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Jeremy "Sprout" Brautman is a writer, problem solver, and big fan of growth. When he's not trying to solve problems to help small businesses grow, he can be found developing amenities to increase occupancy at his urban Ladybug Hotel.

HMO vs. PPO

June 27, 2017

HMO vs. PPO: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to selecting employee health benefits, there are a lot of choices and a lot of abbreviations. The biggest decision for medical coverage is often whether to pick a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. So, what’s the difference? HMO vs. PPO: An Overview By far the biggest […]

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FSA vs HSA

June 11, 2017

FSA vs HSA: Which is Best For Your Employees?

The topic of employee benefits has gone from watercooler conversation to national news, and employees are more engaged with their benefits than ever. With Open Enrollment on the horizon, your employees are already thinking about making changes—specifically: how to maximize the money they spend on medical care. Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are two ways employers can help employees use tax-free dollars […]

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May 13, 2016

Stop Packing, Start Doing: How DUFL Unpacks Time Savings for Travelers with Zenefits

When it comes to productivity services, some merely offer up convenience, while others actually save you time. Arizona-based startup, DUFL, alleviates a major pain point for frequent business travelers: being anchored by bags. With its virtual closet app and shipping service, DUFL takes the “lug” out of luggage—literally lightening the load for people who are […]

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Birds Barbershop

May 3, 2016

How an Austin Barbershop Styles Hair and Cuts Paperwork

When Michael Portman moved to Austin, TX, he asked his lifelong friend Jayson Rapaport to recommend a place to get a haircut. In that moment, the duo imagined an update to the old-time community barbershop—an authentic, affordable, and welcoming space that respects its people and celebrates individuality. Ten years, eight locations, and 150 employees later, […]

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Handson Bay Area nonprofit

April 26, 2016

How One Nonprofit Drives Hands-On Volunteers With Hands-Off HR

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to an abundance of volunteer opportunities, but logistics often keep would-be do-gooders from taking the time to pitch in. HandsOn Bay Area has been connecting people to volunteer opportunities and strengthening local communities since the late 1980s. In 2015, HandsOn Bay Area worked with over 16,000 volunteers to […]

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BioPoint

April 12, 2016

How BioPoint Helps Biotech Companies Overcome Staffing Challenges

Most consumers don’t think about it, but it takes more than 10 years and $2.6 billion to develop a pharmaceutical drug. If that sounds like a lot of time and money, consider this: less than 12% of drugs entering clinical trials actually make it to market. As of 2015, there are 7,000 medicines in development […]

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