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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Healthy Snacks to Eat at Your Desk

Bringing healthy snacks to work is always a good idea. Your snacks feed your mid-morning or post-lunch hunger while also eliminating overpaying for the unhealthy foods from the office vending machine. It’s wise to choose foods with nutritional benefits, as well as ones that will satisfy your appetite. Keeping these snacks on hand at the office is a great way to stay focused and productive throughout your workday!

Here are some simple, healthy snacks that can be kept in your desk or fridge at work.

Trail Mix
This snack is not just for camping anymore! With the right combination of ingredients, trail mix can provide you with good nutrition, fill you up, and even benefit your heart’s health.

The nuts in trail mix are a good source of protein and can even help reduce the possibility of developing blood clots. Small amounts of dark chocolate mixed in can be good for your blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke. Dried fruits in trail mix, such as pineapple, apples, raisins and berries, are also good for your heart.

Choose a healthy trail mix, and enjoy in moderation. While the ingredients in trail mix are healthy, they are also relatively calorie dense. .

Yogurt has a variety of health benefits. The protein from yogurt helps provide your body with energy, potassium from yogurt helps decrease blood pressure and supports muscle function, and the phosphorus and calcium from yogurt work together to give you strong bones, teeth and healthy gums.

Often yogurt can be high in sugar, so try a light or non-fat yogurt to get the most out of this snack.

Carbohydrates are an important macronutrient your body needs in order to function properly and whole grain crackers are a good snack that provides necessary carbohydrates.

Often people try to avoid carbohydrates because they link them with weight gain. This is true with easily digested carbs, such as those found in white bread, pastries and other highly processed foods.

Whole wheat crackers, on the other hand, contain complex carbohydrates. Our bodies break complex carbs down slower, fuel our bodies, and leave us feeling full longer. Other benefits from whole wheat crackers are fiber, which helps the digestive tract function, and iron, a mineral that helps transport oxygen throughout the body.

Fresh Fruit
Fruit is always a safe choice for a snack because all fruits contain some form of nutrients, ranging from potassium to vitamin C, and one serving is usually less than 100 calories. Fruit also has high water content which makes it a filling snack and can even help you lose weight. Fresh fruits can also contain carotenoids, which are natural plant chemicals that can help protect you against certain cancers, heart disease and adult onset blindness.

While fruits are often enjoyed solo, they can also top off other meals, such as sliced apples on a salad, or chocolate dipped strawberries for dessert. Fruit is delicious and healthy at any time of the day!

The next time you are hungry at work avoid the sugary, fattening choices housed in the office vending machine, and opt for a healthy snack. Healthy snacks provide a variety of benefits and will keep you feeling full for longer. Fatty, processed foods are not only bad for your health but are also quickly digested, causing you to feel hungry shortly after eating. Try some of these snacks the next time your stomach grumbles at work!


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wise Business Investments for 2012

It's a New Year which means it is time to rethink and possibly even spruce up your business plans. Maybe you've wanted to update your Website with a new look, or hire a Social Media expert to get your brand's name out there. What better time to make investments that benefit your business than now? Here are some ideas for you and your business in 2012:

Don't Ignore Social Media
Social Media is a wise investment, however small businesses are often overwhelmed by Social Media and don't realize its full potential. An All Twitter study revealed that two-thirds of small businesses won't be making additional investments in their Social Media marketing in 2012. Some of the reasons this large percentage of businesses don't want to up their Social Media game include, "Don't have the staff," "Too many sites to manage," and "Don't know where to start".

Social Media can be overwhelming especially to business owners who didn't grow up with Websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Just because these services are unfamiliar, doesn't mean they're unnecessary. If you don't have the time to manage your brand's social presence yourself, consider investing in hiring somebody who understands Social Media and can work to get your business out there in the social world. Social Media has many uses for businesses including fast and easy communication with clients, brand awareness, and can be used as a customer service tool. Social Media sites are free to sign up for, so the only investment is the time it will take someone to organize and maintain your brand's Social Media marketing.

Importance of Employee Education
Benjamin Franklin said, "An investment in education always pays the highest returns," which is very true. In hard economic times, employee education funding can be the first thing to get cut, but employees are often a company's greatest asset. Education improves productivity so try to ensure your employees are staying current with in-house training, conferences and teaching each other.

In-house training involves bringing a trainer to your location to deliver a customized training program for a group of employees. This is often the most economical solution when an organization has a large number of employees who need to learn new skills.
Conferences are a great way for your employees to learn new information and get innovative ideas for your business. Take advantage of sending a few employees to conferences relating to your business and ask them to give a small presentation with the information they learned when they get back. This way the employees that attended the conference will be experts and able to both inform and assist co-workers with the knowledge gained at the conference.

Give Your Website a Makeover
Have you thoroughly looked over your business' Website lately? Have you clicked through every page and read every word? Most likely not, so now is the time to do so. Sometimes businesses will create their Website and then leave it at that, only updating the “News” page once in a while. If you can't remember the last time you updated your website, the New Year is a great time to do so.

Make sure your Website is simple, which means eliminate confusing sidebars and an abundance of messy widgets. Also, if your site hasn't changed in years, give it a new look. Play with the fonts, colors, and graphics to reflect your company's current direction. Finally, make sure your company's information, such as email address and hours, are easy to find and read. There is nothing more frustrating for a customer that when they can't find information they're searching for. If you're happy with your site's design and overall look, focus on the content of your site. Write a new article or create a tips page to provide your customers with new information.

Want to know what not to do for your Website? Check out this InstantShift article for the top 10 web design habits you should avoid.

From employee education to Website makeovers, and beyond, there are many different investment possibilities for your business this year. What you invest in depends on what you want to your business to accomplish, so be sure you define your business' goals and objectives before moving forward with any new initiatives.


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Monday, February 13, 2012

The Tiger in Tiger Leasing

You might be curious as to why our equipment leasing company is called Tiger Leasing. When most people think of tigers, they picture the fierce, clever jungle cats. These images are ones we want our customers, vendors, and financial partners to associate with our equipment leasing team. We will put a tiger's share of work towards making your business successful through tailored equipment leasing programs and customized financing solutions.

Henry David Thoreau once said, "It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious." The members of the Tiger Leasing team are as determined and tenacious as tigers. When you're looking for the business equipment your company needs, you can count on us to work steadfastly for you. Just like the tiger, we are tenacious and persistent in finding the right, customized financing solution in the business jungle. Our customer centric philosophy allows us to provide you with the best, most creative financing options available. Conserve your cash and working capital while still acquiring the business equipment you need.

In China, the tiger is considered the king of all beasts and represents powerful energy. At Tiger Leasing, the tiger is our inspiration and serves as a reminder and encouragement for us to be as adept as tigers. In honoring our namesake tigers, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best, lowest cost, most creative financing options available. For more information on you can take advantage of our commitment to create business equipment leasing, contact the Tiger Leasing team today.

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