Few small businesses think now is the time to expand, and hiring is essentially flat. But wait—there may be a silver lining.» Read More
By any account, 2012 is going to be an interesting year and a time for as many opportunities as challenges — particularly for the most nimble and resilient of America’s small business owners.
A wrap-up of small business news.
Meet two experts in law enforcement and counterterrorism who have teamed up to provide security services for wealthy individuals. As tensions rise related to income inequity and Occupy Wall Street, Risk Control Strategies is a busy small business.
Despite the normal gridlock that takes place between the two houses of Congress, this week the House and Senate agreed and passed legislation that will help spur economic growth and create jobs in America, without any additional taxpayer funding.
For many online shoppers, a free shipping offer is the holy grail of deals; it's what makes people click the “buy” button. And today, the fourth annual Free Shipping Day, could mean banner sales for the more than 2,200 merchants that have signed on. But is there a dark side to free shipping?
You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, The Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business.
A wrap-up of news in small business.
At this time of year, gift-giving-etiquette questions abound. You Read this first if you're planning on giving your clients holiday gifts this year, it might save your business' reputation!
According to a survey of VCs and CEOs, it could be an uneasy start to the new year in the venture capital world as capital remains tight. But for President Obama, life could be good: they predict he'll win the 2012 election.
Angie Dudley, aka Bakerella, is credited with popularizing the cake pop with her book and blog. Many predict cake pops will be the next big dessert trend. And the Babycakes cake pop maker is a hot-selling item this holiday season.
The House of Representatives and the Senate have resolved a three-year battle over the future of two important federal initiatives to aid small businesses: the Small Business Innovation Research program and the Small Business Technology Transfer program.
A wrap-up of news in small business.
More puppies are sold at pet stores during the holiday season than any other time of year. Now the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and other groups are stepping up efforts to stop these sales, saying many of these dogs come from puppy mills.
First things first -- your startup needs a name! This may seem a silly and frivolous task, but it may be the most important decision you make.
Medicinal cannabis is legal in 16 states and Washington D.C., but even in those areas, setting up a dispensary — and keeping one open — to make the product available to qualified patients is a constant battle. But dispensary owners say they continue to fight because they are passionate about assisting sick people in need of alternative treatments
Selling for a small firm is harder than selling for a large one. Your customer may never have heard of your firm, there’s probably not much sales support, and you likely can’t spend big money to develop and close an account. Nevertheless, it’s not just possible, but downright easy, to outsell the big guys.
A wrap-up of the day's small business news.
Small business reaction to the Fed's decision today to leave interest rates where they are was favorable, although owners say Washington needs to ease regulations in order for small businesses to be able to create the jobs needed to get the economy started again.
Since the downturn in 2008, many Americans have been forced to rethink their careers. Some have gone back to school to learn new skills. A lot of that training is taking place online. Among the most popular careers: wedding planner and gunsmith.
The IRS audits a higher percentage of businesses with assets below $50 million than businesses above that level, according to data from Syracuse University. With 2012 fast approaching, now’s a good time for small businesses to consider an end-of-year legal review to pinpoint and improve areas of potential risk, according to online legal-help company Rocket Lawyer.
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