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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Job Fair Season In Pittsburgh Wraps Up With HUGE Events

Pittsburgh enjoyed access to incredible job fairs during the 2015 Spring Job Fair Season, and will host two more large hiring events.

Spring job fair season success.
2015's Spring Job Fair Season started on February 16 and winds down in Pittsburgh on June 4, right before the school year finishes. The spring season got off to a great start in February with the event hosted by WORD-FM in Greentree and the WANT job fair in Greensburg. As the spring job fair season continued, job seekers attended many large events, such as those hosted by Careerlink, State Representative Dom Costa, and the Community College of Allegheny County.

Additionally, all the major college campuses hosted career events for their students; while CCAC hosted job fairs that not only helped students find jobs, but the entire community was invited to participate as well. There were also specialty job fairs for careers such as nursing, teaching, and law enforcement.

Why job fairs?
Mike Bowman, owner of the Pittsburgh-based website, was asked why job fairs did so well in Pittsburgh this year. He stated, "Among all the cities where we report job fair activity, Pittsburgh always ranks high when it comes to availability of mass hiring events. This year Pittsburgh employers said these events gave them an opportunity to talk to job seekers and assess their skills far better than online applications allowed. Job seekers noted the convenience of meeting many hiring managers face to face and having lots of employment options in one location."

Job hunting during summer months.
The intensity of hiring during the spring job fair season is partially driven by college students close to graduation, recruiting budgets for companies starting a new fiscal year, and preparation for summer / seasonal work. Large, organized hiring events are typically scheduled to begin again after summer.

Upcoming job fairs.
This year the Pittsburgh area will be wrapping up the season with great events. The job fair hosted by State Representative Jason Ortitay on Friday, May 15, will provided job seekers access to nearly 70 employers. Additionally, the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center is hosting a huge event at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church on Highland Avenue in Pittsburgh on Thursday, June 4. Even after these large events, however, job seekers can utilize to find hiring events and job opportunities in Pittsburgh during the summer.

Learn more about local job fairs and hiring events at:

Get a job fair close to you here:

The career division of provides local listings of job fairs, as well as, job search advice and strategies. For more information or interviews please contact Mike Bowman at 412-376-7283.


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

2015 Job Fair Survey - Pittsburgh

Conducted by Career and Jobs division of

Spring job fair season has arrived in Pittsburgh. conducted a survey of employers and job seekers to document best practices for people who want to have the most successful job fair experience in Pittsburgh.

Survey Summary:
54 employers and 13 job seekers were interviewed at Pittsburgh area job fairs on February 23 and 25, 2015.

Employers were asked these 4 questions:
1) "What would you suggest to those who want to be successful at a job fair?"
2) "What are some of the things job seekers are doing that you like?"
3) "What are some of the things job seekers are doing that you don't like?"
4) "What are some things you would suggest job seekers do or stop doing in order to improve their chances of getting an interview or job offer?"

Job seekers were asked these 4 questions:
1) "What makes you approach or skip an employer's booth?"
2) "What attracts you to a job fair?"
3) "What did you like about today's job fair?"
4) "How would you improve today's job fair?"

6 Answers And Suggestions From Employers
1) Be social. Employers noted that some job seekers seemed uncomfortable with social skills such as making conversation, asking questions, and even shaking hands. They felt that an increasing use of / reliance on social media and cell phones was one source of declining communication / social skills.

2) Bring a resume. Several employers commented that there were job seekers who came to the job fair with no resume. Additionally, there were some applicants who offered to show the employer their resume on their phone (no paper resume). Employers stated that having a resume is a mandatory part of the application process, and not having a resume could be a strong indicator the job seeker is not a viable candidate.

3) Dress appropriately. Even with wintry weather outside you should dress professionally. It shows you care about making a good impression. Hoodies and sweatpants/jeans send the wrong message.

4) Make eye contact. Employers want you to look them in their eyes. Looking at other employers or job seekers, while the recruiter is talking to you, shows lack of interest and can be perceived as rudeness.

5) Visit every table. Many employers commented that job seekers will visit 2-3 tables and skip the other 40. This is a mistake, as many employers commented they have a variety of positions open that may appeal to job seekers. Example: a mortgage processing company also had positions open in human resources and accounting.

