1. Articles in category: Small Business

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    1. Fewer Types of Retirement Plans and Simpler Rules would Help S

      mall Business Owners, AICPA Tells Congress Published October 15, 2013 Contact: Shirley Twillman, 202-434-9220, stwillman@aicpa.org. Congress should consolidate and simplify the types of tax-favored retirement plans now available to small business owners in order to minimize the cost and administrative burden imposed by the plans, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) said in written testimony submitted for the record of the House Small Business Committee’s Oct. 2 hearing entitled The Challenge of Retirement Savings for Small Employers. “When a small business grows and begins to explore options for establishing a retirement plan, the alternatives, and the various ...

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    2. Want to Grow Fast? Focus on Profits, Not Revenue

      Want to Grow Fast? Focus on Profits, Not Revenue

      Growth is a sexy word in business, but creating profits is the key to turning a small business into a much larger one.

      Growth is a sexy word in business, and it's what drives all entrepreneurs.

      When building a business plan, most management teams build a classic hockey stick: invest in the near term, which will result in negative cash flows in the early years, and count on growth to drive the business to scale.

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    3. Thinking of Starting a Business? Check Out Consumer Health Technology

      Thinking of Starting a Business? Check Out Consumer Health Technology

      New apps and devices are bringing diagnosis and treatment straight to the end consumer.

      The Affordable Care Act put a spotlight on the surging cost of health care. That has opened a huge opportunity for companies developing tools to make health care--especially preventive and diagnostic care--more accessible to the masses. Increasingly, such products and services are being delivered online, through mobile apps and Web-connected devices.

      The Market Is Big...and Mobile

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    4. PNC: Atlanta labor market lacks momentum

      PNC: Atlanta labor market lacks momentum

      Only 12 percent of Atlanta business owners plan to add full-time employees in the next six months, suggesting an improving labor market that lacks momentum, according to the latest PNC Economic Outlook survey published Wednesday.

      PNC’s biannual survey also found six percent of Atlanta business owners plan to cut jobs and 70 percent plan no hiring changes. In sum, “layoffs are down but the pace of hiring remains subdued,” PNC reported.

      Atlanta business owners continued to note weaker sales…

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    5. Hiring up slightly, paychecks flat

      Hiring up slightly, paychecks flat

      Month-over-month hiring in Atlanta inched up 0.4 percent and the average paycheck was flat in September, according to SurePayroll’s monthly Small Business Scorecard.

      Nationally, hiring was flat and pay was down 0.4 percent.

      “The uncertainty caused by the government shutdown serves to further force small business owners to reconsider any long-term investments or hiring,” said SurePayroll CEO and President Michael Alter, in a statement. “On top of that, the only thing that’s certain about…

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    6. Learn from Ty Warner's Beanie Babies Fiasco: Reduce Your Taxes (Legally)

      Learn from Ty Warner's Beanie Babies Fiasco: Reduce Your Taxes (Legally)

      Instead of dumping your cash into a Swiss bank account, try tweaking inventory, accounts receivable, liabilities, equipment write-offs, retirement plans, and more.

      Really? The Beanie Babies guy? Tax evasion?

      It's true. Ty Warner, the college dropout who became a billionaire creating the Beanie Babies collectibles, pleaded guilty last Wednesday to tax evasion. He hid millions of dollars in a Swiss bank account and is facing five years in prison.

      Don't hide your money in Switzerland (duh).

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    7. With Healthcare Uncertainty Up, Small Business Optimism Down

      With Healthcare Uncertainty Up, Small Business Optimism Down

      Thanks to continuing uncertainty about the effects of Obamacare, small businesses are remaining cautious.

      In the midst of a government shutdown that swirls largely around healthcare, the only thing that appears certain about the Affordable Care Act is the uncertainty that surrounds it. As the ACA starts to take effect, small business owners are naming it the number one thing that’s holding them back from hiring, according to our September SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard survey.

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    8. Q&A on Healthcare Options for Small Business Employees

      Q&A on Healthcare Options for Small Business Employees

      If you're one of the nearly 60 million people in the U.S. who work at small businesses, the nation's new health care law likely will affect you in some way. Starting this week, public exchanges, or marketplaces, are opening up in each state to sell health insurance. Bryan Shaw has coverage from his employer 3dcart, a software company in Tamarac, Fla., but plans to shop on an exchange.

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    9. Government Shutdown Begins- What it Means for Small Business

      Government Shutdown Begins- What it Means for Small Business

      On Monday night, the U.S. Congress rejected the U.S. Senate's version of the House bill for a debt limit increase, which effectively shuts down some of the non-critical operations of the federal government. The Republican-led House of Representatives, which has the primary right to produce financial and budget-related legislation, had extended the budget limit with add-on amendments, called "riders," that included the postponement of the Affordable Care Act, as well as several other conditions.

