Let the shopping season begin!
The day after Thanksgiving has virtually become a holiday of its own. “Black Friday” is the busiest shopping day of the year, with people lining up at midnight or earlier for door-busting deals as they begin the busy holiday shopping season.
And the Monday after that has become a virtual holiday, so to speak. “Cyber Monday” is the day web-savvy people search for deals on the Internet.
But there is more than one way to find value on the Internet. For example, Social Security offers many online services to the general public — and they are free! Not only that, but doing business online with Social Security will save you time and money. And it’s so easy to do. Here are some of the most popular services you’ll find at www.socialsecurity.gov.
• The online Social Security Statement is a hot new service that is a big hit with the millions of people who’ve used it since its launch last May. Your online statement provides you with a record of your past earnings, and it uses those earnings along with projected earnings for future years to give you accurate estimates of future Social Security benefits. Get your statement at www.socialsecurity.gov/mystatement.
• The Retirement Estimator is an easy way to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits. Just key in some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You even can experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator or in Spanish at www.segurosocial.gov/calculador.
• The online retirement application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s fast, easy, and secure. It’s so easy, in fact, that it can take you as little as 15 minutes to apply online. In most cases, after your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. When you’re ready to retire, apply at www.socialsecurity.gov/applyonline.
• Business Services Online is our one-stop shop for small business owners. The site allows organizations and authorized individuals to conduct business with and submit confidential information to Social Security. Employers can use it to file W-2s for their employees the fast, convenient, and paperless way — online. Visit Business Services Online at www.socialsecurity.gov/bso.
In the American Customer Satisfaction Index, Social Security’s online services continuously receive the highest ratings in both the public and private sectors, year after year.
To learn more about all you can do on Cyber Monday, or any day, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices.
Let the shopping season begin!
Marketing company tops advertising awards
MillerWhite Marketing has received 14 awards, five gold, in the 11th annual Service Industry Advertising Awards (SIAA) for marketing solutions created for 12 clients.
Health care Marketplace navigators to host event
Residents interested in signing up for Marketplace insurance, finding out more about options or meeting an in-person with Navigator, there will be an enrollment and information event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday at 1436 Locust St. in Terre Haute. There will be follow up appointments on March 26.
Heating service moratorium ends March 17
As the end of the winter heating season approaches, Vectren Energy Delivery (Vectren) reminds customers that the regulatory moratorium, which prevents utilities from disconnecting customers who meet low-income guidelines and have received federal and state utility heating assistance, will expire on Monday.
- BUSINESS BRIEFS: March 16, 2013
First Farmers Financial Corp. declares dividend
First Farmers Financial Corp. (OTCQB:FFMR) announced Tuesday that the Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend for the first quarter of 2014 of $0.23 per share, payable on April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 31.
- ON THE MOVE: March 16, 2014
SOCIAL SECURITY: On Internet, beware the Ides of March
“Beware the Ides of March,” said the soothsayer to Caesar in William Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar.”
EYE ON THE PIE: Indy urban transit: What about the rest of Indiana?
Trust those witty folks in the Indiana General Assembly to keep confounding us simple Hoosiers.
Last week, I praised the passage of HB 1020, which called for a study of economic incentives. I made the unforgivable mistake of working off a press release.
Social Security: Changes on the horizon for Social Security
A new year is a time for change. People across the world make resolutions and set goals to better themselves and the world around them. Whether you want to shed a few pounds, secure your finances for retirement, devote more time to charity or go on a vacation you’ve always dreamed about, chances are you have some ideas for a fresh start in 2014.
Business Cents: So does your advertising plan pass the sniff test?
Having been a business consultant for more than a decade now, there are some things that never fail to catch my attention, one of which is negative advertising.
Chamber of Commerce: Time to give a nod to local businesses
Are you familiar with a business deserving of recognition for achievements in 2013? Has it excelled in terms of business growth, implementation of green policies, creating a healthy workplace for its employees or overall business success? Maybe you are the owner of a company that meets these criteria? If so, consider completing a nomination for the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Business Recognition Award.
On the move: March 9, 2014
Stacey Joseph, broker associate with Remax Real Estate Associates in Terre Haute, was recently recognized by Remax of Indiana at the 2013 Awards Celebration at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis.
- Newsmakers: March 9, 2014
Milestone: March 9, 2014
On Wednesday Vermillion County Sheriff’s Department employee Robert (Pete) Jackson was recognized for 30 years of service.
Refrigerator recycling incentive increased to $50
Duke Energy customers who recycle outdated refrigerators or freezers will now receive a $50 incentive through the Duke Energy appliance recycling program.
Next Lunch with a Lawyer educational event set
Lunch with a Lawyer will feature attorney John Klotz from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 17 at Wabash Senior Activity Center, 300 S. Fifth St.
Restaurant cuts ribbon for opening in Marshall
Country Kitchen celebrated its grand opening Friday with a Marshall Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant’s location at 710 Archer Ave., in Marshall, Ill.
Indiana startup launches social music player at SXSW
Caktus Music Inc. has announced the release of Caktus, the first true social music player, for iPhone.
Free tax preparation for low-income residents
Stadler & Company Tax Service is offering free tax preparation March 20-21 to low-income individuals and families in Wabash Valley.
Greater Clinton Chamber to meet at Dairy Queen
The Greater Clinton Chamber’s monthly luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday at Dairy Queen in Clinton.
US employers add 175K jobs despite harsh weather
U.S. employers stepped up hiring in February despite a blast of harsh winter weather, renewing hopes that the economy could accelerate this year.
Meet and greet March 7 at Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds
An informal meet and greet at the new Tater & Joe’s Coffee Grounds ,423 Wabash Ave., begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.
Sony DADC halting local distribution operation, cutting 34 jobs
Sony DADC, a major electronics and digital equipment maker, confirmed today it is closing a distribution operation at its Terre Haute plant.
Advisers make students apply theory to practice
Master’s students in a strategic management class at Indiana State University received professional advice and insights from local companies during a semester-long project.
Social Security: In Iditarod and retirement, prep is key
The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which started Saturday in Alaska, is one of the harshest, most challenging races known to man — or dog. Mushers embark on a nine- to 15-day race from Anchorage to Nome.
Contestants bear sub-zero temperatures with gale-force winds that can cause wind chills as low as negative 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It takes endurance, preparation and careful planning to make it from start to finish. The same can be said for your race toward retirement and Social Security.
- On the move: March 2, 2014
- Newsmakers: March 2, 2014
Biz prof outlines management practices
A strong dollar backed by the gold standard and perceived to be “as good as gold” has boosted America’s credibility with trading partners worldwide and facilitated rich exchanges of goods and services that allow the U.S. economy to grow and prosper.
FIO director to be keynote at D.C. summit
On the heels of his report to Congress proposing changes in insurance regulation, Michael McRaith, director of the Federal Insurance Office, will be the keynote speaker for Networks Financial Institute’s 10th anniversary Insurance Public Policy Summit.
Produce program taking applications
Melon Acres, north of Vincennes on U.S. 41, is preparing for another season of providing families with access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Oaktown farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program will begin the week of May 18. The 18-week season will run through September and shareholder registrations are now being accepted.
- More Business Headlines
- Marketing company tops advertising awards