6) Be willing to take a position that gets your foot in the door. Employers noted that they were often asked about starting salaries. However, when someone heard a lower starting salary they ended the conversation without hearing further information. For example, one employer started new employees at $9 per hour, but after 90 days of training and testing the rate was raised to nearly $15 per hour. The employer said candidates heard "$9 per hour" and walked away.

4 Things Pittsburgh Employers Like
1) Many job seekers who had at least some relevant work experience for the positions available.

2) Applicants who were able to sell themselves / able to explain to the recruiter why they are a good fit for open positions.

3) People who were obviously prepared. They knew something about the company, dressed for the job, had a friendly/outgoing demeanor, had a professional looking resume, and were ready to interview immediately.

4) Job seekers who were energetic and social. Many employers stated that personality was equally important to things like work experience and education.

5 Comments From Job Seekers To Recruiters
1) Be approachable. Job seekers said that they were hesitant to approach recruiters who were eating, talking or texting on a phone, frowning/disinterested, or engaged in a very long conversation with someone else.

2) Have an eye catching display. Job seekers said they often decided who to approach based on their booth appearance. Tables with only a few brochures on display were often passed over.

3) Be standing. Job seekers stated that it was easier to approach someone who was standing. The explanation most given was that they were then eye level and easier to hear above the noise of the job fair.

4) Accessibility is important. Job seekers stated that issues important to them were 1) an easy to find location, 2) plenty of parking, and 3) some kind of guide that let them know the location of each employer. They also stated that it would be nice to be able to print out resumes at the job fair.

5) Provide choices. Job seekers stated they like a job fair where there are lots of choices, and generally stated 40-60 employers was a good number. They additionally commented that a job fair with 100 or more employers could become unmanageable (having time to visit enough tables, running out of resumes, etc.).

Upcoming job fairs in the Greater Pittsburgh area:
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
CCAC South Campus Spring Job Fair
This event will be held 9:30-1:30pm.
Community College of Allegheny County
CCAC South Campus
1750 Clairton Road (Route 885)
West Mifflin, PA 15122-3029

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Western PA Collegiate Job & Internship Fair
This event is held 10am to 3pm
This career fair is a job fair in the Pittsburgh area for college students and alumni. About 100 employers participate and over 1200 job seekers attend. Bring lots of resumes!
Monroeville Convention Center
Monroeville, PA

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
PERC Education Job Fair
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Representatives at the multiple employer job fair include employers of certified teachers from across the United States–including Pennsylvania.
Monroeville Convention Center
209 Mall Boulevard
Monroeville, PA 15146
Pittsburgh Job Fair Info

Friday, March 27, 2015
Job Fair 10-1pm Representative Dom Costa.
This multiple employer event will be hosted by Representative Dom Costa.
Ross Township Community Center
1000 Ross Municipal Drive
Behind the Big Lots on McKnight Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Call 412-361-2040 for more information.

Learn more about job fairs and hiring events across the U.S. at:

The career division of The Quarter Roll Financial Entertainment Magazine provides national listings of job fairs, as well as, job search advice and strategies. For more information or interviews please contact Mike Bowman at 412-376-7283.


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Monday, January 12, 2015

Substantial Increase In Job Fair Activity Noted

This week, will release their list of the top states offering quality job fairs for the new year. These states are hosting not only a larger number of job fairs, but events that are attracting many employers.

Job fairs have become a crucial component of successful job search strategies. Job seekers have found that searching for work and applying for advertised jobs online just doesn't work. Most available jobs are not advertised on job boards and submitting a resume online means there is an excellent chance it will never be seen by a real person. Job fairs answer these challenges by facilitating face to face meetings between company representatives and job seekers.

"We know that job fairs have become a very valuable part of a job hunting strategy, and the first step for someone looking for work is knowing where the job fairs are going to be. We are seeing a substantial increase in job fairs being planned throughout the next several months as compared to this time last year, and want to help people find and prepare for them", said Mike Bowman, owner of

Traditionally, job fairs become very popular in the spring and fall seasons. However, this year, many states are seeing an unusual increase in job fair activity. While the career division of posts all the job fairs from all 50 states, these 5 states, in particular, will be hosting a large number of hiring events throughout January and February 2015:

1. Texas
2. Pennsylvania
3. California
4. New York
5. Florida

You can find more information about all the job fairs in these and other states at

The career division of The Quarter Roll Financial Entertainment Magazine provides national listings of job fairs, as well as, job search advice and strategies. For more information or interviews please contact Mike Bowman at 412-376-7283.