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    10. More Small Business Owners Achieving Work-Life Balance

      More Small Business Owners Achieving Work-Life Balance

      Small business owners are worried about healthcare, retirement and general finances, but it seems they are achieving an increased work-life balance, according to a recent survey by online marketing company Yodle. The Small Business Sentiment Survey, which looks at American small business owners’ perspective on work-life balance, professional and personal worries, and government and institutional support, found that 52 percent now claim to work 40 hours or less, and nearly three quarters of respondents take at least two weeks of vacation per year. However, almost four in 10 (39%) SMB owners work 41-60 hours per week and almost one in ...

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    11. Health law online sign-up delayed for small businesses

      Health law online sign-up delayed for small businesses

      Small businesses seeking to buy health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will have to wait a couple of months before they can complete the process online, administration officials said Thursday in the latest delay of the high-stakes rollout. New online health insurance markets created by the law for individuals and small businesses are scheduled to open Tuesday.

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    12. The ACA: No Fine, and Dandy

      The ACA: No Fine, and Dandy

      There are a number of penalties associated with the Affordable Care Act. Until recently, one of the more draconian ones facing small businesses was thought to be the Oct. 1, 2013, deadline for notifying employees about the individual health insurance mandate that is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2014, and the health care exchanges. A business with at least one employee and $500,000 in revenue is required to notify its employees under the notification mandate.

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    13. Small Biz Not Ready for Obamacare

      Small Biz Not Ready for Obamacare

      Accountants don’t think their small-business clients are prepared for the Affordable Care Act, according to a recent survey. A third of accountants said that their small-business clients were “totally unprepared” for the ACA, significant parts of which come into force on October 1. Almost half (48%) said that their small-business clients were “not very prepared.” (Click to see the full chart.

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    14. Small Businesses Want Customers and Capital

      Small Businesses Want Customers and Capital

      A panel of small business owners and experts discussed the major problems facing the small business community-- and the potential solutions.

      Earlier this week, members of the Small Business Majority’s small business owner network met with President Obama at the White House to discuss the major problems facing small business owners in America. The number one concern voiced by the small business owners? Boosting the overall economy and stimulating growth.

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    15. Congress Releases Goals of Potential Internet Sales Tax Law

      On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee released basic principles pertaining to the issue of Internet sales tax. To develop these principles, the Committee received input directly from taxpayers, industry and trade groups, and representatives of state and local governments. The principles are intended to guide discussion on this issue and spark creative solutions.

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    16. IRS Releases Final Tangible Property Repair Regulations

      IRS Releases Final Tangible Property Repair Regulations

      While this is the fourth iteration of the repair regulations the IRS has released, it is the first time they have issued them in final form. In addition to these final regulations, they also released proposed regulations for dispositions of tangible property under Section 168. While a formal six-month period for comments will allow taxpayers to provide feedback, these final and proposed regulations are effective for tax years beginning Jan. 1, 2014.

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    17. The Key Healthcare Reform Provisions Employers Should Know

      The Key Healthcare Reform Provisions Employers Should Know

      To help business owners stay on top of health care reform, Paychex, Inc., a leading provider of payroll, human resource, insurance, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, has outlined below, provisions of interest to... * * 1 Related Content Stories * On Tuesday, the administration unexpectedly announced a one-year delay, until after the 2014 elections, in a central requirement of the law that medium and large companies provide coverage for their workers or face fines. One year delay to ObamaCare requirements for employers * Small Businesses and the Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare Resources * Paychex, Inc.

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    18. 3 Ways LinkedIn Plans to Be Your Go-To Tool

      3 Ways LinkedIn Plans to Be Your Go-To Tool

      CEO Jeff Weiner wants you to think of LinkedIn--for pretty much all your professional needs. Here are three ideas he's hoping will accomplish that.

      Right now, LinkedIn has about a quarter of a billion users and about 4,200 employees. The company generated nearly $1 billion in revenue in 2012. But for Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn's CEO, this is just the beginning. If Weiner has his way, you won't simply use LinkedIn to network or find job candidates.

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    19. No Boost to Tax Reform Efforts Seen with G20 Endorsement of New Global Tax Standard

      The Group of 20 (G20) on September 6 declared its commitment to a new global model for automatic exchange of tax information agreements. The model, which was approved during a summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, was advanced by the U.S. and developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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    20. Small Business Lending on the Rise

      Having closed 36 percent of all recent business loans made by the five major local credit unions, GTE Financial has reported seeing an uptick in small business lending. Based in Tampa Bay, GTE Financial is a not-for-profit financial cooperative, serving more than 200,000 individuals and businesses "Credit unions have always been more people-oriented, working with small business owners who thought they couldn't get much attention from banks," said Shamus McConomy, vice president of member business services at GTE Financial. "We're willing to roll up our sleeves and go onsite to see what the business owner needs." A ...

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    21. Report: 176,000 private jobs added in August (Video)

      Report: 176,000 private jobs added in August (Video)

      Private job growth in the United States experienced an increase year-over-year in August.

      According to a report by the ADP Research Institute, 176,000 jobs were added in the private sector in August, compared to 73,000 jobs that were added for the same period last year.

      Medium sized businesses added the most at 74,000 jobs. Small businesses added 71,000 jobs and large businesses added 32,000 jobs.

      Locally, hiring was down 3 percent in Tampa and St. Petersburg in August, according to a report by…

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