Stan Smith / December 04,2019

State’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College launched for NKY students in healthcare services

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In an effort to meet the heightening demand for healthcare workers across the Commonwealth, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) announced the launch of the state’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) for students in Northern Kentucky.

Through a collaborative effort with the Online Loans in Kentucky - COMPACOM,   Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College, K-TECH will focus on preparing the future workforce for healthcare careers by increasing the number of students participating in STEM courses in high school and post-secondary schools.

Stan Smith / January 30,2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

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Books to look forward to in 2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

Whether you’ve got big plans to travel the world in 2020 or intend to stay put, you’ll need a few good books to keep you company. All those hours waiting in airports, riding on trains, or spent tanning on beach loungers are always more satisfying and entertaining when filled with the written words. And if you happen to be home, but wish you could be elsewhere, the pages of a novel will provide the escapism you’re longing for. For those purposes (and more) we have selected 20 books being published in 2020 that will hit the spot, no matter where you are and what you’re doing. From historical fiction set in Ireland to a family saga in Norway, and nature writing in South Africa, these are the books most anticipated by Matador Network team this year.

1. Pine by Francine Toon — Doubleday, January 2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

Photo: Penguin

Stan Smith / January 30,2020

The best tax software for 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

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The best tax software for 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

If the upcoming 2020 tax season has you feeling overwhelmed and anxious, you’re not alone. Maybe you’re thinking back to last year’s filing deadline, when you were scrambling at the last minute to gather all your forms and trying to figure out federal and state income tax codes. Sure, you were saving money by not hiring experienced tax preparers for help, but now you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to go through the hassle all over again.

From figuring out tax deductions to self-employed tax to taxable income to capital gains, tax prep and filing taxes can be complicated. But hiring a one-on-one professional tax preparer can be expensive.

The good news is that there are many tax software providers and filing companies that aim to make it more affordable and easier to file your taxes. Whether it’s through an online form, downloadable software or an app, you can turn tax preparation into a less laborious process. For the frugal taxpayers out there, you can even find free or super low-cost options for doing your taxes online that rival some of the more established competitors.

Choosing a tax preparation software that’s right for you can seem complicated and time-consuming. But we’ve waded through all the features and fine print to show you some of the best tax software suited for your needs.

Read more: How to estimate your 2020 tax refund

 TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

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Stan Smith / January 30,2020

The Importance Of A Consistent Lead Generation Strategy

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Building a business from the ground up is hard work, but once things are running on the right track it can be immensely satisfying. If you have had some success in getting your business off of the ground, congratulations! However, it takes hard work to keep things going well, and it is always important to ensure that new customers and new interests are heading your way on a regular basis.

This is where a lead generation strategy comes in. Having a good and consistent lead generation strategy will help you to clarify your approach towards how you run your business and provide a host of other benefits. If you want to stay competitive and ensure that your business remains relevant to the ever-growing numbers of customers, then you need to re-evaluate the importance of your lead generation strategy.

To this end, let’s look at why a consistent lead generation strategy is so important for your business.

What Is A Lead Generation Strategy?

First, we need to be precise about definitions. Lead generation strategy refers to the way or ways that you bring new interest to your business. The strategy aspect of this term is especially important because, whether you are acutely aware of it or not, your business is in competition with a number of other businesses. As a business owner, you need to decide how you will best be able to win over the limited number of potential customers and get them to engage with your business, rather than any of the others.

Stan Smith / January 19,2020

Landmark Financial Tokyo Review of Gold and Silver in 2020

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The prices of gold and silver prices show moderately higher results in midday United States futures trading on January 7, 2020. Because of overnight downside price corrections, it looks like a great buying opportunity, in which prices increase during the day session.

This Landmark Financial Tokyo review of the silver and gold prices in 2020 will discuss valuations and investments. Read on to know more about them.

Gold and Silver Drastic Price Increase

Gold price futures at $4.60 per ounce last February ended at $1,573.30. For silver, the previous higher prices were $0.201 last March and ended at $18.375 an ounce on January 7, 2020. There are a lot of factors that could affect these prices. There’s speculation that if the tension in the Middle East gets worse, gold could hit $1,600 per ounce.

