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(NewsUSA) - The term "global economy" has been bandied about for more than a decade and there is no doubt that with evolving technology, businesses can go global from anywhere in the world.To that end, if you're looking for a new direction to take your interests, you may want to consider the United Kingdom (UK). Taking a business to the UK can be a unique and profitable opportunity when equipped with the right insight.But keep these simple strategies in mind to help avoid pitfalls when entering the UK market:-Prepare. Before exploring taking your business to the UK, do your due diligence. Be aware of opportunities to launch your business in conjunction with an annual show or exhibition, or by putting on your own event designed to appeal to UK consumers.-Plan. Several elements of expanding a business overseas are the same as those for expanding within the United States - locating space, hiring staff, and creating local interest and buzz.However, these tasks can be challenging to complete remotely and having local insight on factors including competitors, the right route to market, and the appetites and demands of customers/consumers allows an incoming business to be more efficient and effective.-Partner. A common pitfall that businesses may encounter when establishing a foothold in the UK is trying to manage everything from the United States.Forming a partnership with a local marketing group can help incoming companies understand the local business environment and open up networks.-Purpose. Determine the goals you want to achieve with your business expansion.For consumer goods, pop-ups are one way to test the waters by setting up a short-term shop. Consider social media campaigns and focus groups. But remember that what sells in the United States may not sell the same way in the UK. Determine whether your business brand travels well and what products or services will be a hit by utilizing local experts to design ways to target your core audience.-Profit. Many factors make the UK a desirable place to grow a business and increase profits, including tax breaks, flexible employment, and a diverse population.Partnering with a local company that specializes in helping businesses enter the UK ensures that you make the most of this new market opportunity.For more information, call 646-905-0646 or go to rochesterprgroup.com to find more information and advice about expanding your business to the U.K. 

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(NewsUSA) - For too many people, every day is a struggle. A struggle United Way confronts by working tirelessly with organizations across the world to provide those in need with tools and resources to improve their lives. Like transitional housing and job training that helps families support themselves. United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. Join us as we mobilize the caring power of your community. Volunteer or donate at Unitedway.org/jointhefight See full-sized image here

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(NewsUSA) - A revolution is brewing in manufacturing, especially in high-tech industries such as aerospace.That revolution is being made possible by a whole new approach to making things, called 3D printing or "additive" manufacturing, which was invented at MIT in the late 1980s.In the traditional method, companies start with a hunk of metal (or other material). Using milling machines and other tools, they cut or drill away material in order to create the desired part.In contrast, 3D printing builds parts layer by layer, adding material in just the right places to create the precise shapes needed.For aerospace companies, this 3D printing or "additive" manufacturing offers the promise of making parts that are better and stronger, enabling them to build airplanes and rockets that are safer, more reliable, and better performing. GE uses 3D printing to build jet engine fuel nozzles, for instance, instead of welding together 20 small pieces. Technology Review recently named additive manufacturing one of its 10 "Breakthrough Technologies."But this new industrial revolution is being held back by a thorny problem. Tiny variations in parameters like temperature or raw material composition can subtly alter how each layer of material is laid down. As a result, it is extraordinarily difficult to build identical top-quality parts every single time.The industry has recognized this problem, and is working hard to solve it. The most promising approach is meticulously monitoring all the relevant parameters as a part is being built, then processing the information to determine if the part meets all standards. That will ensure repeatability, consistency, and reliability.Several companies are working on this idea, but one leader is Santa Fe, NM-based Sigma Labs, Inc (NASDAQ:SGLB). Sigma has developed sophisticated software that monitors the 3D process as a part is being built, and determines whether the product meets quality standards. Its Process Quality Assurance™ software is now being used in pilot projects at major aerospace manufacturers.

