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JColemanAllstate Insurance Company today announced that Joseph Cole of Nashville has been named a 2013 Allstate Give Back Day Hero. For the fifth consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through Allstate Give Back Day, a national program that encourages individuals across the country to volunteer.

SocialMediaChannel surfing over the weekend, I stopped on a favorite old romantic comedy that was centered on a relationship that blossomed over emails. The movie isn’t even all that old, yet its premise now seems almost ancient. Because as we all know, in today’s world, there is a plethora of ways other than email to connect socially. Social media has exploded over the last 20 years.

 

GiftYou might be surprised to learn that 73% of charitable giving comes from individual contributions – five times more than corporate donations*. Now more than ever ,organizations are relying on nonprofit giving for support, particularly during the holiday season. Fortunately, the holidays are traditionally a time when people feel more inclined to be generous.

GivingWe’ve all heard the adage, “the more you give, the more you receive.” I believe that most people are willing to give, but uncertain about how to make the most meaningful contributions. It’s perfectly fine to give as opportunities arise. However, being proactive about charitable giving allows you to deliberate about how you “invest.” That’s right, charitable giving is an investment and should be treated with as much forethought as any other investment.

v47_paying-bills-on-timeMiddle-class Americans are in a bind. The stack of monthly bills on the kitchen table has to be paid; the 401(k) plan needs steady contributions for retirement savings. Which financial obligation to choose? Predictably, middle-class Americans are choosing to stay current on their bills, according to results from the eighth annual Wells Fargo Retirement Survey conducted a few months ago.

v46_inbusinessjpgTORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion said Monday that it will hold an official launch event for its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30. The new phones are seen as critical to RIM's survival.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company said Monday details on the much-delayed smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event.

v46_socialmediaThe websites of PayPal, Symantec and several other companies have been hacked.

The Anonymous hacker collective has claimed responsibility for the cyberattacks, claiming on Twitter the hacks are part of a “November 5th protest.”

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