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Press Release
Monday, September 15, 2014

Top 6 Pittsburgh Area Job Fairs For Fall 2014 Announced

Job fairs are the number one way for most job seekers to directly connect with company representatives who are currently hiring, and with job fair season approaching,, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, announced today their top 6 picks for the best job fairs in the Greater Pittsburgh area this fall. These particular job fairs were selected because they have historically attracted many local companies and given job seekers the best opportunity to meet face to face with employers and decision makers. The top 6 job upcoming job fairs are:

-Tuesday, September 30. National Career Fairs Time: 10am to 2pm Held at: Clarion Hotel, 401 Holiday Drive, Pittsburgh, PA.
-Thursday, October 2. CareerLink Back On Track Job Fair Time: 10am to 1pm Held at: Tanglewood Center, 10 Austin Avenue, Lyndora, PA.
-Thursday, October 2. Alle-Kiski Job Fair 10-2pm Penn State New Kensington, 3550 7th Street Road Rt. 780, Upper Burrell, PA
-Wednesday, October 8. CCAC Job Fair 9-1pm Community College of Allegheny County, 595 Beatty Road, Monroeville, PA
-Tuesday, October 14. Coast To Coast Job Fairs Time: 11am to 2pm Held at: La Quinta Inn & Suites, 4859 McKnight Road, Pittsburgh, PA.
-Friday, October 31. Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Time: 9-1pm Held at: Four Points by Sheraton, 910 Sheraton Drive, Mars, PA. will list these job fairs and many more on their website as the fall job fair season continues.

The Reason Job Fairs Have Become The #1 Job Search Tool.
Job seekers are using to find job fairs in their city because modern, web based recruiting and screening tools, designed specifically for employers’ convenience, have made it next to impossible for the average job seeker to get their resume in front of a hiring manager. Job seekers MUST gain access to the hiring manager if they are going to have any chance of getting a job offer. Job fairs are specifically structured to make those personal contacts happen, where online screening tools innately keep those connections from happening.

Resources For Job Seekers
Mike Bowman, owner of, stated, “Finding and attending job fairs has become a crucial step in a finding a new job. However, there can be literally thousands of people attending the event, so the most successful job seekers are going to be those who are using strategies that will allow them to stand out from all the other applicants. That is why has compiled a group of articles this year revealing the most successful job hunting tactics used at job fairs and is posting them, along with listings of the best local job fairs, on their site.”

Some of the job fair tips visitors will find this year at include:

-Go to a job fair. For most people, there is no better way to make a face to face personal connection with hiring managers.
-Go to a job fair with a strategy. Showing up at a job fair and aimlessly wandering from booth to booth will most likely result in nothing but wasted time.
-You have to check out your competition, as well as, the employers at a job fair.
-Be enthusiastic and positive at a job fair. Enthusiasm is like a job offer magnet.
-Visit every employer’s booth. There are many hidden opportunities at job fairs.
-Don’t be the first in line at a job fair. Early bird resumes end up at the bottom of the resume stack.
-Take several customized variations of your resume to the job fair. One resume does not fit all employers’ search criteria.
-Don’t be shy at the job fair. The people who get job interviews and offers are the ones who ask for them.

For more information and tips on successfully utilizing job fairs, visit

About is a division of The Quarter Roll Financial Entertainment Magazine and provides national listings of job fairs, as well as, job search advice and strategies. For more information or interviews please contact Mike Bowman at 412-376-7283.


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December 22, 2011

Bonus issue of The Quarter Roll will be free.

The Quarter Roll Magazine has released its first ever "Best Of The Quarter Roll" issue. This Best of 2011 issue includes all of the year's most popular stories and articles. Not surprisingly, many of the most popular stories included well-known names such as: Bret Michaels, Dakota Fanning, Duncan Hines, Henry Ford, and Thomas Jefferson.

