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Liberty Tax explores teaming with H&R Block (Virginian-Pilot)
The founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service said Monday that he is trying to meet with a disgruntled director of rival H&R Block Inc. to discuss a possible combination of the two tax-preparation firms.

Care in a cottage: Salem company reveals backyard medical home prototype (Roanoke Times)
A Salem pastor’s idea for home care in a portable, modular backyard unit is coming to fruition, with a prototype now on display and investors lining up.

A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn’t Fall. (NY Times)
While many communities are fearfully contemplating extensive cuts, Maywood says it is the first city in the nation in the current downturn to take an ax to everyone. The school crossing guards were let go. Parking enforcement was contracted out, City Hall workers dismissed, street maintenance workers made redundant. The public safety duties of the Police Department were handed over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At first, people in this poor, long-troubled and heavily Hispanic city southeast of Los Angeles braced for anarchy. The apocalypse never arrived.

8 Office Perks and Their Hidden Costs (TheStreet.com)
The best perks keep employees happy and productive, but only most of the time. Here are some great office perks that can actually pose problems in the office from distractions to outright intoxication.

America’s Coolest Entrepreneurs (Inc.)
They’re bringing innovation to a market, building unique brands, creating nurturing trends, giving back to their communities and to the world, and making money along the way.

Minority Businesses Multiply But Still Lag Whites (Business Week)
Although the number of businesses owned by minorities is increasing, their economic impact isn’t catching up yet.

Liberty Tax explores teaming with H&R Block (Virginian-Pilot)
The founder and CEO of Liberty Tax Service said Monday that he is trying to meet with a disgruntled director of rival H&R Block Inc. to discuss a possible combination of the two tax-preparation firms.

Care in a cottage: Salem company reveals backyard medical home prototype (Roanoke Times)
A Salem pastor’s idea for home care in a portable, modular backyard unit is coming to fruition, with a prototype now on display and investors lining up.

A City Outsources Everything. Sky Doesn’t Fall. (NY Times)
While many communities are fearfully contemplating extensive cuts, Maywood says it is the first city in the nation in the current downturn to take an ax to everyone. The school crossing guards were let go. Parking enforcement was contracted out, City Hall workers dismissed, street maintenance workers made redundant. The public safety duties of the Police Department were handed over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. At first, people in this poor, long-troubled and heavily Hispanic city southeast of Los Angeles braced for anarchy. The apocalypse never arrived.

8 Office Perks and Their Hidden Costs (TheStreet.com)
The best perks keep employees happy and productive, but only most of the time. Here are some great office perks that can actually pose problems in the office from distractions to outright intoxication.

America’s Coolest Entrepreneurs (Inc.)
They’re bringing innovation to a market, building unique brands, creating nurturing trends, giving back to their communities and to the world, and making money along the way.

Minority Businesses Multiply But Still Lag Whites (Business Week)
Although the number of businesses owned by minorities is increasing, their economic impact isn’t catching up yet.

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