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Generally speaking, investing is a long-term process. You invest in your IRA and 401(k) to reach a long-term goal — retirement. You may invest in a 529 education savings plan for many years to reach another long-term goal — college for your children. But is there also a place in your portfolio for shorter-term investments?

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“These are the times that try men’s souls.” So said Thomas Paine during the crisis of the American Revolution. The current economic crisis caused by the COVID pandemic is now trying the souls of American entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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The risks of doing business online have never been greater for businesses and their customers. Online purchase scams and frequent data leaks put consumers’ financial security and privacy at risk. To convert website visitors into paying customers, you need to show customers your website is secure from hackers.

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Before the pandemic led to closing the U.S.-Mexico border to tourists, New World by Juan’s — a household goods store only a stone’s throw away from the international bridge that connects El Paso to Ciudad Juárez — employed seven people. Today it’s down to three.

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Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler was the only East Texas establishment honored among Texas Monthly's top 50. The Bodacious Bar-B-Q in Hallsville and Joseph's Riverport Bar-B-Cue in Jefferson were listed among the honorable mentions.

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The risks of doing business online have never been greater for businesses and their customers. Online purchase scams and frequent data leaks put consumers’ financial security and privacy at risk. To convert website visitors into paying customers, you need to show customers your website is secure from hackers.

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If you’re an investor, you probably enjoy the convenience of managing your accounts online. But you’ll also want to make sure that you’re not making it convenient for hackers, “phishers” and others with bad intentions to gain the same access.

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The UT Tyler-Longview Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has hired Marshall native Suzanne Moseley as its newest small business advisor to help local entrepreneurs start new businesses and small businesses grow and thrive. Moseley’s primary office will be in Marshall, where she will serve businesses in Marion, Harrison and Panola Counties. She will also spend time in the SBDC Longview office serving Rusk, Gregg and Upshur County entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Marshall Main Street Manager Veronique Ramirez said that this year’s Wonderland of Lights festival has seen an increase in donations in the past few weeks, including two specific families, Jim and Winnie Davis, and the Carlile Family.

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It looks to be another odd year for holiday celebrations. The biggest question likely on most minds is, do we make merry in person or virtually? No matter your plans, the Postal Service is ready to do its part to handle your special holiday greetings and gifts. But we also need you to do your part, and that is to make sure you get those packages and good wishes to your Post Office location on time.

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It’s always a good idea to get your holiday shopping done early, but this year it’s more important than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a microchip shortage and supply chain issues. This means electronics, toys and other products will be (or already are) in short supply, which leads to fewer holiday bargains and higher than normal prices.

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Texas pumpkin growers faced myriad challenges to produce average yields, but demand for the fall cooking and decorative staple remains high, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.

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LONGVIEW — Texas A&M and Christus Health have announced a new collaboration to help ensure that Northeast Texas will have access to world-class health care for generations to come. Texas A&M University College of Medicine will serve as the academic affiliate for the Christus Good She…

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The Historical Landmark Preservation Board of Harrison County approved five new certificates of appropriateness (COA) for planned renovations to buildings within the historic downtown district in Marshall last week.

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many businesses are marketing products and services donned with pink ribbons to show financial support for breast cancer charity groups and organizations. While this is a legitimate practice, be on the lookout for dishonest businesses who claim to support breast cancer research or services through the purchase of pink products, but pocket the donations instead. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central East Texas advises consumers to research pink product and charity claims before making a purchase or donation.

2021-2022 Panola College Foundation board gathered in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom on the Panola College campus to conduct a quarterly business meeting and to vote on the acceptance of one new board member, Toni Biggs, on Sept. 22.

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When a friend or family member is stuck in a bad situation and urgently needs money, you should help them out, right? Not if they are a scammer pulling this new con. Always double-check before sending money to a friend in need.