1. How To Teach Your Kids To Save Money
2. The 5 Best Things Henry Ford Did For Himself Financially
3. Greatest Garage Sale Ever
4. Building Your Greatest Asset – YOU!
5. Bret Michaels’ 4 Greatest Career Traits
6. The "Problem" With Professional Financial Help
7. 6 Surprising Things Turned Over To Collection Agencies
8. Why A High School Diploma Is So Important For Dakota Fanning And Her Classmates
9. 10 Ways Getting Married Will Make Your Richer
10. Cutting The Cost Of College By 49%
11. How Duncan Hines Ate His Way To Wealth

Popularity was decided by the number of comments and web hits. The entire Best of 2011 issue can be viewed for free by subscribers and non-subscribers at the following link.

Archived copies of each 2011 issue of The Quarter Roll can also be viewed at their website. Archived stories include articles on Paula Deen, Gary Dell'Abate, President William McKinley, President Jimmy Carter, and Paul Revere.


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Press Release
December 4, 2011

Ever wonder if it was really Santa Claus, or even the three wise men, who started the tradition of giving gifts at Christmas time?

The December 2011 issue of The Quarter Roll Magazine will again be delivering lots of "financial entertainment" when it tackles the topic of gift giving history! This particular issue of The Quarter Roll is packed with financially oriented, holiday themed articles, including the history of giving gifts at Christmas time. The cost of Christmas gifts is highly discussed topic; has it always been that way?

The article "Christmas Presents and the History of Gift Giving" answers many questions about Christmas gift giving, such as:

What ancient civilization gave winter gifts to their gods?
What is the origin of the name "Saint Nick"?
When did American shops begin selling items intended specifically for Christmas?
What is the origin of the name "Black Friday"?
What was the first store to stay open late for holiday shoppers?

You can find the story behind the history of Christmas gifts in the print or digital issue of The Quarter Roll. All subscriptions are free when readers sign up at!


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December 3, 2011

Wondering what you can do with your family during the holiday season that is both unique and highly memorable, without cleaning your stocking out?

The December 2011 issue of The Quarter Roll Magazine will certainly be living up to its' promise of "financial entertainment". In this particular holiday oriented issue of The Quarter Roll readers will find unique adventures families can take this season and keep the cost of entertainment extremely low. The article "5 Memorable Christmas Time Adventures" promises maximum holiday fun for a minimum price.

In the article for example, The Quarter Roll mentions A Christmas Story House & Museum located in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the actual house that much of the film A Christmas Story was filmed in. For fans of the movie it is an incredible adventure. Admission includes a tour of the entire house and another house down the street that contains the museum. A third house on the street holds a gift shop loaded with unique gifts based on the movie. Admission is is $10.00 for adults and kids 6 and under are free!

You can find the rest of the inexpensive holiday adventure ideas in the print or digital issue of The Quarter Roll. All subscriptions are free when readers sign up at!


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Press Release
October 29, 2011

New edition of The Quarter Roll Magazine brings entertainment to personal finance.

The November 2011 edition of The Quarter Roll will certainly be living up to its' promise of "financial
entertainment". This issue is packed with fun trivia, interesting facts, and helpful tips about money. There are fun
financial stories about a the ancient history of Christmas gift giving, 5 great ideas for inexpensive and memorable
Christmas adventures, and insightful advice from our Uncle Sam on how to get a better job!

There will be a few articles about topics such as bankruptcy, credit debt, and insurance. Some of the stories readers
will find include:

-The Best Day Of The Year For Web Shoppers!
-Welcome To “Hacker’s Christmas Paradise”: Your Local WiFi Hotspot
-Christmas Presents and the History of Gift Giving
-For every 5 men who earn a 6-figure income there is 1 woman
-How To Scare The Hell Out Of Unemployment
-Does Celebrities’ Weight Affect Their Earnings Potential?
-5 Easy Steps Toward A Frugal And Rewarding Lifestyle
-Job Corps Scholarships – What You Didn’t Know
-Why You Are More Likely To Be Flooded With Financial Trouble
-Don’t Let These Christmas Tree Disasters Happen To You
-The Latest Job Interviewing Advice From Our Uncle Sam
-The Case Against Buying Christmas Presents??
-5 Memorable Christmas Time Adventures

Subscriptions to The Quarter Roll are free!
Online subscriptions are free when readers sign up at


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Press Release
August 27, 2011

Getting Back To Work Week

During the week of August 28 through September 3 The Quarter Roll magazine will be hosting "Getting Back To Work Week" on their website

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released these July 2011 unemployment statistics:
Adult men 9%
Adult woman 7.9%
Teenagers 25%
Whites 8.1%
Blacks 15.9%
Hispanics 11.3%
Asians 7.7%

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over), at 6.2 million, changed little over the month and accounted for 44.4 percent of the unemployed.

