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March 7, 2013
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  • Expert on Obamacare to speak at AAIA Leadership Days
    Anita Baker, managing partner of CliftonLarsonAllen's employee benefit plans practice, will be the guest speaker at the AAIA luncheon on Thursday, May 2, during the association's Spring Leadership Days in Bonita Springs, Fla. She will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act including regulatory requirements for 2013 and beyond. Attendees will learn compliance requirements, how to determine the financial impact of ACA on your company, and analyze factors that impact your decision to continue to provide health care insurance coverage or drop coverage in the future. Baker will also discuss a case study of a business that illustrates the financial impact that the ACA has on the company and the factors that influence their decision to continue to provide health insurance or to drop the coverage. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Aftermarket eForum agenda now available
    The Aftermarket eForum, May 22 and 23 at the Hyatt Regency in Rosement, Ill., is devoted to helping you discover answers and new strategies to confront the technology challenges facing your business. The agenda has been designed with trading partners in mind -- and topics require suppliers and customers working together to survive and thrive,to sell more product and reduce costs and waste. View the full agenda and videos from our speakers, and register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Car Care Council News 
  • Maintain your current vehicle to keep new-car costs at bay
    Buying a new car might sound good in theory, but these days, a new-car purchase is out of reach for many Americans, according to a recent CNBC report. With the average cost of a new vehicle higher than ever at $30,500, spending a fraction of that money on making your current vehicle last longer makes good financial sense, says the Car Care Council. "Hanging on to your current vehicle allows you to redirect money you would spend on a new car to pay off credit card debt, college loans and other bills, beef up savings or even take a road trip vacation," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "By simply budgeting the equivalent of just one new car payment, consumers could cover an entire year’s worth of basic maintenance." For a copy of the council’s Car Care Guide or for more information, visit the website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  Business Strategies 
  • Has your company culture caught a cold?
    Every company's culture can falter, and it's up to leaders to become healers, writes Mike Figliuolo. Timely first aid can help put your culture back on track and prevent lazy or disgruntled workers from infecting others. "As a leader, it's on you to ensure only the purest essence of what you want your culture to be is passed along to future generations of leaders on your team," Figliuolo writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to develop authentic leaders
    Developing authentic leaders requires training lower-ranking employees how to take on future leadership roles by giving them opportunities to complete projects, train other employees and be mentored and coached, writes Michelle Maldonado, creator of the Authentic Leadership Series for American Public University. "With each experience, organizations cultivate leaders who are self-regulated and possess critical skills that influence individual performance and contribute to organizational viability," she writes. Chief Learning Officer online (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Low-cost benefits to keep your employees happy
    Employee benefits can be expensive, but there are many low-cost ways to provide your staff with a few extras, according to this article. You might allow employees to buy excess inventory from your company at a discount, for example, offer free educational lunchtime seminars or negotiate with local businesses to get special deals for your staff. Entrepreneur online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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