Archives for April 2011

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4/18/2011

Small Businesses Consider Impacts of Rising Gas Prices

Gas prices are rising, and some analysts are predicting the price for premium fuel will hit $5 this summer. What kind of impact is that having on your small business? If you are like most small businesses, it really hurts. But there is good news from Washington and from the auto industry.

First, the bad news. More than 64 percent of small business owners in a DollarDays International survey blame rising gas prices for driving down revenu...

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4/12/2011

Could a Controversial Name Help Your Business Succeed?

Fat Ho. That’s the name of a new burger joint in Waco, Texas.

Lakita Evans, the 24-year-old African-American owner of Fat Ho Burgers, is just trying to be funny.  Her restaurant serves up dishes such as the Supa Dupa Fly Ho with Chz, the Bad Mamajama, the Toasty Ho, and the Sloppy Ho Brisket. Fat Ho Burgers opened on March 22 and has become a smash hit, even though it’s named after an obese, loose woman.

The web site reads: “We ...

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4/11/2011

Death, Taxes and the Small Business Owner

The 2010 tax deadline is just a week away. That could mean some long nights ahead if you still haven’t finished getting your receipts together. Or, it could mean preparing for a heavy tax bill if you didn’t plan correctly.

But whether you waited to the last minute or have been prepared for April 18, 2011 since Dec. 31, 2010, it’s likely that you felt the impact of federal tax issues in some way, shape or form. That’s because tax codes ar...

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4/7/2011

Survey: Office Kitchens Make Employees Happy

Bare cupboards and empty coffee pots are enough to make anybody frown.

Whether it’s food or drink, U.S. workers usually have to leave the office to fill their bellies. The downside: it hinders productivity.

So says a survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples. The survey suggests that having a fully stocked kitchen, with food, coffee and amenities, can lead to more content and productive employee...

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4/6/2011

Smart Ways to Expand Your Small Business

A new ADP survey says companies with fewer than 50 employees increased payrolls by 117,000 last month. That's the biggest hiring surge since 2006.

Want more good news? Paychex, a company that manages payroll accounting for companies with fewer than 100 workers, said checks per client rose 2.8 percent from a year ago in the first quarter of 2011. That's the biggest gain in two years.

For many small businesses, particularly sole p... Read more

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