In order to support these millions of people, many resources such as where to find job fairs and free job workshops, will be posted online to support those who are unemployed or underemployed.

Some of the articles readers will find during the week will include:
5 Tips That Will Make Interviewers Hire You
Why Robbing Customers At Your Job Interview Won't Get You Very Far
Make Yourself Stand Out By Getting Out
How Waitresses' Tip Building Strategies Can Get You A Job
Suit Up: Where You Can Dress For Success
How 1 Man Applied For (And Received) A Job That Didn't Exist
How To Turn Your Expertise Into Job Security
How To Interview When Everyone's Watching You
Where To Find Legitimate Jobs You Can Do From Your Home Office


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Press Release
August 25, 2011

Free Eisenhower dollar coins for new subscribers to The Quarter Roll on August 26, 2011.

The Quarter Roll magazine is celebrating its one year anniversary on August 26, 2011.

Beginning at 9:00am EST on Friday, August 26, 2011, the first 100 new subscribers to The Quarter Roll will receive a free Eisenhower dollar coin, one of the company's favorite symbols of getting more value. These large U.S. coins were issued between 1971 and 1978 and are no longer in circulation.

New subscribers simply need to fill out our new subscriber form online at Certain rules apply and can be found at


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Press Release
August 22, 2011

Back To School "For Free" Week

August 21-27, 2011, is Back To School "For Free" Week at During this week The Quarter Roll will be running many stories about niche scholarship opportunities students generally aren't aware of.

For example, the NCAA has made it a priority to give scholarships to female student who compete in rowing. Volunteer firefighters qualify for full scholarships. Army ROTC scholarship recipients also receive monthly cash stipends on top of their scholarships. There is over $1 billion in scholarship money for students who compete in athletics such as fencing, bowling, archery, tennis, and soccer, for example. Job Corps scholarships can include health insurance, bus passes, and a cash bonus for completing their program.

Why is more scholarship information necessary for students?
1. 86.3% of students borrow money for college.
2. Average student loan debt is $24,651.00.
3. High school graduates have a 5% higher unemployment rate vs. college graduates (9.3% vs. 4.3%).
4. High school graduates earn $400 less per week vs. college graduates ($626 vs. $1,038).

Find out more about dramatically reducing the cost of college this week at, where personal finance is entertaining!


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Press Release
August 10, 2011

How it can pay to play: winning collegiate athletic scholarships

School starts soon! Need more ways to cut college costs? College tuition has historically risen faster than the inflation rate. According to, "On average, tuition tends to increase about 8% per year. An 8% college inflation rate means that the cost of college doubles every nine years."

Check out this interview with CCAC. The Community College of Allegheny County offers an excellent athletic program that can also prepare student athletes to earn athletic scholarships at 4 year universities. You can find out more in The Quarter Roll Magazine article, "How it can pay to play: winning collegiate athletic scholarships".

Get answers to these questions and more:
What if you are not a superstar high school athlete?
What if you haven't been recruited into a 4 year university?
How can you cut the cost of college by 75% even without a scholarship?
I don't play football. Athletic scholarships aren't for me, right?
What kind of time commitment is involved when playing a sport?
How much money is available for athletic college scholarships?
Do I really have a chance of getting a scholarship?
Does it cost to play in sports?
How do I learn more?


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Press Release
May 6, 2011

10 Year Anniversary of An Hour Before Daylight by Jimmy Carter.

2011 will mark the 10 year anniversary of the publishing of President Jimmy Carter's book “An Hour Before Daylight”. In honor of his work The Quarter Roll magazine has published "Jimmy Carter's Money Memories" in the May 2011 edition.
This story chronicles Jimmy Carter’s boyhood memories as they related to the extreme poverty the nation was going through during the early 1930's. Economic hardships were a daily challenge that the Carter family faced, but they demonstrated interesting and resourceful ways of handling them.

