were guided by good strong leaders with a strong work ethic and vision. But some of us were not always raised in constructive…


Google to offer online workshop for small businesses

September 24, 2018

Our region’s business is overwhelmingly small business.

The Census Bureau reports companies with fewer than 100 employees account for over 98 percent of all businesses in Eastern North Carolina. Firms with fewer than 20 employees, more than 89 percent. Small businesses are the engine of our…