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Business Success Strategies

Please Don’t Forget About Ferguson’s Small Businesses: Support a Crowdfunding Campaign for Christmas

By at 20 December, 2014, 10:18 am

By Karen Kerrigan- Entrepreneurs and small businesses are raising significant capital through crowdfunding. It will be another blockbuster year for crowdfunding in 2014 as investors and donors continue to enthusiastically finance the entrepreneurs and businesses they believe in through online platforms. Some of the entrepreneurs whose businesses were damaged or destroyed during the riots in […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 6 December, 2014, 8:16 pm

The past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: SALES GROWTH 7 Easy Ways to Boost Your Conversion Rate, Killer Startups. “A high bounce rate on a business website is a clear indicator that the site needs to be redesigned. A business that can’t […]

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The Sharing Economy: What It Means to Your Business

By at 4 December, 2014, 1:12 pm

by Barbara Weltman- Technology has enabled people to share homes (Airbnb), rides (e.g., Lyft, Sidecar), cars (e.g., RelayRides, Getaround), bicycles (e.g., CycleHop), home wifi networks (e.g., Fon), and more, easily and inexpensively.  Technology has enabled people to share their money with worthy causes through crowdfunding (e.g., LendingClub). And businesses are getting into the sharing economy, also referred to as […]

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Basis Basics For Owners Of Pass-Through Entities

By at 20 November, 2014, 9:22 pm

by Barbara Weltman- If you’re an S corporation shareholder, a partner in a partnership, or a member of a limited liability company (LLC), one tax rule applies to you: You can only deduct operating losses that are passed through to you for the year to your extent of basis. As the end of the year […]

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Gearing up for New Workers’ Comp Rules

By at 18 November, 2014, 9:27 pm

by Barbara Weltman-  When it comes to workers’ compensation, employers face two issues: handling the cost of this insurance coverage and managing government-mandated recordkeeping responsibilities. New reporting and recordkeeping rules take effect on January 1, 2015, so get ready now. Changes in exemptions for reporting Under federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules, companies […]

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Revitalizing MAIN STREET: Business Success Strategies Q&A with Jason Duff

By at 14 October, 2014, 12:16 am

Are entrepreneurs born or made? It seems as though entrepreneur and real estate developer Jason Duff has both going for him.  Born into a family of successful small business owners, Jason caught the entrepreneurial bug at a very early age. Along with starting a string of successful businesses before and after college, Jason has poured […]

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Online Payment and Cybersecurity Tips, Tools and Resources

By at 12 October, 2014, 10:01 am

By Karen Kerrigan- CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS:  It’s that time of year again. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  Small businesses are especially vulnerable when it comes to threats from the online criminal world. Whether you are running your business from home, on-the-go, or from a facility, plant, store or office, there are simple things […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 27 September, 2014, 9:57 am

Successful entrepreneurs continually absorb and seek knowledge. “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death,” said Albert Einstein. Here is the most recent “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: Don’t Waste Your Time and Effort, Barbara’s Blog-Barbara Weltman. “Here are 5 actions […]

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Business Success Strategies: What Does the IRS Have Against Food?

By at 23 September, 2014, 8:47 am

By Barbara Weltman-  Nothing, unless you want to deduct it or otherwise get a tax benefit from it. There are only limited situations in which you can get a tax break for eating, or feeding others. Pizza dinners for children-employees One mom who put her three children to work paid them in pizza, along with […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 13 September, 2014, 7:38 am

Albert Einstein said, “Once you stop learning, you start dying.” Successful entrepreneurs continually seek knowledge. Here are the past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: The 15 Most Profitable Industries, Inc.com. “Accounting services tops the list, but roughly half of the 15 most profitable […]

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