10 Best Apps For Small Business Owners

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Life would be easier if you could run your business from wherever you are. Running your entire business from your phone without compromising on features or ease of use seems like an impossibility. Fortunately, small business owners are now living in a time of virtual riches.

Minimum Wage Hike: Why What Happens in Connecticut May Not Stay in Connecticut

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State Dems say hiking the state minimum is good for workers, Republicans say it''s bad for business. Connecticut lawmakers Wednesday approved raising the minimum wage to $10.10 I am proud that Connecticut is once again a leader on an issue of national importance ," Malloy said.

Small Businesses Behind the Big Game

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Today, the $1 million business has 10 full-time employees who screen and die-cut decals in the company's 8,000-square-foot production facility in Houston. Entrepreneurial companies will be working in the background when the Superbowl kicks off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in February.

Paid Sick Leave Laws? No Problem, Say Small-Business Owners

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As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what? and Connecticut already had sick leave laws. Similar legislation elsewhere has been a bust because of opposition from business groups and some public officials.

4 Good Reasons Why Small Businesses are Dropping Health Insurance

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So far, few small businesses have signed up for group health insurance through the new exchanges created by Obamacare. As of April 8, Connecticut''s marketplace had sold plans to just 78 businesses, covering a total of 330 people.

Sick Leave for Your Employees: Why it Matters

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Beginning next month businesses in New York City that have 20 or more employees will be required to provide a minimum of 5 paid sick days for those workers every year. Is the tradeoff worthwhile and is it fair that businesses (especially small businesses) should have to meet this requirement?

Episode 105: From Corporate to Captain with Chris Murphy

Mike Michalowicz

This episode with Chris Murphy, we discuss the process of transitioning from a corporate position (where money is given to you), to starting and building your own business and being profitable while doing it! Chris Murphy has a highly diversified background as a business owner and manager, financial analyst, and a consultant to entrepreneurial/owner-managed businesses. Chris serves as a Certified Strategies Business Coach for Strategies out of Centerbrook, Connecticut.

Episode 108 : Rolling In The Dough With Paul Finney and Marcie Hanhart

Mike Michalowicz

This episode with Paul Finney, we learn on how a food business can be profitable! Specializing in delivering healthy home style nourish meals to boomer, seniors, and anyone too busy to cook. Formed in 2000 October Kitchen in Connecticut’s Premier meal delivery service serving central Connecticut. Recently featured in the Hartford Business Journal: [link]. Marcie Hanhart has been a business coach, consultant and advisor to companies for over 35 years.

Post-Sandy Update: FEMA Extends Disaster Loan Deadline

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After asking for an extension, New York state small businesses are granted some relief. 28 for New York small and mid-sized businesses, said Carol Chastang, a spokesperson for the Small Business Administration. Deadlines for Rhode Island businesses are Jan.

New Year’s Data Security Resolutions


by Phillip Alexander, author of “ Home and Small Business Guide to Protecting Your Computer Network, Electronic Assets, and Privacy “ Now that is 2013, here are some New Year’s resolutions to consider, with a data security angle.

Are Obamacare's SHOP Exchanges Doomed?

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Due to technical glitches and limited plan options, relatively few small businesses have signed up for health insurance via SHOP exchanges. Oregon''s small-business exchange is on hold with no specific date to open; Maryland''s SHOP won’t launch until April.

How Technology Helps You Stay Relevant

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Small business owners across the U.S. For the 23 million small businesses in America, technology is key to leveling the playing field with big corporations. We asked some of the small business owners of the year how they use it to get ahead.

Small Agencies Cash In On Obamacare Ad Blitz

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But from Connecticut to Hawaii, other states are going full-steam ahead to promote their exchanges with slick marketing campaigns that would make a Madison Avenue proud. Most of the beneficiaries of the boomlet in Obamacare advertising are small, entrepreneurial marketing shops.

Your Company's Big Credit Card Problem

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Small businesses are turning to consumer cards because they have more protections than business cards, but there are risks. Small businesses have been in a bind about borrowing since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, when bank lending fell off a cliff.

Best Way to Navigate Online Health Exchanges: Go Offline

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Small-business shoppers are not impressed. With the solid four hours delay on the Connecticut , New York , and federal sites, we had significant technological difficulties getting access to any of the exchange information.

How Women Can Achieve Success In Male Dominated Professions


As baby boomers begin to retire, and the need for diversity in the workforce continues to rise, the role women play in business has become extremely important to the growth and sustainability of organizations worldwide. By Kathy Jensen, Partner at CST Group .

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What the Latest Quiet Delay in Obamacare Really Means for Your Business

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As all the President''s horses try to put Healthcare.gov together again for individuals, the small business site has quietly been put on hold. Politics is one thing, though, and business is another.

Stop Wasting Your Employees' Money

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As a business owner, if you''re offering your employees a retirement plan, it''s probably pretty lousy, University of Connecticut School law professor James Kwak wrote recently on the blog Baseline Scenario recently.

When DIY Is A Terrible Idea


However, DIY is a terrible idea when the task is complicated and failure can bring down your entire business. This is why taxes are the ultimate DIY snare for business owners. Entrepreneurs and small business owners feel that filing tax returns (sales; payroll; franchise, etc.)

7 Things You Need to Know Today

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editorial team to help you and your business succeed. Time to Hire a Pro Penalties related to employment taxes cost businesses $4.5 On most days, you may sit there thinking about what it would take to grow your business from SMB size to Fortune 2000 level.

