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Business Success Strategies

BUSINESS SUCCESS STRATEGIES: Rising Interest Rates and Your Business

By at 19 August, 2014, 7:59 am

By Barbara Weltman- The Federal Reserve has indicated that rates will be rising, albeit very slowly. What do rising interest rates mean for you? Borrowing The most obvious and immediate impact that rising rates have is an increased cost of borrowing. If you have a fixed-rate loan, you are not affected by any change in […]

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Vacation Time and the Entrepreneur

By at 5 August, 2014, 12:27 pm

by Raymond J. Keating- Starting up and operating your own business requires a tremendous investment in time for most entrepreneurs.  Still, there is the need to occasionally get away from things, at least to some degree, in order to rest and re-energize. A new Gallup poll provides some interesting information on vacations for microbusiness owners, […]

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BUSINESS SUCCESS STRATEGIES: Encouraging Employee Education

By at 5 August, 2014, 11:04 am

By Barbara Weltman-  On my desk I have a quote from Benjamin Franklin that reads: “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Employers who embrace this philosophy can reap rewards from a better educated — and more satisfied — staff.  As the fall semester approaches, there are a number of ways in which to […]

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Business Success Strategies Q&A with Sara Hanks

By at 10 July, 2014, 4:41 pm

THE STATE OF JOBS ACT CROWDFUNDING AND WHAT ENTREPRENEURS NEED TO KNOW Equity and debt-based crowdfunding in the U.S. is partially up and running. President Obama signed the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in April 2012, but the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has not fully implemented all of its provisions. While many entrepreneurs […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 28 June, 2014, 10:12 am

The past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: MAP: Some Parts of the U.S. Economy are Growing Really Fast, Business Insider. “This week the Philadelphia Fed released its map showing the economic strength of the states, measuring each one by indicators such as employment […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 21 June, 2014, 9:42 am

The past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: Who Are the Happiest Entrepreneurs in America? Babson College and Baruch College. This new GEM report (15th Annual) provides a comprehensive look at entrepreneurship on a global level. Great stats and data on entrepreneurship in […]

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Business Tips & Trends News Highlights

By at 13 June, 2014, 4:24 pm

The past week’s “How To” articles and other business new stories recommended by SBE Council President & CEO Karen Kerrigan: This Person Improved Every Tiny Thing By One Percent and This is What Happened, Entrepreneur. “The aggregation of marginal gains.” How to Blog Better: Blogger Lessons Learned, Tweak Your Biz. “Your blogging can be improved […]

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Keeping up With Global Trade and International Market Opportunities

By at 8 June, 2014, 10:24 am

Resources and Experts to Follow on Twitter by Karen Kerrigan- World Trade Month 2014 has come and gone, but entrepreneurs and small business owners can stay abreast of global market opportunities and training resources almost every minute through social media. As the U.S. Commerce Department revamps its National Export Initiative (NEI) initiative – called NEI Next […]

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Underutilized Mobile Technologies Add Up to $52 Billion in Lost Savings for Small Businesses

By at 29 May, 2014, 2:50 pm

By Karen Kerrigan- The latest SBE Council Technology & IP analysis by chief economist Ray Keating revisits the AT&T and SBE Council Mobile Technology Survey, which found that advancements and investments in mobile technologies and devices have created significant benefits for small businesses – nearly $124 billion in savings. The survey estimated hour and dollar […]

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Business Success Strategies with Barbara Weltman: PAYING EMPLOYEES IN PROPERTY…WHAT TO DO ABOUT EMPLOYMENT TAXES?

By at 19 May, 2014, 2:35 pm

By Barbara Weltman- Not every payment you make to employees must be in the form of cash. You may reward them with various fringe benefits, options or stock, or other property. While many small businesses use outside payroll companies to handle withholding on employee compensation, it’s up to you as the owner to understand the […]

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