Some of Jimmy Carter's memories included:
-Selling bags of peanuts at the age of 5
-Unique uses of the Sears catalog
-Taking a shower from a large tin can with holes
-Balking at having to pay 20 cents for a gallon of gas
-The excitement of finding lost nickels at a circus

“An Hour Before Daylight”, published in 2001, is not only an excellent record of a President's childhood, but a fascinating story about an extremely impoverished time in American history. “Jimmy Carter's Money Memories” hopes to complement the former President's excellent work and highlight many interesting details of an amazing American story.


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Press Release
May 5, 2011

8 challenges faced by the unemployed this summer.

This summer could prove even more challenging for the unemployed than last year. A recent Yahoo! News article reported that the number of Americans filing for jobless aid rose to an eight-month high during the week of April 25, 2011.

The Quarter Roll also published two articles about the challenges the unemployed and underemployed will face in the coming months.

In an April 2011 website post, The Quarter Roll explains why these 8 challenges will be faced by unemployed job seekers this summer:
1. Discrimination because of an unemployed designation.
2. Discrimination due to an employment gap.
3. High school and college kids looking for summer work.
4. Baby Boomers who are postponing retirement.
5. A disconnect between skills and available jobs.
6. Employers who are simply fishing for a good deal on salary.
7. Currently 4 job seekers for every job opening.
8. And even discrimination against those who have been bankrupt.

Another story reported that the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled it is ok for private employers to discriminate against a job seeker who has filed for bankruptcy.

In the May 2011 edition of The Quarter Roll magazine the story "Are You A Potential Bankruptcy Waiting To Happen?" reports the most often found demographic profile of bankruptcy filers. Essential insight for those caught between unemployment and managing debt.


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April 26, 2011

New edition of The Quarter Roll brings entertainment to personal finance.

The May / June 2011 edition of The Quarter Roll will certainly be living up to its' promise of "financial entertainment". There are fun financial stories about a
football player, a rock star, and even a President. There will be a few articles about topics such as bankruptcy, credit debt, and insurance. Some of the stories
readers will find include:

-Bret Michaels’ 4 Greatest Career Traits
-7 Deadly Credit Card Sins
-8 Myths About Car Insurance
-12 steps to get out of debt
-Jimmy Carter’s Money Memories
-Going Once, Going Twice, Sold: Auction Excitement and Savings!
-Messy Mudslides, Canine Cholesterol, and Lousy Landlords.
-Are Your Kids Attending Piggy Bank Academy?

Online subscriptions are free when readers sign up at

About The Quarter Roll
The mission of The Quarter Roll magazine is to help readers get a quarter more for every dollar by providing personal finance tips, advice, and stories in an easy to understand and entertaining format. The tips and advice found in The Quarter Roll are designed to give readers the ability to earn more, save more, and get more value for their money.


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Press Release
January 27, 2011

January 29 is the anniversary of President William McKinley’s birthday. 

In celebration of President William McKinley’s birthdate (born January 29, 1843), The Quarter Roll magazine has posted the top 10 things you may not have known about William McKinley and his history with personal finance. William McKinley’s career started at $13.00 per month and ended with him earning over $4,100.00 per month. 

1)      In early 1861 McKinley could no longer afford his studies at Allegheny College. He left to work as a teacher and earned $25.00 per month. 

2)      In June 1861 McKinley enlisted as a private in the Union army and was paid $13.00 per month. 

3)      McKinley was promoted to commissary sergeant, which paid $17.00 per month. 

4)      Impressed with McKinley’s performance in battle, General Rutherford B Hayes promoted him to lieutenant, which paid $105.00 per month. (The pay discrepancy between the officers and enlisted men was dramatic) 

5)      McKinley was promoted to captain by an order signed by President Abraham Lincoln as a result of his bravery. He would now earning $169.00 per month. 

6)      McKinley attended Albany Law School after the war and obtained a law degree. 

7)      From 1869 to 1871 he was making $1,000.00 per year as a prosecuting attorney in Canton, Ohio. 

8)      At the age of 34 in 1877 he was elected to Congress and was paid $5,000.00 per year. 

9)      In 1892 he was elected Governor of Ohio, where his salary was increased to $8,000.00 per year. 

10)   In 1897 he was elected President of the United States and was paid a salary of $50,000.00 a year. He continued to earn $50,000.00 per year until his second term was ended by assassination. 

