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How an HSA Can Help Remedy a Retirement Savings Deficiency

With all the investments you're making to establish and maintain a thriving business, it can be easy for retirement savings to fall down on the list. If your retirement savings are a little weak or sickly, you can correct that retirement savings deficiency by using a cash balance plan and a health savings account (HSA), which help you aggressively build retirement savings while trimming your tax bill.

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5 Key Things to Look for in Retirement Plan Service Providers

During any given year, plan sponsors engage a variety of service providers to perform various services for their retirement plan. It’s easy to allow inertia to take over and to approach these relationships with a mindset of “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.” While that’s good advice and it’s not reasonable to make a change just for the sake of it, sometimes it helps to take a moment to ensure those you’ve tasked with helping you run an effective retirement plan continue to offer current and relative services.

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Is Value-Based Care Right for Your Company?

The United States spends over 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) a year on health care. The rate of growth in healthcare costs has become unsustainable and employers are now searching for innovative ways to reduce costs while providing competitive benefit programs for their employees.

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Split-Dollar Insurance: Life Insurance for Executives

If you're looking for a unique benefit solution that will provide your business’ key executives with life insurance and supplemental retirement benefits, split-dollar life insurance fits the bill perfectly.

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Exit Your Business on Your Terms with a Documented Plan

Planning your business exit can be a daunting task. Between building business value, developing capable successors, and figuring out exactly what you want to do with your life after you sell or leave, business exit planning is an easy task to put off. In my experience, business owners usually need help with exit planning if they wish to exit on their own terms.

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Does Your Business Need Inland Marine Insurance?

Does your business transport goods from one place to another? If you do, then you need to know about Inland Marine insurance and how it can help protect your business and the things you transport. Learn the ins-and-outs about this insurance so you can make an informed decision on whether or not your business needs Inland Marine insurance.

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[Case Study] How One Company Gained Better Negotiation Power on Workers' Comp Rates

In 2002, with just a toolbox in hand, Craig Scott began his quest to create a highly successful residential remodeling firm. He had his sight set on building a business, atypical to your normal run-of-the-mill construction and remodeling company.

Today, with more than 25 full-time employees, Craig Scott continues to expand his business—in both clientele and employees—while focusing on what he’s most passionate about doing—building.

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Workers’ Compensation: Unique Approach in Texas

Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that helps people with work-related injuries and illnesses. Employees covered by workers’ compensation get medical care to treat their injuries and illnesses.

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How Student Loan Programs Could be the Key to Employee Retention

Employers are consistently touting the importance of their employee benefits program as a key tool in the recruiting and retention of talent. It has also been reported through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) that 60% of employees consider their benefits an important aspect to overall job satisfaction.

Benefits are no longer a secondary consideration for prospective talent, and employers understand that to keep valuable employees they must focus on providing the right benefits for their employee population.

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How to Determine Business Valuation for Buy-Sell Agreements

If you're a business owner, it's wise to educate yourself on the ins and outs of buy-sell agreements. A buy-sell agreement:

  • Establishes a plan for fair transfer of business ownership to the business' remaining owner(s)
  • Sets a clear path forward for the business
  • Assists the remaining owners with funds needed for the purchase by using life insurance

When we discuss buy-sell agreements, we often talk about what those agreements consist of, what transfer events they cover, why agreements need updating as your shareholders and company grow and change, and how decisions about whether buyouts are mandatory or optional may change. Here, let's talk about a critical component of buy-sell agreements, business valuation, and the three most common valuation methods.

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