In soft economy, businesses face uphill battle for loans

REGION - The national credit crunch has rolled into the region, making it harder for many businesses to take out loans and putting up more hoops for them to go through.Bankers say they have money to lend and basically haven't changed their underwriting standards. In...

No-hitch hiring tips to get ready for the summer season

Since many of our area businesses are related to tourism, this is a good time to review hiring practices to reduce the risk of selection mistakes. Even though the person might only work for the busy summer season, you obviously want people who are right...

Pay the cable bill, or get your prescription refilled?

REGION - The current recession is forcing area residents to examine their dollars and prescription drugs more closely. Local trends show patients leaning toward generics and alternative forms of treatment. Although sales of prescription drugs typically are unaffected by the ebb and flow in the economy,...