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  • Chamber Unites

    By Sandy Kidd
    LaRue County Chamber of Commerce

     

    Have you ever considered joining the Chamber or maybe you were a member at one time and decided it was not for you. The Chamber continues to try new things and we encourage you to give us a try.

  • Lack of tech is the mother of good times

    Summer is officially here: Picnics, grilling, camping, swimming and relaxing in the shade under the trees in the yard with a glass of spearmint sun tea as children splash in the kiddie pool. It’s all like a lazy afternoon dream and passes just as quickly. Looking back at some of my childhood summer memories, the ones that stand out the most are a little peculiar. My parents were, hands down, the best at improvisation. I’m not talking the comedy improvisation (although there was plenty of that); they were the best at making great things happen with just what they had.

  • Winterizing your grocery budget

    Many families notice that their grocery bills surge in the winter months. Out-of-season produce and poor road conditions all contribute to the rise in food costs. Here are tips to winterize your grocery budget in order to save:

    - Make a grocery list. Know exactly what you will be buying before you enter the grocery store so that you can avoid unplanned purchases.

    - Plan your meals around items that you already have in your pantry. Pantry staples such as rice, flour and dried beans are all relatively inexpensive and can be used in many different dishes.

  • A new Network concept, the Wifi Mesh

    There is a lot of recent interest in Google’s new Google Home and Google Wi-Fi, and updates to Google’s OnHub routers that will be able to work together and create a Mesh Network in your house or place of business. The idea of a mesh network is not new, but with Google’s introduction, they have legitimized the concept.

  • What is a Digital Executor?

    What happens to your Digital property after your death? This subject recently jumped out at me because I lost two close friends over the past few months.

    Both deaths were rather sudden and the individuals Facebook account was the last thing on their love one’s minds. However, as I continued to view posts and memories from their Facebook profile, I began to wonder when, if ever, the account would be removed.

  • New Years Resolution Number Two

    Last week, we talked about your Digital New Year’s Resolution Number 1, and this week we are going to continue with your second digital resolution, cleaning up your desktop.

    Your computer scares me. Really! It scares me. I have people call me to help them with their computer because it ate all their files, they can’t find anything!

  • Check your bills for mystery phone charges

    Cramming happens when a company adds a charge to your phone bill for a service you didn’t order or use. This may be a charge for services like trivia, ringtones, daily horoscopes or love tips to your bill that you didn’t agree to or use.

    The most common dollar amount for a cramming charge is $9.99, a relatively small amount which is easy to overlook. Some charges sound like larger fees you do owe, making it tough to pick out the phony charges, especially if your mobile phone bill varies month to month.

  • New Years Resolution number one

    Weight Watchers or joining a Gym should not be your only New Year Resolution. How about organizing our digital life? I have spent some 45 years in the computer field, working with end users nearly the entire time. If I know anything, it is that the inside of our computer tends to looks like our real-life - messy.

    The benefits of organizing your files into folders, removing programs you don’t use anymore and updating those you do, and cleaning up your desktop can go a long way toward making your computer experience more bearable and productive.

  • What Micorsoft Teams does for small business

    Most businesses still face the challenges of technology silos. Even with heavily underutilized products like Evernote and Slack, which range from free to low cost, Small Business (SMB) owners simply fail to maximize the benefits of automated tools to allow collaboration between workers.

    Now Microsoft is entering, or some would say reentering, this work space again with Microsoft Teams (not to be confused with Microsoft Team Server.)

  • Five steps to a new financial you in 2017

    With the New Year comes an opportunity to make some improvements to your financial health. Don’t make just another resolution that disappears by Valentine’s Day. Take your financial wellness to a whole new level: a New Year, a new financial you.

    These five steps will help you to establish a good financial path for 2017:

    Take stock of your finances. Take account of all your income, expenses, and existing savings/investment accounts. Don’t forget to include any debts you may have incurred from the recent holiday season.