Inside Uber's Latest Taxi Launch

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Standing on the corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street, right arm held high? a bill with council approval automatically becomes law after 10 business days if the mayor has neither signed nor vetoed it.)

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Subway's Fred DeLuca: Nail the Basics, Then Expand

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The founder of the world's largest fast-food chain discusses how he learned to scale his company, and what's different about business in 2013. Forty-nine years ago, at the age of 17, Fred DeLuca used $1,000 of a friend's money to open a sandwich shop in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Politicians Who Really Understand Business

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Meet four of the entrepreneurs applying their small-business skills to the campaign trail as they run for Congress. Mitt Romney is the latest in a long line of successful business people who think they know how to fix the country.

The Nation’s Top Young Entrepreneurs

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Inc Magazine 30 under 30, and top earning young internet entrepreneurs we’ll be serving up some great role models for current and future business owners. He started the business in 2007 as a way to encourage the collection of and investment in U.S.

Big Money for Cheap Legal Services

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The San Francisco start-up's products, used by hundreds of small businesses, include free, interactive legal templates that users can adapt to specific legal needs, save, and share. LegalZoom did $60 million in business last year."

29 Entrepreneurs Explain Why They Started Their Business


Each business has a story. No matter if the business is a Goliath like Wal-Mart, or a local business owned by a couple or family, the business has roots in an idea. But if you keep going your business will succeed and you will be an inspiration to others along their way.

How to Prepare Your Office for Bad Weather

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When they do, they come with a whirlwind of logistical, safety, and human resource challenges for businesses both small and large. Addressing the effects of severe weather on your business before it strikes is be the key to effectively managing your workforce.

The Venture Capital Secret: 3 Out of 4 Start-Ups Fail


Loading… Business. Business. Small Business. SMALL BUSINESS. more in Small Business. dont return investors capital, according to recent research by Shikhar Ghosh, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School. The National Venture Capital Association estimates that 25% to 30% of venture-backed businesses fail. Languishing businesses were counted as survivors. Small Business » Subscriber Content Read Preview.

5 News Stories Not to Miss This Week

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Small businesses embrace a higher minimum wage, a VC doles out sage advice, and innovation comes to two products that don''t need it: beer and donuts. Especially for small businesses , said the National Federation of Independent Business.

“Write 3 Letters” You Are Not that Good

Taffy Williams

The whole company quieted down and went back to business as usual. It is hard to not take these events personally, but you can’t; it’s business. A Navy Captain once told me a story of his retirement ceremony from a hospital in Connecticut. Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Well you are that good, but let’s come back to that. First a joke: A new CEO was hired to replace an outgoing CEO.

Taxes and Whine in Silicon Valley

Mark Birch

That is why farmers get paid money to actually not farm, GE can get away with paying no taxes, and large businesses can force massive tax concessions on municipalities on the threat of moving. There seems to be some confusion on what taxes are and how they get enacted.

7 Ways Top Performers Train Themselves to Win

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Here''s what they learned on the field that can help you in business. After he retired, he ran fast-food franchises and founded several other businesses before starting a software firm called Knowledgeware Inc., business schools. "I''ve

Another Hard Lesson in Modern Lending

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Nearly six years after the financial crisis, banks are lending to small business again, with loan volumes creeping back toward pre-recession levels. Small commercial loan volumes were up 1.4 Those hasty efforts to clean up bank balance sheets had a negative impact on many small business owners. As a result, Moyal couldn''t buy the machinery and his business plummeted--then, the bank sued him to get the down payment back.

5 Things You Need to Know About Hiring Contractors

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Did you know that the IRS and the Department of Labor have teamed up to audit businesses ? Many small businesses use contractors, and it's fine if you do. Connecticut based employment attorney Daniel Schwartz says that not all industries are created equal when it comes to audits.

Are You Breaking Tax Laws Without Even Knowing It?

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Thus, it could easily become a huge headache for your business. Right now, for example, someone in California who buys something from a private seller in Connecticut--say, a 1:720-scale model of the U.S.S. Deducting personal expenses as business expenses.

6 ways startups can improve sales lead generation (without selling their soul)

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Gregg Schwartz is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Strategic Sales & Marketing , an industry-founding lead generation firm based in Connecticut.

Get More Done: 18 Tips for Telecommuters

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Catherine Waldron, education specialist, with Enfield, Connecticut-based language curriculum company QTalk Publishing , agrees, and says she showers and dresses for work every day. It may sound trivial but it''s not--also buy yourself a comfortable business chair," he says.

Where to Go for Disaster-Recovery Help

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A number of federal agencies offer resources for business owners who need help getting back on their feet post-Hurricane Sandy. As East Coast-based business owners begin picking up the pieces Wednesday following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, many are trying to figure out next steps.

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Hard Lessons in Modern Lending

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For business owners, the process has been a difficult education in the current-day workings of financing. It didn't matter that JBC's business had recovered; the decision had been made months before. In the process, banks were abandoning businesses that were recovering, too. "It

NFIB and Visa Inc. Announce 2010 “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” Winner

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Four Additional Teen Business Owners Capture National Award. June 24, 2010 – For her work in helping to inspire the next generation of stage actors, Shayna Turk of Agoura Hills, California has been named the 2010 “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation and Visa Inc. David Conway of Wilton, Connecticut: Mr. Conway is the founder of CoolCash Coins, ( www.coolcashcoins.com ) a coin appraisal business.