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With Black Friday sales starting earlier and many retailers offering even deeper price cuts this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Stores for Black Friday as well as accompanying videos.

WalletHub surveyed nearly 7,000 deals from 35 of the biggest U.S. retailers’ 2018 Black Friday ad scans to identify the stores offering the biggest discounts in various product categories such as “Appliances,” “Jewelry” and “Toys.”

The following are some highlights from the report:

Best Black Friday Retailers (Avg. % Discount)
1 Belk (68.91%)                                          6 Payless ShoeSource (50.34%)
2 JCPenney (65.13%)                                7 Dick’s Sporting Goods (49.94%)
3 Stage (62.08%)                                       8 Macy’s (48.74%)
4 Kohl’s (60.76%)                                     9 Fred Meyer (45.30%)
5 New York & Company (54.52%)       10 Shopko (45.23%)

Key Stats •Belk has the highest overall discount rate at 68.91 percent, whereas True Value has the lowest at 16.31 percent.

•The overall average discount for Black Friday is 37 percent. Consumers should aim for this discount amount or higher to avoid Black-Friday traps.

•The “Apparel & Accessories” category has the biggest share of discounted items, 23.28 percent of all offers, whereas the “Books, Movies and Music” category has the smallest at 0.82 percent.

To view the full report and each retailer’s rank in all product categories, please visit:


POSTED: 11/14/18 at 10:42 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News


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POSTED: 11/09/18 at 11:17 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

POSTED: 10/29/18 at 3:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With recently released U.S. Census Bureau data showing that suburban population growth outpaced city growth in 2017, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Small Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

To help Americans put down roots in places offering good quality of life and affordability, WalletHub compared more than 1,200 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 across 40 key indicators of livability. They range from housing costs to school-system quality to restaurants per capita.

Top 20 Small Cities in America
1 Leawood, KS                         11 Arlington, MA
2 Carmel, IN                            12 Melrose, MA
3 Princeton, NJ                       13 Fishers, IN
4 Brentwood, TN                     14 Wellesley, MA
5 Milton, MA                            15 Mason, OH
6 Needham, MA                      16 Franklin, TN
7 Los Altos, CA                        17 Southlake, TX
8 Littleton, CO                        18 Highland Park, IL
9 Newton, MA                         19 Westport, CT
10 West Fargo, ND                20 Kirkland, WA

Best vs. Worst •McLean, Virginia has the highest median annual household income, $190,258, which is 9.7 times higher than in Carbondale, Illinois, the city with the lowest at $19,515.

•Plainfield, Illinois, has the lowest share of the population living in poverty, 1.90 percent, which is 27.1 times lower than in Statesboro, Georgia, the city with the highest at 51.50 percent.

•East Lansing, Michigan, has the fewest average hours worked per week, 28.4, which is 1.7 times fewer than in Fort Hood, Texas, the city with the most at 49.3.

•Castle Rock and Parker, Colorado, have the lowest share of adults in fair or poor health, 8.29 percent each, which is 4.2 times lower than in Eagle Pass, Texas, the city with the highest at 34.91 percent.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:


POSTED: 10/29/18 at 3:17 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

It’s already October and Christmas is getting closer! We are settled in to another great school year at all New Haven Schools. Thank you to the parents, students and staff. It is often said in education, “it takes all three legs to keep the stool steady.”

Following is my current update on the great things happening, construction-wise, to YOUR schools.


Construction. The interior renovations continue to move forward with substantial construction in the hallways, media room, classrooms and cafeteria. The updating and construction on many often unnoticed improvements include the plumbing system, electrical system and the heating/cooling system, including air conditioning!

The Original Gym. All the improvements are finished. A new glass area has been added between the upper and lower set of bleachers and painting has been completed. The area looks fantastic and is ready for another exciting Bulldog Basketball season.

The New Fieldhouse. Work continues on the new gyms and work-out area. The opening date is now early 2019. The walls have now closed in the entire project, and interior work is set to begin. The Fieldhouse will yield equivalent space to cover the size of three gym floors. It will include a wooden gym floor as well as other all-purpose flooring to accommodate multiple sports. It will be a great interior area for everyone to use when Indiana weather prevails.

