Boom market in small businesses shows signs of cooling
NEW YORK (AP) — The boom market in small businesses is showing signs of cooling.
The number of small business sales counted by online market BizBuySell.com fell 6.5% during the first quarter...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper wants the federal government's help in assisting businesses in a North Carolina city also feeling the results of a deadly natural gas explosion at cash...
Want that first customer? Do research, don’t undercharge
NEW YORK (AP) — Many small business owners are so anxious to get their first customers or clients that they'll underprice their products or services, and end up in relationships that are not only...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kennedy spoke with President Donald Trump about regulatory hurdles keeping thousands of Louisiana flood victims from receiving federal aid.
NEW YORK (AP) — Signs of a weaker economy have led some small business owners to cut back or freeze hiring. Many were already working with lean staffs, remembering the lessons of the Great...
NEW YORK (AP) — Samantha Martin does most of the annual hiring for her public relations firm in the first quarter. But not this year — clients worried about a slowing economy are cutting their...
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available for Kentucky businesses and residents affected by storms this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced that U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza is his pick to replace Linda McMahon as Small Business Administration chief.
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners can struggle with burnout when they try to do too much by themselves and for too many hours in a day. Those who have found themselves burned out have...
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, is stepping down from the role and will help President Donald Trump's re-election effort, he said...
NEW YORK (AP) — When Matt Barber and Joel Doub bought a fishing rod manufacturer two years ago, the plan was for previous owner Tom Morgan to stay with the business for five years to mentor them....
NEW YORK (AP) — The growing evidence of a slowdown in manufacturing is likely contributing to the dip in small business optimism that began early in the year.
Federal disaster loans available in 3 Tennessee counties
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Small businesses in three Tennessee counties can apply for federal economic injury disaster loans as a result of flooding from Tropical Storm Alberto last year.
Tennessee House advances gym tax repeal bill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers aren't breaking a sweat over a proposal designed to repeal a $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships.
How to lower chances of employee theft: 5 things to know
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can reduce their chances of employee theft or limit their losses by implementing technological controls and checks and balances in their daily...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new report says small businesses across New York state have increased employment slightly faster than the national pace.
NEW YORK (AP) — Although small businesses vary widely in terms of size, industry and issues, they do appear to be generally united by a growing uneasiness about the economy.
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The Latest: Bill signed to expand state’s small loans
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on activity in the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation into law that...
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses can be more vulnerable to cyberattacks than larger companies because they often don't have sophisticated and comprehensive systems to protect themselves from...
NEW YORK (AP) — When cyberthieves attacked Empire Industries' computer network, technology manager Rich Shemanskis could see files in the process of being infected by malicious software.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature has passed a bill that would provide $50 million to the state's Small Business Investment Corporation to provide loans to small enterprises not served by...
LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — More than six months after natural gas explosions rocked Massachusetts' Merrimack Valley, small business owners in the region say they're still reeling.
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who want to predict what consumers will buy next month, next season or next year can get some answers by mining the internet for data, and thinking about what...
NEW YORK (AP) — When small business owners want to divine what consumer spending trends will be months from now, their methods can be as sophisticated as internet analytics or as basic as plain...
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business hiring slowed dramatically in February, a sign that company owners may be getting cautious about the economy.
Office Depot and Alibaba opening online store
NEW YORK (AP) — Office Depot and Alibaba.com are creating a co-branded online store to expand the reach of both companies with small and medium size businesses.
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Oh no! Company owners can get a shock from huge tax bills
NEW YORK (AP) — Amy Baxter's business took off after she appeared on "Shark Tank" with her device that blocks pain from injections — orders flowed in and she bulked up her inventory.
The Latest: New Mexico bill advances to bankroll small loans
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on (all times local):
The New Mexico Senate has passed a bill that would provide $50 million to the state's Small Business Investment...
Woman gets prison time, ordered to pay restitution for fraud
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison and ordered to pay nearly $4 million in restitution in a health care fraud case involving targeting of elderly...
Some tips to help small business owners manage change
NEW YORK (AP) — While change at small businesses can come in a variety of forms, owners can improve their chances of success by being strategic and empathic with staffers.
Republicans unveil plan to aid small business with insurance
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Senate Republicans are offering their own solution to help North Carolina small businesses offer reasonably-priced health insurance that includes many state and federal...
Tennessee governor to push for gym tax repeal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Lee says his upcoming budget proposal will include repealing the $10 million amusement tax on gym memberships.
