Summer is beginning to wind down and we can look forward to cooler temperatures, school starting and the start of Fall. There is still time to take advantage of the slower days of summer to accomplish a few more activities.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your small business or just need some basics, our Business section highlights some education resources and tips for motivation. Don't forget about optimizing your mobile device with free Apps designed to help you stay organized and efficient in your day-to-day work.
Take a day trip on the weekend to visit a local's Farmers' Market to find fresh, seasonal produce - discover more information and recipes featuring seasonal produce in the Health & Lifestyle section.
And this edition features information about two money-saving AWA benefits - MyMedLab and One Call Care - designed to work in conjunction with your doctor's orders. If you are looking for additional accident insured benefits, AWA ProtectAssist is now available to add on to any AWA membership. Learn more in the AWA Benefits section.
Wishing a safe and enjoyable for the remainder of your summer!
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AWA ProtectAssist can help with filling the gaps or holes of an existing high deductible health plan. With benefits that help to minimize out-of-pocket health care expenses specifically related to a covered accident, ProtectAssist also provides cash benefits toward medical services related to a covered accident. Learn more about AWA ProtectAssist here.
To add AWA ProtectAssist to your membership, please call (855) 351-7536.
When your doctor orders lab tests, AWA membership plans with MyMedLab offer an affordable and confidential solution. By ordering tests through MyMedLab, you can save 50% to 80% versus your doctor’s office or local hospital lab.
Simply visit https://awa.mymedlab.com or call 888-MY-MEDLAB (888-696-3352) to purchase testing 24 hours a day.
Additional information on MyMedLab is also on your Member Portal at members.affiliatedworkersassociation.org.
When your doctor orders a radiology test like a MRI, PET, or CT scan, AWA membership plans with One Call Care provide high-quality radiology testing at lower prices. Stay in control of your healthcare dollars by requesting these tests through a qualified, lower-cost provider.
By simply calling One Call Care at (888) 458-8746 or visiting www.onecallcm.com (select Group Health) to select a convenient location for your test, you can save 20% to 50% and maximize your healthcare dollars.
Additional information on One Call Care is also on your Member Portal at members.affiliatedworkersassociation.org.
Small Business Summer School
Take advantage of the remainder of your summer to squeeze in some reading and brush up on some entrepreneurial fundamentals or just get inspired by new ideas from people who have been there.
Furthering Your Education
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers free webinars on topics like Understanding Your Customer and Finding and Attracting Investors. Check out all of their courses here.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Their site offers live and recorded webinars and courses on demand on a range of topics around starting and growing a business. Webinars and on demand courses are free and in-person workshops have a small fee. Learn how to get started here.
If you are looking for some fresh inspiration and ways to really think big when it comes to your small business, check out Inc.’s summer reading list created by the founders of some of the most disruptive companies today. Here is their list of innovative reads.
Another list of great reads for entrepreneurs was compiled by Forbes and hits topics like self-development and business best practices. See if any of these books resonate with your experiences.
Re-Energize Your Small Business
- Inventory Your Past Clients – Look at customers that you haven’t contacted in a while and reach out.
- Pick Up the Phone – the digital age of emails, instant messages and texting has almost pushed phone calls into extinction, which is why it is perfect for reconnecting with your customers to touch base and update their information.
- Offer a Bonus – offer your customer something of real value with no strings attached. When a gift is given genuinely, it creates a sense of loyalty in the mind of the receiver.
Small Business Apps
TripIt – Consolidates your travel plans into a master itinerary that can be accessed anytime on any device. Just forward your travel emails to TripIt and it does all the work. Check departure times and delays and even weather reports.
Trello – An easy-to-use project management app to track your employees’ workflow. Create a "task" cards and add members to the card to track checklists and due dates with email and text notifications for updates.
DropBox– Platform for storing and sharing files on the cloud. If you have remote workers or telecommuters, this app is particularly helpful for sharing large files.
Wave – An accounting software platform for small businesses, contractors or entrepreneurs with nine or less employees. Track sales and expenses, manage invoices and payments, issue paychecks, scan receipts and generate reports.
Shopping at Farmers' Markets
Find the freshest vegetables and fruits of the season all laid out before your eyes. Farmers’ markets present all of the freshest produce of the season and chances are, new fruits and veggies that you may not have even heard of before. Get inspired to try new flavors and recipes.
Improve Your Diet
Studies prove that eating a diet largely consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes helps to keep blood pressure and cholesterol in check. Bring the kids too to help inspire healthy eating habits early on.
Cook for Health
When you shop at a farmers’ market, you want to cook the fresh foods that you purchased. By cooking your own food, you take control of exactly what you eat, how much salt you use, the portion sizes and the choices of side dishes. These decisions directly impact your health and gives you a chance to experiment with your cooking to increase the foods you enjoy.
Support Your Community
By supporting your local farmers’ markets, you are helping an entire community to thrive. A farmers’ market is the ultimate small business enterprise with many families working together in the local community to offer a great product that can be used by many.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) keeps an updated directory on Farmers' Market searchable by zip code. https://www.ams.usda.gov/local-food-directories/farmersmarkets
Recipes Featuring Seasonal Produce
To find recipes that feature seasonal produce – search here. You'll find some of our favorites below.
Roasted Corn with Basil-Shallot Vinaigrette
- 3 cups fresh corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped basil
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss corn and oil to coat and spread out on a large baking sheet. Bake, stirring once, until some kernels begin to brown, about 20 minutes. Combine basil, shallot, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add the corn; toss to coat. Serve warm or cold.
Summer Vegetable Crépes
- ⅓ cup reduced-fat sour cream
- ½ cup chopped fresh chives, divided, plus more for garnish
- 3 tablespoons low-fat milk
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¾ teaspoon salt, divided
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups chopped zucchini
- 1¼ cups chopped green beans
- 1 cup fresh corn kernels, (from 1 large ear)
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 4 9-inch “ready-to-use” crepes
Stir sour cream, ¼ cup chives, milk, lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini, green beans and corn and cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Reduce heat to low; stir in ricotta, Monterey Jack, the remaining ¼ cup chives, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook, stirring gently, until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
To roll crepes, place one on a piece of parchment or wax paper (or leave it on the piece of plastic separating the crepes in the package). Spoon one-fourth of the vegetable-cheese mixture (about ¾ cup) down the center of the crepe. Use the paper (or plastic) to help you gently roll the crepe around the filling. Place the crepe seam-side down on a dinner plate. Repeat with the remaining crepes and filling. Serve each crepe topped with 2 tablespoons of the reserved sauce and more chives, if desired.
Braised Green Beans & Summer Vegetables
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
½ cup white wine, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 medium summer squash, or zucchini, halved and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes, or grape tomatoes
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
¼ cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and oregano and cook, stirring, until softened and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add wine (or broth) and bring to a boil. Add green beans, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice. Add summer squash (or zucchini) and tomatoes and continue cooking until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan.