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    1. COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

      Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.

      People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

      To calculate your 10 full day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

      If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after your positive test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 10-day isolation period must start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the ...

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    2. 5 Fail-Proof Ideas for Your Business Instagram

      5 Fail-Proof Ideas for Your Business Instagram

      What generates over 95 million photos and videos each day, 4.2 billion likes daily and has 700 million active users? You guessed it – Instagram. This photo and video sharing social platform have really taken off over the past few years and many businesses are starting to take note. If you’ve been putting off your Instagram debut because you’re not quite sure how it works, you’re in luck. Even if you think your brand isn’t camera-ready, these Instagram ideas can work for even the least photogenic brands.

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    3. The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The Pandemic Shows Why We Need Universal Health Care

      The lack of insurance has been deadly for far too many. According to a report by Families USA, a consumer health advocacy organization, nearly one in three Covid deaths is related to gaps in health insurance. But rather than address these gaps, there has been a move to reinforce barriers. Many employers are now charging unvaccinated people an additional fee alongside their insurance. Even the White House’s first attempt to improve access to testing stopped short of making the tests free; instead, people are required to submit their bills to their insurance company for reimbursement. After pressure, the White House announced plans to make 500 million rapid tests available free of charge.

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    4. Mask Mandate Returns to Orange County Wednesday

      Mask Mandate Returns to Orange County Wednesday

      Beginning Wednesday, all Orange County residents will again have to wear masks when going to indoor public places as the Omicron COVID-19 variant is raising concerns from public health experts, with some saying it will fuel a winter surge.

      “… the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is requiring masks to be worn in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022),” reads updated health orders from the state health department.

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    5. 30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

      30 Quotes That Will Motivate You to Succeed

      We all want to succeed in business and in life, but sometimes we could use an extra boost of motivation. Some of the most successful people we have ever known have failed many times before succeeding. So, read on and let their words inspire you!

      'Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.' — Sam Walton

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    6. How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

      How to Gain Inspiration in 5 Minutes

      People demand a lot of creativity from professionals these days. We live in an era of media overload, where viral video marketing and colorful infographics have become accepted means to engage an audience. As they should, that's what sets you apart from the competition. In fact, more video content is uploaded to the web in one single month than TV has created in three decades! How is that for an information flood?

      Reaching that refreshing glimpse of inspiration is not as difficult as it may seem. At times, you don’t need more than 5 minutes to get in the mood. Of course, when you are down on your luck and can’t get out of your discouraged head, it may take a few guiding steps to get you into the right mindset. Before diving into the actual practice, take the time to prepare your personal inspiration zone.

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    7. Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

      Graphic Design Terms Everyone Should Know

      It can be hard to communicate with a design team on a project when the designers speak their very own language. That’s why we have a rundown of words you may come across frequently that can save you from an artwork mishap or miscommunication! Bookmark this cheat sheet of graphic design terms and you’ll be speaking our language!

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    8. The best ways to invest when inflation takes off

      The best ways to invest when inflation takes off

      “In general, inflation is usually negative for stocks,” said Amy Arnott, a portfolio strategist at Morningstar.

      Between 1973 and 1981, inflation rose by more than 9% a year. During the same period, stocks shed about 4% annually.

      But don’t panic — doing so has never helped an investor.

      That’s because these companies are often in industries, such as the financial and consumer staples sectors, that get hit less hard by inflation, Doll said, “These industries tend to perform better because they have more pricing power and are able to increase their prices with inflation better than other industries.”

      Other hedges to inflation include investing in real estate, gold and even cryptocurrencies, advisors say.

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    9. 6 Helpful Tips to Address Unhappy Customers

      6 Helpful Tips to Address Unhappy Customers

      It’s the moment you dread. The phone call you don’t want to pick up. The review you’re scared to address. 

      Responding to unhappy customers seems like a chore. It can be overwhelming and humiliating when the customer is shouting at you from the other end of the line. 

      The good news is there are steps you can take to address those bitter customers. Here’s a list of how to get through the phone call gracefully, without sobbing afterward. 

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    10. How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      How to Work Smarter, Not Harder

      Do you ever find that no matter how hard you're working, you're not getting the results you want? You put in the long hours at the office, you answer every email, you skip lunch, and yet you're still not where you want to be. What could you possibly do to make your working life better?