Turf Field. Installation of the turf football field is complete. It is BEAUTIFUL! The field is currently being used by the band, football teams, soccer teams, physical education classes and local pal football teams.


Construction. Work continues on the outside and interior. The construction outside is nearing completion and is almost ready for winter weather. Most windows are installed and the interior will soon become the focus.


Construction. Work continues at an even greater pace. Exterior masonry is a major focus and despite a slow start and even falling behind, we will continue to push forward encouraging an on-time completion.


Another innovative school is coming to New Haven by transforming Meadowbrook Elementary School (New Haven Intermediate School) building into a vocational career and technical education center. Expected to open in 2020-2021, the new center will start by offering five programs in the trades of Industrial Maintenance, Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Science, and Pharmacy Technician. These programs will be offered in addition to the ABC Program for Plumbing, Electrical, Carpentry, and HVAC Technicians that New Haven currently offers. More class choices will follow soon! These programs were chosen based on student interests and regional workforce developmental needs. “A community is judged by its successes or failures. There are currently a lot of moving pieces and parts in our schools, but what an exciting time!”

Thank you for supporting these projects. See you next month for your monthly update to YOUR New Haven Schools. GO BULLDOGS!!

Bob Nelson
President, East Allen County School Board of Trustees


POSTED: 10/10/18 at 10:55 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Entertainment, News, Real Estate, Schools, Sports

Michelin North America hosted a charity golf tournament in Greenville, South Carolina on October 1st, 2018 to benefit 10 charities in locations where Michelin has a presence. The Woodburn B.F. Goodrich plant is one of their affiliations who nominated Community Transportation Network 3 years ago. Their strategy is to adopt a charity for a three year period and make a transformational investment each year during that period. When the amount was announced for this last year on Monday, the Board of Directors and staff of CTN were astounded by Michelin’s generosity. Michelin has donated $253,300 in total over the 3 year period! With no strings attached, the CTN Board of Directors has used the funds to boost employee benefits, purchase vehicles, and will use more to expand our garage space for more vehicles. All of these investments have created the momentum to build our current and future capacity to assist the mobility of children, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, low income families, and the organizations that serve them. Currently CTN is transporting more the 5,800 riders to new opportunities with 79,490 trips! We cannot thank B.F. Goodrich, our good neighbor, enough for this great opportunity!

POSTED: 10/06/18 at 11:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Sent and edited by the New Haven Chamber of Commerce:

Have you ever been put on-hold only to hear the same message played over and over? In the perfect world no phone call would be put on-hold but in this world it is just a fact of business life. In fact approximately 70% of all business phone calls are placed on-hold. An average on-hold time is 42 seconds. Yet 50% of the phone calls put on hold routinely wait on-hold for over one minute — 60% of those callers Hang up– and a whopping 34% of those who hang up will NEVER call back! What if you could turn that 42 seconds  into an opportunity to promote your business? That is where Profits On Hold LLC comes into play. Bud Brenneman (check spelling) the director at Profits on Hold Productions LLC began their business in 1998. It seems he was always enthralled by working with a microphone. Bud said, “I started out young like in Jr. High when I would give announcements over the PA. Then I was a grocery store manager and I would get on the microphone and make announcements for specials etc. So I have always enjoyed working on air.” Profits On Hold LLC can take that 42 seconds and create and produce on hold marketing productions and programming that can maximize your profitability rather than having dead silence or a staticy radio station when people are put on hold. Profits On Hold LLC works with a company to find out about that company and then present how best they can benefit their bottom line. They also make it their business to help companies keep their branding consistent throughout all of their marketing avenues. “We want to have the exact same message they have in their newspaper, radio, television, online, and social media presence”, Bud said. He also stated, “A company pays all of their marketing dollars to get people to call and then they get put on hold. Our productions are like on-hold insurance”. Creating on-hold productions is not the only service Profits On Hold LLC can assist a company with. Another service Bud shared was their audio newsletters. He said, “For instance if you sold Chevy trucks for GM, when your customer got their new truck they could pop in a CD and it would have information about the truck or information about GM. That would be an audio newsletter”. “Another service we have is Web audio”, Bud continued. “Some people want audio for their Web pages rather than just seeing the website. That way potential customers can also experience it with another dimension because when you use two senses; your eyes as well as your ears, your message tends to make more of an impact. This also helps with those people that are more auditory learners”. Profits On Hold LLC has all types of solutions that clients can take advantage of. Some of their clients use their productions on an as needed basis. These clients usually have businesses that don’t change much. Other clients take advantage of subscription bundles. Those bundles consist of a number of updates per year. Those updates then can be made whenever the client chooses. One very important time to have a personal message is the holidays. “That’s really important, Bud shared, “because it’s a time to reach out and foster those relationships with your clients. It is nice to put holiday background music on and a holiday greeting. That’s a way to get that touchy feeling, resulting in fostering the relationship. That’s what I really want to let people know. We give them a personal touch from our company and we give their customers a personal touch from them.”

