1. Articles in category: Small Business

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    1. Newell Rubbermaid’s New HR Chief Ready for Global Expansion

      Newell Rubbermaid’s New HR Chief Ready for Global Expansion

      Newell Rubbermaid Inc.’s new human resources chief has worked on projects in 80 countries and will prioritize diversity as the Atlanta-based consumer brands company continues expanding abroad. Paula Larson has been appointed executive vice president and chief human resources officer effective Dec. 16. She will replace James Sweet, who is retiring after 10 years with the company. Ms. Larson, 50, has lived in Asia, Europe and North America.

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    2. 7 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business in 2014

      7 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business in 2014

      If your New Year’s resolutions include quitting your job and starting a business, you’re not alone. What could be more fulfilling than calling the shots, setting your own hours, and making things happen?

      However, going off on your own is no easy feat, and many would-be entrepreneurs quickly become unsettled by the hard work and uncertainty of the lifestyle.

      See also: 6 Tips for Entrepreneurs During the Holidays

      More about Small Business , Startups , Features , Business , and Entrepreneurs
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    3. Is There Hope for Small Firms, the Have-Nots in the World of Big Data? - Christina Donnelly , and Geoff Simmons

      Is There Hope for Small Firms, the Have-Nots in the World of Big Data? - Christina Donnelly , and Geoff Simmons

      Here’s a wishful vision of the future that’s even more radical than Amazon’s concept of delivery drones or Google’s robots: One day, small businesses will have access to affordable consumer data. Don’t yawn. This is a life-and-death issue for small businesses. Anyone who has worked in or around a supplier to a big consumer company—to a supermarket chain, for example—knows the value of information on shoppers’ preferences.

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    4. Family Businesses Shouldn't Hunt for Superstar CEOs - Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer

      Family Businesses Shouldn't Hunt for Superstar CEOs - Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer

      We saw it recently when we worked with a $4 billion global manufacturing business in Hong Kong. The company was managed by the founder, who turned it over to his son when he retired. The two men had created distribution channels, built a supply chain, entered profitable new markets–and, just as importantly, held the family together, ensuring that family members were well taken care of and that family disagreements didn’t harm the business.

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    5. Your Obamacare To Do List: Claim Your Tax Credit

      Your Obamacare To Do List: Claim Your Tax Credit

      Is your business eligible for a small business health-care tax credit? Read on and find out.

      This article is part of an eight-part series on how to cope with the implementation of Obamacare.

      If you have 25 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000, and pay at least half of the premium cost for employee-only health insurance, the government wants to help you. Really.

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    6. Congressmen Urge Accounting Flexibility in Small Business Tax Reform

      Congressmen Urge Accounting Flexibility in Small Business Tax Reform

      A bipartisan group of lawmakers is asking the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee to avoid enacting any proposed tax reforms that would limit accounting flexibility for small businesses. A letter signed by Reps. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Richard Hudson, R-N.C., along with 67 other members of the House, urged the Ways and Means Committee to fully consider the negative ramifications of such proposals.

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    7. My Company's Health Insurance Price Just Shot Up 49%

      My Company's Health Insurance Price Just Shot Up 49%

      What can we do about it? 6 ideas.

      Today, I am testifying to a U.S. Senate committee--describing the horrific price increase my manufacturing company faces for our health insurance premiums. After years of increases between 8 and12 percent, our provider of 15 years just increased our rates by 49 percent.

      That’s an amazing increase. After all, I cannot raise my product prices 49 percent. My clients would laugh at me.

      Small businesses throughout our nation have a big problem.

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    8. Rewind on ACA: If You Like Your Current Health Plan, You Can Keep It For Now – If The Insurance Company Lets You

      By: Laura Miller Andrew Today, President Obama announced that individuals and small businesses who currently have health insurance policies that do not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act that have received or will be receiving cancellation notices because of ACA requirements, can renew the policies for another year if they meet certain conditions. The coverage [...]

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    9. Tax-Free Start-Up Plan in NY Draws Business Interest

      On the day his economic development agency proposed emergency rules to implement his START-UP NY program, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said hundreds of companies have expressed an interest in getting tax-free benefits in return for locating start-up businesses on college campuses. "It will sell itself," Cuomo said Wednesday of the tax-free program that was approved earlier this year. At an event on Long Island, he added, "I wish I could do zero taxes for the entire state. Unfortunately, I can't.

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    10. BofA: Atlanta small biz owners optimistic, but concerned about ’14

      BofA: Atlanta small biz owners optimistic, but concerned about ’14

      Small business owners in Atlanta feel optimistic about the future of their business, but Washington bickering and gridlock have them a bit spooked about 2014, according to Bank of America Corp.’s fall 2013 Small Business Owner Report.

      The bank’s survey shows 53 percent of Atlanta small businesses expect their revenue to increase in the next 12 months. About 30 percent of Atlanta small business owners believe their local economy will improve over the next year, but they are less confident about…

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    11. IRS Plans to Step up Audits of Small Business Partnerships

      IRS Plans to Step up Audits of Small Business Partnerships

      The head of the Internal Revenue Service’s small business unit said his division expects to move from focusing on audits of small corporations to partnerships. During a speech at the American Institute of CPAs’ National Tax Conference in Washington, D.C., last week, Faris Fink, the commissioner in charge of the IRS’s Small Business/Self-Employed Division reportedly told attendees that his unit would make a top priority of auditing the tax returns of partnerships and other pass-through entities. “The Service has for a long time focused its energy on corporations,” he said, according to Bloomberg’s ...