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(NewsUSA) - Walk into any coffee shop and there you'll see them - the freelancers, hunched over their laptops at corner tables, talking furtively into their earphones, fingers flying across their keyboards. They might be employees working remotely or contractors securing a new deal. The world is their office and their phones are universal remotes for professional services.Welcome to the new normal - the 24/7, 365-workday, in which many of today's employees default to their mobile devices for most essential business tasks.Given these changes, it's no surprise that the statistics support even more growth in this area.In fact, the number of mobile workers in the U.S. will rise from 96.2 million to 105.4 million over the next five years. By 2020, mobile workers will account for nearly three-quarters (72.3 percent) of the U.S. workforce, according to new research from the IDC. By 2025, more than 70 percent of the workforce will be millennials, who grew up with cell phones and can't live without smartphones.Among the driving factors of these tech trends, the foremost is that millennials are more at home in the digital world of mobile devices, social media and cloud-based everything.To keep these workers engaged, businesses of all sizes are investing in the latest technology to help them be more productive, generate revenues and keep costs low - both now and into the foreseeable future.Spoke Phone represents the next generation of millennial-friendly phone systems, taking mobile technology to the next level.Small businesses can download the Spoke Phone app to transform employee mobile phones into a central business phone system in three minutes or less.More than just a virtual phone system, Spoke is a platform that makes it easier for millennials to make and answer more calls. Small businesses are deploying Spoke Phone to solve problems faster, enhance company culture and scale up the business at their own rate.The benefits of the Spoke Phone app include:* Simplicity. Small businesses don't need and don't want to pay for too many unnecessary features. These only confuse employees and hurt productivity. Spoke Phone supports just the core features that small businesses want, and none that they don't.* Connectivity. Spoke Phone encourages more connections between employees and customers, laying a strong foundation for business growth. It also masks the employee's personal number on outbound calls to keep employees safe.* Lower Fixed Costs. There's no hardware to buy, no servers, no wiring and no IT required to keep it running. Companies spend less and employees love their freedom.* Flexibility. Spoke Phone runs on top of any network. Employees can use a smartphone on any phone network or with any carrier - either their own phone or one you provide for them.* Professional. It's easy to transfer calls to anyone on your team. You can transfer a call from your mobile phone and get customers talking to the right people in record time.The traditional work model is long gone; the world and the workforce have already gone mobile.The world's best mobile tech saves money, keeps millennials engaged and turns up the dial on productivity.Welcome to the future of work. 

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(NewsUSA) - People used to just pick up the phone and resolve work issues on the spot. Today, employees have to choose from among many different communication channels - emails, texts, video calls, chat windows, messenger apps and many more, especially for those who work remotely.Over the past decade, smartphones and the cloud-based app ecosystem have changed everything about the way we work and live. People have become accustomed to working anytime, anywhere and staying in touch using their own personal devices, customized to their own precise preferences.Meanwhile, the lonely desk phone sits idly by, collecting dust. Many professionals consider the desk phone an antiquated communication tool that no longer meets the needs of the new mobile workforce.According to research by IDG, unused phone systems are costing companies an average of $8.1 million per year. Related studies project that three out of four US workers will be mobile only by 2020.To help businesses everywhere lower their fixed costs and go mobile, one company is reshaping the way small business owners and their employees communicate through an app that transforms employee mobile phones into a full-featured business phone system.The Spoke Phone app makes it easier to get people talking in real time so they can solve problems faster, strengthen the internal company culture and promote company growth. Other benefits of the app include:* It's simple: too many features confuse employees. Spoke Phone has just the core features companies need, and nothing they don't.* It promotes more business. Spoke Phone gets employees and customers talking more in real time, solving problems faster to help your businesses grow.* It saves money. Companies retain more money, employees love the freedom, IT loves how simple it is.* It works on any network. Employees can use a smartphone on any phone network or with any carrier - either their own phone or one you provide for them.* It links employee phones together into a single business network. You can transfer a call from your mobile phone to others on your team and get customers talking to the right people in no time.Every small company has unique needs. Whether your company has teams of remote workers, or just a few local employees. small businesses can change their operations to make the workforce more productive and happy, and without the added expense of a desk phone. 