      If you feel like your workdays are not as efficient as you'd like, below are the best tricks on how to work smarter, so that you can reach your goals and earn the success that you deserve.

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    11. I own a rental home in California. How can I leave it to my daughter so she can avoid capital gains taxes?

      I own a rental home in California. How can I leave it to my daughter so she can avoid capital gains taxes?

      Dear MarketWatch, I live in California and own a single-family rental property that has a tenant with a 12-month renewable lease. The home is in a revocable trust. I would like to leave the property to my daughter. I have one other child who I don’t intend to leave any of this property to. My daughter will probably keep the property as a rental, but she might use it as a second home and/or as a partial, week-to-week vacation rental.

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    12. Facebook Officially Changes Its Name to Meta

      Facebook Officially Changes Its Name to Meta

      Facebook, which announced earlier this week that it was looking into changing the name of the company in an attempt to reflect on its building of the metaverse, has officially changed its name to Meta.

      CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the news late Thursday afternoon.

      “Today we're introducing Meta, which brings together our apps and technologies under a new company brand,” the company said via Twitter, one of the social media platforms that the company does not in fact own or operate.

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    13. Creepin' It Real With 6 Spooky Halloween Products you can use in your Q4 marketing program

      Creepin' It Real With 6 Spooky Halloween Products you can use in your Q4 marketing program

      Halloween is creeping towards us, but the spooky holiday will look a lot different this year. Instead of trick or treating or haunted houses, Halloween lovers will need to come up with their own safe (socially distant) fun. Here are six of our favorite Halloween products that will still make All Hallows' Eve frightfully enjoyable.

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    14. 7 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break

      7 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Lunch Break

      Taking a lunch break is important. It’s a time when you can step away from your computer and have a little “me” time. Your lunch break should be a time when you can unplug and stop thinking about work so you can reenergize to make it through the rest of the day. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of working through our lunch breaks and some of us even skip lunch entirely, which is not healthy.

      To help inspire you to do something better with your lunch break, we’ve compiled this list of seven ways to take advantage of this time:

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    15. 5 Promo Products to Make Your Office Safer for Employees

      5 Promo Products to Make Your Office Safer for Employees

      As business’ doors open back up and employees step into the office, it’s essential to make sure they feel safe and comfortable as the return to their desks. Whether you own a business that has 3 employees or 300 employees, safety should be the number one priority. Here are 5 of our favorite products to keep your office sanitized and give your workers peace of mind.

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    16. Branding 101: Let's Talk Logos

      Branding 101: Let's Talk Logos

      A logo is often a company’s first impression and it can impact a customer’s perception, purchase decisions and overall attitude toward your company. A logo is a symbol or graphic element that represents your business. Your logo should tell a story about your company and portray your brand’s personality. Not sure what your brand’s personality is? Take this free online quiz to determine yours.

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    17. The Secrets to Attracting Ideal Customers

      The Secrets to Attracting Ideal Customers

      You put together the business plan, signed the lease, designed an informative website and…*crickets*. 

      It can be pretty discouraging when you put in the effort, but you’re not attracting your ideal clients. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get you there! However, always remember that to attract your ideal customers organically, it takes time. Remember the cliche saying, 'Rome wasn’t built in a day,' well, that applies here too!

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    18. How to Create Buzz Around a Launch With Promo Products

      How to Create Buzz Around a Launch With Promo Products

      So, you’re launching a new product or service? Congratulations – what an exciting time for your business! We understand that your next step is to develop your action plan to make this launch overwhelmingly successful.

      However, even with the countless social media posts, in-person sales meetings, and hours of planning out a marketing strategy, if you don’t promote the release in a way that piques your audience’s interest, it, unfortunately, will become an oversight.   

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    19. Why You Need Promotional Products

      Why You Need Promotional Products

      In a world of ever-changing advertisement trends, there is one marketing solution that never grows old – promotional products. Studies show promotional products were ranked as the highest advertising medium across all generations. If you want to expand the reach of your brand, promotional products are the way to go. Nearly nine of ten consumers remember the branding of a promotional product and roughly eight in ten looks up the brand after receiving a promotional product.

      So, let’s discuss the who, what, where, and why of promotional products.

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