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October 23, 2017

Since the incorporation of Standard Insurance and Realty in 1917, the Strandberg family has been managing risk and caring for the insurance needs of individuals, families and businesses throughout the state and beyond.

Representing the third generation of Strandberg leadership, J. Buckley…


Marketing tripwires and how to avoid them

October 23, 2017

If there is a magic formula for marketing, no one I know has it. But there are marketing mistakes that typically have unpleasant consequences for your business. Here are some common marketing tripwires and how to avoid them.

Not setting goals for your marketing efforts: Whatever type of…


Female business owners find bank loans harder to get

October 22, 2017

NEW YORK — Getting a bank loan is still a struggle for many women who own businesses.

Kirsten Curry has had three rejections in the past six months and is waiting to hear from a fourth bank. Curry, owner of Seattle-based Leading Retirement Solutions, has applied to national banks, a…


Home sales tick up in September as Houston recovers

October 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rose slightly last month as the Houston housing market quickly recovered from Hurricane Harvey. Still, a shortage of available homes is thwarting many would-be buyers and limiting sales.

The National Association of Realtors said Friday existing home sales…