The United States and Iran Tension

Gold soared high as the Middle East tensions heightened between Iran and the United States. The drone airstrike of the United States killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general, in Baghdad, Iraq. This incident boosted the appetite of investors for gold, and the rise shows that.

Many investors and traders probably think that Iran won’t retaliate against the United States that could be devastating to their country. Some veteran market watchers believe that Iran will retaliate but not sooner. The economic effects of the US and Iran retaliation can be impacting as what you’ll find on Landmark Financial Tokyo Review.  

Stan Smith / January 11,2020

Blockchain Tops the List of Most In-Demand Tech Skills for 2020

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Blockchain Tops the List of Most In-Demand Tech Skills for 2020

If you are planning to start a new career this year, or just improve your value in the jobs market, the best thing that you can do is acquire some blockchain skills. Companies around the world are looking for people with capabilities in this field and it appears that demand far outpaces the supply.

Also Read: NASA to Launch Bitcoin to the Moon? US Space Agency Seeks Big Data Scientist With Crypto Experience

Companies Need Much More Blockchain Talent

New research based on data from the employment-oriented networking platform Linkedin shows that blockchain tops the list of most in-demand hard skills for 2020. The ranking of the most needed skills was made by looking at those that are in high demand relative to their supply. Demand was measured by identifying the skills listed on the career profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates. It divided the skills into two groups. Hard skills include specialized knowledge and technical abilities to handle a specific task, while soft skills are more about behavior and thinking, personal traits and cognitive skills.

Stan Smith / January 10,2020

15 questions to ask when hiring a social media partner

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How do you know what to look for in a social media management firm? Here’s what you should ask any agency you consider hiring to manage your social channels.

Nearly a third of the world uses social media regularly, and 92 percent of marketers claim it’s important to their business.

However, many organizations are too busy to focus on bringing social media marketing into the fold; instead they out their social media management to outside firms.

It’s important to make an informed decision before hiring a social media agency or consultant.

These questions will give you a strong understanding of exactly what they’ll provide, what your involvement would be and how the two of you would work together.

1. Who will be managing my social media account(s)?

When you talk to an agency or firm about managing your business’ social media marketing, make sure you ask who will manage your account(s). Will they have a dedicated team member focused on your company or will they have a few people working on it? Who do you contact if you have questions or new information about your business?

[FREE GUIDE: 6 steps to crafting an internal social media plan]

2. Do you develop a social media strategy? How do you do this?

It’s really important to have a social media strategy in place before you begin your campaign. This provides a roadmap for which platforms you’ll focus on, how often you’ll update those pages, when updates will go live and what type of content you’ll be sharing.

If you’re talking to a social media expert that doesn’t create a strategy or can’t provide a brief overview of how they create one, move onto another potential partner.

Stan Smith / January 05,2020

Brewing Beer with Justin Bosch, Parliament Brewing Company

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Brewing Beer with Justin Bosch, Parliament Brewing Company

When Sheryl and I moved to Santa Rosa, we were excited to be living in California, but we were also excited to explore the local craft beer scene. As you know, we travel far and wide to find delicious locally brewed craft beer. We had access to a lot of great beer in SW Florida, but now we have access to well established breweries like Russian River Brewing Company, Bear Republic Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company. There are also a lot of small breweries in town like Cooperage Brewing Company, Plow Brewing Company and Fogbelt Brewing Company. In an effort to visit them all, we discovered Parliament Brewing Company in Rohnert Park, California.

One night we drove down, grabbed a seat at the bar, and ordered a flight. We had a good conversation with the bartender, and ended up meeting Justin Bosch, the brewmaster. We talked for a bit and I mentioned my blog. A few days later we were talking via email and he agreed to an interview. We headed back down on a day they were closed, but Justin was brewing. We spent time together, learned more about the brewery, his beers, his education and his plans for expansion. Did you know a group of owls is called a “parliament?” Justin talks about that, too! This was a fun interview and I enjoyed seeing Justin in his element. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Justin Bosch. Cheers!