Turning customers into personal friends is Bud’s favorite part of his business. He said, “I have had so many personal relationships that have developed out of the business and I am very appreciative of that fact”. Profits On Hold LLC has been a New Haven Chamber of Commerce member for ten years. “One thing I did want to say”, Bud shared, “is that of all the cities New Haven has been the most progressive and embracing of the on-hold marketing concept. When it comes to the companies per capita we’ve got so many. We are very very fortunate to have some very good clients here in New Haven. We really appreciate that and appreciate the Chamber for fostering that.” When asked, what is the biggest benefit from being a Chamber member Bud replied, “The opening of doors and the legitimacy that Chamber Membership provides you because you are a part of
the community. People want to do business locally and know that the person is going to be around and know that if anything should happen that they’ve got accountability; community accountability, and that is what the Chamber is, community accountability. Bud continued, “In the perfect world no one would be on hold. That’s what I like to tell people, but in this world it is just a fact of business life, it happens. So we want to be that on-hold insurance that they have.” So when you consider those 42 seconds that your clients are on hold let Profits On-Hold LLC turn “Hold time into Gold time”.

POSTED: 09/20/18 at 12:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

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POSTED: 09/11/18 at 10:49 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Bob Nelson, New Haven mayoral candidate for 2019, announced “Our Community Plan.” Nelson’s style of government will be inclusive not exclusive. Not my platform, OUR platform. Not my plan, OUR plan. Not my city, OUR city.


POSTED: 08/29/18 at 9:55 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools, Sports

With Americans working an average of almost 1,800 hours per year and 52% of workers not using all their available vacation time, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Hardest-Working States in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where Americans work the hardest, WalletHub compared the 50 states across ten key metrics. The data set ranges from average workweek hours to share of workers with multiple jobs to annual volunteer hours per resident.

Top 20 Hardest-Working States in America
1 Alaska 11 Oklahoma
2 North Dakota 12 Maryland
3 Wyoming 13 Hawaii
4 South Dakota 14 Iowa
5 Nebraska 15 Vermont
6 New Hampshire 16 Idaho
7 Texas 17 Minnesota
8 Colorado 18 Louisiana
9 Virginia 19 Wisconsin
10 Kansas 20 Utah

Key Stats •Alaska has the longest hours worked per week, 42, which is 10% longer than in Utah, the state with the shortest at 37.

•New York has the longest average commute time, 32.6 minutes, which is 1.9 times longer than in South Dakota, the state with the shortest at 16.9 minutes.

•Iowa has the lowest share of idle youth 16-24-years-old, seven percent, which is 2.9 times lower than in Louisiana, West Virginia and Alaska, the states with the highest at 20 percent.

•Idaho has the highest share of workers leaving vacation time unused, 78 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in Maine, the state with the lowest at 38 percent.

•South Dakota has the highest share of workers with multiple jobs, 9.1 percent, which is 2.6 times higher than in Florida, the state with the lowest at 3.5 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:


POSTED: 08/28/18 at 7:43 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News