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    12. Health Care Laws Affecting Small Businesses - CPA Practice Advisor

      For Marty Smith, co-owner of a small accounting firm in Charlotte, the Affordable Care Act means less money for training and new technology. For financial adviser Richard Joyce, it means not hiring any more part-time employees, working longer days and filing more paperwork. And for Rick Seifert, owner of the Pest Control Authority, it means administrative headaches and group insurance premiums potentially three times higher than last year's.

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    13. FASB Proposes to Simplify Financial Reporting for Development Stage Companies

      FASB Proposes to Simplify Financial Reporting for Development Stage Companies

      The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued a proposed accounting standards update to improve financial reporting about public and private development stage entities. The proposal came in response to recommendations of the Private Company Council at its July 16, 2013 meeting. FASB added a project to its technical agenda to address financial reporting complexity for all organizations in the development stage.

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    14. Senators Propose Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Small Business Startups

      Senators Propose Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Small Business Startups

      Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J. and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have introduced bipartisan legislation to help entrepreneurs start and grow a small business and comply with complex tax rules. The Start Up Jobs and Innovation Act aims to make it easier for businesses to expand by permanently allowing companies to deduct the first $500,000 in equipment purchases. Without this provision, businesses would only be allowed to deduct a small portion of their costs in the first year, with the remaining amount deducted over a period of many years making it more expensive and difficult for a company to grow ...

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    15. IRS Expands Fast-Track Settlement Program for Small Businesses under Audit

      IRS Expands Fast-Track Settlement Program for Small Businesses under Audit

      The Internal Revenue Service expanded nationwide on Wednesday the rollout of its streamlined Fast Track Settlement program, which aims to help small businesses under audit settle their differences with the IRS over their tax debts more quickly. The Fast Track Settlement program is designed to help small businesses and self-employed individuals who are under examination by the Small Business/Self Employed Division of the IRS.

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    16. Atlanta hiring, pay up slightly in October

      Atlanta hiring, pay up slightly in October

      Month-over-month hiring in Atlanta increased 0.4 percent and the average paycheck was up 0.2 percent in October, SurePayroll’s monthly Small Business Scorecard shows. National hiring last month was down 1.7 percent, while paychecks were up only 0.1 percent. SurePayroll also said the government shutdown had a significant impact on businesses with 10 or fewer employees. Some 90 percent of businesses surveyed feel their concerns are not being heard on Capitol Hill. About 33 percent said they would…

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    17. Which Tax Breaks Expire in 2013? (Book Dinner With Your Accountant Now)

      Which Tax Breaks Expire in 2013? (Book Dinner With Your Accountant Now)

      Before December 31, take advantage of deductions over capital equipment, improvements, R&D expenses, energy efficiencies, capital gains, and tax-friendly investments.

      If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be? Most people I ask say the Pope, Warren Buffett, Oprah, President Obama, or Howard Stern. (That’s my wife.)

      Choose the right dinner companion: your accountant.

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    18. It's A Good Time To Sell A Business. And A Good Time To Buy One, Too

      It's A Good Time To Sell A Business. And A Good Time To Buy One, Too

      For the third quarter in a row, small-business transaction activity is one the rise

      More good news for small businesses, as sale prices continued to rise and the volume of closed transactions improved significantly for the third straight quarter.

      According to BizBuySell’s Insight Report, small business transactions jumped 41.7 percent in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the like period of 2012.

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    19. ADP Sees Private Sector Adding 130,000 Jobs in October

      ADP Sees Private Sector Adding 130,000 Jobs in October

      Employment in the private sector rose by 130,000 jobs from September to October, according to payroll giant ADP’s monthly National Employment Report, as the economy contended with uncertainty from the government shutdown. Along with reporting the 130,000 jobs added in October, ADP revised downward its September job gains from 166,000 to 145,000 jobs, the company said Wednesday (see ADP Sees Private Sector Employment Softening).

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    20. SEC Proposes Rules for Crowdfunding for Financing Business Startups

      SEC Proposes Rules for Crowdfunding for Financing Business Startups

      Crowdfunding describes a way to raise funds through the Internet for different types of projects, including innovative product ideas and artistic works such as movies or music, as on the sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Title III of the JOBS Act created an exemption under the securities laws so that this type of funding method could be used to offer and sell securities as well. The JOBS Act also established the foundation for a regulatory structure for this funding method.

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    21. Who Advises the Entrepreneur? - Kerrie MacPherson

      Who Advises the Entrepreneur? - Kerrie MacPherson

      If you’re leading a startup business with potential for high growth, one of the most valuable things you should do early on is to set up an advisory board. Scaling an enterprise is hard work, and you only stand to benefit from drawing on perspectives, experience, and networks that augment your own. A group of advisors committed to your success not only provides a sounding board to test and strengthen your ideas, it gives you access to important competencies and resources.

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    22. AICPA Asks Congress to Consolidate Small Business Retirement Plans

      In written testimony submitted for the record of the House Small Business Committee’s Oct. 2 hearing on retirement savings for small employers, AICPA Tax Executive Committee chairman Jeffrey A. Porter suggested several ways simplify the complexity of the retirement planning universe. “When a small business grows and begins to explore options for establishing a retirement plan, the alternatives, and the various rules, can become overwhelming,” he wrote in his testimony.

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    23. Not Just Good for Business--Networking Can Make You Smarter

      Not Just Good for Business--Networking Can Make You Smarter

      Meeting new people isn't just good for your career, it's good for your brain as well.

      As a small business owner, you’re probably already plenty aware of the benefits of networking. Getting out and meeting new people can get you access to new talent, new markets or new partnerships. But when you’re shaking hands and passing out contact details, one thing you’re probably not hoping to get is smarter.

      But networking, it turns out, isn’t just good for your career -- it’s good for your brain as well.

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