Stan Smith / January 05,2020

Five Important Things to Know About Dry Needling

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Five Important Things to Know About Dry Needling

Five Important Things to Know About Dry Needling

Dry needling is not a new technique of physical muscular pain treatment. It dates back to ancient times when such procedures were conventional. In modern times, the more we study about dry needling, the more we understand the benefits it has. Today it has expanded its uses in particular muscle pain treatment and physical injuries. The therapy addresses everything from back pain to sports injuries and migraines. Dry needling proves beneficial for muscle, ligament, tendon, and joint issues for physicians and patients alike.

As more practitioners utilize this treatment, it is essential to know the basics of the procedure, what to expect from the process, and the conditions that benefit from it. Below we list five critical things to know about dry needling.

  • What Is Dry Needling?

Dry needling technique is a skill performed by chiropractic physicians trained. While addressing particular dysfunction in movement, a therapist aims to manage muscular injuries. This technique uses a thin needle made of filiform for skin penetration. They reach deep into the fascia and muscles to identify the trigger and connective tissue points. The results of this technique are speedy healing and muscular pain relief. The decrease in muscular hypertonicity increased joint motion, and correction of movement are the outputs of the procedure. Releasing the trigger point adhesion eases the muscles and reduces pain due to muscular tension.

Stan Smith / January 05,2020

How to Find Clothing Manufacturers for Startups

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How to Find Clothing Manufacturers for Startups

How to Find Clothing Manufacturers for Startups

Starting a clothing line is a popular startup idea because of its great branding opportunities and relatively low capital requirements. No wonder why we see a lot of clothing startups come and go in the industry. Some fail to leave a mark and eventually go bankrupt while there are many others that become successful and are thriving up to this day. Much like any other business, there is nothing sure with having a clothing line as a business venture. There will always be tough challenges ahead and it is up to the business owner to overcome these.


Most of the time, the biggest challenge for startup clothing lines is finding a start up clothing manufacturer which works perfectly for them. Someone who is willing to provide maximum services despite of the business owners’ initial minimal orders. Most clothing manufacturers prefer working with established brands and companies because of the financial security they get from them. However, the emergence of small businesses through e-commerce paved the way for manufacturers to consider small up to mid-sized businesses as clients.

In this article, we will teach you how to find clothing manufacturers in a different perspective. We already know we can find them in events such as trade and industry fairs or look them up in supplier directories online, but this time we will provide extensive tips on the other aspects of finding a clothing manufacturer.

Stan Smith / January 03,2020

25 Widgets, Plugins, and Add-Ons to Enhance Your Blog's Performance

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It’s hard to get a blog started, and sometimes, even harder to organize all the content you want and need. If you use a blog hosting site like WordPress or a CMS like HubSpot, you’ll likely notice that you have options like plugins and widgets to enhance your blog.

There’s so many different kinds of tools, and they’re all used to make your blog more personalized. Think of widgets as the different spices to add special elements on your webpages. Plugins, on the other hand, are the vessel for which you obtain the widgets.

We’ve compiled a list of widgets and plugins that are essential to make a great blog excellent. They’re essentials that contribute to a good user experience for your readers, bring you new ones, and make your brand more cohesive across all fronts.

Think of these lists as a jumping off point. This is not a list of all of the plugins and widgets available, but they give you an expansive look into how many kinds there are and what they can do for you.

Blogger Widgets

1. Instagram Feed

With an Instagram feed, you can import pictures from your account directly to your blog. We have a plugin suggestion for this to make the process more streamlined.

This is an especially great idea if you want your brand to be synced across all of your webpages and socials. It’s also a good thing to look into if your brand is based on visuals.

2. Email Subscribe Form

Converting casual visitors into email subscribers builds readership and generates a community of content enthusiasts. Additionally, they’ll likely share your content with other people in their networks through email and social media, exposing your blog to brand new audiences.