NEW YORK (AP) — A sign in the window of a clothing store in Manhattan is already putting shoppers on notice: It will be closed on Election Day so employees will have time to vote.
Companies aren't required to shut down on Nov. 6, but many give their staffers paid time off to go to the polls — 44 percent, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resources Management, a trade group. Small business owners who wonder what to do should first check their state and local laws.
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners interested in buying insurance through an association health plan should tread as carefully as they would with any kind of health care coverage.
NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners shop for 2019 health insurance, some will for the first time have the chance to join forces and buy cheaper insurance — depending on which state they're in.
NEW YORK (AP) — General contractors and other small businesses in the home remodeling industry can expect revenue to slow in 2019, the result of rising mortgage rates and sluggish home sales.
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 17 about small business staffers who can't get along, The Associated Press misidentified a human resources executive at ScaleFactor, a company in Austin, Texas. His name is Derek Felderhoff, not David Felderhoff.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Company owners need to step in when staffers can't get along
When employees of a small business can't get along, the discord can threaten a company's productivity and existence
NEW YORK (AP) — When staffers at a small business can't get along, many owners find that telling them "cut it out" doesn't necessarily work.
Owners need to get involved when there's ongoing conflict that disrupts the workplace and threatens productivity. Ideally, an owner encourages staffers to resolve their differences, and if they can't on their own, find ways to help restore peace.
NEW YORK (AP) — As demand for small businesses increases, so do their selling prices, a sign that owners are reaping the rewards of keeping companies lean and healthy since the recession.
Women business owners who encounter gender discrimination from investors, customers or others often are taken aback initially. But over time they develop strategies to deal with painful and awkward situations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon's plans to pay all its U.S. employees at least $15 an hour is putting pressure on small business owners, even those who aren't retailers directly competing with the huge company.
"Amazon is giving a kick in the butt to a lot of business owners to increase compensation," says Gene Marks, owner of The Marks Group, a small business consulting firm in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania.
NEW YORK (AP) — It can be subtle, like failing to make eye contact with a woman business owner but engaging in animated conversation with her male co-owner. Or more blatant, like asking an owner who's seeking investor money if she plans to have children.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rising interest rates typically rank low on small-business owners' list of problems, but some warning signs are starting to emerge.
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business hiring rebounded in September, with companies adding 56,000 jobs.
That's the finding of a report from payroll company ADP, which counted the number of positions created by its small business customers, those with one to 49 employees. ADP's customers had added 23,000 jobs in August, and 56,000 in July.
NEW YORK (AP) — All seemed to be going well with Randolph Rice's new receptionist. She asked for more responsibilities and got them, and said she was happy.
Then, two months into the job at Rice's law office, she didn't show up for work or call in sick. Rice tried to reach her, but got no response. He'd been ghosted: The receptionist ended the work relationship in much the same way many people end romantic associations, without a text, email, or call.
NEW YORK (AP) — Although the economy is strong and consumers are optimistic, many small business owners are holding fast to their cautious approach to expansion.
The government's latest estimate of second-quarter economic growth, released last week, showed that the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent. Meanwhile, the Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to an 18-year high last month.
NEW YORK (AP) — Although Soyini Chan-Shue easily delegated work to police officers when she was a sergeant in the New York City Police Department, it was hard to relinquish tasks to employees of the security firm she now owns.
The key difference for her? Chan-Shue worked in an NYPD office that formulated policy and she was part of a chain of command. At her own company, she's the one in charge.
Back in 2002, when she was working in traditional hotels, Booking.com CEO Gillian Tans saw the potential for the internet to upend the travel business. Sixteen years later, she's the head of one of the biggest disruptors.
Booking.com rivals Airbnb for the most listings of rentable homes and apartments. It also lists rooms for hotels, bed and breakfasts, even treehouses and igloos. Right now, most of its 28.9 million listings are in Europe, but it has set its sights on the U.S. and China.