Cinnamon Janzer

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Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. Her first job was at a buffet in Mandan, North Dakota which was just as lowbrow as it sounds. Read more about her at

how to support your local businesses on small business saturday

November 14, 2018

5 Ways to Support Small Business Saturday

It’s that time of year again—the holidays are just around the corner and, as any small business owner knows, that means Small Business Saturday, this year on November 24th, is near. There are all kinds of ways that small business owners can promote their business, but fewer talk about how small business owners can support […]

what is civic time off?

November 6, 2018

What is Civic Time Off? Behind the New Fringe Benefit

A major responsibility that accompanies living in a democracy is civic engagement– including voting! However, participation in things like voting, volunteering for a candidate, attending a school board meeting, and canvassing can be tough to schedule around a full-time job, let alone the multiple jobs that many Americans have these days. One way that a variety […]

Whats the difference between an HMO vs PPO vs POS

November 6, 2018

What’s the Difference Between an HMO, PPO and POS?

One thing is true across the board about health insurance in the United States—it’s a complicated system to navigate, to say the least. Between benefits tied to various jobs, employees coming and going, and endless policy changes, it can be a lot to keep up with. However, there are a few things that won’t be changing […]

what to office gift your manager

November 5, 2018

What to Gift Your Office Manager

The weather is getting colder by the day, which means that the holiday season is descending upon us quickly. Whether you picked your manager for the gift exchange, or you simply want to thank her for the year of hard work, selecting an office-appropriate present can be challenging. Here are our tips for choosing that perfect office […]

music in the workplace

November 1, 2018

Can Music in the Workplace Boost Productivity?

As the modern workplace diverges more from the cubicle-filled office space of the past, employers are having to make increasingly interesting and previously unimagined choices about what they want their business’s office environment to look, feel, and even sound like. For example, whether or not to play music in the workplace is a hotly debated […]

disability enrollment

October 30, 2018

How Does Disability Enrollment Work?

In the U.S. we have two federal programs—Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs—designed to provide assistance for those with disabilities. “While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either […]

compressed 9/80 work week

October 29, 2018

Breaking Down the 9/80 Work Week and What It Means for Employers

The traditional 40-hour work week has been the schedule model since the 1940’s. Around that time, Ford scaled back from a 48 to a 40-hour workweek because, “too many hours were bad for workers’ productivity.” Traditional workplaces are changing in all sorts of ways,  from unique fringe benefits to working from home options. Similarly, the 40-hour work week […]

onboarding personal information

October 24, 2018

What Personal Information Do I Need to Collect from New Hires?

Hiring employees, especially for the first time as a burgeoning small business, can be a daunting task. With strict government processes and contracts involved, complications are aplenty. Once your bases are covered you can integrate those new hires with ease. From the documents you need, to what information you should avoid asking your employees, we’ll […]

FSA employer contribution limits

October 24, 2018

FSA Employer Contribution Rules

A flexible spending account, or FSA for short, is offered by many businesses. As explains, “A Flexible Spending Account (also known as a flexible spending arrangement) is a special account you put money into that you use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health care costs.” The most notable part being, “companies don’t pay taxes […]

improving people management skills like a boss

October 16, 2018

Celebrating Today as a Boss: How to improve your people management skills

While National Boss Day is usually an occasion for employees to celebrate the managers and business owners in their lives, the day actually presents bosses with a unique opportunity: the ability to celebrate National Boss Day by improving their people management skills. What better way to spend a day dedicated to bosses than by actively […]

Guide to tax and IRS forms

October 11, 2018

How to Navigate Different Types of Tax and IRS Forms

Tax time is enjoyed by very few. The process can be cumbersome and confusing, especially for new small business owners. There’s a lot to learn—everything from payroll taxes to specific tax forms—and it can seem overwhelming. With the right information, however, the filing process can be easier than you think. That’s why we’re breaking down […]

Where is my IRS mailing address?

October 10, 2018

A State-by-State Guide for Each IRS Mailing Address

There’s plenty to think about when tax time rolls around. From figuring out the forms you need to fill out for each of your employees while tracking changes to tax laws, to making sure that you’ve reported all of your numbers correctly, the last thing you want to think about is the IRS mailing address to send […]