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5 Small-Business Finance Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

5 Small-Business Finance Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

| January 12, 2016

By Steve Nicastro Don’t become a small-business statistic. Nearly half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. Optimistic owners may underestimate the costs of starting a business, run up too much debt or have bad personal credit that keeps them from getting a business loan. Then it’s […]

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Credit Card Processing Deadline Looms for Small Businesses

Credit Card Processing Deadline Looms for Small Businesses

| August 4, 2015

Swiping a credit card—and potentially its information—will soon become more difficult. Come October  2015, there will be a shift in which party will be held liable for credit card fraud. After that date, merchants who have not upgraded their systems to so-called “chip and signature” technology will be on the hook for any credit or […]

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3 Biggest Small Business Challenges for the rest of 2015

3 Biggest Small Business Challenges for the rest of 2015

| June 23, 2015

Overall, only 57 percent of businesses expect revenue growth for 2015. Many challenges facing businesses over the years remain fundamentally the same. Recently, Wasp Barcode Technologies conducted a small-business survey with 1,000 participants, ranging from small-business owners, C-level executives, and senior management from most business segments, including government. The survey gives insight into small-businesses perceptions […]

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ObamaCare for Small Businesses: What You NEED to Know for 2015

ObamaCare for Small Businesses: What You NEED to Know for 2015

| December 2, 2014

Prepping for 2015? Here’s How to Navigate the Changes in Health Insurance for Small Businesses In 2014, the health insurance industry in America fundamentally changed, affecting businesses and employees nationwide. From rates to premiums to newly imposed penalties, the shockwaves were felt across the board—and for many small businesses, too much confusion and uncertainty left […]

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June 2014 Report: Small Business Sentiment Improves But Is No Sign of a Surge

June 2014 Report: Small Business Sentiment Improves But Is No Sign of a Surge

| June 25, 2014

Highest level since Sept. 2007, but below normal expansions May’s Optimism Index rose 1.4 points to 96.6, the highest reading since September 2007.  However, while May is the third up month in a row, the Index is still far below readings that have normally accompanied an expansion and there have been similar gains in the […]

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How to Set an Advertising Budget

How to Set an Advertising Budget

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

How much should you spend on advertising your business? The price to promote your company can escalate quickly — newspaper ads, banners, radio spots, direct mail, online marketing, telemarketing. It all adds up. Here are the top four methods for setting an advertising budget used by the most successful independent businesses: 1. Fixed percentage of sales. […]

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SEPTEMBER REPORT:Small Business Optimism Flat, Down 0.1 Points

SEPTEMBER REPORT:Small Business Optimism Flat, Down 0.1 Points

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Small business optimism remained flat in August, dropping 0.1 points from July for a final reading of 94.0. While the total reading showed essentially no change over the month prior, a look at the individual indicators reveals incongruent details. Job creation plans leapt to a level not seen since before the recession and sales expectations […]

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File and Pay Virginia Withholding Tax Electronically

File and Pay Virginia Withholding Tax Electronically

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Employers who file and pay withholding in Virginia are now required to do so electronically.  This short video shows you three free and secure options — eForms, Business iFile and Web Upload — for filing via the Department of Taxation’s website, www.tax.virginia.gov.  Check out the choices and choose the one that works best for you […]

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Small Business Economic Trends – August 2013

Small Business Economic Trends – August 2013

| September 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Bill Dunkelberg August 14, 2013   OPTIMISM INDEX The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism gained a whoppin’ 0.6 points in July. At 94.1, the Index does not impress and signals nothing but a subpar performance for the 3rd quarter. In an attempt to “make lemonade”, the July reading is the 4th highest reading […]

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Key Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act for Employers with Fewer Than 25 Employees

Key Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act for Employers with Fewer Than 25 Employees

| August 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Employers with Fewer Than 25 Employees Implementation of the Affordable Care Act occurs in stages, with many of the reforms and requirements taking effect in 2013 and 2014. Some of the provisions that may impact employers with fewer than 25 employees include: Small      Business Health Care Tax Credits The small business Health Care Tax […]

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