More about this story can be found in the article, “President William McKinley’s Guide to Huge Pay Increases”, found in the January / February edition of The Quarter Roll, still available online. Read the entire story HERE.


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Press Release
January 25, 2011

The Greatest Garage Sale in American History

Interesting facts about the upcoming January 30th birthday of the Library of Congress. 

In celebration of the Library of Congress’s 196th birthday on January 30, The Quarter Roll magazine has posted the top 10 things you may not have known about Thomas Jefferson and his personal library of books which helped create the Library of Congress.  

1)   April 24, 1800:  President John Adams approved $5,000 to be spent on creating the Library of Congress. The Library was started with 3 maps and 740 books purchased primarily from London.

2)    August 24, 1814:  While invading Washington DC British troops burned the Library of Congress which was housed in the Capitol building. 

3)   Late 1814: Thomas Jefferson was actively looking for ways to pay off his $46,000.00 debt (about $500,000.00 in 2011 dollars), and asked if Congress would be willing to buy his personal library in order to replenish the books lost during the War of 1812. 

4)    In order to entice Congress into making the purchase, Jefferson also sweetened the deal by organizing the books by categories of History, Philosophy, and Fine Arts. 

5)    Jefferson did not originally ask for any particular amount of money for his books, but rather promised to accept any price that Congress felt was fair. 

6)    The final Congressional vote to buy the books was not unanimous, but passed by 10 votes. 

7)    On January 30, 1815, President James Madison approved this measure decided on by Congress. 

8)    Jefferson was paid $23,950.00 for all of his books, which was estimated to be about 20% of their original value. 

9)    The actual number of books shipped to the Library of Congress by Thomas Jefferson was 6,487. 

10)  Tragically, a second fire on Christmas Eve of 1851, destroyed nearly two thirds of the books Congress had purchased from Jefferson. 

More on the history of Thomas Jefferson and the Library of Congress can be found in the upcoming story “The Greatest Garage Sale in American History” in the March / April edition of The Quarter Roll.


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Press Release
January 11, 2011

Link between education and unemployment puts more than 30% of kids at a disadvantage.

The Quarter Roll magazine has released new information regarding high school kids earning potential. While there has been some debate on what the national high school graduation rate is, the Diplomas Count 2010 report titled "Graduation by the Numbers—Putting Data to Work for Student Success" put the national graduation rate at 68.8%. Mike Bowman, publisher of The Quarter Roll stated, "That means nearly one-third of young adults will enter the workforce at a distinct disadvantage at a time when the economy has been particularly harsh on non-graduates."

Level of education does make a difference in someone’s ability to earn higher levels of income and even get hired.

Salary Expectations By Education Level
The average salary someone can expect to earn without a high school education is $21,000.00 per year, compared to a high school graduate who makes 50% more at $31,000.00 per year. Surely, the incentive of a potential 50% jump in pay is enough to get many people to take advantage of the programs available to help achieve a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). No, education is not the ONLY thing that will allow someone to earn more at work, but it certainly is a major factor.

Unemployment Rate By Education Level
However, when you dig into the average unemployment rate and consider education level you find even worse news for those without a high school diploma. These seasonally adjusted numbers are listed as of January 11, 2011:
Unemployment rate for those with no high school diploma: 15.3%
Unemployment rate for those with a high school diploma: 9.8%
Unemployment rate for those with some college: 8.1%
Unemployment rate for those with a college diploma: 4.8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table A-4

Bowman noted that "Even if someone has not graduated from high school there are option available that will improve their chances of both improving their education and enhancing their earning potential. For example, many community colleges and unemployment centers offer free GED preparation classes."


The Quarter Roll
Press Release
December 31, 2010

Financial reasons to call off or go in late when the roads are icy. 

The Quarter Roll magazine has just released information for commuters headed to work or school regarding the financial cost associated with the risk of driving on icy, untreated roads.  

Mike Bowman, the publisher of The Quarter Roll magazine, stated “The terrible winter storms across the country this past week made headlines every day, but what you didn’t hear about as much were the number of auto accidents and close calls commuters were faced with. Particularly, it was interesting to find out just what a fender bender could mean financially to someone headed to work, a meeting, or perhaps a class, for example.” 