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(NewsUSA) - If you're like most Americans, you probably view benefits open enrollment as somewhat of a chore. After all, 67 percent of employees describe shopping for benefits as complicated, long or stressful according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report.For many, that might be true. But why not look at choosing benefits as something more positive? Consider it a labor of love: a necessary process that helps shelter you and your family from financial concerns in the event of a medical event or emergency.As open-enrollment season hits full swing, think about the effect a serious healthcare issue - whether the result of an accident or an illness - would have on your family. Major medical insurance is the foundation of a solid benefits plan, but it doesn't stretch to cover copayments, deductibles or the bills that continue to roll in when a breadwinner is too sick or injured to work.That is where voluntary insurance benefits come into play. From accident to disability insurance, voluntary options help pay bills major medical insurance was never intended to cover. That is critically important in today's world, given that 65 percent of employees who participated in Aflac's survey reported having less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket expenses associated with unexpected serious illnesses or accidents, while 39 percent have less than $500.Tough financial realities may explain why the demand for voluntary insurance coverage is rising among American workers: Overall, 81 percent of 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report participants say they see a growing need for voluntary insurance benefits, and 90 percent at least somewhat consider voluntary insurance part of a comprehensive benefits program. In fact, access to voluntary options is a key factor in workplace contentment, with the survey revealing that it is closely tied to satisfaction, productivity, retention and recruitment.The bottom line is that voluntary insurance is a key part of a well-rounded approach to staying ahead of rising healthcare costs that can add up quickly after an illness or injury. Benefits are paid directly to you, the policyholder, unless otherwise assigned. That means you choose how to use your benefits. Whether you use your benefits to help pay everyday bills, to help cover transportation to receive medical care, to help defray the costs of copayments and deductibles, or to help address any other urgent need, with voluntary insurance, the choice is yours.To learn more about choosing the right healthcare benefits for you and your family, visit Aflac.com.

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(NewsUSA) - How can employers keep their best workers when increasing salaries isn't necessarily an option?The Aflac WorkForces Report found that robust, cost-effective benefits offerings - especially in today's environment of rising costs - can be an effective solution for businesses serious about protecting their most valuable assets. Evidence shows many employees may test the waters in the next year, and voluntary insurance can be a critical tool in providing a broad range of benefits options. A vast majority of employees see the need for voluntary insurance, and they are most likely to find these options from companies whose performance is on the rise.See full-sized image here

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(NewsUSA) - For many, enjoying their outdoor space includes a poorly lit patio or deck with spartan, uncomfortable furniture, devoide of real style. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), outdoor living can be just as captivating, high-tech and chic as life inside your home.Regardless of the season, it is becoming common to turn a patio, deck or outdoor space into an additional family room with modern amenities and beautiful furnishings. ALA-member lighting manufacturers are making this transition easier with expanded lines of decorative lighting rated for all-weather use.Hinkley Lighting's CEO Rick Wiedemer, CLC, explains how the trend of accessorizing outdoor areas with traditionally indoor lighting products has gained momentum over the last several years. "It started with landscape lighting and then moved into sconces, wall sconces, and now pendants and chandeliers," Wiedemer says.It's fairly commonplace to use sconces to highlight doorways and step lights to define spaces; today's homeowners are also hanging elaborate chandeliers and colorful pendants over outside tables. Spotlights can be seen above grills and downlights under covered patios.With a little creativity and imagination, just about anything goes. And the demand is increasing for those fixtures to mimic the styles and attention to detail traditionally found indoors."People want to extend their indoor living space outside, and still have the same quality of finishes outside as inside," says Rick Seidman, president and CEO of Quoizel, Inc. "They're putting rugs, televisions and furniture outside, so we almost have to treat [outside] decorative lighting as if it's interior."Just because the newest outdoor lighting fixtures are beautiful, don't assume they lack the engineering to withstand harsh temperatures and extreme weather. High-quality outdoor fixtures are designed for reliability and endurance."One of the things consumers are concerned about when shopping for lighting is durability," says Seidman. "It really has to be able to withstand the elements. With new technology, fixture finishes are actually built into the material so that it weathers beautifully."Wiedemer concurs."You want to have something that's meant to be in the weather. Normally a rustic finish fixture will weather better," he says. "The principal thing these are engineered for is to be rained upon. Rain will not collect inside the fixture, it will drain out…. A typical interior fixture is not made that way."The latest all-weather lighting is at your local ALA-member showroom.For a listing of showrooms or to view outdoor lighting videos, go to americanlightingassoc.com

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(NewsUSA) - Infertility can be a difficult topic to understand for couples trying to conceive a child. Many questions arise during the conception journey concerning health, timing, and fertility treatments. So where do most couples go for guidance and support?The Stork ib2C Inc. conducted an online survey among 150 adult consumers under the age of 45 who have been trying to conceive for at least three months and have taken action to improve fertility or would consider taking action in the future. The survey uncovered that healthcare providers are the top resource consulted about fertility at the beginning of many couples' conception journey and during the time couples began to feel concerned. The results showed that 51 percent of respondents consulted their healthcare provider initially for fertility, and 49 percent for concerns related to fertility.The more-concerned respondent bases most likely consulted resources about fertility from the very beginning, including 92 percent of those who were moderately concerned and 84 percent of those who were highly concerned.The number-one reason for concern, by a ratio of more than 2 to 1, was the number of months the couples spent trying to conceive, in addition to how long these couples thought it would take at the time they started trying to conceive. The level of concern positively correlated to couples who tried certain conception techniques, including over-the-counter (OTC) medical devices and incorporating lifestyle modifications about diet and caffeine.The survey showed that experiences and actions changed as the respondents moved along the levels of concern. The most-concerned segment was eager to try new options. Twenty-six percent of respondents were unaware of the possibility of using an OTC medical device to improve fertility, as only 6 percent of respondents were using one; however, another 25 percent said they were considering it. This is where The Stork OTC can help.The Stork OTC home conception device is a low-cost option that affords couples the opportunity to increase their fertility without engaging in long-term and costly treatments. There are no shots to take, scans to schedule or prescriptions to fill. The FDA-cleared, over-the-counter device provides a way to keep higher sperm score concentration at the cervix compared with natural intercourse by cervical cap insemination.For more information, visit www.storkotc.com

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(NewsUSA) - Fall means not only shorter days and colorful leaves, but also the season of open enrollment for health insurance for most Americans.Employer-sponsored benefits can be confusing, and a combination of doing some homework and seeking expert advice can help most individuals make the most of the plans available to them.Confusion over health insurance remains a common problem; approximately 76 percent of American workers reported that they did not understand some elements of their health insurance, according to the 2017 Aflac WorkForces Report conducted by Lightspeed GMI on behalf of insurance provider Aflac.Areas of concern reported by survey respondents included deductibles, copays, and the determination of whether a health care provider is in-network.Consumer education is the key to making smart decisions during open enrollment periods, according to Aflac, which offers three top tips for maximizing health insurance.-Be prepared. Before your employer opens enrollment for health insurance this year, take the time to look into all the available options. Data from Aflac's consumer survey showed that 83 percent of workers spent less than an hour researching potential health insurance benefit plans, and 20 percent of those did no research on health insurance plans at all.-Be advised. Get expert help. The Aflac survey found that approximately two-thirds (67 percent) of workers said they were confident that they understood all aspects of the health insurance plans for which they signed up.However, only 24 percent said they understood everything when they were questioned in more detail about deductibles, copays, and in-network providers.-Be enhanced. Consider additional voluntary insurance coverage to help fill the holes in employer-offered plans. Approximately 81 percent of employees report a need for voluntary insurance benefits, according to the Aflac survey, and 90 percent say that they view voluntary insurance as essential to a complete health benefits program.Some examples of voluntary insurance include not only health insurance, but also accident insurance, insurance for critical illness, and insurance for hospital stays, which may not be covered by an employer's insurance. Voluntary insurance also can be used to help with expenses associated with gas, groceries, and rent for individuals with illnesses or injuries that prevent them from working.Visit Aflac.com for more information about options for health benefits and how to choose a benefits plan.

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