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Barry Sparks

Financially Helping Your Adult Children Can Be a Bad Idea

By BARRY SPARKS It’s only natural to want to help your children financially, even when they become adults. Parents don’t want to see their adult children struggle with day-to-day expenses or long-term debt. Nearly 3 in 4 parents with adult…

0 Comments / 33 View / March 31, 2020

Women in the Boardroom are on the Rise

For the first time in its 110-year history, General Motors has more women on its board than men. That’s a significant event because men typically have dominated corporate boardrooms across America. The emergence of women on corporate boards represents a…

0 Comments / 107 View / December 2, 2019

The ‘Internet of Things’ is Changing Our Daily Lives

Ask people what the Internet of Things is and the most common response will be a puzzled look. While the general public is typically unaware of the Internet of Things, it is expected to revolutionize how we interact with technology,…

0 Comments / 66 View / September 1, 2019

How to Cope When a Loved One Dies from Suicide

Ashley McSweeney will never forget the day. She was a junior in high school when she received notice to report to the guidance counselor’s office. When she arrived at the office, her father was there with the counselor. Her father…

0 Comments / 143 View / September 1, 2019

More Men Inquiring about Their Testosterone Levels

You may have seen the television commercials that tell men they may have low testosterone, or low T, if they are feeling tired or have a low sex drive.  As a result of this aggressive, direct-to-consumer television advertising, more men…

0 Comments / 68 View / June 1, 2019

Every Business Needs an Exit-Strategy Plan

Although most business consultants consider an exit-strategy plan essential, only 52 percent of businesses have one, according to the Investor Watch Report. “Based on my experience, that figure is much lower, particularly for small businesses that sell for under $10…

0 Comments / 77 View / October 1, 2018

Changing Jobs? Know Your 401(k) Options

Workers are changing jobs more than ever. Today, the average person changes jobs 10-15 times during his or her career, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means workers are often in a state of transition. Many people who…

0 Comments / 60 View / October 1, 2018

Leisure and Entertainment Options Abound in the Region

South-central Pennsylvania has a long history of leisure and entertainment options: • The York Fair, a 10-day event billed as “America’s First Fair,” began in 1765. • The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the official museum of the commonwealth, was established…

0 Comments / 152 View / September 1, 2018

Vascular Screenings Can Detect ‘Silent Killers’

Vascular diseases are known as “silent killers” because they often strike without warning. “Vascular disease refers to changes to the blood vessels outside of the heart,” says Dr. Todd Wood, cardiologist, medical director of the vascular clinic at Penn Medicine…

0 Comments / 306 View / May 31, 2018

Employee Benefits Growing in Importance

Although wages receive the bulk of the attention, employee benefits are playing a more important role than ever in attracting employees, retaining them, and creating job satisfaction. The 2016 Aflac Workforces Report reveals that 55 percent of employees are at…

0 Comments / 95 View / May 1, 2018