Business & Finance

Consumer Contact: Income Tax Scammers

Updated 5 months ago

 

Russ Van Arsdale stopped by the studio on Monday for this week’s Consumer Contact segment. This week he was talking to Joy about scammers that take advantage of the income tax season to gain personal information from you.

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Know Your Risk

Updated 5 months ago

Because of the myriad of investment options, instruments and information, understanding yourself, knowing your risk tolerance creates a starting point to many of your investment decisions.

What is risk profile? – Your risk profile is a measure of one portion of determining investment suitability. Do you feel comfortable with small company investments in Emerging Markets? Do you prefer large firms based in the U.S.? Do you like money in gold or CD’s at the bank? How do you feel about stock market fluctuations and volatility? Do you feel comfortable with the level of risk that you may need to take to meet your goals? Risk profile analysis helps identify your comfort level in investing.

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Mind Your Biz: The Perfect “PITCH”

Updated 6 months ago

Deb Neuman talks about how to perfect your business “Pitch”.

BIG GIG and perfecting your “PITCH”

BIG GIG FINALE: April 8 – 5:30 at UMaine
See www.biggig.org  and Facebook

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Let’s Talk About Debt

Updated 6 months ago

I’ve had a few folks in my office recently discussing their budgets and one of the common problems is debt, being overwhelmed about it, not knowing how to tackle it. Here are some tips if you are facing a similar thing.

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Meet The Centsables

Updated 6 months ago

Like many of us, I wish I had learned this or that when I was a kid. And often our sentiment is, ‘I wish I had learned more about money.’

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Community Supported Agriculture/Farm Shares

Updated 6 months ago

Deb Neuman talks about 5 things about CSA’s/Farm shares.

(Community Supported Agriculture)
1. You can purchase a farm share (eat healthy!)
2. You can “work off” your share
3. Your business can be a drop off site
4. Your business can buy shares for employees
5. You’re supporting a local business!

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Tax Calculators

Updated 6 months ago

You can’t know for sure what your federal taxes will be or if you are entitled to a refund, without actually filing your taxes. But if you are looking for a estimate here are a few calculators that may help.

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IRS Tax Tips

Updated 6 months ago

 

Peggy Riley of the IRS joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 with some tax tips.


So what do you need to know to start YOUR business?

Updated 7 months ago

We’ve got tips.

Many of my clients and friends are business owners and I have a cozy place in my heart for those willing to take the risk and go forward with their vision to change their futures by stepping out in business. In fact, according to the Small Business Administration, 99.7 percent of US firms are small ones and they are responsible for 64 percent of all hiring. In times of changing employment markets, many folks begin their own business and make their dreams a reality.

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Back to Basics- What is compounding?

Updated 7 months ago

Sometimes we use terms that must seem like lingo, unknown terminology, to folks who may not understand what is meant. We want everyone to feel included in this conversation so we will have back-to-basic sessions once in a while to explain concepts.

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Love and Money- Do They Mix?

Updated 7 months ago

 

Valentine’s day is coming. It’s a day to let people you love know how special they are to you. Don’t mix love with money. But you don’t need to use buckets of cash to demonstrate your affection.

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Business 101

Updated 8 months ago

Business 101

MaineStream Finance offers Business 101 on the Web or Live in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft or Lincoln
Business 101 – Thinking Of Starting A Business? (1 hour free workshop) This workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise. What a business plan is? Why it is needed and resources for business development assistance. Topics Covered: Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success, Professionalism, Business Plan, Networking, Resources, Budgeting & Planning, Credit and a Review of Upcoming Classes and Workshops. Business Plan, Marketing, Credit, Record Keeping, Financials and Cash Flow, as well as, many other topics.

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Is This the Year You Start a Business?

Updated 8 months ago

 

Is this the year you start a business?

Deb Neuman has some tops:

Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC)
financing/training
www.emdc.org

207.942.6389
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
counseling/training/on-line workshops
www.mainesbdc.org

207.780-4420
State of Maine – Business Answers
info/forms/licenses
www. businessinmaine.com

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Back to the Basics: Mutual Funds

Updated 8 months ago

Several times a year I try to do a segment on terms that are used in investing. Even if you’ve invested for years, if no one has explained these terms, you might not know them. So today’s term mutual fund and key points to remember.

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Business 101

Updated 8 months ago

MaineStream Finance offers Business 101 on the Web or Live in Bangor, Dover-Foxcroft or Lincoln
Business 101 – Thinking Of Starting A Business? (1 hour free workshop) This workshop provides an overview of the pros and cons of operating a microenterprise. What a business plan is? Why it is needed and resources for business development assistance. Topics Covered: Being An Entrepreneur, Business Success, Professionalism, Business Plan, Networking, Resources, Budgeting & Planning, Credit and a Review of Upcoming Classes and Workshops. Business Plan, Marketing, Credit, Record Keeping, Financials and Cash Flow, as well as, many other topics.

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Finance is Fun: Practicing Charity

Updated 9 months ago

In this Finance is Fun, Marion Syversen joined Caitlin Burchill on TV5 News at Noon to talk about practicing charity.

 

Why – Why practice charity? Why give? From compassion. Imagining the difficulty that others feel and wanting to alleviate their suffering if only temporarily. At times of festivities, family gatherings, abundance and sharing we look at the meagerness of another’s cupboard. Why practice compassion? Because at this time of religious celebration we remember that true love sacrifices for others.

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Consumer Contact: Ratewatcher and JP Morgan Chase and Co. Breach

Updated 9 months ago

Russ Van Arsdale was in for this week’s Consumer Contact with a couple of topics to talk about.

The first topic Russ talked about is the Ratewatcher Telecom Guide. This guide helps consumers find the best services and latest prices for Internet, telephone, and cell phone service in our state. If you are not one of their subscribers, you can got online to maine.gov/meopa to download and print this years guide for free.

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Mind Your Own Business: Support Local Businesses

Updated 10 months ago

You can help support the local economy while holiday shopping. It’s as simple as shopping at local businesses. Deb Neuman joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 with suggestions in “Mind Your Own Business.”

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Ways to be Happy

Updated 10 months ago

We’re coming up on Thanksgiving, a time for gratitude. Some of us are not happy. We think that ‘if only’ we had this or that, we could really enjoy life. Studies indicate that though your natural happiness ‘set point’ has genetic components, happiness is also a choice. Here are seven happy tips.

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Retirement and your 401K

Updated 10 months ago

Review your mix – Have you looked at your investments at all since you initially chose them? I know you may feel confused about the holdings, but there will be fund information available that may tell you the mix of stocks and bonds in the account, if the fund is international or domestic, etc. use that and your risk and goals to help plan.

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