News headlines across the country reported the havoc that was going on in traffic due to icy roads. Here is an interesting reason why you may want to consider waiting until the ice is cleared or melted before you drive.
The average salary for an American worker with a high school education is $31,664.00 or about $517.00 per week after taxes. The average auto insurance policy carries a $500.00 deductible for both collision and comprehensive claims. A recent story about insurance claims filed, due to accidents caused by icy road conditions, says that icy roads will typically cause twice the normal number of auto insurance claims.
Bowman stated, “We often hear stories from readers who say they feel compelled to get to work even under extreme conditions for fear of some kind of reprisal at their jobs. However, if the roads are icy you know you are twice as likely to be in an accident. We wanted to know if the risk is really worth it.” 

If you are in an accident, and you file an insurance claim, you will have to pay your deductible. If your deductible is the average amount, $500.00, and you are making $15.00 or less per hour you stand a good chance of losing 25% of your monthly salary trying to get to your morning destination, so choose wisely about getting to work or school on time!  

This story and others can be found on The Quarter Roll's website at


The Quarter Roll
Press Release
December 28, 2010

New resources for those looking for legitimate work at home jobs.

The Quarter Roll magazine has just released information intended to give unemployed workers another option for finding work. This information includes how to find legitimate "work from home" jobs.

Mike Bowman, publisher of The Quarter Roll, stated "There are many reasons why this information is relevant right now. There are people ready to work, but struggling to find a job close to home. Winter weather can make it very difficult for some people to travel to a job. Disabled workers may find it harder to perform certain kinds of work outside of the home, but could find meaningful work in the comfort of their own home office."

For example, individuals can work as a customer support representative, sales person, or virtual concierge from a home office. A few other examples are freelance work, data entry, medical transcription, taking surveys, and mystery shopping via the phone and internet. Many national companies, such as 1-800-FLOWERS and 1-800-CONTACTS, will also occasionally hire work at home agents through their own programs and training is done via the web and telephone.

The recent going out of business announcement by Roomful Express Furniture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, prompted Bowman to post this information for those who have or will lose their jobs. "Many of those employees are very familiar with the retail industry and would probably be a great match for many of the work at home positions we found at these resources", said Bowman.

Alpine Access is an example of an organization that offers work at home jobs. Alpine Access provides customer service to many organizations, including companies in Pittsburgh, that need to supplement their own workforce or are not in a position to create their own customer service department.
All legitimate companies that hire off site employees will have varying degrees of eligibility standards, however, all maintain basic requirements. For example, having high speed internet access, appropriate office equipment, and the technical ability to use that equipment are always basic requirements.

The entire story can be found on The Quarter Roll's website at


The Quarter Roll
Press Release
December 6, 2010

A recent Gallup poll suggests people continue to be worried about their personal economic situations. 53% of those surveyed said they worry about being able to pay their rent or mortgage. The Quarter Roll is a new Pittsburgh based magazine that has just launched a website to address worries just like these. will complement The Quarter Roll magazine, which publishes financially oriented stories that help readers make better, more informed decisions about their personal economic situations and their money: how to save it, earn it, and get more value for it.

Yet another Gallup poll released on November 19 showed that, by far, the two top worries for Americans are jobs / unemployment and the economy in general.

Mike Bowman, publisher of The Quarter Roll, stated that worry and stress over employment, money, and debt is what inspired the creation of the new online magazine. Referring to the October 28, 2010 Washington Post article “Most Americans worry about ability to pay mortgage or rent, poll finds”, Bowman stated, "When a respected newspaper such as The Washington Post prints the findings of a Gallup poll that says more than half of us worry about paying the rent or mortgage, we have a crises."

When asked about The Quarter Roll's name Bowman replied that "The Quarter Roll's name reflects the goal of our stories. We want to find ways to do 25% better, to get another quarter out of every dollar". The Quarter Roll publishes stories that point out ways for readers to generate more income, pay less for shopping and living expenses, and get more value out of their household budgets.

Content is regularly added to The Quarter Roll's free website and access to the digital magazine will continue to be provided at no charge when readers subscribe.

About The Quarter Roll
The Quarter Roll is a magazine that prints financially oriented stories that prepare readers to handle many of the worries that are commonly reported with managing money. Each story supports The Quarter Roll's mantra "No More Worry" by presenting options and insights to many of the financial challenges that can chip away at a family's quality of life. More information about The Quarter Roll can be found at


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