Check the boiler room

When you think of a boiler room, you might think of an intense group of salesmen. But your building may have a real boiler room, and it’s critical to have it inspected regularly to avoid dangerous situations. Maintenance is key, and that is particularly true if you own the building for your workplace. Even if you’re renting, you should make sure your landlord is vigilant in order to protect the safety of your workers.

Check out the infographic below for handy checklists and ideas for boiler room maintenance, and then follow up to make sure to follow up.

Boiler Room Dangers and Safety (Infographic)
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5 Ways VoIP Can Benefit Small Businesses

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VoIP (or Voice over Internet Protocol) has been around a fair while. But now, as the internet is getting faster and more reliable, this technology is really proving itself to be invaluable… especially for small businesses. By removing the need for a traditional phone line and instead making phone calls via the internet, there are a range of benefits you will experience in your business. Plus, you don’t have to personally be a techno whiz to set it all up because managed IT support companies like Keyspace exist that both sell the systems and provide IT support for you. Read on to discover five ways in which VoIP will benefit your small business.

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Tips To Consider When Finding a Joint Venture Partner

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Joint venture partnerships undoubtedly carry a significant level of risk, but they can also be an effective way to rapidly expand and diversify your portfolio. Fortunately, there are ways to deal with the risks that joint venture partnerships bring and tips to follow when considering entering into such an arrangement.

Why the Reluctance?

Particularly with joint venture partnerships based on business ownership and property transactions, investors are often reticent to get involved. This stands to reason – many of us have been exposed to dreadful stories of partnerships going awry, ending badly and resulting in significant financial loss.

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Workplace of the future . . . from the past

Here’s Walter Cronkite in 1967 doing a feature on the home office of the future that would be possible in 2001. Fascinating!

Higher minimum wage would save government $7.6 billion

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One of the biggest battle in Washington and in states around the country involves the minimum wage. It’s basically a fairness argument versus those who think this can hurt jobs.

Still, this data should also be taken into account:

- If the minimum wage were raised to $10.10, more than 1.7 million American workers would no longer rely on public assistance programs.
- Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would reduce government expenditures on current income-support programs by $7.6 billion per year—and possibly more, given the conservative nature of this estimate. This would allow these funds to be repurposed into either new programs or expansions of existing programs to further leverage the poverty-fighting impact of this spending.

Corporations are making tons of profits and we have very low inflation. It seems like a perfect time to raise the minimum wage!