Louisiana flood victims still waiting for federal aid change
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The month-long partial federal government shutdown likely further delayed aid grants to homeowners still trying to recover from the 2016 flooding, Louisiana's top disaster recovery official said.
As many as 6,000 Louisiana residents who took out loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration after the March and August 2016 floods have been waiting to see if federal rules might change so they could access Restore Louisiana recovery grants.
Married and co-own a business? Some advice from veterans
NEW YORK (AP) — Business owners who are also romantic partners can find it takes a lot of adjusting to work together, and for some, being together 24/7.
Couples learn how to be romantic and business partners
NEW YORK (AP) — Debbie and Gary Douglas sometimes need to remind each other, this is your business partner talking.
In business together for 16 years, the Douglases have found that being co-owners of a public relations firm requires them to be more direct with each other than they once were as spouses. Like the time Debbie Douglas was on a ladder in their Newport Beach, California, home and her husband told her to come down because she might break an ankle.
New Mexico bill offers $6,000 tax credit on rooftop solar
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico would provide a $6,000 credit against taxes for households, small business and farms that install rooftop solar energy systems under a bill introduced Tuesday.
The proposal from Democratic Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque would set aside up to $10 million a year for the credits.
The credit can be carried over the course of up to five years for applicants with small annual tax liabilities.
Small business optimism takes a dive as revenue growth eases
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners' optimism has taken a deep dive in the first quarter as companies' revenue fell along with owners' expectations for their future sales.
At a loss about lost deductions? IRS website has some guides
NEW YORK (AP) — The new tax law has eliminated or limited some popular business deductions including those for entertainment expenses and interest on loans and credit lines. Tax professionals predict this filing season is going to be more complicated and painful as business owners see how much money they can no longer deduct.
Ouch! Some business owners may be shocked by lost tax breaks
NEW YORK (AP) — As small business owners compile their income tax returns, they may have an unpleasant surprise — some popular business deductions have disappeared or been reduced under the new tax law.
Small business hiring lags behind larger companies, ADP says
NEW YORK (AP) — New reports from payroll company ADP show that small businesses are lagging behind larger companies in hiring, a trend that's not expected to change anytime soon.
ADP's monthly report on small business employment released last week showed companies with up to 49 employees created 63,000 jobs during January. That's down from an upwardly revised 107,000 in December. ADP counts the jobs at its small business customers in compiling its report.
Tips to help small business owners choose a marketing method
NEW YORK (AP) — The growth of the internet and social media has changed the way small businesses market themselves — the variety of online marketing channels allows businesses, whether they serve consumers or other companies, to focus on a broad or narrow population.
Beyond social media: Businesses find other ways to advertise
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Knoll thought social media sites like Facebook would be the best places to advertise his brand-new home cleaning service. Then he had an epiphany.
"Put yourself in the customer's shoes. How would that customer go about trying to find the business?" says Knoll, whose company, Tidy Casa, is based in Phoenix.
Loans available to Maine nonprofits due to last year’s storm
YORK, Maine (AP) — The federal government is reminding private nonprofit groups in southern Maine that they have until early March to request a loan to help with damages suffered during a storm and flooding last year.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is taking economic injury disaster loan applications from York County nonprofit organizations until March 4. The storm happened in early March 2018.
Employee? Independent contractor? How to keep it legal
NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners who want to use independent contractors need to be sure these workers really aren't employees.
Federal and state government agencies are on the lookout for businesses that use independent contractors, or freelancers, to evade Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes and workers compensation and disability insurance. Companies that are audited and determined to be using employees misclassified as independent contractors face fines.
Forgoing staffers, many businesses turn to freelancers
NEW YORK (AP) — It hasn't been lost on small business owners that Uber and other ride-sharing services are enormously successful without having employees doing the work. It's one of the reasons why small companies are forgoing employees in favor of independent contractors.
Small business optimism showing early signs of slippage
NEW YORK (AP) — The fears of a slowing economy that sent stocks falling the past few months may be spreading to small business owners who have been quite optimistic in recent years.
How small businesses can cope with the government shutdown
NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses affected by the government shutdown are contending with either a drop in revenue or their inability to get help from federal agencies, or both. A look at what some owners are doing, and what owners should do to protect themselves during any future shutdowns:
Small business revenues fall as govt shutdown persists
NEW YORK (AP) — Baked by Yael isn't getting its usual flow of customers who stop in after visiting the nearby National Zoo; the popular Washington, D.C., tourist spot remains closed by the government shutdown.
Owner Yael Krigman gets half her business from the three-year-old store, and the shutdown that began Dec. 22 is taking a toll.