Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Business Spotlight

Tax Tips for Real Estate Professionals

There are plenty of things that we Americans love. We love food, cars, football, reality TV, central air conditioning and not using the metric system. But this all pales in comparison to our love of houses.

We have a real addiction problem when it comes to houses. Do you or a loved one spend


Career Spotlight on Pharmacy

What do pharmacists do?

The role of the pharmacist has evolved over the past few decades. Historically, the pharmacist’s primary focus was compounding and formulating different medications, and the dispensing of medications based on physician orders. The pharmacist delivered


Employees Want Their Pensions Back

In addition to a guaranteed monthly retirement benefit from your employer, would you also like investment opportunities, funding control and flexible distribution options? This was the question put to workers 30 years ago, in the form of the 401(k), and most of them eagerly said “Yes!”


Olim Advisors Is There Every Step of the Way

Many people, upon returning to the States from a trip to Israel, find themselves dreaming of the day when they will make aliyah. Oftentimes, several weeks later, reality sets in. Of course there are those who follow through on this dream but, for many, it is merely a pipedream. The question is why.



Bespoke Spa Is Truly a Level Above the Rest

From the moment you walk into Bespoke Spa, you feel welcomed and embraced. The air smells clean and fresh, like shaving cream and soap. The tall framed mirrors and the clean hardwood floors create an atmosphere that most other barber shops wish they could emulate. Now in its fourth year on Queen Anne Road, Bespoke Spa has


What’s the Real Price of Retirement?

When you are buying a car, there is a sticker price on the windshield, and there is the “real” price, the one that includes the other costs that come with the transaction. That’s why a $15,000 sticker price ends up at $16,500 once you add sales tax, title, license and transfer fees.



Branding: Time for Nonprofits to Learn From President Trump

This is not a politically driven column and this month is no exception. However, as a fundraiser, I have been confronted over the years with nonprofits that conveyed a multiplicity of branding messages to donors and I fear this hindered whether a donor chose one charity over another. So, the purpose here is to cut through the smoke and mirrors.



Palisade Furniture: A Century of Design & Service in Englewood

In an era of big-box stores and internet sales, Mike Kaplan is keeping his century-old family furniture business current and thriving. Palisade Furniture in Englewood was started by his great-grandfather in 1919. Mike took over in 2001, when his father became ill and he himself was concurrently downsized


An ‘Adults Only’ Financial Strategy

Most financial advice reflects a cautious, balanced perspective. You’ll hear statements like: Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Diversify. Borrow, but don’t take on too much debt. Take risks, but have some guarantees as well. Think long-term. And short-term, too.

You get the idea. So,


Tax Tips for Summer Jobs

It’s been said that children are the most expensive free things you’ll ever have. Truer words have never been spoken.

In fact, the US Department of Agriculture came out with a study concluding that each child adds on average $14,970 in annual expenses to their parents, and costs over


Are ‘Sit-Down’ Dinners a Thing of the Past?

For many nonprofits, the biggest money maker of the year is the annual dinner or gala. Depending on the size of the fundraiser, its track record, its philanthropic base of support and related variables often will dictate its financial success. For the purposes of this column, we will focus exclusively on the dinner type of


Smart Homes Are Getting Smarter and More Affordable

In years past, one might have thought that having an automated smart home was something out of a Ray Bradbury science fiction story. However, that is no longer the case. Efraim Vaynman, founder and owner of Automated Abode, offers home-automation services at an affordable price in the New York/New Jersey area. Home automation

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