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Providence Journal sale to Bulletin parent closes

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A.H. Belo Corp. has completed its sale of The Providence Journal for $46 million to the parent of Gatehouse Media. Dallas-based A. H. Belo announced on Wednesday that the sale had closed. New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. purchased the assets of the newspaper and its production facility in Providence. The Bulletin is owned by New Media Investment Group Inc. The Journal reported that about 7 percent […]

New England jobless rate ticks up to 5.8 percent

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unemployment rate in New England ticked up to 5.8 percent in July, but it’s still lower than the national average. The New England Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the rate for the six-state region on Wednesday. It was one-tenth of 1 percentage point higher in June.Rhode Island had the highest rate in the region, at 7.7 percent, which is tied for the third worst in the U.S. Connecticut’s rate was next, at 6.6 […]

Financial Planning: Social Security retirement benefits

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By Dustin ObhasMore Content NowFor many of you, Social Security is right around the corner. There are many questions surrounding this issue such as when can you start obtaining Social Security benefits, and some of the different ways to obtain benefits. I hope to outline a couple of strategies, as well as clarify when you are able to take your Social Security benefit. Full retirement age (FRA)Full retirement age is considered the age at […]

Eric P. Bloom: 11 ways writing a blog can advance your career

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As a manager, there are many advantages of writing a blog, even if the only place it’s ever published is in handwritten form within the journal that you keep next to your bed.So often I hear managers, entrepreneurs and professionals of all ilks say they should write a blog. Their reasons include:Building their professional brand.Increasing web traffic to their personal or business website.Getting millions of followers as a conduit for […]

Digital Media Marketing: Video for your local business

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By Timothy Stansky, Propel MarketingShoppers are watching more videos than ever on their tablets and smartphones, offering yet another place to find business information.A quick online search might include a link to a video that answers a question or shows more information about a business – even an inviting photo of a restaurant’s award-winning recipe.According to Nielsen, YouTube reaches more U.S. adults 18 to 34 than any cable […]

Casinos report lower slot revenue for July

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Foxwoods Resort Casino on Friday reported that its July “win,” the amount of slot wagers the casino keeps after paying out prizes, was $44.3 million, down 8.9 percent compared with $48.7 million in July of 2013.The “handle” for the month, which is the total amount wagered, was $532.2 million, down 7 percent from the $572.3 million wagered in the same month in 2013.Foxwoods’ contribution to the […]

Auto Bits: Tips on making smart tire choices

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Tip of the WeekTires certainly look simple – black and round – but they are highly engineered technical wonders designed to work in concert with a vehicle’s braking and steering systems. However, knowing which type of tire to get can be kind of tricky. For instance, there are high-performance (HP) tires, as well as ultra high-performance (UHP). How different are they and how can you tell which one will work better for you?“It’s a good […]

Norwich ice rink patrons eager for fresh start

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Although the Norwich Ice Arena is not expected to reopen until Thanksgiving, patrons are hopeful the months-long wait will pay off with a fresh start for the long-troubled rink.”I’m so excited about it. If it takes them a couple of extra weeks, I am willing to wait, because I know whatever happens, it’s going to be nothing but positive from here on out,” said Holly Irwin, a Ledyard resident whose family used the city rink almost every […]

Biz Bits: Tips for applying for small business loans

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Tip of the WeekLoans offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration offer a number of key advantages, including longer payback terms and higher borrowing limits, which can be useful when financing necessities like real estate and equipment. Unfortunately, despite the many benefits SBA loans offer, few small businesses take advantage of them. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when applying for an SBA loan:* Know your business – The first thing any lender wants […]

Digital Media Marketing: Why time is everything with video ads

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By Michael Terry, Propel Marketing“You have 15 seconds to wow me.”This is the message audiences send to advertisers, marketers, and entrepreneurs when watching pre-roll and online video ads.With consumers getting busier, technology more sophisticated, attention spans shor–wait what were we talking about? Oh, yeah! Shorter … it now falls to creative types (and anyone creating ads and video content) to come up with dazzling new ways to […]